Known to locals as “Active Aviemore”, this Scottish Highlands town is located within Cairngorms National Park and is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. A vast playground for mountaineering, hillwalking and various snowsports, Aviemore is ground zero for adventurous activities.
Things to do in Aviemore
Ride to the top of CairnGorm Mountain and learn to ski or snowboard like a professional. Situated in Aviemore’s backyard, this mountain is enjoyed year-round for its hiking, camping and winter sports. Hit the slopes or enjoy the brilliant view at Ptarmigan Restaurant while sipping on hot cocoa.
Spend a day splashing about in two of the cleanest lochs in Europe, Loch Insh and Loch Morlich, and admire the stunning natural setting from the comfort of a canoe. Try your hand at windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding or rafting, all while surrounded by the bountiful green hills and mountains of the Scottish Highlands.
Take a drive through Highland Wildlife Park, home to herds of European bison, elk, deer and horses. They happily share this expansive space with numerous birds and critters. Spot wolves and reindeer in Wolf Wood or take a walk on the wild side and spend time with the resident tigers.
Enjoy an educational and fun-filled day at Landmark Forest Adventure Park. Dare to ride the Wild Water Coaster or Runaway Timber Train, two of the park’s most exhilarating rides. Relax in the Butterfly House, where you can admire hundreds of colourful critters while water cascades into a pond fringed with tropical flowers and plants.
Getting around Aviemore
Trains connect Aviemore to Glasgow and Edinburgh, with direct lines to London and Aberdeen. Flights arrive at Inverness airport, an hour’s drive or 1.5-hour train journey from Aviemore. Within Aviemore, there are many walking and cycling paths, but a private car lets you explore further afield.