Aviemore History

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Welcome to Aviemore,


Aviemore is a small city located within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands, which is known for it’s exhilarating ski-slopes in the winter and beautiful scenic hikes in the summer up the famous Cairngorm Mountains. Visitors to Aviemore tend to be doing some of the fun- filled activities Aviemore has to offer rather than exploring the city centre- as there isn’t much of one!


Skiing- Whether you ski or not the Cairngorms offers the CairnGorm Railway, eight miles south-east of Aviemore, which is a railway leading for two miles up through the Cairngorm ski area up to the Cairngorm plateau which is over 4,000 ft high! As you travel up the mountain looking out at the stunning scenery there will be a guide tell you all about the railway and how it operates. At ‘The Base Station’  there is a large, modern restaurant area for visitors to eat and a Mountain Shop from where visitors can buy ski equipment and souvenirs to commemorate their day! But, the most exciting part of this whole experience is the Ptarmigan Restaurant, which is a much more, luxurious living of eating and offers mind-blowing views over the CairnGorm through almost whole wall fitted windows!


Activities- Aviemore sport and leisurely activities are in abundance. For example they have several White Water Rafting centres- Ave Adventure and G2 Outdoor- these centres also include other activities like canyoning, climbing, kayaking and canoeing. Full On Adventure is also a highly reviewed with staff of the highest qualifications that help guide you through a large range of adventure activities and wild adventure journeys. Multi-day trips are also run which take you to various, exciting locations. For more information- http://www.fullonadventure.co.uk/

Another largely popular activity is to visit TreeZone, which is a four-star aerial adventure course set in the Caledonian Pine Forest of Rothiemurchus in which you can zip wire, hang and jump your way through whilst looking out at one of the most incredible views you have ever seen. Aviemore also has a variety of high-class golf courses, one of which is Spey Valley Championship Golf Course, voted one of Scotland’s best golf courses and proud owner of Scotland’s longest hole at 635 yards! Playing golf here is playing golf with breath-taking mountains right next to you as it is right in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and the chance of spotting local animals- deer love golf!!! This golf course also has luxury accommodation if wanted.


History- Queen Victoria is one of the most well know people that was a dedicated visitor to Aviemore as well as the famous Walter Scott, a historical novelist, playwright and poet. A mystical stone circle at the North end of Aviemore sits, and has been sitting there, for over 4000 years which gives an estimate of how long Aviemore has been inhabited. The Aviemore Hotel was destroyed in a fire in 1950, that and is Golf Course were then reconstructed into The Aviemore Centre which has now become a major Scottish tourist destination even welcoming in Prince Charles and Princess Anne!


How far away is it?

 Around 129 miles from Edinburgh



For such a small town, Aviemore has a fantastic selection of hotels, bed and breakfasts, self-catering and many more options of accommodation to cater for all your needs whether it’s a close place for your skiing activities or luxury rooms. For more information on accommodation, visit