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Aviemore
Travel Guide

Loch an Eilein featuring heritage elements, a river or creek and island images

This lively resort town is the gateway to the Cairngorm Mountains and the United Kingdom’s largest national park.

At the base of the Cairngorm Mountains, Aviemore is the region’s primary hub for accommodations, shopping and dining. This bustling town offers easy access to some of Scotland’s most beautiful natural scenery. Hike, cycle and climb during the warmer months or enjoy skiing at one of the country’s top resorts in winter.

In summer, most visitors to Aviemore come to explore nearby Cairngorms National Park. This massive 1,740-square-mile (4,500-square-kilometer) park has 52 mountain summits greater than 3,000 feet (900 meters), including many of Scotland’s highest peaks. Start at the Aviemore Information Centre and pick up maps or ask the staff for trail recommendations.

For a rewarding, low-intensity walk, head to Loch an Eilein and follow the gentle trail that wraps around its waters. Visit the crumbling 13th-century castle set on an island at the loch’s center. The loch is located within the grounds of the Rothiemurchus Estate, known for encompassing some of Scotland’s last remaining Caledonian forest. Look for red squirrels and Scottish wildcats as you walk through groves of Scots pines, some up to 300 years old.

Find additional scenic trails around nearby Loch Morlich. Relax on the loch’s sandy beach or rent a canoe to explore its fresh waters. Many of these trails transform into wonderful spots for cross-country skiing in the winter.

Visit during the colder months to enjoy the CairnGorm Mountain ski area, which is a 25-minute drive southeast of Aviemore. Scotland’s largest ski area, CairnGorm offers over 30 runs and 19 miles (30 kilometers) of slopes, as well as a separate terrain park for skiers and boarders.

Ride the CairnGorm Mountain Funicular Railway to see dramatic views across the Valley of the Spey and the Cairngorms. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant at the mountain’s peak while admiring the vista from 3,500 feet (1,100 meters) above sea level.

Aviemore is about a 150-mile (240-kilometer) drive north of Edinburgh. Access it easily on Inverness-Edinburgh bus and train lines. Get active at one of Scotland’s loveliest outdoor destinations.

Coylumbridge Hotel
Coylumbridge Hotel
4 out of 5
Aviemore Invernesshire, Aviemore, Scotland
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $70 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
This family-friendly Aviemore hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre and Speyside Wildlife. Loch an ...
3.7/5Good! (979 reviews)
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"I have been going to the Coylumbridge for over twenty years now . With family and for business reasons. There is always work going on unfortunately so they are investing. However the bedrooms are so dated that its like going back to the eighties. I have no idea why they continue to improve the location ..."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2020

Coylumbridge Hotel
Cairngorm Hotel
Cairngorm Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Grampian Road, Aviemore, Scotland
The price is $146 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Situated in Aviemore, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, Speyside Wildlife, and Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre. ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
"The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The food was excellent and the service was very quick."

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Cairngorm Hotel
Macdonald Aviemore Highland Hotel
Macdonald Aviemore Highland Hotel
4 out of 5
Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore, Scotland
This family-friendly Aviemore hotel is located in a national park, within 3 mi (5 km) of Cairngorm Brewery, Speyside Wildlife and Craigellachie National Nature ...
3.8/5Good! (492 reviews)
"Restuarant was freezing both for dinner and for breakfast , shower was cold , no hot water . Bed was very comfortable but overall it was a bit disappointing for a supposed 4 star hotel"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2020

Macdonald Aviemore Highland Hotel
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Cairngorm Highland Bungalows
Cairngorm Highland Bungalows
3 out of 5
21 Dalnabay, Silverglades, Aviemore, Scotland
Situated in Aviemore, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cairngorm Brewery, Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, and Speyside Wildlife. Rothiemurchus ...
4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)
"Quaint cottage in very quiet neighbourhood Painful mattress and shower was not powerful"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019

Cairngorm Highland Bungalows
River House Garden Rooms
River House Garden Rooms
4.5 out of 5
2a Old Dalfaber Road, Aviemore, Scotland
Situated in Aviemore, this luxury cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Speyside Wildlife, Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre, and Craigellachie National Nature Reserve. ...
River House Garden Rooms
The Polchar Aviemore
The Polchar Aviemore
Aviemore, SCT
Situated on a lake, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Loch an Eilein and Speyside Wildlife. Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre and Craigellachie ...
The Polchar Aviemore
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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