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Aviemore

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Aviemore is a town in the Highlands of Scotland, in the area of Badenoch and Strathspey. It's the main base for skiing and other outdoor activities in Cairngorms National Park. The town mushroomed in the 1960s / 70s as winter sports became popular: initial developments were ugly, but these have been replaced by buildings more in keeping with the surroundings. The main part of town is along the loop of old road (now bypassed by the A9) near the railway station. There's another straggle of places to stay for a couple of miles along the B-road towards Cairngorm, as far as the village of Coylumbridge.

The TIC is at 1 Aviemore iCentre, 7 The Parade, Grampian Road, PH22 1RH, +44 1479 810930. M-Sa 09:00-17:00, Su 10:00-16:00. Open year round, has info on local amenities and accommodation booking service.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Inverness is the closest airport, with connections across Europe and the UK. Edinburgh is a longer drive but has far more flights, and the airport is west of the city so you drive straight out onto M90 then A9 north.

By train[edit]

Rail station

Aviemore is on the main railway line from Edinburgh and Glasgow via Perth, then north to Inverness, with Scotrail trains every hour or two.

Reaching Aviemore from England usually involves changing in Edinburgh, but there is one direct daytime train from London Kings Cross, via York, Newcastle and Edinburgh, taking 7 hours 30 min.

Nightly except Saturday, the Caledonian Sleeper leaves London Euston around 21:00 to reach Aviemore by 07:45, continuing to Inverness; return timings are similar.

Occasional "Heritage Trains" run up the line through Aviemore, often switching onto the steam-hauled branch line to Boat of Garten.

By bus[edit]

Buses run every hour or so from Edinburgh and Glasgow via Perth, continuing north to Inverness. The main operators are Citylink, Parks of Hamilton and Megabus.

Travel from England usually involves changing in Edinburgh, but National Express and Megabus have a few through-services.

Change in Inverness for Citylink buses to Ullapool and Skye, thence to the Hebrides.

By car[edit]

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

By bicycle[edit]

Get around[edit]

Map of Aviemore

By taxi[edit]

By bus[edit]

  • Stagecoach Highland run 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]

Loch Morlich
  • 3 Loch Morlich, Glenmore. Sandy beaches. A 6km roundtrip is described on Walkhighlands. Loch Morlich on Wikipedia Loch Morlich (Q1967626) on Wikidata
  • 4 Aviemore Ring Cairn and Stone Circle.

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. Bikes can be taken for free on the train.
  • 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.
  • Golfing. There are several golf courses in Aviemore and the Cairngorm area.
  • 1 Cairngorm Brewery Company, Dalfaber Industrial Estate, PH22 1ST, +44 1479 812222. Brewery established in 2001. Offers tours. £5 for tour.
  • 2 CairnGorm Mountain, PH22 1RB (Take Stagecoach Service 31 which takes 30min from Aviemore), +44 1479 861261. A skiing area on the slopes of the Cairn Gorm mountain. 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, or if you are skiing downhill. £13.50 adults. Cairngorm Mountain Railway on Wikipedia Cairngorm Mountain Railway (Q2330645) on Wikidata
  • Whisky distilleries: there are lots of these along the Spey valley towards Grantown-on-Spey. Two that are open to visitors and within a 15 min drive from Aviemore are Speyside at Kingussie, and 4 Tomatin, IV13 7YT (between Aviemore and Inverness), +44 1463 248 144. Tours from £7.
  • Laggan Wolftrax. A network of purpose built mountain bike trails, as well as a cafe and shop / bike hire. About 35km south west from Aviemore on the A86. See Cairngorms National Park for details.

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 Speyside, Grampian 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 Outdoor, Unit 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.

Eat[edit]

Aviemore has lots of cheap & cheerful places to refuel cold hungry skiers and hill-walkers.

  • 1 The Cairngorm Hotel ("The Cairn"), Grampian Road (opposite railway station), +44 1479 810233. Traditional pub/lounge and restaurant. Good range of beers, food is more expensive than normal pub fare but good quality. They also have hotel rooms (from £90 pn), but these are over the bar and can be noisy.
  • 2 The Old Bridge Inn, Dalfaber Road (South end of village below main street), +44 1479 811137. Su-Th 12:00-00:00, F Sa 12:00-01:00. Traditional pub with 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 Owl, 123 Grampian Road, +44 1479 812368. Su-Th 12:00-23:00, F Sa 11:00-01:00; food to 21:30. A bit drouthy, but serves yummy pub grub and has a good atmosphere.
  • 4 Skiing Doo, 9 Grampian Road (near the Post Office). Su-Th 12:00-23:00, F Sa 12:00-00:00. Theme bar with old signs, posters, skis and various other items adorning every surface. Grills and burgers, the garlic burger is commended.
  • 5 Happy Haggis (Harkai's), 45 Grampian Road (just south of railway station). M-Th 15:00-21:00, F-Su 12:00-21:00. Fish restaurant with connecting chip-shop take away. Good range of fish and good quality food.

Drink[edit]

  • 1 The Vault, Grampian Road (north of station, down the stone steps near the public toilet/showers). Th-Sa 22:30-03:00. Night club with mainly popular chart music however also has an electronic/techno music scene, with the club having various electro nights, with acts such as Cagedbaby and DJ Fergie playing here.

Sleep[edit]

Aviemore is the main accommodation centre for the west side of Cairngorms National Park. Lots of small B&Bs in and around the village.

  • 1 Aviemore Youth Hostel (SYHA), 25 Grampian Road PH22 1PR (South end of village), +44 1479 810345. Hostel with budget dorms as well as limited private/family rooms. 2 am curfew. Dorm beds from £16, rooms from £41.
  • 2 Old Bridge Bunkhouse, Dalfaber Road, PH22 1PU (South end of village below main street), +44 1479 811181. Hostel, self-catering only but meals available next door at Old Bridge Inn. Dorm sleeps six. Room only, dorm bed from £23, double from £55.
  • 3 Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel (SYHA), Glenmore PH22 1QY (8 miles east of town on road up Cairngorm), +44 1479 861238. Open Feb to mid-Oct. Beds from £17, rooms from £39.
  • Ravenscraig Guest House, 141 Grampian Road, PH22 1RP (On main street), +44 1479 810278, e-mail: . Small comfy B&B, all rooms are ensuite with TV and tea and coffee making facilities. B&B double from £90.
  • McKenzies Highland Inn, Grampian Rd PH22 1RL, +44 1479 810672. Okay 2-star for a short stay, decor is tatty. B&B doubles from £60.
  • Macdonald Aviemore Resort, PH22 1PN, +44 1479 815100. Big boxy 4-star in centre of village. Activity centre opposite but be sceptical about what's available: their website considers "nearby" to include Blenheim in Oxfordshire. B&B doubles from £90.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Aviemore
InvernessCarrbridge  N UK road A9.svg SW  KingussiePerth



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