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10 Things You Didn't Know About Aviemore

10 Things You Didn't Know About Aviemore

Posted by Hilton Coylumbridge, December, 2016

The charming town of Aviemore has something for everyone, from beautiful natural landscapes to activities and excursions. We want to share some of our favourite facts about this amazing part of the world.

1) Aviemore lies within the Cairngorm National Park, the largest National Park in the UK. Covering an area twice the size of the Lake District, this natural wonder is home to 5 of the 6 highest mountains in the UK and boasts 55 munros – mountains over 3000ft.

Mountains

2) Aviemore is also home to the UK’s highest funicular railway and the only one in Scotland, which will whisk you to dizzying heights of over 3000ft above sea level.

Funicular

3) Once you’ve reached cloud nine via the funicular railway, you can have lunch at the UK’s highest restaurant, Ptarmigan.

4) Not far from the town of Aviemore is the CairnGorm Mountain ski resort, Scotland’s most popular ski resort and its second largest, it’s so popular because of the reliable snowfall. You’ll be spoilt for choice as this ski resort offers the choice of 30km of pistes and 11 ski lifts.

Skier

5) This beautiful corner of Scotland is a haven for wildlife and is home to over a quarter of Scotland’s native forests, parks, flora and fauna. 25% of Britain’s threatened species live here and there are many conservation efforts in place to protect them and their habitat. See if you can spot some pine martens or black grouse in the local woodland.

6) If you are a whisky lover, then you will be happy to know that Aviemore is a short distance from the Speyside region. A famous territory for whisky production, Speyside has over half of Scottish distilleries and the greatest concentration of malt producers in Scotland. Why not take a tour of the famous Glenlivet or Glenfiddich distilleries?

7) Are you in Lapland? No, you’re in Aviemore. The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre is home to the UK’s only free-range reindeer herd. Although Santa prefers the North Pole, these amazing animals roam over the Scottish Highlands and are happy to welcome visitors. During the rutting season, September to November, these amazing animals will put on quite a show as the males make loud calls to scare away rivals.

Reindeer

8) Home of the Yeti? In 1891, a professor called Norman Collie visited the Cairngorms and reported hearing a ‘crunch’, some distance behind him, after every few steps, as he descended Ben Macdui. He believed that a creature was following him, and that its stride must have been 3 or 4 times as great as his own. Other accounts and ‘eye witnesses’ have testified to the existence of a 10-foot creature with long ears and hair all over its body.

9) Aviemore itself is only a few hundred years old but people have been living in this area for much longer. Hidden among modern buildings there is a ring cairn and stone circle, estimated to be 4400 years old! This historical site was probably used for cremation or communal burial, or perhaps as a celebration site for the winter solstice.

Woodshed Bar

10) Aviemore is where you’ll find the Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel. Established in 1960, our hotel was – and still is – the closest hotel to the slopes, making it hugely popular with snowsports enthusiasts. Our hotel boasts a range of dining options, from the cosy Woodshed Bar to the Inverdruie Restaurant, and a whole host of amenities. Our kids’ club, indoor swimming pool and Thai Lodge Spa are just a few of the amazing services you can enjoy!

Book your stay today and escape on a beautiful winter break, with rooms from £89 per night.