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2016/17

Your essential pocket guide to The Cairngorms National Park

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Introduction 4 Travel 6-9 About the Park The Villages

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Directory/Index 130-138 Contacts 139-141 Events in the Park 142-146

Disclaimer: Published March 2016. The publishers (Cairngorms Business Partnership) have taken all reasonable measures to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication. The information has been supplied by either each organisation listed or from information that is publicly available. Information may vary after the date of this publication going to print. The publishers (Cairngorms Business Partnership) cannot accept any responsibility or liability for errors in or omissions from any information given or from any consequences arising therefrom.

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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to The Glenlivet Distillery In the heart of Speyside and Cairngorm National Park GIFT SHOP

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Welcome to the 2016/17 edition of Parki, the directory that tells you what you need to know about the Cairngorms National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. We are the largest national park in the UK and one of the country's most special and cared for landscapes with a wide variety of traditional and unique villages and communities. In 2011 National Geographic voted the National Park as one of the 'Top 20 Places to Visit in the World’. Spanning a staggering 4,500 square kilometres, the Cairngorms National Park can be divided into five distinct regions: Aviemore and the Spey Valley; Tomintoul and Glenlivet; Royal Deeside and Strathdon; Angus Glens; Atholl and Glenshee. So whether you want to know where to eat, find out about local history, need

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somewhere to stay, or want to check out what to do, if it’s in the Cairngorms National Park, then this guide is for you.

WHISKY TOURS

The directory, laid out to aid your journey around the Park; by region and village by village will ensure that you have a wealth of information at your fingertips. If you’re looking for a specific place to stay or something to do, then flick to the back of this guide for our comprehensive directory and you’ll find what you’re after in no time at all. For current information on what’s happening in each region, pick up your free monthly What’s On events guide; the only guide that covers events across the entire Cairngorms National Park. It’s packed with local events and, when used in conjunction with Parki, tells you all you need to know for your visit. Pick up your free guide now or visit www.visitcairngorms/whatson

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It all comes back to the original Nestled deep in the dramatic scenery of Speyside, The Glenlivet has a reputation unrivalled by any other. Explore the turbulent history of the whisky smugglers, delve into the enigmatic world of distilling and sample the single malt that started it all.

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THE OLD MALTINGS COFFEE SHOP

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The Glenlivet Distillery Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9DB

Phone 01340 821 720 Website www.theglenlivet.com Email theglenlivet.admin@pernod-ricard.com

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14th March to 11th November 2016 Mon to Sat 09.30 to 17.00 Sun 12.00 to 17.00, Last tour at 16.00

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We regret that children under the age of eight are not permitted on tour for their safety, but are most welcome in the visitor centre accompanied by an adult. PLEASE ENJOY THE GLENLIVET RESPONSIBLY.


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ď š TRAIN SERVICES The Caledonian Sleeper overnight train operates between Inverness and London Euston and Aberdeen and London Euston. The service makes six stops in the Park between Carrbridge and Blair Atholl as well as giving easy access to the East of the Park from Aberdeen. www.serco.co.com www.sleeper.scot Virgin East Coast and Abellio Scotrail operate north and south train services through the Park seven days a week. Direct services are available from Inverness, Perth, Glasgow, Edinburgh and stations on the East Coast route to London Kings Cross. National Rail Enquiries 03457 484 950 www.nationalrail.co.uk www.thetrainline.com

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London Abellio Scotrail Virgin East Coast Abellio Scotrail Strathspey Railway

Bus timetables vary throughout the year, so it is advisable to contact the service operator to find out their latest schedules or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 for timetable info. Local Buses Local Bus timetables operated by Stagecoach www.stagecoachbus.com 01479 812 322 (Strathspey & Badenoch) / 01463 239292 (Inverness) / 01224 597590 (Deeside) Badenoch & Strathspey; includes services to/from Inverness, Grantown-on-Spey, Tormore, Aviemore, Cairngorm, Newtonmore and Carrbridge Tomintoul, Strathdon and District; includes Stagecoach services to/from Aberdeen, Lumsden, Strathdon and services operated by Deveron Coaches www.deveroncoaches.com 01261 832 912 which run to/from Tomintoul, Aberlour, Elgin, Dufftown, Keith

Where 2 Today is a Community mini bus service between Aviemore and Laggan and Aviemore and Nethy Bridge Vehicles fully accessible for disabled passengers. www.ct4u.co.uk 01479 810 004 Stagecoach Bluebird operates routes in Deeside including services to/from Aberdeen, Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar 01224 212 266 while Stagecoach Strathstay covers Blairgowrie and Glenshee Spittal 01250 872 772 Other bus services include: Grantown Dial-a-Bus 01479 872 675 Strathdon A2B Dial-a-Bus 01224 665599 Dial M for Moray 01343 562533 Details correct at time of going to press

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Enjoy the largest national park in the UK and one of the country’s most special

Visit Atholl Estates

and cared for landscapes with a wide variety of traditional and unique villages and communities.

