|The holiday town of Aviemore is more than just a haven for skiers and lovers of winter sports – it is situated in some of the most stunning scenery in the Highlands, nestling among the Cairngorm mountains. One of the most popular towns in the Badenoch and Strathspey area. Aviemore is the ideal base for touring this beautiful part of the country.
Good pubs, such as the Old Bridge Inn and the Winking Owl, excellent hotels and many guest houses and B&Bs ensure a warm welcome to every visitor. Fans of TV’s Monarch of the Glen can visit Ardverikie House, known as Glenbogle House in the popular drama, which is set on the shores of Loch Laggan between Newtonmore and Spean Bridge.
Take the kids to the Landmark Adventure Centre for a fabulous day out, with its splash and ride slides and treetop trails. The ski facilities are second to none – check out ski.visitscotland.com and cairngormmountain.com for full details.
The Highland Wildlife park is another great day out and visit the Highland Folk Museum for a fascinating trip down memory lane. Rothiemurcus Fish Farm and Shops is also well worth a visit during your stay.
For walkers, Aviemore's third annual Walking Week is from May 7-15, 2005. Choose from 10 walks each day plus evening entertainment programme. See www.aviemorewalking.com for details.
Do try to visit when the snow has melted – when the sun shines, it shines hottest in Aviemore as the temperature charts frequently show. Beautiful Loch Morlich and Loch Insh are perfect for canoeing or wind-surfing, or just to admire.
The Strathspey Steam Railway is always a winner and the Osprey Hide in nearby Boat of Garten is not to be missed.
For whisky lovers the Strathspey area is sheer heaven, right in the heart of the whisky trail with distillers such as Tomatin, Glenfiddich and Glenfarcas offering guided tours.
Whatever the season, Aviemore is perfect for a Highland break.