Hills and Mountains

Mountain Weather Information Service: MWIS provides weather forecasts to aid mountain safety for 9 upland regions across the UK. 

sportscotland Avalanche Information Service: SAIS publishes the daily reports of observed and forecast, avalanche, snow, and mountain conditions at the 5 most popular areas of Scotland during the season, with a continuing pilot period for the Torridon area.

Mountaineering Scotland: Mountaineering Scotland is the only recognised representative organisation for hill walkers, climbers, mountaineers and ski-tourers who live in Scotland or who enjoy Scotland’s mountains, and acts to represent, support and promote Scottish mountaineering.

Mountain Training Association: The MTA is a membership organisation for climbing, walking and mountain leaders in the UK and Ireland.

Adventuremark: Adventuremark allows providers to demonstrate to their customers or users that the provider's arrangements for managing the potential risks of adventure activities have been inspected and found to meet the necessary standards of good practice in the adventure activity industry.

John Muir Trust: JMT are the leading wild land conservation charity in the UK. Inspired by the work, spirit and legacy of John Muir, our members care passionately about wild places wherever they may be, and the diversity of life they support. 

Munro Bagpiper: Welcome to munrobagpiper.com, home of Grant MacLeod, the Munro Bagpiper. From here you can follow his adventures, as he works his way through the Scottish Munros, playing his bagpipes on each and every one of them.  

Other activities locally

Highland Wildlife Park (Kincraig): Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world's mountains and tundra in our spectacular setting. Drive around the Main Reserve in your own car and then investigate the walk-round area on foot.

Cairngorm Brewery: The Cairngorm Brewery Company, established in 2001, is situated in the village of Aviemore within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. We brew traditional ales with a fresh new edge, by using well established brewing methods, the finest malted and roast barley, hops and crystal clear mountain water. The Brewery is open to the public. We have a small shop selling our full range of bottles together with polypins and party barrels of our permanent and seasonal cask products. We provide tours and offer samples of our ales.

Strathspey Railway: The Strathspey Railway invites you to step aboard our trains this year and help celebrate 40 years of the return of steam travel through the Highlands of Scotland. Brought back to life in 1978 by a dedicated group of volunteers, this 10 mile restored section of the original Highland Railway Line enables you to travel back in time to an era when steam whistles blew, carriage doors slammed shut and there was a familiar click-clack rhythm of the rails as the train travelled along the track.

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Places to stay

in and around Aviemore

Ardlogie Guest House and Bothy: A friendly, relaxed guest house situated in a peaceful location with views towards the River Spey and the Cairngorm Mountains. You are assured of a comfortable stay, a fine Scottish Highland Breakfast made from local produce, and warm welcome from your friendly hosts Kevin & Kirsty.

Cairngorm Guest House: When visiting Aviemore and looking for Bed and Breakfast accommodation, look no further for that Highland Hospitality and friendly welcome here at Cairngorm Guest House. Our very comfortable and welcoming 12 bedroomed Victorian guest house is ideally situated in Aviemore, in the Cairngorm National Park, a perfect base to explore the Scottish Highlands or to enjoy the abundance of outdoor pursuits which the immediate area has to offer. 

Dunroamin: Dunroamin is a family run quality Bed and Breakfast. Centrally situated, off the main street, in a quiet residential area in Aviemore, it is only five minutes walk to the shops, restaurants and bars. An ideal base for your holiday or business needs, it provides privacy with all the comforts of your own home. Dunroamin Self catering is in an ideal central location, only a stones throw from the main house.

Go Self Catered: Go Self Catered offers quality self catering holiday accommodation with two cottages, situated in a quiet cul-de-sac, only 5 minutes walk from the centre of Aviemore village, with views of the Cairngorm mountains. We believe a great holiday begins with a well equipped, clean and comfortable home away from home, situated in the perfect location. 

High Range - Hotel/Motel, Self Catering, Caravan, Campsite: Our stylish Lodge Hotel / Motel commands a splendid view of the ancient Caledonian Forests of Rothiemurchus, the Lairig Ghru pass and the magnificent peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains. This impressive 20 bedroom motel building contains a selection of outstanding rooms, including double, twin, family and superior. We also offer a spacious VisitScotland Grade 1 standard rated room which sleeps two, to include a guest with physical limitations and/or mobility difficulties.

Railway Cottage: Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, or a base for your family and friends to explore the Cairngorms National Park, Railway Cottage is the perfect home from home. A beautifully positioned, luxury, 2 bedroom cottage, nestling between RSPB nature reserve Insh Marshes and the Monadhliath Mountains, easily served by both Aviemore and Kingussie.

Ravenscraig Guest House: Ravenscraig has 14 bedrooms providing 4 star bed and breakfast accommodation in Aviemore. It is ideally situated on the main street just a short stroll from the town centre with its numerous shops, bars and restaurants.