Discover Atholl Estates and explore the ancient land of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Situated at the foot of the Cairngorms National Park, with Blair Castle and Gardens at it’s heart, the estate covers 145,000 acres of open countryside, woodland and hills and is the perfect destination for those wanting to experience natural Scotland. ✔ Tours of historic Blair Castle

✔ Vintage Tractor Tours

✔ Holiday Accommodation

✔ Rangers activities

✔ Wildlife Safaris

✔ 50 miles of cycling routes

✔ Pony Trekking

✔ 40 miles of walking trails

Telephone: 01796 481207 Website: www.atholl-estates.co.uk Blair Castle, Atholl Estates, Blair Atholl, Perthshire, PH18 5TL

Trans Cairngorm cyclists at the Ryvoan Bothy courtesy of David Hatton

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 ABOUT THE PARK

Walk to Lily Loch, Rothiemurchus The Cairngorms National Park is the largest of Britain’s National Parks. At over 4,500sq km, it is almost twice the size of the Lake District (the next largest National Park in the UK). The area’s mountains have shaped the people, culture, heritage, scenery and character and dominate the Park as well as giving it its name. The National Park is a truly aspirational place for people to live, work, learn and visit. Right across the Park communities embody the spirit of the region; living in and caring for this very special place. Our natural heritage, our beautiful landscape, our native woodland, our abundant wildlife have evolved over many, many generations. Little wonder that the area is envied for our special advantages of low population density, lack of pollution and an unrivalled selection of places to visit and natural habitats to explore with ease. The Park is home to ancient pine forests, Arctic mountaintops, lochs, rivers and moorland as well as some of the most iconic wildlife, and a quarter of the UK's threatened species. In fact, 50% of the Park is designated as being of national and international importance for nature conservation.

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The area contains four of Scotland’s five highest mountains, is home to three of the country's ski areas and significant stretches of two of Scotland’s major rivers; The Spey and The Dee. From castles, distilleries and museums to gentle strolls and extreme sports, there is an abundance of exciting activities for the entire family to learn and enjoy throughout the year. Not only that, but the area produces a range of high quality food and drink including beef and lamb, salmon and whisky. The Cairngorms National Park is proud to be a destination of choice for visitors to explore, participate in a wealth of sports and outdoor activities or simply relax and enjoy the remarkable countryside. From gentle walking to adventurous climbs; bird and nature watching to off-road driving; a warm invitation is extended to experience this very special place.

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 ABOUT THE PARK Places to Stay

Food and Drink

There is a great selection of friendly accommodation in the Cairngorms National Park to choose from. There is a variety of traditional Scottish Highland accommodation, unique retreats and luxurious resort hotels. Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the Park is very welcoming and your hosts will be keen to invite you into their home. There are many high quality self-catering properties suitable for all sizes of families or groups; be it a quiet week away in the depths of the countryside or an active break with all village amenities on hand. We have some great hostels, bunkhouses, camping and caravan sites too. Each offers value for money, a friendly welcome, great facilities and stunning locations. Don’t forget to book in advance if you’re planning to camp or caravan during peak periods.

Few regions in Scotland encapsulate the traditional and world famous cuisine of the country as well as the Cairngorms: venison from deer that roam free across the hills, beef from Highland cattle, salmon and trout from pristine rivers and lochs, and whisky from venerable distilleries. Other delights include world leading gin, award winning beer and wild food for foragers. The region is home to several whisky distilleries such as; Tomintoul Glenlivet, Dalwhinnie, Speyside, Lochnagar and Tomatin.

A comfortable haven

A dram by the fire Photo: Hilton Coylumbridge

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 ABOUT THE PARK Things to See and Do The Cairngorms National Park is a world renowned area where residents and visitors alike can enjoy an unparalleled range of outdoor recreational opportunities. Here you are free to roam the forests, explore ancient glens, climb mountains, cross moorlands or wade streams. All that is asked is that this is done in a responsible manner, with respect, and in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. www.outdooraccess-scotland.com Whether you choose to explore on foot, on horse-back, by bicycle or even by boat or canoe you will be enthralled by the sense of freedom and space.

