Top things to do

Top Choice Scottish in Kingussie & Newtonmore


Housed in a converted watermill, the Cross is one of the finest restaurants in the Highlands. The intimate, low-raftered dining room has an open fire and a patio overlooking the stream, and serves a daily-changing m…
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

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, b…
Food in Ballater

Dee Valley Confectioners

Drool over the manu­facture of traditional Scottish sweeties at this confectioner's workshop and store.
Castle in Royal Deeside

Balmoral Castle

Built for Queen Victoria in 1855 as a private residence for the royal family, Balmoral kicked off the revival of the Scottish Baronial style of architecture that characterises so many of Scotland’s 19th-century coun…
Cafe in Braemar


Taste is a relaxed little cafe with armchairs in the window bays, serving home-made soups, sandwiches, coffee and cakes.
Museum in Tomintoul

Tomintoul Museum

This recently refurbished and extended rural museum celebrates local history, with reconstructions of a crofter's kitchen and a blacksmith's forge.
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, home-made burgers, c…
Funicular Railway in Cairngorm Mountain

Cairngorm Mountain Railway

The national park's most popular attraction is this funicular railway that will whisk you to the edge of the Cairngorm plateau (altitude 1085m) in just eight minutes. The bottom station is at the Coire Cas car park …
Zoo in Kincraig & Glen Feshie

Highland Wildlife Park

This place features a drive-through safari park as well as animal enclosures offering the chance to view rarely seen native wildlife, such as wildcats, capercaillies, pine martens, white-tailed sea eagles and red sq…