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Check out our top 10 things to do in Aviemore this autumn and winter, while staying at Hilton Coylumbridge. Set in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, the hotel is surrounded by some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery and outdoor activities.

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1. Take a Trip Up the Cairngorm Funicular

Enjoy some of Scotland's greatest views by taking the Funicular up to the top of Cairngorm Mountain. It's truly spectacular!

Cairngorm Mountain is where you'll find the UK's highest funicular railway. You can even enjoy a guided walk to the top, take in the majestic views, and take the funicular back down. At the top, a hot chocolate and a bite to eat are a must, plus a browse through the lovely gift shop.

2. Ride on the Strathspey Steam Railway

The Strathspey Steam Railway runs from nearby Aviemore Station and is always popular with families.

There’s something magical about steam trains that capture the imagination of all the passengers. Hop on board this nostalgic steam train through the Scottish Highlands with lots of special activities throughout the year

It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the history of rail travel in the area. Tickets for the very popular Santa Express are available from September - so we recommend booking now.

Tickets for the railway are available to buy online at

3. Visit Loch Morlich

A breathtaking fresh water loch, Loch Morlich is a popular year-round destination for visitors to Hilton Coylumbridge.

Dust off the cobwebs with a beautiful walk through the forest to reach this top attraction. Take in the snowy mountains reflected on the still loch and feel a million miles away.




4. Adventure Through the Highland Wildlife Park

Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals from the world's mountains and tundra - including Polar Bears, Amur Tigers, Wolves and Red Deer - at the spectacular Highland Wildlife Park, approximately ten minutes' drive from the Hilton Coylumbridge hotel.

Buy a few souvenirs in the Wild Things Shop, or stop in Antlers Coffee Shop year-round for home-style food and spectacular views of the Japanese Snow Monkey enclosure and the Spey Valley beyond.

5. Stop By a Brewery or Distillery

Take a trip to the Cairngorm Brewery Company situated in the village of Aviemore, not far from the Hilton Coylumbridge hotel. This multiple award-winning brewery is the purveyor of exquisite ales with a fresh new edge. 

If whisky is your preference, venture to the Speyside region, home to the Speyside Single Malts, or visit some of the best-selling single malt whisky distilleries in the world, where you can taste world-renowned Glenlivet and Glenfiddich.


6. Ride an Off-Road Segway

See the Cairngorms from a new perspective as you roll through the beautiful landscape on an off-road segway trek. Stretching over six miles, you’ll get off the beaten track and witness breathtaking 360-degree Highland views. Never ridden a segway before? No problem. The surrounding forests have different terrains to suit all abilities with expert instructors leading the way.Pick up local and unique gifts in many of the high street shops in Aviemore including lovely tartan bags and gloves, unusual jewellery and of course snowsports clothing.

7. Spend Some Time at The Woodshed

Retreat to the warmth of our log fire at the Woodshed Bar and join us for one of our regular weekend BBQs.

This family-friendly, log cabin-style bar features a mouth-watering light bites and snacks menu and a full schedule of live entertainment and sporting events.

8. Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

Get up close with real free-to-range reindeers and enjoy a tour under the supervision of trained guides.

Enjoy feeding, petting and taking photos of the friendly reindeers in their beautiful natural habitat. Open year-round, but a truly memorable experience especially around the festive season!

9. Thai Lodge Spa

Unwind in the tranquil surroundings of the Thai Lodge Spa at the Hilton Coylumbridge hotel.

Soothe away your worries, or take time to revitalise during a session with one of our expert therapists, who'll help relieve stress, tension, anxiety and pain.

10. Plan Your Snowsports Break

The closest hotel to the slopes, Hilton Coylumbridge is the ideal ski and snowboard holiday destination in Aviemore.

The School of Snowsports, located on the grounds of the hotel, provides professional lessons for all ages and a fantastic dry slope for you to practice on. Did you know we also have a secure area for you to store your ski equipment on the hotel grounds?

A gentle hill at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountain provides the perfect spot for sledging - it's great fun for kids and adults.

Alternatively, you can take the kids ice skating on our mini ice rink at Outdoor Discovery in the grounds of the hotel.

Check out our snowsports brochure for more details.

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