The Park's landscape is an intricate mix of mountains, heather moorland, farmland and woodland. At its heart is a large mountain range which features the highest, coldest and snowiest plateaux in the British Isles and is home to four of the five highest mountains in Scotland: Ben Macdui (1309 m), Cairn Gorm (1245 m), Braeriach (1296 m), Cairn Toul (1293 m). Meanwhile, the forests around the foothills of the Cairngorms represent one of the largest tracts of comparatively natural and largely untouched woodland in the UK and contain areas of original Caledonian pine forest.

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Reindeer in the Cairngorms (Adam Goodburn); Loch Insh (Hendy Pollock); Glenshee Ski Resort (Mike Bell)

The National Park is a wildlife paradise and is home to a wide variety of animals. In fact, around 25% of the UK's threatened bird, animal and plant species live within the Park's boundaries. There are eight National Nature Reserves which are open to everyone. Information can be found at www.nnr-scotland.org.uk. Around the Park there are castles, museums and heritage centres portraying the history and culture of the Park and its inhabitants. Balmoral Castle, the summer home of the Royal Family, and Blair Castle, home of Europe’s only private army, are two of our most famous castles.

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Thundering through the Glen, at Newtonmore

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In winter the area is well known for its snow sports, with three of Scotland’s five ski resorts situated within the Park's boundaries. Once the snow has

melted the peaks become a haven for hill walkers and climbers. Those visiting the area can try a multitude of activities with everything on offer from archery to horse riding, quad bikes to sailing, windsurfing and gentle canoe trips to exhilarating white water rafting. The Park boasts a variety of golf courses from including 9-hole courses to challenge even the most advanced player, 18-hole championship courses and enjoyable family holiday courses with some of the most spectacular views in Scotland. Whatever you choose to do, with over 100 activities on offer all year round, there really is something for everyone in the Cairngorms National Park.

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 ABOUT THE PARK Winter Sports In winter the area is renowned for its snowsports, with three of Scotland’s five ski resorts situated within the Park's boundaries. Whether you’re after traditional downhill skiing or want to try your hand at snow shoeing, ski touring, cross-country skiing, or even snow holing, there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied. If you’re planning to visit one of the resorts, each offers a different experience. With over 30km of pisted runs, CairnGorm Mountain offer skiers and boarders off all abilities a great day on the slopes. There is an in-house snow school for those just starting out, some long blue runs for the intermediates and even some blacks and freestyle areas for the more advanced. Located just outside Aviemore, CairnGorm Mountain is the most accessible of all the ski areas and has a wide variety of accommodation available in the local area. It’s also home to Scotland’s only Funicular Railway, an onsite Snow School and Equipment Hire, over 35km of pisted runs and has the biggest freestyle offering in the UK. Glenshee Ski Centre has the largest snow sports area of all Scotland’s resorts, with 25 miles of pisted terrain spread out over four mountains and across three valleys and also the largest number of lifts. With 36 runs offering a diversity of terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders

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 Aviemore and the Spey Valley

Vans Hi-Standard Big Air at Cairn Gorm Mountain

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there really is something on offer for everyone; join a class, hire an instructor or get in some race training – the choice is yours. Located on the A93 Glenshee can be approached from the north east via Braemar and from the south west via Perth and Blairgowrie. The Lecht is a family friendly resort 2090 feet (645m) above sea level at the top of the pass between Tomintoul and Strathdon. Winter activities are ideal for all levels of skiers and snowboarders but especially good for families, beginners and intermediates. There are 12 different lifts, including a 3 person chairlift. The thriving ski school is on hand to offer instruction for all ages and abilities and with travellator access to the nursery slopes it couldn’t be made easier to learn to ski or snowboard. Before visiting it is advisable to call the centres for weather and lift status reports.

