Top 6 things to do this autumn in aviemore
Autumn in The Scottish Highlands is a magical place to be with so many stunning colours and natural locations to appreciate. Discover six of the best in this article.
- Capture the Autumn Colours Autumn is a beautiful time of year to see the North of Scotland and what better place to do so than the Cairngorms National Park and Rothiemurchus Estate? October and November are the best months to capture the leaves changing with a mix of reds, golds and yellows. Take a visit to nearby Loch an Eilein (voted Britain’s best picnic spot) and see the magic of the autumnal colours reflecting in the crystal clear waters. If you’re staying at the hotel you can walk or cycle to both Loch an Eilein or Loch Morlich. Children love this time of year too so it’s a great way to get them outdoors for a forest walk picking a selection of autumnal leaves and pine cones to make pictures and Christmas decorations at home.
- High Ropes Immerse yourself in the ancient pine forests of Rothiemurchus Estate near Aviemore. Try this aerial adventure course and travel through the trees getting a squirrel’s eye view of the beautiful forests below whilst tackling fun and exhilarating challenges. It’s also great day out for us big kids and older children.
- Whisky Tasting Needing to warm up on a crisp Autumn day is a great excuse to sample some fantastic Scottish Malt Whiskies while you’re in The Highlands. Visit some fantastic malt distilleries including Glenlivet set in the countryside and a fantastic scenic drive from Aviemore, or venture slightly further to the mighty Glenfiddich for a free tour and capture more outstanding Autumn scenery on your way. Back at the hotel we’ve got lots of local whiskies and Cairngorm Ales to sample at the The Woodshed Bar where you can cosy up in front of our roaring log fire.
- Explore the Landscapes 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland, and with so many fantastic drives and routes to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice from the stunning views along the scenic 96-mile West Highland Way in the Highlands voted by Lonely Planet as the ‘world’s best treks’ to capturing dramatic views 1097 feet above sea level. The Cairngorm Mountain Railway will take you this high up where you’ll see spectacular views of the mountains, forests and lochs. Enjoy lunch and a hot chocolate at the top.
- Learn to Canoe or River Tube Imagine sitting in a canoe in the middle of a loch surrounded by Autumn forests. Sounds amazing and peaceful doesn’t it? Why not have a go and try it, or if you’re more adventurous tick river tubing off your bucket list! It’s a fun day out with tamer family versions or adult adrenaline ones too. Just sit on the tube and hold on tight as you zoom through the rapids. Outdoor Discovery based in the hotel’s grounds can help organise these activities for you.
- The Train Journey If you’d rather capture the beauty of Autumn in comfort, take one of the great railway journeys of the world here in The Highlands. The 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis. The train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan made famous by the Harry Potter films and the beautiful 21 arched viaduct. You can also experience the magic of a steam railway closer to Aviemore on the Strathspey Steam Railway which takes you on a nostalgic 20 mile round trip along part of the original Highland Railway.
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