Top things to do

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 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…
Top Choice Cafe in Aviemore

Route 7 Cafe

This place 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 sandwiches and salads; also wood-fired pizzas (noo…
Top Choice Scottish in Kingussie & Newtonmore

Restaurant at the Cross

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…
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…
Nature Reserve in Braemar

Mar Lodge Estate

West of Braemar spreads the National Trust for Scotland's Mar Lodge Estate, one of the country's most important nature conservation areas, covering 7% of the Cairngorms National Park. The £4 million legacy that allo…
Sports in Braemar

Braemar Gathering

There are Highland games in many towns and villages throughout the summer, but the best known is the Braemar Gathering, which takes place on the first Saturday in September. It’s a major occasion, organised every ye…
Funicular 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 …
Museum in Kingussie & Newtonmore

Highland Folk Museum

This open-air museum comprises a collection of historical buildings and artefacts revealing many aspects of Highland culture and lifestyle. Laid out like a farming township, it has a community of traditional thatch-…
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…