Things to do in Aviemore, Rothiemurchus and the Cairngorms
When we say there's something for everyone, we really do mean it. Whether you're looking for adrenaline-filled adventure sports or a day at the spa, eating and drinking or picturesque running trails, a peaceful round of golf or a mud-spattered quake bike trek, you won't have to go far. Below are some useful links on the local area, history and activities.
The natural backdrop of the Cairngorm Mountains provides an iconic location for golf and Strathspey boasts eight superb golf courses. These range from Spey Valley Golf Course, Scotland's newest Championship course in Aviemore, through the internationally renowned course at Boat of Garten, to the welcoming courses at Carrbridge, Grantown on Spey, Kingussie and Newtonmore.
For only £20, you can purchase the Badenoch and Strathspey Golf Pass, which entitles you to play at any of the Cairngorm National Park courses at a discount of 30%.
There's no shortage of walks around Rothiemurchus and Glenmore, with fantastic scenery too!
Glenmore Forest Park - Tel: 01479 861220
Glenmore contains some of the best preserved areas of ancient Caledonian Pine Forest in Scotland. At the Visitor Centre Staff are on hand to provide information about the Forest Park and the recreational facilities it holds.
Rothiemurchus Estate - Tel: 01479 812345
The Estate has a 50 kilometre network of carefully maintained paths which take you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. Pick up a Forest Discovery Pack form the Visitor Centre (next door to The Old Minister's House), crammed full of information and advice to help you enjoy your walk round the Estate.
Strathspey has become a haven for mountain bikers, catering for every ability from the extreme to the relaxed!
Rothiemurchus Estate's extensive network of roads and tracks offer ideal terrain for all levels of fitness and experience. A series of maps with approved cycle maps, are available form Bothy Bikes (directly across the road from The Old Minister's House).
For bike hire and equipment:
Bothy Bikes - Tel: 01479 810111
Wolftrax in Laggan, provide superbly laid out and graded trails, for free-riding or guided treks. Full bike hire facilities are also available.
BaseCamp Bikes - Tel: 07711 069684
From Rothiemurchus Vistor Centre, trek through Caledonian Pine woodland and out across the heather moorland, which, in late summer, provides a spectacular carpet of purple. The treks are led by fully experienced guides. Open all year round
Highland Venture - Tel: 01479 812345