There’s a reason thrill-seekers flock to Aviemore in Scotland – and that’s variety. Not only does it have truly stunning scenery, being nestled within the Cairngorms National Park, but it also offers a wide range of snowsports and other activities during the winter months.
Skiing, snowboarding and winter sports
Aviemore occupies an enviable spot near Cairn Gorm, the highest mountain of the national park and the sixth-highest in the UK. It’s also popularly known as the best sports area in Scotland for certainty of snow… which, let’s (mountain) face it, is really rather important for skiing and snowboarding. It gets tons of the white stuff and holds onto it, which is great for sledging fans too.
Climbing and extreme sports
A terrain of impressive contrasts surrounds Aviemore, with peaks and crags of varying difficulty. Nearby is Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Centre, which offers coaching for advanced climbing, training for instructors and teaching for beginners – including indoor rock climbing walls for honing your skills. If you’re keen for a wild adventure but want to boost your confidence, it’s a great place to start.
Hiking and walking
The natural world around Aviemore is beautiful. If you’re fit, experienced and love a challenge, making your way to Cairn Gorm’s peak will reveal some of Britain’s most magnificent snowy views, while lower-level forest walks offer a wander through Caledonian pinewoods, spotting red squirrels and rare birds. There’s even a ruined island castle for you to discover at Loch an Eilein, among other spellbinding routes to suit every ability and taste.
And in the evenings…
So, with all that action during the day, how will you spend your nights? Fortunately there’s lots of choice here, too. Choose from one of Aviemore’s campsites or make yourself cosy in one of the area’s comfortable chalets, lodges or log cabins. There are also plenty of hotels, B&Bs, guest houses and hostels… and we’ve heard The Old Bridge Inn is fabulous for food, drink and live music. And a roaring log fire. Of course.
Two more things you MUST do in Aviemore:
- Always, always, always check the weather forecast and avalanche reports before setting out on an adventure
- Don’t miss a ride on the UK’s highest funicular railway at Cairn Gorm Mountain. It’s two kilometres long and a lovely way to enjoy the landscape (as a change from thundering down it on skis)
Charge your batteries on a MegabusGold sleeper
Of course, with all that excitement ahead of you, a restful journey to Aviemore is a must. Our high-spec coaches are kitted out with an array of luxury features, including comfy bunks, free wifi, individual power outlets and lighting, a concierge service and a light breakfast. So when you arrive you’ll be raring to go.
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