Aviemore Area (Scotland)

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Review of "Aviemore Area (Scotland)"

published 09/05/2007 | manicstreetpreacher
Member since : 15/01/2007
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Pro Stunning scenery, plenty to do in all weathers, different kinds of accommodation
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"Aviemore and more and more!"

I have visited Aviemore and the surrounding area many times and never tire of going back.

For a start the journey there is so beautiful, I live in the South West of Scotland and travel by car. Travelling through the Perthshire countryside I know my holidays have begun. The scenery you pass is just stunning and there are many little stops you can make on the way which don't take you right off your journey. If you are planning on travelling to Aviemore or further North even, then you can consider Perth, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl and many more little beauties to stop at on your way to Aviemore. Aviemore itself has come along in leaps and bounds over the last few years. On my first visit I was shocked on how drab and dingy it looked but with the boost in Winter sports and more commerce the area has bloomed. So if you've been in the past and didn't like it, then a return journey is definitely worth it.

The town itself has plenty of places to stay from Scottish Youth Hostels, Independent Hostels, B&B's & Guest Houses, Hotels, Caravan Parks and self catering accommodation.

For those who love to get away from it all and get back to nature I can thoroughly recommend Glenmore Campsite. It is run by the Forestry Commission who have now teamed up with The Camping and Caravan Club. It is set on the shores of Loch Morlich and amid the beautiful Cairgorm National Park. The site has been upgraded and now boasts new showering areas, toilets and reception. There are many pitches to choose from and it's a perfect site if you have dogs as there are many walks from your doorstep.

A must if you are visiting the area is the Cairngorm Funicular Railway. Cairngorm Mountain is the UK's 5th highest mountain and the Cairngorm Funicular is the country's highest and fastest mountain railway. The spectacular panoramic views from the terrace of the Ptarmigan Restaurant are just astounding whatever the weather, needless to say when it's clear you can see for miles, they also have a mountain exhibition and shop, so is good for a visit in all weather. It also boasts the highest restaurant (The Ptarmigan) and most popular sports venue in Britain. The journey itself is worth the ticket price, you have wonderful views and even I was relaxed although I'm terrified of heights - lol! As you can see you buy your ticket and then have unlimited travel on the day your ticket has been purchased. If you plan or skiing or taking up many of the winter sports available check out their website as the costs vary if you are skiing. The website is:

www.cairngormmountain.co.uk

Prices

Prices are Valid until 30th November 2007

DAY MEMBERSHIP

(unlimited travel on day of purchase)
Adult £8.95
Junior (16 and under) £5.65
Senior (over 65) £7.75
Student (id required) £7.75
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £26.75
Group discounts available

Children 5 and under free

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP - ‘FRIENDS OF CAIRNGORM MOUNTAIN’

Adult £18.00
Junior £12.00
Senior £16.00
Student £16.00
Family £50.00
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Most of the activities around Aviemore focus on other outdoors. If you are into the outdoor scene then another place well worth a visit is Rothiemurchus Estate. You can try out all kinds of activities from Dog Sledding, Pony Trekking, Clay Pigeon Shooting or just roaming through their 50km network of maintained paths. They also provide accommodation and have their own camp site too. A visit to their shop is a definite for all you foodies out there, the produce they supply is mostly sourced locally and they have a wide range of beautiful gifts too. For more information and prices the website is: www.rothiemurchus.net.

Something relatively new to Aviemore is the Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort. If you are a shopaholic then this place is for you. They have a great range of products all set within their hotel resort and open to the public. They have a choice of at least six restaurants for you to dine in, from a high end dining experience to an informal food court. They also have a leisure centre with indoor pool.

There are plenty of place to eat out in Aviemore with a wide selection on depending on what you are looking for. There are some fantastic pubs and restaurants, hotels and take-aways. I can recommend The Old Bridge Inn - http://www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk/aviemore/, they also own the independent bunkhouse which is next door so it’s a short stagger home if you fancy trying out some of the famous Scottish Malts – lol!

Speaking of which Aviemore is a great base for visiting the Speyside Whisky Trail and there are many distilleries in the area. So if you fancy a tipple then give them a go, a distillery tour is well worth it, especially if the weather’s not so nice.

There are honestly plenty of places to visit and I’ve only chosen a few. If you’re planning on visiting Aviemore then visit www.visitaviemore.com, where you’ll find a lot more choice. If I can help anyone with any questions then please let me know and I’ll do all I can to help.

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  • iamthebest1 published 10/05/2007
    Well Done!!!
  • Bens__mummy published 10/05/2007
    Good review there. x
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