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6 Unique Experiences to Enjoy in Aviemore this Summer

6 Unique Experiences to Enjoy in Aviemore this Summer

Posted by Hilton Coylumbridge, May, 2017

When we think of summer, often sun, sea and sand spring to mind. This year, why not plan a trip closer to home? With unique experiences right on our doorstep, a holiday abroad isn’t the only way to adventure this year. Hilton Coylumbridge is located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park with spectacular access to all the lush Scottish Highlands has to offer.

Cairngorm Mountain & Funicular Railway

A must-see for anyone visting the Highlands, reach the summit of Cairngorm Mountain by foot or travel to over 3,500 feet on Scotland’s only funicular railway. This one-of-a-kind activity offers a viewing point with breathtaking panoramic Highland vistas – with children five-and-under riding for free. Stop by the cafe or pick up unique souviners at the gift shop. Sightseeing is hungry work, so head back down to the hotel to dine at our family-friendly restaurants. 

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Pony Trekking & Hacking

Discover the soft temperament of the ponies as you trek the hills, moorlands and rivers of Rothiemurchus – led by skilled guides. Choose the Wee Womble Ride, perfect for kids up to eight years and those with no previous pony trekking experience or journey on a 90-minute intermediate hack and canter across the open highlands.

Pony Trekking

Cairngorm Sleddog Centre

Take a ride at the only daily working sleddog centre in the UK. Surprisingly, this activity isn’t just a winter sport, and can be enjoyed all year round by families with children over 12 years old. Discover the history and the dogs’ training regime before you set off on a buggy through the scenic Cairngorms.

dog-sledding

Strathspey Steam Railway

Experience a bygone era on the charming Strathspey Steam Railway as you journey across ten miles of 1950s branchline. Indulge with an on-board afternoon tea or book a specialist regional whisky tasting while you enjoy the scenery of the Cairngorms National Park. Why not take the morning train to explore Boat of Garten before returning to Aviemore?

steam-train

Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

Just like our preconceptions that sleddogs are just for winter, we often think the same of reindeers. However, you can meet and greet Britain’s only free-ranging herd year round at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre. Take part in guided mountainside trips and witness these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Stop by the paddocks for an unforgettable hand-feeding experience.

reindeer-cairngorm

The Malt Whisky Trail

Sample the history and culture of the Scottish highlands on The Malt Whisky Trail – the only malt whisky trail in the world. Span the historic landscape and meet the masters of the trade as you nose casks and savour the rich aromas. Craft your own itinerary from distilleries to shops as you discover whisky country at your own pace.

glass-of-whiskey

Recharge after a day of exploring at Hilton Coylumbridge. Now’s the perfect time to book with up to 25% off in our summer sale with dinner, unlimited breakfast and complimentary use of our leisure facilities. What's more, we're just a few minutes drive from the sandy beach of Loch Morlich – perfect for the warmer months. 

Loch-Morlich-Beach