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Aviemore, in the Cairngorms National Park, is one the most popular all year holiday locations in Scotland and the UK. With Scotland’s largest ski resort and a variety of outdoor activities available, Aviemore is the perfect place to embrace the great outdoors or unwind in unspoilt scenery.
Aviemore is strategically placed beside the A9 between Kingussie and Carrbridge and is the gateway mountain resort to the Cairngorms, world renowned for its skiing, snowboarding and hillwalking.
Aviemore first grew into a major holiday destination during the 19th century with the advent of the railway, becoming an important junction for trains travelling south to Perth and northwards to the Highland capital, Inverness. Today, it is a modern resort offering top quality holiday accommodation that is perfect for short breaks for families or romantic weekends for couples. With a choice ranging from log cabins to lodges and cottages, you can find the perfect home-from-home for your Highland holiday.
Winter in the Highlands is normally the time of year associated with a resort like Aviemore, but there is much more to the Cairngorms than snow and snowsports. You have an outdoor adventure playground at your disposal all through the year., where you can enjoy mountain biking, walking, climbing, wildlife watching and sailing. With Aviemore at its heart, the entire region is a haven for outdoor activities and adventure sports – and all set in what is arguably one of the most stunning backdrops anywhere in the UK. Hillwalkers and climbers in particular flock to the Cairngorms to sample an almost unending number of routes, climbs and challenges that sees them coming back to Aviemore year after year. Munro baggers are a familiar sight out on the hills, keen to tick off yet another peak in their quest to scale all 284 peaks over 3,000 feet (914 metres) in the Scottish Highlands.
The Highlands of Scotland are teeming with wildlife, large and small, and is home to a diversity of internationally important species populations. Around the Aviemore and the Cairngorm National Park area there is an abundance of wild animals from deer to pine martens, and, if you are lucky enough, even wildcats. This highly evocative and diverse ecosystem is iconic and truly sums up the Scottish Highlands. So much so, in fact, that the distinctive landscapes are prime real estate for reintroducing rare species that once roamed the sweeping glens and hills of this scenic wilderness.
There is no shortage of things to do and see in the area. Rothiemurchas Estate, near Aviemore, is a wonderful area to explore, with a range of activities on offer. Visit a brewery or follow the Strathspey Whisky Trail; take a trip on a restored steam train; see bison, elk, bears and wolves roaming free in the Highland Wildlife Park; visit Britain’s only herd of reindeer; go white water rafting or clay pigeon shooting; hit the slopes in winter for skiing, snowboarding and dog-sledding.
Lying further south from Aviemore in the Spey Valley, Kingussie and Newtonmore are small, traditional Highland settlements. Driving 14 miles northeast from Aviemore you come to Grantown-on-Spey, which lies at the northernmost edge of the Cairngorms. This is the heart of whisky country and very popular with salmon fishers.
What is clear is that there is no ‘right’ time of year to come to Aviemore. It is a unique holiday destination in wintertime or any season of the year you choose for your self catering holiday adventure.