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Aviemore and the Spey Valley has the largest concentration of population in the Park. The area stretches from the community of Dalwhinnie to the town of Grantown-on-Spey and encompassing a number of characterful, individual villages including Cromdale, Boat of Garten, Nethy Bridge, Carrbridge, Dulnain Bridge, Aviemore, Kincraig, Kingussie, Newtonmore and Laggan. Photos: Dalwhinnie Distillery, Cromdale Station, Boat of Garten, Grantown Show, Highland Folk Museum, Loch Laggan, Ruthven Barracks, Cairngorm Hotel (Aviemore), Carrbridge. www.visitcairngorms.com

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 Dalwhinnie (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

Dalwhinnie Distillery Map page 6, grid ref B3

The most southerly point of the region is Dalwhinnie, a small village just off the A9. Visitors from the south, via the Drumochter Pass, should turn off the A9. Dating back to the 1700s, the village lies at the head of Loch Ericht. Here it meets Glen Truim and is a good base for exploring areas such as Ben Alder. There are good walks along the River Truim and in the Monadliath Mountains. Dalwhinnie's other draw is its distillery - the highest working distillery in Scotland - which produces Dalwhinnie Single Malt, a light, heathery whisky. The excellent visitor centre is open all year round. SERVICES

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 Laggan (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

LOCAL SERVICES – FILLING STATION

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Dalwhinnie Filling Station & Post Office PH19 1AA 01528 522 311 Petrol, Sandwiches & Snacks & P.O Services. Summer Hours March- Oct. Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm (Winter hours will vary)

The community of Laggan lies in the south end of Badenoch and Strathspey some 8 miles north of Dalwhinnie. Situated on the road to Fort William, the village gives a warm welcome to stalwart travellers entering via the Corrieyairack Pass. The Monadhliath Mountains creates a stunning backdrop to the village.

SEE & DO NATURAL INTERESTS Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve Near Dalwhinnie, this varied reserve, stretching from loch side to mountain top includes the magnificent ice-carved crags of Coire Ardair. Gaick Pass / Glen Truim Near Drumochter, traditional route between Atholl and Strathspey via Gaick Pass and Glen Tromie. Dramatic scenery in a remote part of the Cairngorms.

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Loch Laggan

Photo: Stewart Glass

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Laggan’s central location makes it an excellent base from which to explore and enjoy outdoor activities - fishing, hill walking, mountaineering, pony trekking, canoeing and ski touring. Mountain bikers can enjoy the thrills and spills of the Wolftrax trails which are suitable for all ability levels. Visitors can walk on well-maintained paths or explore wild places to catch a glimpse of golden eagles, osprey, otters, deer and pine marten and see an abundance of wild flowers, plants and trees.

The Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve provides much geological and botanical interest. For history lovers there is Dun da Lambh Pictish Fort, Druim an Ard 16th century village, and remains of the Newfie Railway, built by Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit loggers who came to help the World War 2 war effort. General Wade’s presence is marked by the ambitious military road and bridges over the Corrieyairack Pass and old Drovers Route to Fort Augustus. This scenic area was used for the BBC television series “Monarch of the Glen” and was also the setting for “Mrs Brown” and ‘Lassie”. For a full listing of events in Laggan visit our online events guide at www. visitcairngorms.com/whatson or pick up a copy of the free monthly What’s On magazine. SERVICES

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(Please note that all distances are approximate)

 Laggan ((Aviemore and the Spey Valley) Highland Scenic Safaris

Quad Bike & Land Rover Scenic Tours. The only Highland Tour with access to “Monarch Of The Glen” Estate. With nearly 50,000 acres of unspoilt Highland landscape for the whole family to enjoy. Quad Biking, 4x4 Safaris, Off Road Buggies, Off Road Driving, Clay Pigeon Shooting & Target Sports.

Tel: 01528 544358 www.highlandscenicsafaris.co.uk

ACCOMMODATION SELF CATERING Bail Nan Cnoc 01528 544 336 www.gaskbeg.co.uk 7 miles Newtonmore, ½ mile Laggan. Self Catering, Sleeps 6. All year. From £480pw. From £28pppn. Bikers welcome.

 Laggan (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

Blaragie Cottage 01528 544 229 ½ mile from village. Open Mar-Nov. Self catering - Sleeps 5 - £250-£410. Free Wifi Gaskbeg Cottages 01528 544 336 www.gaskbeg.co.uk ½ mile Laggan, 7 miles Newtonmore. Sleep up to 4 each From £360pw - short breaks available.

