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Visitor Information - Cairngorms & Aviemore

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Out and About:

Cairngorms & Aviemore:  Accommodation

Aviemore and the Cairngorms are synonymous with winter sports - predominantly skiing - but there is much to see and do all year round. The newly constructed Cairngorm funicular railway can take you to within a short distance of the mountain's summit, winter and summer, and there are plenty of activities on offer.

The popular TV series 'Monarch of the Glen' was filmed on location around Ardverikie House on Loch Laggan and in the surrounding area. The stunning scenery is there for all to discover.


Historic Buildings and Castles:

Ruthven Barracks

Ruthven Barracks

Near Kingussie. The barracks were built by General Wade in 1715.


Museums and Galleries:

Grantown Museum

Grantown Museum

Local heritage and history.

Museum of Childhood Memories

Village Hall, Boat of Garten. Toy museum, holograms and collectors' items.

Highland Folk Museum

Highland Folk Museum

Newtonmore and Kingussie. Presentations and demonstration, of old Highland township and more modern working croft.

Clan Macpherson Museum

Clan Macpherson Museum

The Clan House and Museum in Newtonmore seeks to bring together, house and display the history and culture of the clan at home and abroad.


Parks and Gardens:

Highland Wildlife Park

Wolf, Highland Wildlife Park

The Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig. Wildlife reserve, exhibits, play area, shop and cafe.

Ardgourish Gardens

Kincardine, Boat of Garten. Alpine rockeries, Far East and Oriental gardens.

Glenmore Forest Park

Near Aviemore. Visitor centre. Forest walking and cycle trails. Cross country skiing in winter.

Rothiemurchus Highland Estate

Rothiemurchus Estate

The estate lies at the heart of the Cairngorm mountains in the Highlands of Scotland, which have been proposed for consideration as a World Heritage Site and a Scottish National Park.

Speyside Heather Centre

The garden centre stocks up to 300 varieties of heathers. Craft/gift shop, boutique and restaurant.


Visitor Attractions:

Osprey Centre

The Loch Garten Osprey Centre is at Tulloch, near Nethy Bridge. Interpretation and live cameras.

Cairngorm Funicular

Cairngorm Funicular

The funicular is open all year.

Waltzing Waters

Newtonmore. Indoor water, light and music extravaganza. Shop and cafe.

Steam Railway

Strathspey Steam Railway

The Strathspey Steam Railway runs between Aviemore and Boat of Garten.

Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

Established as Reindeer House in Glenmore, the Reindeer Centre has since evolved into an information point, telling visitors about the reindeer and their natural history.

The Fun House

Coylumbridge Hilton, near Aviemore. Family entertainment, indoor play area.

Landmark Centre

The Landmark Centre, Carrbridge. Landmark Forest Heritage Park. Nature trail, treetop walkway, wild water coaster, play area, shop and restaurant. Also Microworld - a look into the microscopic world around us.

Monarch of the Glen

The area has been the location for much of the filming for the popular Monarch of the Glen TV series.


Sport & Leisure:

Sled Dog Centre

Cromdale, near Grantown-on-Spey. Sled dog rides. Open October-April.

Loch Morlich Watersports

Glenmore, near Aviemore. Sailing, windsurfing. Equipment hire and instruction.

Cairngorm Gliding Club

Feshie Airstrip, near Kincraig. Trial flight, qualified instruction.


Car Hire:

Aberdeen 4x4 Self Drive

tel: 01463 871083

Macdonalds Self-Drive

tel: 01479 811444


Selected Accommodation in Aviemore and Cairngorms


Guest Houses


Seafield Lodge Hotel, Grantown on Spey
Coylumbridge Hilton, Aviemore
Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie
Willowbank, Grantown on Spey
Laggan Country Hotel, Newtonmore
Haugh Hotel, Grantown on Spey
Silverfjord Hotel, Kingussie
Balavil Hotel, Newtonmore
The Happy Haggis, Kingussie
Tigh na Sgiath Hotel, Dulnain Bridge
Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore

Insh Hall Lodge, Kincraig
Kinross House, Grantown on Spey
Rossmor Guest House, Grantown on Spey
Waverley Villa, Grantown on Spey
The Rumblie, Laggan Bridge
Rosegrove Guest House, Dulnain Bridge
Rosehall Guest House, Grantown on Spey
Cairngorm Guest House, Aviemore
Craigellachie House, Carrbridge

Fraoch Lodge, Boat of Garten
Ardselma, Kingussie
Westhaven, Grantown on Spey
Beinn Sealladh, Nethy Bridge
Netherfield, Dulnain Bridge
Finlarig B&B, Dulnain Bridge
Dulaig, Grantown on Spey
Greystones, Kingussie
Larick House, Newtonmore
Eriskay, Aviemore
Chapelton Steading, Boat of Garten
Ruthven House, Kingussie
Coire Choille, Nethy Bridge
An Sealgair, Carrbridge

Self Catering



Badaguish Lodges, Aviemore
Cairngorm Highland Bungalows, Aviemore
Easter Cullachie Steading, Boat of Garten
Bynackbeg Cottage, Nethy Bridge
Bynackbeg House, Nethy Bridge
Cairndruie, Aviemore
Apartment Aviemore, Aviemore
Lochan Mor Lodge, Aviemore
Coire Mor, Kingussie
Glen Apartment, Aviemore
The Treehouse, Boat of Garten
Croft Holidays, Newtonmore
Tulach Ard, Grantown on Spey
Old Rectory Cottage, Grantown on Spey
Balbeag, Kincraig
Pines House, Grantown on Spey
Tigh na Feidh, Nethy Bridge
Dailuaine Cottage, Boat of Garten
Birch Cottage, Aviemore
Pilmuir, Boat of Garten
Linden Lodge, Aviemore
Balblair Cottage, Boat of Garten
Signal Box, Newtonmore
Glendarroch Cottage, Kingussie
The Laggan Drey, Laggan
Glengynack Cottage, Grantown on Spey
Craigview Cottage, Grantown on Spey
Creag na Sanais, Laggan
Hillside East, Kingussie
The Snug, Grantown on Spey
Woodlands, Newtonmore


Ardenbeg Bunkhouse, Grantown on Spey
Craggan Bunkhouse, Grantown on Spey


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