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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

Cairngorm Hotel
Cairngorm Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Grampian Road, Aviemore, Scotland
The price is CA $74 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5

Situated in Aviemore, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, Speyside Wildlife, and Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (23 reviews)

"All staff were really nice and always went the extra mile. Food was really good and reasonably priced. Breakfast was fresh and delicious. Lovely en suites in all bedrooms. The wi fi in bedrooms is very poor. The room above bar was extremely noisy. I was pre warned however couldn't get an alternative ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2019

Cairngorm Hotel
Coylumbridge Hotel
Coylumbridge Hotel
4 out of 5
Aviemore Invernesshire, Aviemore, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $74 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

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 ...

3.7/5Good! (980 reviews)
not worth the price point

"The location of the hotel was perfect giving us lots to do however the actual hotel itself was not to the standard you would expect given the price point. The room was okay however the shower was broken and the phone was also broken. The service from reception was great they were very helpful however ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2020

Coylumbridge Hotel
Macdonald Spey Valley Resort
Macdonald Spey Valley Resort
3.5 out of 5
Dalfaber Drive, Aviemore, Scotland
The price is CA $112 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Situated on a river, this eco-friendly aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cairngorm Brewery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Craigellachie National Nature Reserve and ...

3.6/5Good! (57 reviews)

"Well located with balcony overlooking golf course. However decor in need of updating and bathrooms heating upgraded"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 17, 2020

Macdonald Spey Valley Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Aviemore

Macdonald Spey Valley Resort
Macdonald Spey Valley Resort
3.5 out of 5
Dalfaber Drive, Aviemore, Scotland
The price is CA $112 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Situated on a river, this eco-friendly aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cairngorm Brewery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Craigellachie National Nature Reserve and ...

3.6/5Good! (57 reviews)

"Well located with balcony overlooking golf course. However decor in need of updating and bathrooms heating upgraded"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 17, 2020

Macdonald Spey Valley Resort
Lurchers Cabin Aviemore
Lurchers Cabin Aviemore
3 out of 5
Plot A6, Dalfaber Road, Aviemore, Scotland

Situated in Aviemore, this eco-friendly cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Speyside Wildlife and Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre. Craigellachie National ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)
Kids loved it

"Great location and has everything you need for a great weekend away."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 8, 2018

Lurchers Cabin Aviemore
Beaver Creek Lodge
Beaver Creek Lodge
4 out of 5
High Burnside, Lodge Lane, Aviemore, Scotland

Situated in Aviemore, this eco-friendly cabin is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Cairngorm Brewery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Craigellachie National Nature Reserve and Speyside ...

Beaver Creek Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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