SELF CATERING

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LOCAL SERVICES SHOPPING

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Laggan Stores Coffee Bothy & Wayfarer's Rest 01528 544 257 23/02/2015 19:06 www.lagganstores.co.uk Local store & coffee house with accommodation above for 5; come in for a wee rest, good basics & great eats. Open: Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm

SEE & DO CASTLES & HISTORY Dun da Lamh Laggan Ancient hill fort above Spey Dam. As you approach the Spey Dam, the wooded hill is to your left. SEE & DO NATURAL INTERESTS Corrieyairack Pass Near Laggan, built by General Wade in the 18th century, the road follows a traditional drove route through the high Corrieyairick Pass from Fort Augustus to Laggan. Falls of Pattack Near Laggan, waterfalls set in a dramatic tree-topped gorge, close to the A86. Great spot for a picnic.

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 Newtonmore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

 Newtonmore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) ACCOMMODATION – B&B

Highland Folk Museum

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Ardverikie, on Loch Laggan, just 16 miles away.

Easily accessible from the A9 and some 10 minutes along the A86 from Laggan is the village of Newtonmore. Nestling above the flood plain of the River Spey, with a backdrop of the Monadhliath Mountains, Newtonmore is surrounded by woodland with an abundance of wildlife.

The village has two museums; the Highland Folk Museum and the Clan MacPherson, both of which help visitors understand the culture of the Highlander.

There is an excellent local golf course with rough which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Newtonmore's "Wildcat Trail" is a 10km orbital walk around the edge of the village, taking in the River Spey and its tributary, the Calder, woodland and moorland, together with wonderful views to the Cairngorms and Monadhliath Mountains. As you wander around the village, it may seem strangely familiar as many locations have been seen as “Glenbogle” in the hit TV series “Monarch of the Glen” - is at

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Newtonmore has a comprehensive range of accommodation, and although it’s a small village, it has a variety of shops. Situated on the main rail route north, Newtonmore is served by train and bus services. For a full listing of events in Newtonmore visit our online events guide at www.visitcairngorms.com/ whatson or pick up a copy of the free monthly What’s On magazine.

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Larick House B&B 01540 673 762 www.newtonmoreaccommodation.com Off Main St, opposite Co-op. 4 rooms from £35pppn B&B

Harris Tweed Shop 01540 670 188 www.harristweedshop.com Stunning clothing in iconic Harris Tweeds. Cloth by the metre and a wide selection of accessories. Come and visit. Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-4, Sun 11-4 Summer opening hours. Winter hours reduced.

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LOCAL SERVICES – TIMBER SUPPLIES Russwood Ltd 01540 673648 www.russwood.co.uk Russwood is a supplier of high-quality sustainable timber. We are experts in the field and can offer advice on our materials, their specification and fixing. We supply cladding, flooring and decking, and can offer materials with an extremely low carbon footprint SEE & DO – ARTS, CRAFTS AND GIFT SHOPS

SEE AND DO – CULTURE & MUSEUMS Clan Macpherson Museum 01540 673 332 www.clanmacphersonmuseum.org.uk Witness first-hand a story of High Resolve, Patriotism, Loyalty and the Jacobite Cause. Local History and artefacts galore! “Not only for Macphersons”! Free entry.  Open: April-Oct. Mon-Sat 1000-1700.  Sun1200-1700.

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Fused and Light www.fusedandlight.co.uk 07921 729249 Fused and Light offers locally produced arts and crafts, and classes in glass fusing. Visit us at the Trove, Main St, Saturday 2pm-4pm; Monday 2pm-4pm and by appointment.

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 Newtonmore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) SEE AND DO – CULTURE & MUSEUMS (continued)

SEE & DO – WALKING AND CLIMBING

Highland Folk Museum 01540 673 551 www.highlandfolk.com Free admission! Award winning open air museum includes a recreated 1700’s township, 1930’s school, farm, sweetie shop and pinewood with red squirrels. Open: April-August 10.30- 17.30; Sept & Oct 11.00-16.30

The Wildcat Centre Newtonmore 01540 673 131 https://sites.google.com/site/ wildcatsnewtonmore/home Information on the 10km orbital, wildcat walking trail and the wildcat experience- track down scores of decorated Scottish Wildcat models and win a certificate or prize.

Historic Ruthven Barracks Map page 6 – grid ref D5

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VISITOR ATTRACTION

SEE & DO – GOLF Newtonmore Golf Course 01540 673 878 www.newtonmoregolf.com Picturesque Highland 18 hole course. Ideally suited for all ages, Group outings welcome. Excellent clubhouse, all day licence, full catering. Buggies available. Rounds from £28. 18 holes - 5490 yds - Par/SSS 67/66 Club House - Restaurant - Bar Club Hire - Trolley Hire Practice Area – Putting Green

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 Kingussie (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

SEE & DO - WATERSPORTS Spirit of The Spey 01540 673 826 / 07870 338 110 www.spiritofthespey.co.uk Open canoe journeys of discovery: Providing intimate introduction to the beautiful River Spey, over several days or 1 day coaching sessions. Also available, unique blending of Canoeing/Malt Whisky experiences.

