There are twelve golf courses in the Cairngorms National Park with seven (five 18-hole and two 9-hole courses) set within a 15-mile radius of Aviemore including Boat of Garten designed by James Baird, Newtonmore, Grantown-on-Spey and Kingussie. These courses are suitable for all standards of golfers.
Golf passes are available to purchase at any of the twelve courses and offer outstanding value for any golfer wishing to indulge in a truly Scottish golf experience.
The Badenoch & Strathspey Golf Pass includes seven golf courses throughout the Region, namely: Abernethy, Boat of Garten, Carrbridge, Craggan, Grantown, Kingussie and Newtonmore.
The pass can be purchased from the Golf Highland Office for a reduced rate of £99.00. This entitles the golfer to 18 holes on each course over any fortnightly period (subject to available tee times). Tel: +44 (0) 1847 889373.
There are a number of specifically built walks on the lower ground, which require little or no experience. Longer routes and routes up the mountains require proper equipment, experience and preparation. A trained guide can arrange organised walks. In May there is the Aviemore walking festival. The Speyside Way takes you from Ballindalloch to Aviemore.
Quad bikes, clay shooting, guided walks, craft shops, fishing, horse riding are all available on the Rothiemurchus Estate.
Loch Morlich & Loch Insh
Both of these lochs offer a vast variety of water sports, from canoeing and kayaking to skiing on the dry ski slope at Loch Insh.
The River Spey, River Don and the River Dee are three of the finest salmon rivers in Scotland. Natural and stocked lochs and fisheries are also available in the area.
Cycles and mountain bikes can be hired locally. There is also the new purpose built Wolftrax Mountain Bike Trails near Laggan.
The Cairngorm, the Lecht and Glenshee are all within the National Park. All have qualified instructors and ski schools for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The Cairngorm is only a 15 minute drive by car and has great skiing across two valley areas. There is also the funicular railway, which operates every day all year round, which takes you to the top of the Cairngorm Mountain where the highest restaurant in the UK is situated.
The Strathspey Railway steam train runs from Aviemore, via Boat of Garten and Broomhill to Grantown-on-Spey through spectacular scenery. Broomhill is better known as Glenbogle, home to the TV drama series Monarch of the Glen.
A short drive will bring you into the heart of the Whisky Trail where you will find the Dalwhinnie Distillery, Royal Lochnagar, and Glenlivet together with other famous Speyside distilleries.
Autumn 2017 Activities and Events Near Aviemore
Take Scotland’s only funicular railway up Cairngorm to Top Station with breathtaking views from over 3,500ft up the mountain. Funicular passengers may exit the top station to go onto the mountain provided they are booked on a guided walk or a guided mountain bike descent.
Cairngorm Funicular Railway Timetable
- Trains run every 20 mins.
- First train up at 10.00.
- Last train down at 16:30.
The service is weather dependent so it’s always best to check the status of lifts and pistes at Cairngorm before travelling to ensure that the service is running.
Visit the Cairngorm Mountain website for more information about the Cairngorm Funicular Railway.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Get on the piste for the 2017 season with a Snowsports pass for Cairngorm. Day tickets and Season Passes are available to purchase online and can be collected at the Cairngorm Base Station.
Visit the Cairngorm Mountain website for more information and to purchase Snowsports passes.
Cairngorm Guided Walks
Enjoy a guided walk up Cairngorm mountain taking in the views and learning about the local wildlife then either walk back or enjoy a leisurely trip down the mountain on the funicular railway. Choose from the Essential Summit trail, Wilderness Day Hike or Walk Up, Funicular Railway Down, Wed & Sat until 31 October 2017.
More information and tickets are available at the Cairngorm Mountain website.
Highland Wildlife Park
Situated just 7 miles south of Aviemore, the Highland Wildlife Park is home to birds such as the famous capercaillie, Eurasian eagle owl and snowy owl, mammals including polar bears, tigers, wolves and the rare Scottish wild cat and a variety of other animals such as bison, reindeer, beaver and red panda. This huge variety of wildlife makes the Park a great place for taking the kids and there’s enough to keep them entertained for the whole day.
Guided tours are available in Land Rovers or coaches and there are daily feeding talks for snow monkeys, polar bears, wildcats, reindeer, tigers and lynx.
The Park is open from April to October, 10.00am - 5.00pm and November to March 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.
For more details visit the Highland Wildlife Park website.
Cairngorm Ranger Events
There is a huge variety of wildlife and nature events organised and run by the Cairngorm National Park rangers. These are specially designed for both adults and children so that all can experience and enjoy the richness of animals, birds and flora and fauna that the park has in abundance. Events include Health Walks, Badger Watches, Nature Rambles, hands on conservation, illustrated talks, bird watching expeditions and much more.
For more details of all Cairngorm National Park Ranger events visit the Cairngorm National Park website.
World Porridge Making Championships
Porridge makers and connoisseurs from around the world gather in Carrbridge on Sat 7 October for the annual World Porridge Making Championships. Go along and find out who wins the Golden Spurtle!
North Hop Aviemore
A celebration of food, drink and music bringing together revellers under the theme of "Apres Ski". So why not come along and sample the fayre from brewers from across Scotland, tuck into some amazing food, browse the market stalls and get in the groove with some brilliant musical artists. The Festival runs between Tue 10 - Wed 11 November 2017.
Aviemore Half Marathon
This annual event is popular with locals and visitors alike. The route weaves its way through the spectacular scenery of Loch Morlich and Glenmore Forest with the stunning Carngorm mountains as a backdrop. Funds raised from the event will go towards the Speyside Trust, a charity devoted to providing activity holidays for disabled people.
Absolutely lovely family accommodation. Spotless. The back garden is great. I’ll definitely be back.
Lovely house, changeable weather and absolutely amazing nature. We would definitely come back & explore more of your wilderness.
Lovely house, quiet location, good size garden. Tidy, clean and the board games were an added bonus.
Just back from Aviemore today and would just like to say thanks for a lovely stay in your property. It was perfect for our purpose of a short weekend break with our friends and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ll keep a note of your email address for next year.