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Top Things to Do for Free this Autumn


Looking for a break than won’t break the bank? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at our top things to do for free in Aviemore. With many onsite activities free and a location in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Hilton Coylumbridge is the perfect place for a pocket-friendly getaway.

Indoor Swimming Pool and Sauna

Keep up your fitness regime with a few laps, or catch the kids as they whoosh down the slide. If relaxation is more your thing, rejuvenate in the sauna or hydrotherapy pool. Our two indoor pools, flooded with natural light, provide the perfect place to cool down in the summer or on a rainy day.

  • Family pool with slide – perfect for little ones
  • Adult pool with whirlpool
  • Detox in the sauna
  • Relax on poolside loungers

The Fun House Kids’ Club

Want to relax and let the kids do their own thing? Our kids’ club, for hotel residents aged 5-and-over, offers a safe environment with bags of entertainment. Have a go at crafts, sports, soft play and more – all supervised by our expert Activity Team.

  • 2 hours supervised play each evening
  • Soft play
  • Games

Kids' club operates subject to minimum numbers.

Loch an Eilein

Spend the day with Mother Nature and take a stroll or cycle to Loch an Eilein. Voted one of Britain’s best picnic spots, this freshwater loch is also one of the most popular short walks in Scotland.

  • Look out for the 13th Century island castle
  • Three mile walk around the loch
  • Nestled in the Rothiemurchus forest

Outdoor Adventure Play Park

Burn off some energy onsite at our grassy adventure play park. Run, climb, balance and swing across obstacles as you and your little ones let off some steam in the Highland air. Let your imagination run wild, watch the kids from the benches or have a family picnic in this lovely setting.

  • Traditional swings and crusader group swing
  • Rock ‘n’ bowl roundabout, bridges, tunnels and slides
  • Zip line and my little train

Loch Morlich

Walk or cycle to Loch Morlich and spend the afternoon on this unique, award-winning beach. Pack a lunch, build sandcastles or dip your toes in the chilly freshwater – if you dare!

  • Stunning mountain views
  • Feed the local ducks
  • Forest walks
  • Sandy beach

Wildcat Trail

Spot some local wildlife in Newtonmore, just a short drive from the hotel. This breathtaking walk overlooks the banks of the River Spey with wooded glens, perfect for catching a glimpse of the elusive wildcat.

  • Walk as a whole, or in sections
  • The route is easily signposted with wildcat symbols
  • Visit the WildCat Centre on Newtonmore High Street

Highland Folk Museum

Take the whole family on a walk through history and learn about highland life from 1700 -1960. Walk the mile-long township and peek inside over 30 historical buildings.

  • Britain's first open-air museum
  • 4-star visitor attraction
  • Historic agriculture and domestic life
  • Home to 10,000 ancient artefacts

Bike Park in Grantown

Get ready to roll with an adrenaline-filled mountain biking session. The car park is small and on the edge of Ladies Garden Woods (which also has some nice trails). Park here and cross the road to head to the skills park.

  • Suitable for all ages and abilities
  • Natural trail riding available
  • Short trails

Culloden Wood

Enjoy a family ramble with signposted trails, offering either a 3km trip or a shorter one – in and out of the trees – for younger kids. This historic site is full of the fascinating gore of the Jacobite Army battles.

  • Located at the site of the battle of Culloden
  • Make a wish in St Mary's Well
  • Parks, playgrounds and bike trails

The Sculpture Trail at Kincraig

Breathe some Highland air into your lungs with a stunning walk, taking in the wood and stone sculptures of Frank Bruce, along the banks of the Feshie.

  • Good, waymarked footpaths and tracks
  • Mountain views
  • 4.5km walk

Cairngorm Mountain

Forget the train this time – stretch your legs and walk with the whole family to experience breathtaking views from the top of the Cairngorm Mountain.

  • Sixth highest mountain in the UK
  • Pathway to the top from the carpark
  • Spot unique fauna and flora

Boat of Garten Riverside Walk

Pack the walking boots and get ready to take in amazing views of the northern Cairngorms. This picturesque walk is perfect for families and manageable for children.

  • Spot the rare capercaillie
  • Follow the River Spey
  • Head inland for woodland wildlife

Craigellachie Mountain

Get away from the hustle and bustle. Right in the heart of Aviemore, Craigellachie is a nature reserve offering steep crags leading to amazing views of the Cairngorms.

  • Spot peregrine falcons
  • Surrounded by birchwood
  • Waymarked path throughout

Family Facilities

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Resort Activites

From climbing walls, tennis and a fun house, to a relaxing spa and salon – treat yourself to an array of fun-filled activities for every interest.

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