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AviemoreUnited Kingdom

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.

Top Hotels in Aviemore

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Coylumbridge Hotel
Coylumbridge Hotel
4 out of 5
Aviemore Invernesshire, Aviemore, Scotland
The price is CA $111 per night

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (989 reviews)

"I arrived at 20.50 and the receptionist who checked me in was very helpful and got in touch with the restaurant who were shutting at 9 and they waited for me. The service was very good. The grounds were dtunning"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 11, 2020

Coylumbridge Hotel
Macdonald Spey Valley Resort
Macdonald Spey Valley Resort
3.5 out of 5
Dalfaber Drive, Aviemore, Scotland

Situated in Aviemore, this golf aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cairngorm Brewery and within 3 miles (5 km) of Craigellachie National Nature Reserve and Speyside ...

3.6/5Good! (42 reviews)

"Seating and sleeping area very comfortable The thing I didn’t like was how the electricity was over charged 5 days cost £48 and we only used it during evening before bed , also we showered mostly in the swimming pool complex , So unsure how it gets to the amount they say."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2020

Macdonald Spey Valley Resort
Macdonald Aviemore Highland Hotel
Macdonald Aviemore Highland Hotel
4 out of 5
Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $204 per night

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! (465 reviews)
Average

"We had a lovely stay however the room was a bit tired and so was the hotel corridor. The showers in the leisure centre could be improved by having towel hooks inside the cubicle."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2020

Macdonald Aviemore Highland Hotel

Popular places to visit in Aviemore

CairnGorm Mountain
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CairnGorm Mountain

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Explore a wide range of pistes, freestyle skiing areas and a snow park before taking a break at Scotland’s highest restaurant at this stunning highland ski resort.

Loch Morlich
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Loch Morlich

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Relax on the sandy beach or go for a scenic hike around this beautiful freshwater loch in the shadow of CairnGorm Mountain.

Loch an Eilein
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Loch an Eilein

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Go for a stroll around this scenic loch, known for the ruined 13th-century castle at its center.

Top things to do in Aviemore

Cairngorm National Park
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Cairngorm National Park

CA $595
Per adult
Loch Ness Explorer Full-Day Tour with Packed Lunch
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Loch Ness Explorer Full-Day Tour with Packed Lunch

CA $82
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Shore Excursion: Loch Ness and Historic Urquhart Castle
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Shore Excursion: Loch Ness and Historic Urquhart Castle

CA $121
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Loch Ness, Whisky & Outlander Day Tour from Inverness
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Loch Ness, Whisky & Outlander Day Tour from Inverness

CA $74
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Loch Ness and the Highland Experience
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Loch Ness and the Highland Experience

CA $72
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Ultimate Highland Whisky Tour
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Ultimate Highland Whisky Tour

CA $186
Per adult

Reviews of Aviemore

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4/5 - Good

Cathy

May 16, 2019

Outdoorsy location.

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