Three miles north of Newtonmore, at the foothills of the Cairngorm and Monadhliath mountain ranges is Kingussie (Gaelic: Ceann-áGhuibhsaich: the head of the pinewood). A paradise for outdoor activities and those who appreciate invigorating fresh air, dramatic scenery and Highland hospitality, Kingussie is the traditional capital of Badenoch, the area of the upper Spey Valley. It was founded in the late18th century by the Duke Kingussie of Gordon and, at that time, it was a small hamlet surrounded by a vast pine forest. On the opposite side of the River Spey is Ruthven Barracks, the site of an earlier settlement with connections to the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite risings.

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Close to Ruthven, in a picturesque setting by the river Tromie, nestles the Speyside Distillery, a unique boutique distillery which distils the range of SPEY brands including the distinctive, locally inspired, Beinn Dubh. In the heart of the town are cafes, restaurants, hotels and guest houses. There are shops for everyday needs and some which have fascinating gifts and mementos. The Iona Gallery has exhibitions by Scottish artists, some of whom live locally. The community and fitness centre has excellent acoustics in its main hall for musical entertainment. It has a state of the art library too with helpful, knowledgeable staff. SERVICES

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On magazine. ACCOMMODATION GUEST HOUSES & INNS

 Kingussie (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) ACCOMMODATION – B&B Greystones B&B 01540 661 052 www.greystonesbandb.com Kingussie 5-10 mins walk, PH 21 1LA. 4 rooms from £30 pppn. Room only. Breakfast available from £6pp.

ACCOMMODATION – GUEST HOUSES & INNS Avondale House 01540 661 731 www.avondalehouse.com Short walk to the town centre 4 en-suite rooms, 3 on ground floor. From £28 pppn. Bikers Welcome.

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Duke of Gordon

The facilities and atmosphere experienced in the hotel together with the hospitality and welcome extended by our staff, make the Duke Of Gordon the ideal place to stay when visiting the Highlands. Ideally situated to take advantage of everything the Cairngorms National Park has to offer. HOTEL

T: 01540 661 302 www.dukeofgordonhotel.co.uk

Avondale House (01540) 661 731 The Cross at www.avondalehouse.com Kingussie Short walk to the town centre 01540 6613 166 4 ensuite rooms, on ground floor, www.thecross.co.uk from £28pppn. Bikers welcome. Nationally acclaimed fine dining restaurant with eight ensuite rooms. Michelin recommended. Riverside terrace. Open for pre-booked lunches ACCOMMODATION and afternoon teas. Dinner served 7 HOTELS 8.30 p.m. - we offer either a 3 course menuHouse with choices or a 6 course Columba Hotel tasting menu. www.columbahousehotel.com 01540 661402 Highest standards of welcoming hospitality, accommodation and customer care are to be found, with a relaxed atmosphere. 10 Stylish En-Suite rooms from £35pppn ACCOMMODATION – SELF CATERING

ACCOMMODATION – RESTAURANT WITH 122 facebook.com/VisitCairngorms Coire Mor ROOMS 07977 234 965 www.kingussieholidayhome.com Auld Alliance East Terrace, Kingussie, PH21 1JS 661 506 122-123 park01540 i 2015 (10).indd 5 bedroom cottage, sleeps 12 www.auld-alliance.com French restaurant offering mouthwatering menu using the finest produce. Fine cuisine & artisan bread courses. Open for dinner Wednesday - Saturday (April-October open Sunday night.) Booking advisable.

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- Saturday (April-October open Sunday night.) Booking advisable.

The Cross at Kingussie Railway Cottage (01540)811 661181 166 01479 www.thecross.co.uk www.lovecairngorms.com Nationally acclaimed finesecluded, dining Thoughtfully renovated, restaurantgetaway. with eight rooms. romantic  Onensuite the edge of Michelin Riverside RSPB Inshrecommended. Marshes and Balavil Estate, terrace. Open for pre-booked lunches beautiful views and walks all around.  afternoon teas. Dinner served 72and double bedrooms with luxury linen, 8.30 p.m. - we stove, offer either 3 course wood burning diningaspace for menu with choices or a 6garden, courseBBQ 4, stylish appliances, huge tasting menu.area. and decking

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SEE & DO CASTLES & HISTORY Ruthven Barracks www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/ kingussie Erected in 1719 after the Jacobite rising of 1715, with two ranges of quarters and a stable block. Captured and burnt by Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s army in 1746.

