Top things to do in Aviemore

Top Choice Forest in Aviemore

Rothiemurchus Estate

The Rothiemurchus Estate, which extends from the River Spey at Aviemore to the Cairngorm summit plateau, is famous for having one of Scotland’s largest remnants of Caledonian forest, the ancient forest of Scots pine…
Top Choice Cafe in Aviemore

Route 7 Cafe

This place, named for the cycle route that passes the door, takes a bit of finding (at the end of the side road that passes Cairngorm Brewery), but is well worth seeking out for its hearty menu of burgers, grilled s…
Heritage Railway in Aviemore

Strathspey Steam Railway

The Strathspey railway runs steam trains on a section of restored line between Aviemore and Broomhill, 10 miles to the northeast, via Boat of Garten. There are four or five trains daily from June to August, and a mo…
Cafe in Aviemore

Mountain Cafe

The Mountain Cafe offers freshly prepared local produce with a Kiwi twist (the owner is from New Zealand): healthy breakfasts of muesli, porridge and fresh fruit (till 11.30am); hearty lunches of seafood chowder, bu…
Nature Reserve in Aviemore

Craigellachie Nature Reserve

This reserve is a great place for short hikes across steep hillsides covered in natural birch forest where you can spot wildlife such as the peregrine falcons that nest on the crags from April to July. A trail leads…
Steak in Aviemore

Ski-ing Doo

A long-standing Aviemore institution, the child-friendly Ski-ing Doo (it’s a pun…ask the waiter!) is a favourite with family skiers and hikers. It's an informal place offering a range of hearty, homemade burgers, ch…
American in Aviemore

Roo's Leap

Friendly service, cold bottled beer and great barbecue contribute to the antipodean atmosphere at this lively restaurant set in the old railway station building. However, the menu is more like classic American and T…
Pub in Aviemore

Winking Owl

Lively local pub that operates under the wing of the Cairngorm Brewery. It's popular with hikers and climbers, and serves a good range of real ales and malt whiskies.
Visitor Centre in Aviemore

Rothiemurchus Centre

The Rothiemurchus Estate's visitor centre, a mile southeast of Aviemore along the B970, sells an Explorer Map detailing more than 50 miles of footpaths and cycling trails, including the wheelchair-accessible 4-mile …