10 Things to Do within 10 Miles of Aviemore
Touted the adventure capital of Scotland and even the whole of the UK, Aviemore is among the brightest jewels in the Highlands’ crown of natural wonders. This quaint town steeped in Scottish tradition is an idyllic escape route into rural bliss at any time of the year. Here’s our pick of 10 diverse activities to keep everyone on board buzzing with excitement for the trip up north.
1. Make It to the Top of CairnGorm
Reaching an altitude of 1,245 metres, CairnGorm is the most prominent peak in the Grampian range and the 6th highest mountain in Britain. Start off your sojourn in Aviemore with a bang and bask in glorious views of the sprawling Cairngorms National Park as you make your way to the top.
If hillwalking sounds like too much of a challenge, take in the majestic hill from the comfort of our onsite leisure areas.
2. Have a Pint at the Cairngorm Brewery
What better way to reward yourself and unwind after climbing CairnGorm than a pint at the Cairngorm Brewery? Just 15 minutes from Hilton Colyumbridge, the award-winning purveyor of fine ales is the perfect stop for a pick-me-up. Tours are priced at £5 per person and run every day throughout the year.
3. Try Out the Zipline and Aerial Adventure Park
Experience Aviemore on the fly at the Zipline and Aerial Adventure Park. Kids will love the thrills of flitting through the pine trees across 14 zip wires over a 2-kilometre course. The zips take you from a gentle, easy start to the pinnacle of a 550-metre long stretch at 40 miles per hour.
4. Revel in some Highland Games
Outdoor activities don’t get more quintessentially Scottish than the sizeable chunk of folklore that is the Highland Games. Compete against family members, friends or colleagues in laidback group challenges involving haggis hurling, tug-o-war, Scot’s hammer, sack races and more, courtesy of In your Element.
5. White Water River Tubing
For the adventurers at heart, vibrant mountain river streams provide the ideal stage for white water river tubing in the Aviemore environs. Full On Adventure accommodates adults and children trying their luck at beating the currents with a brush against the forces of nature.
Just a stone’s throw away from our Inverdruie Restaurant, why not nip in for a satisfying post-adventure supper? What’s more, kids under 10 years eat for free with every adult meal package.
6. Go for Clay Shooting and Archery
The ancient art of target archery awaits you in gorgeous surroundings. Sample a day in the life of a bygone-era with this sport and enjoy a cracking laugh while sharpening your shots at the Rothiemurchus Centre.
7. Visit the Loch an Eilein Gallery
Boasting a specially curated selection of fine art and locally made crafts, the Loch an Eilein Gallery pays honour to the breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife of the Cairngorms. Featuring local artistic talent from both the older and younger generations, you can admire different forms of jewellery, Harris tweed, felt work, engraved and fused glass, sculpture, wood turning, driftaway art, soaps and much more to get your creative fix.
8. Hop on the Strathspey Steam Railway
For the ultimate immersion into your fairytale surroundings, Strathspey Steam Railway runs from Aviemore Station. Steam trains are a firm favourite with families and have a knack for kicking kids’ imaginations into full gear.
9. Take a Nature and Wildlife Tour
With so much wilderness to appreciate and creatures to spot, a nature and wildlife tour is just the way you want to make the most of your time in Aviemore. Let an expert guide from Speyside Wildlife transport you to a hidden universe teeming with beavers, deer, mountain goats, owls and more for a truly unforgettable experience.
10. Get your Swing on at Carrbridge Golf Club
Golfing enthusiasts and novices alike will fall head over heels for the Carrbridge Golf Club, set in a picturesque clearing against the Cairngorms. The golf club offers a range of engaging courses at competitive prices, and guests have been known to visit Aviemore specifically to stay at the club.