On a cottage holiday, a visit to Aviemore is a must. Situated at the western fringes of the magnificent Cairngorm Mountains National Park, Aviemore is the largest population centre in this region of stunning natural beauty, lying some sixty miles north east of Fort William and more than 125 miles from Edinburgh. A year round resort, it is a magnet for skiers and snowboarders in winter, and walkers and anglers, together with hordes of coach visitors, in peak summer. The town has every service to be expected in a place that exists primarily to facilitate tourists, but the attractions that bring people here are many and great, and as soon as you head away from Aviemore, the crowds quickly disperse.
In town, there are plenty of outdoor centres to keep families busy with action packed days out and a whole range of adventure sports on offer. For rainy days, burn off energy at Aviemore Climbing Wall or take little ones to the Imagination Workshop where they can get creative. Walkers have the whole of the Cairngorm Mountains National Park on their doorstep and there are a host of guided walks and cycles available from the tourist office. To experience the magnificent Highland scenery and the lovely river Spey with minimal exertion, take a trip on Aviemore’s Heritage Railway. The vintage engines and carriages of the Strathspey Steam Railway run a circular route calling at popular Highland towns such as Boat of Garten and Broomhill. Close to town, visit the Rothiemurchus Estate, brought to the small screen in the popular BBC TV series, Monarch of the Glen, which was set here. There is in excess of fifty miles of managed forest and loch-side trails to discover, as well as rainbow trout fishing, Land Rover tours, archery, pony trekking, gorge walking and much more besides. Also close by, at the foot of Cairngorm mountain, Glenmore Forest Park has plenty to keep visitors busy; here you’ll find the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre and the Loch Morlich Watersports Centre, as well as forest walks, a sandy beach and plenty of space for picnics and family fun. At nearby Kincraig, enjoy a wildlife-spotting boat trip out onto serene Loch Insh, and get up close to resident Osprey who have made the region their home.
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