Aviemore

Travel Guide
Loch an Eilein featuring a river or creek, mountains and island images

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.

Coylumbridge Hotel
Coylumbridge Hotel
4 out of 5
Aviemore Invernesshire, Aviemore, Scotland, PH22 1QN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £55 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Aviemore. Enjoy free parking, 2 indoor pools and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.6/5 Good! (964 reviews)
"Adele and Kate were a delight on reception. They were both very helpful and considerate. In the restaurant Jon and Andreea were always on hand for help and advice."

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2022

Coylumbridge Hotel
High Range Hotel
High Range Hotel
3 out of 5
Grampian Road, Aviemore, Scotland, PH22 1PT
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £84 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 3-star property in Aviemore. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a bar/lounge. Popular attractions Craigellachie National Nature Reserve and Speyside ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (63 reviews)
"Very happy with everything"

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2022

High Range Hotel
Cairngorm Hotel
Cairngorm Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Grampian Road, Aviemore, Scotland, PH22 1PE
The price is £100 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Aviemore. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (108 reviews)
"Building is lovely from the outside and the decor throughout the hotel and in the room is excellent, a good Scottish old world feel. Shame it faces out onto the road, but it's good for watching the world go by and you get some scenery across the back behind the train station. I didn't particularly ..."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Cairngorm Hotel
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High Range Holiday Apartments
High Range Holiday Apartments
3.5 out of 5
High Range Holiday Complex, Grampian Road, Aviemore, Scotland, PH22 1PT
The price is £145 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star holiday home in Aviemore. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Craigellachie National Nature Reserve and Speyside ...
High Range Holiday Apartments
Macdonald Spey Valley Resort
Macdonald Spey Valley Resort
3.5 out of 5
Dalfaber Drive, Aviemore, Scotland, PH22 1ST
Stay at this 3.5-star golf aparthotel in Aviemore. Enjoy free parking, a golf course and WiFi. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms in their reviews. ...
3.6/5 Good! (68 reviews)
Ok as a base but nothing special.
"Accomodation was ok as a base. The chalet was barely bigger than a caravan. Kitchen didn't even have a oven tray which I would think is a basic essential to use the oven. Bathroom was tired and old fashioned. Under the beds had not been cleaned properly from previous guests. We arrived to find that ..."

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2021

Macdonald Spey Valley Resort
Aviemore North Star Lodge
Aviemore North Star Lodge
4 out of 5
1 Old Meall Road, High Burnside, Aviemore, Scotland, PH221UL
Stay at this 4-star golf holiday home in Aviemore. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace and a garden. Popular attractions Cairngorm Brewery and Craigellachie National ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
AbsoluteBest place to stay
"Absolutely loved everything about this lodge, So Clean, Comfortable and with everything you need, just like being at home but much grander."

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2019

Aviemore North Star Lodge
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