Aviemore

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Aviemore is a town in the Highlands of Scotland, in the area of Badenoch and Strathspey.

Rail station

Understand[edit]

Aviemore is a popular destination for outdoor activities and within Cairngorms National Park.

  • 1 Tourist Information Centre7 The Parade, Grampian Road, PH22 1RH +44 1479 810930. Daily at least 10:00-16:00, opens earlier and closes later at various dates (open throughout the year).

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Aviemore railway station handles trains from Inverness south, including destinations such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and England.

By bus[edit]

By car[edit]

  • Aviemore is just off the A9, the main road north to Inverness.

By bicycle[edit]

Get around[edit]

By taxi[edit]

By bus[edit]

  • Rapsons, the coach company, runs regular buses around Aviemore, the Cairngorm Ski area and around the Spey Valley.

By foot[edit]

  • There are many official paths around Aviemore including the Aviemore Orbital and walks around the Lochs and the Cairngorm Mountain.

See[edit]

Do[edit]

White-water rafting at Aviemore
  • The Strathspey Railway operates a 10 mile preserved railway and has its southern terminus at the Railway Station at Aviemore.
  • Hillwalking - many mountains nearby, the Cairngorms includes 4 out of 5 of Scotland's highest mountains.
  • Mountain biking & Quad Biking - numerous forests nearby, with tracks and paths suitable for off-road cycling and riding, e.g. Rothiemurchus, Glenmore, Glenfeshie.
  • Laggan Wolftrax (about 35km from Aviemore). Is a network of purpose built mountain bike trails, as well as a cafe and shop / bike hire.
  • Golfing. Golf courses in Aviemore and the Cairngorm area.
  • Skiing. At Cairn Gorm mountain
  • 1 Cairngorm Brewery CompanyDalfaber Industrial Estate, PH22 1ST +44 1479 812222. Brewery established in 2001. Offers tours. £5 for tour.
  • 2 Tomatin DistilleryIV13 7YT (between Aviemore and Inverness),  +44 1463 248 144. Tours from £7.
  • 3 Cairngorm Funicular Railway (take Stagecoach Service 31 which takes 30min from Aviemore). The funicular railway brings you to the top station at around 1000m. You can leave the station only with a guided tour for conservation reasons. £11.50 adults.

Buy[edit]

The main shopping point in Aviemore is the local Tesco's. Apart from that the village mainly contains outdoor and sporting equipment shops located on the main street, Grampian Road (with a few exceptions):

  • Fat Face. Fashionable outdoor leisure clothing and footwear. Trendy & fairly expensive.
  • Bothy Bikes (Located at Inverdruie on the Ski Road to Coylumbridge). Great stock of quality bikes, cycle clothes and accessories with local cycle trails right on the doorstep. Repairs and servicing also available. Knowledgeable & friendly staff.
  • Nevisport. Outdoor and sporting equipment and clothing.
  • Blacks. Camping and outdoor equipment and clothing.
  • 1 Mackinnons of SpeysideGrampian Road +44 1479 258008. Family run butcher shop.
  • Sue Ryder Charity Shop. Secondhand clothing charity shop. Sometimes good for bargain skiing/sporting gear. Also good for cheap books.
  • Fat Treads (Located at the rear of Myrtlefield Shopping Centre). Quality cycling gear and bikes available as well as a repairs service. Good advice to be had, if a little on the expensive side.
  • Ottakars. Book shop with a fairly good range of stock including local OS maps and games.
  • Semi-Chem. For toiletries and personal care items.
  • G2 OutdoorUnit 3 Plot 10, Dalfaber Industrial Estate, PH22 1ST +44 1479 811008. G2 Provide Outdoor Activities such as rafting and gorge walking through summer and a ski school through winter.
  • Cairngorm Experiences. Bespoke guided hill walking and mountain biking in the Cairngorms National Park.

Eat & Drink[edit]

Even though Aviemore is a very small village it does not suffer from having nowhere to eat out or have a quiet drink due to the tourist trade in the area. Here is a list of a few:

  • 1 The Cairngorm HotelGrampian Road (opposite the Railway station),  +44 1479 810233. "The Cairn" as it is known locally is home to a traditional style pub/lounge and restaurant. As well as the usual international beers they also offer a range of locally brewed beer and ales. Food is more expensive than normal pub fare, but is of a very high quality! Excellent service.
  • 2 The Old Bridge InnDalfaber Road (behind the Railway station),  +44 1479 811137. Another of Aviemore's traditional style pubs. Has an open fire in the evenings. Has outdoor seating area facing the river during the summer. Good food & beer, but a bit expensive for your average backpacker.
  • 3 The Winking Owl123 Grampian Road +44 1479 812368. Semi traditional in style and a bit rough round the edges, but serves yummy pub grub and has a good atmosphere.
  • 4 The Skiing-dooGrampian Road (near the Post Office). Theme bar with old signs, posters, skis and various other strange items adorning every surface, including a Griffins SC of Enfield swimming hat and a Gillingham FC mini scarf! Great surf'n'turf! Try their Garlic Burgers! YUM!!
  • 1 The VaultGrampian Road (Just down the stone steps near the public toilet/showers). One of two of Aviemore's night clubs. Plays mainly popular chart music however also has an electronic/techno music scene, with the club having various electro nights seeing such act as Cagedbaby and DJ Fergie play in this small club, it is probably the most popular place to go at the end of the night when all the other pubs close.
  • 5 Harkai's45 Grampian Road (5 mintues for the Youth Hostel on the way into town). Fish restaurant with connecting chip-shop take away. Good range of fish and good quality food.
  • Muckrach Hotel and Restaurant. See Sleep for details.

Sleep[edit]

Aviemore has many hotels and a couple of hostels to suit every need from the common travelling backpacker to corporate executive attending the local conference centre.

  • 1 Aviemore Youth Hostel (SYHA), 25 Grampian Road, PH22 1PR +44 1479 810345. Located as you enter Aviemore, the hostel offers budget dormitory accommodation as well as limited private/family rooms. 2AM curfew. Beds from £15, rooms from £34.
  • 2 Aviemore BunkhouseDalfaber Road, PH22 1PU +44 1479 811181. A hostel, no membership required. Bed from £19, double room from £50.
  • 3 Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel (SYHA), Glenmore, PH22 1QY (outside of Aviemore, next to Loch Morlich),  +44 1479 861238. Beds from £17, rooms from £39.
  • Ravenscraig Guest House141 Grampian Road, PH22 1RP +44 1479 810278, e-mail: . The Ravenscraig Guest House is on the main street towards the north end of the village. The guest house has great annex rooms at the rear and the breakfast is awesome. All rooms are ensuite with TV and tea and coffee making facilities. From £35 (single) and from £60 (double) including breakfast.
  • Moorfield House HotelDeshar Road, Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire, PH24 3BN +44 1479 831646. A stunning Victorian Guest House / Bed & Breakfast offering luxurious accommodation is in Boat of Garten (5 miles from Aviemore)in the Highlands of Scotland. Offers 4 Star (STB) accommodation where informality and a warm welcome are the key to your visit. Fully non smoking and licenced, ideal for those of you wanting comfortable, relaxed and peaceful surroundings. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities.
  • Muckrach Hotel and Restaurant +44 1479 851257. A very handsome Victorian shooting lodge set in 10 acres of grounds located 12 miles from Aviemore. Stylish and relaxed, Muckrach lodge is the perfect place to explore the breathtaking rugged beauty of the Cairngorms national park. This small stylish hotel serves wonderful local produce including fruit and vegetables grown in their own kitchen garden.

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