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
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 November to March 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.
For more details visit the Highland Wildlife Park website.
19 – 20 March 2016
A must for all splitboarders! Come and see demos of the latest split boarding gear, hints and tips from the main split board brands and retailers. There’s also seminars on backcountry snowboarding and a raffle with some awesome prizes.
9 -10 April 2016
A day of family excitement and education out to find out how a railway works by traveling on the Strathspey Railway! Chris Vine, the author of popular Peter’s Railway books will be taking part in the tour and signing his books. You can ride in our historic Officer’s saloon – an observation car with windows at either end which provide amazing the scenery and railway line. There’s also the opportunity to see around the engine and carriage sheds, operate the railway turntable at Aviemore and visit the Signal Box at Boat of Garten where a diesel locomotive will take you on an exhilarating ride.
Suitable for children aged 7 and over.
Visit the Strathspey Railway website for more details.
Spey Valley Cinema, Aviemore
22 – 24 April 2016
Films, talks and workshops exploring the culture, drama and environment of the Cairngorm National Park. During the weekend Festival world class outdoor athletes, explorers and adventurers will present films, workshops and talks about adventuring, mountaineerings, cycling and kayaking all with the Cairngorm National Park’s magnificent backdrop.
Visit the Aviemore Adventure Film Festival website for more details.
Various Speyside locations
28 April – 2nd May 2016
The annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is a celebration of Scotland’s national drink with a huge number of events taking place around the course of one of Scotland’s most famous rivers.
Visitors come from around the world to enjoy the special atmosphere created by the huge number of events on offer from whisky tasting, distillery visits, live music, arts and crafts and outdoor activities.
For more information and the full list of events in and around the Aviemore area visit the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival website.
Grantown on Spey
14 – 15 May
Come a celebrate the spectacular nature of the Cairngorm National Park. A brand new programme of events is planned with Ranger-led walks to get up close and personal with Highland wildlife, hands on conservation work, a park-wide ‘landscape photo-post’ challenge and the ever popular mud pies…Nick Baker from The Really Wild Show will also be on hand to lead the Bio-Blitz biological survey.