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Golf in the Aviemore areaThere 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.

Boat of Garten Golf Club with mountain viewGolf 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.

Boat of Garten Golf Club fairway and greenThe 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


Walking in Speyside and the CairngormsThere are a number of specifically built walks on 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.

Rothiemurchus Estate

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 watersports, 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.


Skiing and snowboarding at CairngormThe 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 15min 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.

Steam Train

Strathspey Railway steam trainThe 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.

Whisky Trail

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.

Summer 2017 Activities and Events Near Aviemore

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.

The Essential Summit trail is an exhilarating walk from the Top Station to the top of the Cairn Gorm where, from an altitude of over 4000ft you can soak up in the breathtaking panoramic views. The Essential Summit trail runs daily at 10.30am and 1.30pm.

If you’re more adventurous (and fitter!) you’ll want to go on the Wilderness Day Hike when a Ranger will lead you into the wild heart of the Cairngorms. The Wilderness Day Hike runs daily at 10.30am on Thursdays and lasts 3 hours.

Funicular Railway

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.

Cairngorm Funicular Railway Timetable

Trains run every 20 mins.

First train up at 10.00.

Last train down at 16:30.

Visit the Cairngorm Mountain website for more information about the Cairngorm Funicular Railway.

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 daily from 10am all year round.

For more details visit the Highland Wildlife Park website.

Strathspey Railway

Go on an unforgettable journey through the scenic Cairngorms National Park on the famous Strathspey Railway. From Aviemore to Boat of Garten to Broomhill your trip on one of the nostalgic steam locomotives is an exciting experience for young and old alike. The service operates until 30th October.

For more information, timetables, special events and to buy tickets online visit the Strathspey Railway website.

Grantown Show

10 August 2017

The annual Strathspey Farmers’ Club Grantown Show is an agricultural show with trade stalls, livestock competitions, pets parade, fun fair, Punch & Judy, arts and crafts, Farmer’s Market and catering. A fun family day out!

Aviemore Triathlon

6 August 2017

Swimming, mountain bike and trail run race held in Loch Morlich and Glenmore Forest in the heart of the spectacular Cairngorm National Park. Two courses are available for competitors: the ‘Long Hard Durty’ (1500m swim, 18km mountain bike and 9km trail run) and ‘Short Fast Durty’ (750m swim, 12km mountain bike and 6km trail run).

Thunder in the Glens

25-28 August 2017

THE unmissable event in the UK for fans of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. People gather in Aviemore from around the world to attend this 2 day, weekend rally with dozens of trade stands great events and live music programme and fantastic atmosphere.

Highland Games in the Aviemore Area

Soak up the electric atmosphere of Traditional Highland Games with Highland dancing, pipe bands, heavy events, track and hill races, pipe bands, shows and stalls.

Forres Highland Games
Date: Sat 8th July 2017
Location: Grant Park, Forres

The Braemar Junior Highland Games
Date: Sat 8th July 2017
Location: Braemar

173rd Tomintoul Highland Games
Date: Sat 15th July 2017
Location: Public Park, Tomintoul, near Grantown-on-Spey

Newtonmore Highland Games
Event Date: Sat 5th August 2017
Location: The Eilan, Newtonmore

Ballater Highland Games
Date: Thu 10th August 2017
Location: Monaltrie Park, Ballater

Abernethy Highland Games
Date: Sat 12th August 2017
Location: Playing Fields, Nethybridge

Glenisla Highland Games
Date: Fri 18th August 2017
Location: Glenisla Haugh Field, Glenisla

Grantown-on-Spey Highland Games
Date: Sun 27th August 2017
Location: Heithfield Park, Grantown-on-Spey

175th Lonach Highland Gathering
Date: Sat 26th August 2017
Location: Bellabeg Park, Strathdon



Aviemore and The Cairngorm National Park offer a vast selection of activities, from gentle walking to extreme rock-face climbing.These are just a few of the attractions in and around Aviemore and in the Cairngorm National Park.

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