Aviemore is a small remote resort town
in the Cairngorms National Park,
Highlands of Scotland, 30 miles southeast
of Inverness, 85 miles northwest
See also a large Click On
Map for the area Top Attractions.
Aviemore has turned into a top resort with
many outdoor attractions such as mountain
hiking, climbing, skiing, water sports, biking
and practically every type of outdoor activity
you can think of. See the Attractions link
The town has a good selection of hotels,
B&Bs, self catering, holiday parks, and
lodge parks to accommodate the vast numbers of
visitors to the area.
Lairig Ghru is
the top Hill Pass for Walking in Scotland,
running between Aviemore anf Braemar, 28
miles through the Cairngorm Mountains.
The image top is of the Train Station
in the centre of town that opened in 1898.
Regular trains run between Edinburgh, Glasgow
and Inverness, stopping here.
The Strathspey Railway Steam
Train runs from Aviemore certain days all
year to Boat of Garten
6 miles north, and Broomhill 10 miles
The image second top is of the large
Macdonald Hotel across the road from the rail
station, and below that, the Cairngorm Hotel,
also across the road from the station.
Aviemore Main Street / Grampian Road, runs
right through the centre of town with a good
selection of shops, many for outdoor
activities. Large Image.
The image right is of Aviemore Beach at Loch
Morlich, 6 miles southeast of Aviemore. Regular
buses run between Aviemore and Cairn Gorm
Mountain, passing Loch Morlich. The loch has a
number of attractions such as a Water Sports Centre, Reindeer Centre, and
The Reindeer Centre has a number of reindeer
at the centre, and many more up in the hills.
You can visit the centre, and at times, take
tours up into the hills to view or feed the
The main attraction at Aviemore is the
4,085ft Cairngorm Mountain, 10 miles southeast.
The mountain has a train that runs up to a
visitor centre at 3,600ft. Regular buses run
between Aviemore and the mountain.
The Cairngorm Top Station has a museum,
restaurant, shop, and great views in clear
days. The mountain is fairly busy during summer
with tourists using the train up to the top
station. In winter, during the ski season, the
mountain can be extremely busy, with the
carriages jam packed taking skiers and snow
boarders up to the top slopes.
If you want to hike the final 400ft from the
top station to Cairn Gorm summit, you have to
book a guide through the mountain website. This
mountain can be clear one minute, and covered
in cloud the next.
This is a vast mountain range with 5
mountains over 4,000ft, including Ben Macdui,
second highest mountain in Scotland at 4,294ft.
Ben Macdui is east of Cairngorm with a good
trail out from Cairngorm.
With the Cairngorms being so vast, and often
in cloud, there are a number of local companies
offering navigation and survival courses. If
you want to start exploring these mountains,
courses are a must for beginners. See the
Attractions link at the top for a list of
companies offering courses.
The car park at Cairn Gorm is about 2,000ft
above sea level, so exploring these 4,000ft
mountains is fairly easy, as long as you know
how to navigate, what gear to take, and how too