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SEE AND DO CULTURE & MUSEUMS The Iona Gallery Duke Street 01540 662 900 www.theionagallery.co.uk The only public art gallery in the Cairngorms National Park. Our community run, not for profit business brings art to visitors and residents providing a monthly programme of national & local exhibitions & workshops. See our website for details. SEE & DO NATURAL INTERESTS RSPB Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve Near Kingussie, this reserve is home to many species of wetland bird in summer and winter.

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 Kincraig (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

 Kincraig (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) ACCOMMODATION – BUNKHOUSES, HOSTELS & CAMPING

Loch Insh

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www.visitkincraig.com Kincraig and its neighbouring communities of Alvie, Insh and Feshiebridge, are set against a backdrop peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains and the waters of the River Spey and Loch Insh. Just over 7 miles south of Aviemore, Kincraig is quite simply made for walking and exploring the many historic ruins, monuments and ancient battle sites. Churches beside Lochs Alvie and Insh are both listed buildings used regularly for worship. There are several tourist destinations in Kincraig: The Highland Wildlife Park, sheepdogs at Leault Farm, the gliding club at Glenfeshie, watersports and ski hire at Loch Insh, horse riding and zip wires at Alvie and salmon fishing by boat or bank.

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With beautiful Loch Insh at its centre there are plenty of year round outdoor activities for all the family. In addition the village boasts 3 hostels with over 100 beds, several chalet sites, two cafes and a loch side restaurant. A diverse range of habitats support wildlife found nowhere else in Britain.Red squirrel, golden eagle, crested tit and otter are amongst “the locals”. The forests of Inshriach, the grandeur of Glen Feshie and the vastness of the Insh Marshes are ideal surroundings for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike. A true Highland village, Kincraig allows you to fully indulge in a less hectic pace of life.

Cairngorms Christian Centre 01540 651 373 www.cairngormschristiancentre.co.uk The Brae, Kincraig, PH21 1QD Self-catering for 40 (34 +6 in adjoining flat). Large equipped kitchen, comfortable sitting/dining, good shower facilities, drying and games room. Suits youth, church, school, outdoor groups, camps, retreat, individual/family breaks. From £13pppn. Loch Insh Bunkhouse www.lochinsh.com 01540 651 272 24 BASIC AND cosy ensuite and non ensuite rooms, all with televisions and tea and coffee making facilities etc. Single, twin, double and family rooms are available. TOWELS ARE NOT PROVIDED BUT ARE AVAILABLE. From £22 per person.

ACCOMMODATION – SELF CATERING Balbeag 01963 220 250 www.balbeag.co.uk Under 2 miles from the village shop, within easy reach of Loch Insh Watersports & Highland Wildlife Park. Sleeps 8, from £485 pw. Feb-Dec.

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Loch Insh Chalets 01540 651 272 www.lochinsh.com On the shores of Loch Insh in the foothills of Glenfeshie 12 log chalets 2-4 star. Free watersports at set times. Ideal family location. See supporting adverts. Book online.

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 Kincraig (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) ACCOMMODATION – SELF CATERING continued Tigh Tuithe Self Catering 01540 651 363 www.tigh-tuithe.co.uk An unusual house, built into the hillside with a turf covered roof surrounded by breath-taking scenery and abundant wildlife. Sleeps 4-6. 7 miles outside Aviemore, a great base for family holidays. FOOD & DRINK – EATING OUT The Boathouse Restaurant & Bar 01540 651 394 www.lochinsh.com Overlooking scenic Loch Insh. Creative Scottish menu and delicious homebaking with something for everyone. Open all year serving breakfast from 8-11am, Lunch from 12-4pm and Evening Meals from 5-8pm. Events programme throughout the year. SEE & DO – OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Loch Insh Watersports Kincraig 01540 651 272 www.lochinsh.com 45 years of providing activities for all: Windsurfing, Paddle-boarding, Sailing, Archery, Canoeing, Kayaking, 60m Dry Ski Slope, Equipment Hire, Archery, Mountain Bike Hire, Children's Play Areas, Nature Walks and Fishing on the Loch. Popular Loch side Restaurant with Ski and Board hire.

