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published 11/05/2017 | jules.34
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Aviemore Area (Scotland)

Aviemore Area (Scotland)


Aviemore is a hidden gem situated in the north of Scotland. I say hidden, because it is so far north that many people don't realise it is here, and also because of the size of it - it is a small town so the implications are that there won't be much to do. In actual fact, there are lots of things to do in Aviemore, and the surrounding areas, for the whole family. The area of land around Aviemore is so vast that there are lots of outdoor activities.

About Aviemore

Aviemore is about half an hour's drive south from Inverness. You can also reach it by bus (there are regular buses that go to Aviemore as well as buses that go down south -
Glasgow, Edinburgh - that pass through it) or by train. Buses stop right in the centre of Aviemore, on the High Street and there is a train station that you can reach from the main street so both are easily accessible.

The population in Aviemore is less than 3,000 (approximately 2,830) so it is not a huge town but it always seems to be very busy with visitors.

What to do in Aviemore

"Outdoor Sports"

Many people come to Aviemore for the outdoor sports, which play a big part in Aviemore. There is an out door ski centre where people come to ski - http://www.cairngormmountain.org/ - this is set up the Cairngorm Mountains and is frequently busy. Snowboarding is also available here. This is a popular place and many people come to learn to ski here, or bring their kids to learn to ski here (there are instructors on site) and it is suitable for all types of ski-ing abilities.

Aviemore has many routes for mountain biking (http://www.visitaviemore.com/activities/onyourbike/) and it is a great place to pack your bike onto your car and head through to. There are many cycling routes and mountain biking areas, including Glenmore Lodge and Rothiemurchus.

Watersports are also very popular in Aviemore with Loch Insch and Loch Morlich being busy for kayaking, canoeing and other water sports. River Spey runs adjacent to the village so it is an ideal setting. Loch Morlich is also known as the beach in the mountains and you can check out the website for more information - http://www.lochmorlich.com/.
Other Activities

Rothiemurchus has many other outdoor activities (https://rothiemurchus.net/outdoor-activities-at-aviemore/) including quad biking, fishing, segways, ponytrekking, treezone, clay target shooting and ranger led activities.

There is plenty of outdoor things to do in and around Aviemore and plenty of chance to get fresh air and to try new sports.


One of my favourite things to do in Aviemore is visiting the reindeer (http://cairngormreindeer.co.uk/). We have been a couple of times to the reindeer centre, where there are a few reindeers that you can pay to go in and see as well as a shop selling souveneirs. We were £6 to get into this (£3.50 for an adult and £2.50 for a child). There are also orgainised walks with the reindeer where you can pay to go up a mountain and fancy doing this too but have still to do this - these run all year in virtually all weathers unless there are blizzards. Tickets cost £14 for an adult, £11 for a concession, £8 for a child, and free for under 5's. You can't book tickets for these beforehand but it is first come, first served om the day. This outing involves driving in your own car for approximately a mile followed by a 20-30 minute walk up to the reindeer. Once you reach the reindeer there is a chance to feed, stroke and get photos with them, and the whole trip take approximately 1½ hours.

'''Funicular Railway'''

The Cairngorms is the home to the only Funicular Railway. This is something else that I'd like to try but still have to, although I have taken a run here and the views even from the bottom of the mountain are stunning. The funicular railway goes up and down the mountain daily from 10am until 4pm each day. At the top, you have the chance to get out of the railway - where there is a restaurant, the highest post box in the British Isles, a viewing station, exhibition, shop and guided tours. The restaurant is based 3,500 foot up the mountain so the views up at the top would I imagine be spectacular.

'''Strathspey Railway'''

Based at Aviemore Railway Station, there is the Strathspey Steam Railway (https://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk/information/). There are various steam train excursions that you can go on - I went on a Thomas the Tank one when my son was young but I think they stopped doing this one. Price for the basic Aviemore to Boat of Garten journey is £11.25 for an adult, £9.75 for a concession and £5.65 for a child. There are various things that you can add on to your journey such as a meal or afternoon tea but I don't know how much extra these cost. There are special trips organised on these trains such as for Easter, Christmas (to see Santa), Mother's Day, etc, and you can also buy vouchers for a trip for people which I think would make a great and different birthday/Christmas present.

'''Where to Stay in Aviemore'''

There are lots of places in Aviemore to stay in for all sorts of budgets, ranging from camping and hostels (Aviemore Youth Hostel) through to guest houses and 4 & 5 star hotels (MacDonald resorts, Hilton Coylumbridge and the Cairngorm Hotel). It depends what you are looking for, where you like to stay and what your budget is but if you do want to visit Aviemore for a break then take a look online at the various places that you can stay at.

'''Where to Eat in Aviemore'''

There are various places to eat in Aviemore, again depending on your budget. There are lots of cafes if you want lunch or a coffee and cake - my favourite one is one that is next to Waterstones but I can't remember the name (think it might be the Corner Cafe or the Coffee Pot), although I have heard that the Mountain Cafe is very popular too (lots of lovely homebaking). For evening meals, there are 2 chip shops and various restaurants to take your pick from. There really are a lot of places to eat in Aviemore and again, if you are thinking of heading here, you could google places to eat. There is a subway, a cobbs and an Indian Restaurant amongst others and you could also eat in one of the hotels if you wanted. I have eaten at the Hilton Coylumbridge when I have stayed there and I can recommend there.

'''Shops in Aviemore'''

There is a long main street in Aviemore with quite a lot of shops. Because Aviemore is quite an outdoorsy sort of place, there are a few outdoor shops, including Mountain Warehouse and Nevis Sports. There is a Waterstones and a W H Smiths, as well as gift shops, an old fashioned sweetshop and more - http://www.visitaviemore.com/eat-drink-and-shop/shopping/. Definitely worth a look!

'''Other Places in the Area'''

If you are staying in or around Aviemore, there are plenty of other places in the area that you could visit. If you haven't driven up then you could hire a car - http://www.aviemorecarhire.co.uk/ - it is a very beautiful area with lots to do if you have access to a car. One place I love is Kincraig WIldlife Park, which is only a few minutes away from Aviemore and a great place for families - you could spend a whole day there. Another great place for families is Landmark Adventure Park - http://www.landmarkpark.co.uk/.

'''Tesco Vouchers'''

One final thing is that you can use Tesco vouchers for some of the activities in the area - including the funicular railway, Landmark and Kincraig Wildlife Park - which is worth thinking about if you want to save some money (it can be expensive going to some of these places if you have a few children, so worth saving money if you can).

I do hope I have 'sold' Aviemore - I absolutely love it and would recommend it to anybody for a visit.

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  • IzzyS published 07/09/2017
    Detailed review.
  • DanniiJ18 published 26/05/2017
    fab review x
  • jo-1976 published 21/05/2017
    Love the sound of the reindeers! Lovely review
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