Things to do in Aviemore, Highland
One of the oldest signs of settlement in the area is the Aviemore Stone Circle in a residential part of the town.
Aviemore was a settlement of little note from the 1600s until the railway arrived in 1862. It became a major railway junction in 1892. The Highland Railway built housing for staff along with the Aviemore Hotel and it employed many locals.
The chairlift was built at Aviemore in 1961, making it one of the first ski resorts in Britain, and still one of the most visited.
The chair lift was replaced by the modern funicular Cairngorm Mountain Railway in 2001. It climbs 1500 feet to the Ptarmigan station and is able to run in all weathers, unlike the chair lift.
Present Day Aviemore
The Aviemore Centre has more recently developed as a health spa, with three hotels and several restaurants. The centre includes a public swimming pool with a flume.
The Cairngorm Brewery is at Aviemore and brews a choice of award-winning beers.
Aviemore boasts two railways. It is on the Highland Main Line and is also the terminus of the Strathspey Heritage Railway.
Things to Do Around Aviemore
Aviemore is famous as a skiing and winter sports centre with 28 runs and 21 miles of pistes. In the summer, hill walking in the Cairngorms National Park can be enjoyed.
Take a ride up the mountain on the Cairngorm Mountain Railway. The wide panoramic windows and transparent roof give stunning views.
Visit the Aviemore Stone Circle which is a Clava type circle of low stones.Take a ride on the Strathspey Steam Railway which runs for about 12 miles to Grantown-on-Spey with both diesel and steam locomotives. See the locomotive sheds which housed many famous Highland Railway engines in their time.
Glen More is where the Great Glen Way runs through, a popular trail for walkers from Inverness to Fort William. It is the only place to find free-grazing reindeer.
The Speyside Way is another long-distance footpath which links Aviemore with Buckie on the northeast coast of Scotland.