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.
Winter 2017-18 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 Mountain 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.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Get on the piste for the 2018 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.
Newcomers and beginners can learn how to ski at the Cairngorm Mountain Snow School. Packages include passes to the slopes, hire of equipment and lessons.
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.
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.
Aviemore Sled Dog Rally 27 - 28 January 2018
Over 1,000 sled dogs and 250 mushers battle it out in Glenmore Forest Park in two-day timed trials run by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain. A great day out for all the family. The 35th annual rally takes place at Glenmore near Aviemore.
Groove Cairngorm 23 - 24 Feb 2018
Whether you’re into snow sports or not this is the apres-ski event of the Winter! The apres-ski music festival takes place at the Badaguish Outdoor Centre in Glenmore Forest Park just a couple of miles east of Aviemore and will feature live music from 2 Many DJs, Example, Normal Jay MBE, Huey Morgan and many more. Hot food and a bar will be available.
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.