Activities


Golf

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.

Walking

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.

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 water sports, from canoeing and kayaking to skiing on the dry ski slope at Loch Insh.

Fishing

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.

Cycling

Cycles and mountain bikes can be hired locally. There is also the new purpose built Wolftrax Mountain Bike Trails near Laggan.

Snowsports

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.

Steam Train

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.

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 2018 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.

Other guided walks include the more leisurely Walk Up, Funicular Down, a 4 hour walk to explore the Northern Corries and a 1-2 hour walk (the Coire Cas Loop) that focusses on the history of the Cairngorms. 

NOTE: The Essential Summit Trail and Walk Up, Funicular Down will not be available between 4 June - 4 July while the Funicular railway undergoes maintenance. 

More information and tickets are available at the Cairngorm Mountain website.


Mountain 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 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.

Find out more about the Cairngorm Mountain 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.

Find out more about the Highland Wildlife Park.


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

9 August 2018

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, catering and marquee dance. A fun family day out! The show takes place on Thu 9th Aug 2018.

More information is available at the Grantown Show website.


Aviemore Triathlon

12 August 2018

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).

Visit the Aviemore Triathlon website for more details.


Thunder in the Glens

24-27 August 2018

THE unmissable event in the UK for fans of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. People gather in Aviemore from around the world to attend this 3 day, weekend rally with dozens of trade stands great events and live music (headline acts are the Skids, RPJ Band and GUN) and fantastic atmosphere.

Find out the latest Thunder in the Glens news.


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 7th July 2018
Location: Grant Park, Forres

The Braemar Junior Highland Games
Date: Sat 14th July 2018
Location: Braemar

Tomintoul Highland Games
Date: Sat 21st July 2018
Location: Public Park, Tomintoul, near Grantown-on-Spey

Newtonmore Highland Games
Event Date: Sat 4th August 2018
Location: The Eilan, Newtonmore

Ballater Highland Games
Date: Thu 9th August 2018
Location: Monaltrie Park, Ballater

Abernethy Highland Games
Date: Sat 11th August 2018
Location: Playing Fields, Nethybridge

Glenisla Highland Games
Date: Fri 17th August 2018
Location: Glenisla Haugh Field, Glenisla

Grantown-on-Spey Highland Games
Date: Sun 26th August 2018
Location: Heithfield Park, Grantown-on-Spey

Lonach Highland Gathering
Date: Sat 25th August 2018
Location: Bellabeg Park, Strathdon

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