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Aviemore and the Cairngorms

At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, this valley of the River Spey with its ancient pinewoods, boasts some of Scotland’s finest attractions and a great range of outdoor activities.


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© Copyright Cairngorm Reindeer Centre Wildlife of the Cairngorms »

With crested tits and crossbills in the pinewoods, and ospreys now common, this is great country for birdwatchers. Among the mammals, reintroduced reindeer are a local speciality.

© Copyright Boat of Garten Golf Club Great Golf Courses »

This valley of the River Spey has some of the best heathland golf in Britain. Golfers who have discovered the Cairngorms came back time and time again.

© Copyright David Hayes Beaches »

No where else in-land has such great sandy beaches. Loch Morlich, with a wide stretch of fine sand beside the pine trees, is the place to be on a hot sunny day. Loch Laggan in the west has an equally large beach accessed from the A86, at the east end of the loch.

© Copyright David Hayes Adventure »

With such spectacular terrain, there are plenty of adventure and activity operators in the Cairngorms National Park, offering courses and organised experiences in everything from extreme winter survival to watersports.

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Family attractions are a feature of this area, with the ever-popular Landmark Forest Adventure Park at Carrbridge a great day out - as is the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig along with both the Leault Working Sheepdogs and the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre at Glenmore.

© Copyright Strathspey Railway Co Cruises & Railways »

The Strathspey Railway captures the atmosphere of an old Scottish branch line and has fine views of the Cairngorms, the setting for Britain's highest funicular railway.

Carrbridge 2009 © Copyright Stanley Howe; Howe Towns & Villages »

The communities and little towns of the Cairngorms National Park have a variety of origins – but all welcome visitors and make excellent bases for further exploring.

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Access up to date information on the latest local events and things to see and do in and around Aviemore and the Cairngorms

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