AviemoreAviemore is a town in the Highlands of Scotland, in the area of Badenoch and Strathspey. It's the main base for skiing and other outdoor activities in Cairngorms National Park. The town mushroomed in the 1960s / 70s as winter sports became popular: initial developments were ugly, but these have been replaced by buildings more in keeping with the surroundings. The main part of town is along the loop of old road (now bypassed by the A9) near the railway station. There's another straggle of places to stay for a couple of miles along the B-road towards Cairngorm, as far as the village of Coylumbridge.
In October 2018, the Cairngorm mountain railway suffered weather damage and closed, so access to the ski areas was lost. The company subsequently went bust. As of June 2019 the funicular is still out of service, with no re-opening date announced.
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By planeInverness (INV) is the closest airport, with connections across Europe and the UK. Edinburgh (EDI) is a longer drive but has far more flights, and the airport is west of the city so you drive straight out onto M90 then A9 north.
Aviemore is on the main railway line from Edinburgh and Glasgow via Perth, then north to Inverness, with Scotrail trains every hour or two.
Reaching Aviemore from England usually involves changing in Edinburgh, but there is one direct daytime train from London Kings Cross, via York, Newcastle and Edinburgh, taking 7 hours 30 min.
Nightly except Saturday, the Caledonian Sleeper leaves London Euston around 21:00 to reach Aviemore by 07:45, continuing to Inverness; return timings are similar.
Occasional "Heritage Trains" run up the line through Aviemore, often switching onto the steam-hauled branch line to Boat of Garten.
address: Grampian Rd
Buses run every hour or so from Edinburgh and Glasgow via Perth, continuing north to Inverness. The main operators are Citylink, Parks of Hamilton and Megabus.
Travel from England usually involves changing in Edinburgh, but National Express and Megabus have a few through-services.
Change in Inverness for Citylink buses to Ullapool and Skye, thence to the Hebrides.
By bicycleThe National Route 7 passes through Aviemore - running from Sunderland in England, up to Inverness.
- There is one main taxi company in Aviemore, Geordies 01479 811111. There are also a few private drivers.
phone: +44 1479 81 2000 (landline), or +44 751 500 1569 (mobile)
By busUseful local bus routes run by Stagecoach Highland are:
- Bus 31 from Aviemore via Coylumbridge and Glenmore to Cairngorm ski area: daily, hourly 07:30-17:30.
- Bus 32 from Carrbridge via Aviemore and Kingussie to Newtonmore: every two hours M-Sa.
- Only one bus a day to Inverness, take the train.
- There are many official paths around Aviemore including the Aviemore Orbital and walks around the Lochs and the Cairngorm Mountain.
phone: +44 1479 861228address: GlenmoreSee reindeer.
address: GlenmoreSandy beaches. A 6km roundtrip is described on Walkhighlands.
Aviemore Ring Cairn and Stone Circle
- The Strathspey Railway operates a 10-mile (16-km) preserved railway and has its southern terminus at the Railway Station at Aviemore. Bikes can be taken for free on the train.
- Hillwalking. Many mountains nearby, the Cairngorms includes 4 of 5 of Scotland's highest mountains.
- Mountain biking & Quad Biking. Numerous forests nearby, with tracks and paths suitable for off-road cycling and riding, e.g. Rothiemurchus, Glenmore, Glenfeshie.
GolfingThere are several golf courses in Aviemore and the Cairngorm area.
phone: +44 1479 812222address: Dalfaber Industrial Estate, PH22 1STBrewery established in 2001. Offers tours.
- Skiing and mountaineering at , 10 miles east of Aviemore. The funicular railway has been closed since 2018, and the managing company has gone bankrupt. See Cairngorms National Park for details.
phone: +44 1479 861256address: PH22 1QZOutdoor training centre.
Whisky distilleries: there are lots of these along the Spey valley towards Grantown-on-Spey. Two that are open to visitors and within a 15-min drive from Aviemore are Speyside at Kingussie, and phone: +44 1463 248 144address: IV13 7YT
- Laggan Wolftrax. A network of purpose-built mountain bike trails, witha cafe, shop and bike hire. About 35 km south west from Aviemore on the A86. See Cairngorms National Park for details.
Fat FaceFashionable outdoor leisure clothing and footwear. Trendy & fairly expensive.
Bothy BikesGreat stock of quality bikes, cycle clothes and accessories with local cycle trails right on the doorstep. Repairs and servicing also available. Knowledgeable & friendly staff.
NevisportOutdoor and sporting equipment and clothing.
BlacksCamping and outdoor equipment and clothing.
phone: +44 1479 258008address: Grampian RoadFamily run butcher shop.
Sue Ryder Charity ShopSecondhand clothing charity shop. Sometimes good for bargain skiing/sporting gear. Also good for cheap books.
Fat TreadsQuality cycling gear and bikes available as well as a repairs service. Good advice to be had, if a little on the expensive side.
OttakarsBook shop with a fairly good range of stock including local OS maps and games.
Semi-ChemFor toiletries and personal care items.
phone: +44 1479 811008address: Unit 3 Plot 10, Dalfaber Industrial Estate, PH22 1STG2 Provide Outdoor Activities such as rafting and gorge walking through summer and a ski school through winter.
Aviemore has lots of cheap & cheerful places to refuel cold hungry skiers and hill-walkers.
phone: +44 1479 810233address: Grampian RoadTraditional pub/lounge and restaurant. Good range of beers, food is more expensive than normal pub fare but good quality. They also have hotel rooms (from £90 pn), but these are over the bar and can be noisy.
phone: +44 1479 811137address: Dalfaber RoadTraditional pub with open fire in the evenings. Has outdoor seating area facing the river during the summer. Good food & beer, but a bit expensive for your average backpacker.
phone: +44 1479 812368address: 123 Grampian RoadA bit drouthy, but serves yummy pub grub and has a good atmosphere.
address: 9 Grampian RoadTheme bar with old signs, posters, skis and various other items adorning every surface. Grills and burgers, the garlic burger is commended.
address: 45 Grampian RoadFish restaurant with connecting chip-shop take away. Good range of fish and good quality food.
The Vaultaddress: Grampian RoadNight club with mainly popular chart music however also has an electronic/techno music scene, with the club having various electro nights, with acts such as Cagedbaby and DJ Fergie playing here.
phone: +44 1479 810345address: 25 Grampian Road PH22 1PRHostel with budget dorms as well as limited private/family rooms. 2 am curfew.
phone: +44 1479 811181address: Dalfaber Road, PH22 1PUHostel, self-catering only but meals available next door at Old Bridge Inn. Dorm sleeps six.
phone: +44 1479 861238address: Glenmore PH22 1QYOpen Feb to mid-Oct.
phone: +44 1479 810278address: 141 Grampian Road, PH22 1RPSmall comfy B&B, all rooms are ensuite with TV and tea and coffee making facilities.
phone: +44 1479 810672address: Grampian Rd PH22 1RLOkay 2-star for a short stay, decor is tatty.
phone: +44 1479 815100address: PH22 1PNBig boxy 4-star in centre of village. Activity centre opposite but be sceptical about what's available: their website considers "nearby" to include Blenheim in Oxfordshire.