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Cairngorms National Park

The largest expanse of wilderness in Scotland! Unique in Britain, the Cairngorms are synonimous with adventure, wilderness, sport, wildlife, rare species and open space. All ages and fitness come to ski, climb, bike, walk, fish and relax!

Its a place to explore, get away from everyone, to discover the Scottish environment and enjoy fresh air and healthy living, (then visit the many whisky distilleries of Speyside! )

Plus there is River Spey Salmon & Trout fishing, there's Ospreys and Eagles, Reindeer and Red Squirrels, Ptarmigan and Capercaillie, Hairy Cows and Hairy Cyclists!

The area around Aviemore is now just as popular for its more gentle walks, around lochs and castles, nature reserves and lochs for sailing, canoeing and birdwatching.

Aviemore - enter into the Cairngorms

Aviemore was once a small village and resting place on the journey north, a place to rest ponies, drink some ale and get your head down.

Then the railway came, opened up this delightful area to tourism and skiing developed on the northern flanks of the Cairngorm mountains.

Nowadays, Aviemore is a service centre and hub of the social life for an all year outdoor lifestyle. The centre is full of Outdoor Gear shops staffed with enthusiasts and the area boasts many outdoor activity centres. Everyone is here for the sport, the beauty and the lifestyle.

For the visitor it means they can do virtually anything and everything, either on their own or with expert instruction. And in the evening, there is are plenty of good pubs and restaurants - and frequent festivals.

Then there is the other side to Aviemore's popularity - Steam Trains, Wildlife Parks, Folk Museums, Off-road driving, Carting and Sled Dogs! There are numerous child orientated activities, the Funhouse, Landmark's water slides and tree top walkways, - and of course the fantastic Funicular Railway - taking skiers to the top of the mountain, where everyone, all year round, can enjoy breathtaking scenery - and its fun!

The Downside

The only downside to all this - there has to be one - is that Aviemore itself isn't pretty. It lacks those old stone buildings and scenic village centres. Aviemore is dominated by big hotels, dubious architecture and new housing. But conscious of the lack of beauty, set within such a stunning National Park, the locals are proud and are making changes.

Aviemore has had a chequered history and was much maligned in the past. Now its looking quite vibrant and is about to undergo a major new development. Come and see for yourself!

After reading my Aviemore Tips, I recommend reading Scotland Travel Tips

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Location in Cairngorms National Park, Train Station, New Bunkhouse
  • Cons:Unattractive shop fronts and dubious architecture
  • In a nutshell:Scotland's Outdoor Centre - an adventure playground and access to nature
  • Last visit to Aviemore: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 26, 2004
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  • Jun 7, 2008 at 6:50 AM

    Must visit The Old Bridge Inn. Better than the write-up. Great food and great people.

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    Sep 23, 2006 at 5:49 AM

    Looks like a beautiful place! (that link to the view was a good idea) hopefully that its success won't put too much stress on the natural environment.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2005 at 10:37 AM

    Wow, some very wonderful tips here! Thanks for sharing!!

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2005 at 5:24 AM

    Wow Malcolm. Looks like heaps to do there. I love camping! ... but not so sure in the cold weather ;o) Enjoyed the snow pix in your cam. Cheers, Ann :o)

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    Dec 9, 2004 at 12:24 AM

    excellent infos and great links ! I once made a ride on the steam-train there !

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2004 at 1:43 AM

    Checked out some of the recommended sites, awesome!

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2004 at 12:42 AM

    good tips, I got a great fleece jacket in Aviemore.... only three weeks and we are back in Scotland!

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