The Rowan Tree: Steven and Monique Joy welcome you to the Rowan Tree Country Hotel. Our small hotel offers a friendly, cosy, home from home for a short break or for a longer holiday. On our doorstep lie all the attractions for which the Cairngorm Highlands of Scotland and especially, the Aviemore area are rightly famous.

The Glen - Luxury Holiday Apartment: The Glen is a centrally located well appointed first floor two bedroom LUXURY apartment with views to the surrounding woods and mountains. It is situated only a few minutes walk from the centre of Aviemore, and the newly developed Aviemore Centre. The apartment is bright and spacious and is an ideal family base for exploring the local area. 

further afield

Pottery House, Loch Ness B&B: Our tranquil village location in Dores has unrivalled access to the Loch Ness waters edge. Dores beach with its iconic Loch Ness views is just a 5 minute walk away as well as the Dores Inn, one of the highest rated restaurants in the Inverness area. And yet Inverness city centre is just 10 minutes drive away.    

Serendipity, Glenmoriston: Our home offers spacious and comfortable modern bed and breakfast accommodation, presented to a very high standard in an ideal Highland setting with a friendly welcome and relaxing homely atmosphere. The house occupies a substantial position close to the River Moriston with spectacular uninterupted views to the surrounding Glenmoriston mountains and forest. Serendipity is located in the picturesque rural hamlet of Dalchreichart, Glenmoriston in the rugged North West Scottish Highlands, approximately halfway between the Highland capital of Inverness to the east and the beautiful Isle of Skye to the west and just nine miles from the southern end of historic Loch Ness.

Old Pine Yurt, Tomintoul: The Old Pine Yurt is situated in a secluded hillside location where only birdsong and the distant tumbling river disturb the peace. The spacious room, woodburning stove and cosy bedding make this a camping experience like no other. 

BroadrakeAt the foot of Whernside in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, ideally situated for the Three Peaks Challenge which can be done from the door.  Bunkbarn accommodation for 20, either as a group or individual room booking. 

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Places to eat (and drink) in Aviemore

The Old Bridge Inn: In 1982 The Old Bridge Inn was converted from a small cottage to a humble pub, enjoying a joyous journey in those 36 years to where we are now. Sitting on the side of the famous River Spey, these days we offer locals and visitors alike a destination for truly delicious food, a thoughtfully stocked bar, first rate live music & DJs and a variety of accommodation, now well loved throughout the land 

La Taverna Ristorante & Pizzeria & Bar: At La Taverna, you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome, a relaxed atmosphere and a truly continental eating-out experience! La Taverna Ristorante Pizzeria & Bar has operated under the personal supervision of our family from 1977. Located at the hub of the High Range holiday complex, La Taverna offers an authentic, continental atmosphere, enhanced by the delightful alpine-style oil painted illustrations by Ann Vastano, which decorate the wooden beams and pillars throughout. 

The Rowan Tree: Award winning dining in Cairngorms National Park. As you'd expect, your meal is individually prepared for you by ourselves using only the freshest, principally Scottish, ingredients. Our superb menu offers the very best Scottish dining in the area, with an excellent range of dishes, some based on more traditional fare, others on new & interesting recipes. What is beyond question is that all are very enjoyable.

The Winking OwlThe Winking Owl is now owned and managed by the Cairngorm Brewery which has been making award winning beers in Aviemore since 2001. Morag and her team look forward to giving you a warm welcome. Our menu has something for everyone, from nibbles and scrumptious day time mugs to a mouthwatering main meal menu and lots of yummy puds! We offer delicious veggie meals and gluten-free and dairy free options; we also have a kids’ menu and provide full food allergen information. 

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Other useful sites

Cairngorms National Park: This very special place offers wonderful opportunities to explore quiet glens, visit historic sites, watch the most amazing wildlife and be as active – or as relaxed – as you could possibly want to be. Nowhere else in Britain has the range of landscapes all in one place that we have and it’s a big place; so there’s plenty of opportunity to find that place that is special for you. There are wonderful places to stay and eat and so much you can do and see here

Visit Cairngorms: Welcome to the Cairngorms National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The Cairngorms National Park is the largest national park in the UK and is one of the country's most special and cared for landscapes with a wide variety of traditional and unique villages and communities.

The Internet Guide to Scotland: Largely based on Daniel Mackenzie-Winters' personal travels, this online guide contains details on transport, sightseeing, outdoor activities and accommodation throughout Scotland with particular emphasis on the Highlands and Islands (including the Outer Hebrides or Western Isles). Launched in May 1996, this site is now recommended by books including Lonely Planet guidebook for Scotland and 'The Rough Guide to Scotland'. 

Dugs Welcome: DugsWelcome.com is an online dog friendly guide to Edinburgh, Scotland, the UK and beyond brought to you by the Dugs n’ Pubs team. Find information and listings for Dog Friendly Pubs, Cafes, Shops, Beaches, Walks and Days Out in Scotland, England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

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