Visitors to the central Scottish highlands expect to find rough terrain and beautiful scenery, and there’s plenty of both, but they often don’t expect to find many real tourist resorts. But located right in Cairngorms National Park, and surrounded by some of the best ski slopes in Scotland, Aviemore is every bit the resort town. It’s a perfect spot for couples with different ideas of travel – one can relax and take in the nature or shop in town, while the other hikes or skis the mountains.
Getting to Aviemore
There are trains to Aviemore several times a day from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness on First ScotRail, and coaches available from all three cities on Citylink. If you are driving, just take the A9 south from Inverness (or north from Perth).
Things to do in Aviemore
Aviemore is first and foremost a ski resort. The Cairngorms offer the best skiing in Britain, and there are several ski and snowboard outfitters in town. Being situated in a national park, the town is also a haven for wildlife watchers and photographers. Nearby, in Glen More, is the only free ranging herd of reindeer in the UK, and the area has great opportunities to see ptarmigans, red deer, wild cats and more. There are seven golf courses in the area, and for the serious golfer, the Aviemore and the Cairngorms Golf Pass gets you 30% off at all seven for just £15. (Reindeer photo by leedsyorkshire on Flickr)
Aviemore does not have its own whisky distillery, but being in the highlands, you’re never very far from one, and this is no exception. The Tomatin distillery, once the largest in Scotland, is about twenty miles north, on the way to Inverness.
Hotels in Aviemore
There is no shortage of accommodations in Aviemore, which prides itself on being a destination for every type, and budget, of traveler. From the Aviemore Youth Hostel to the luxurious Old Ministers House, there are a surprising number of choices for such a small town. Use the form below to check availability on the dates you plan on traveling.