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SEE & DO - VISITOR CENTRES RZSS Highland Wildlife Park 01540 651 270 www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk Set in the majestic Cairngorms National Park, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park covers an impressive 200 acres and is home to over 200 amazing animals from polar bears to Amur tigers, snow leopards and red pandas.

See over 200 animals, from Scotland’s only polar bears to Amur tigers, snow leopards and red pandas

SEE & DO – WATERSPORTS Loch Insh Watersports 01540 651 272 www.lochinsh.com Voted “best on the water facility in Scotland”. Specialising in sailing, windsurfing, archery, canoeing, kayaking and paddle-boarding. Hire equipment available. Restaurant, shop, tree play areas, BBQ, picnic sites. Open all year, watersports Apr-Oct, 8.30am-5.30pm. Ski and Snow Board Hire, Nov - Apr. SEE & DO WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES RSPB Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve 01540 661 518 www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/i/ inshmarshes Visit “The Lookout” for one of the best views of Strathspey, full disabled access. Explore the trails and hides at one of Europe’s most important wetlands. Open daily all year.

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) ACCOMMODATION B&B'S

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www.visitaviemore.com At the head of the Speyside Way and easily accessible by rail, bus and car, Aviemore is a popular and thriving holiday area for all seasons. There is a diverse range of pursuits available for tourists and visitors of all ages, together with a year round programme of festivals and events. Aviemore is an excellent base for exploring the wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park including mountains, Glenmore and Rothiemurchus Forests and much more. Get a taste of the big country at Craigellachie - wooded crags which overlook the village with a boardwalk to help you reach the heights. In summer keep an eye out for the peregrine falcons nesting on the crags.

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In and around Aviemore you'll find a wide range of accommodation, from large international hotels to welcoming B&Bs; comfortable cottages to selfcatering chalets. Aviemore offers shopping facilities for the outdoor enthusiast together with a variety of local retailers selling gifts and crafts. Add to this a range of visitor attractions, leisure amenities and excellent eateries, which combined with the stunning natural beauty and culture of the area, make Aviemore the ideal location for an outdoor activity holiday in Scotland. For a full listing of events in Aviemore visit our online events guide at www. visitcairngorms.com/whatson or pick up a copy of the free monthl What’s On magazine. SERVICES

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Eriskay Bed and Breakfast 01479 810 717 www.eriskay-aviemore.co.uk Family run B&B. Centrally situated. Private parking and guest lounge. 10mins walk to railway station. Free WiFi. Room only rates also available.

Aviemore Youth Hostel 01479 810 345 www.syha.org.uk A great all year location for outdoor activities including snowsports, watersports and mountain biking. Comfortable dormstyle and private bedrooms, spacious TV lounge and laundry facilities make this an ideal family Hostel.

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ACCOMMODATION – BUNKHOUSES, HOSTELS & CAMPING Aviemore Glamping www.aviemoreglamping.com 01479 810717 These compact sleeping pods sleep 2 people with en-suite wetroom, tea/ coffee, fridge, TV/DVD, iPod dock, central heating for cold nights. Room only or breakfast available. Free WiFi.

BRONZE

Badaguish Centre 01479 861 285 www.badaguish.org 2 miles from Cairngorm. Wigwams & Camping. Prebooked groups only.

Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel 01479 861 238 www.syha.org.uk Ideal location for walking, mountain biking, fishing, pony trekking, snow and watersports. Located near Aviemore, Cairngorm Lodge provides good family accommodation and a cosy lounge, attracting guests year after year.

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) Camp Rothiemurchus AVIEMORE & Caravan Site

PH22 1QH ACCOMMODATION - GUEST 01479 812 800 HOUSES & INNS (continued) www.campandcaravan.com Forest setting at Coylum Bridge Ravenscraig Guest House 2 miles 810 from278 Aviemore by the road to (01479) Glenmore and Cairngorm. www.aviemoreonline.com Main street of Aviemore. 12 rooms - call for seasonal offers. TOURING CAMP

ACCOMMODATION GUEST HOUSES & INNS Cairngorm ACCOMMODATION Guest House SELF-CATERING 01479 810 630 7www.cairngormguesthouse.com Morlich Place (01236) 879 390 4 mins walk to village centre. 12 www.morlichbungalows.com rooms from £30 per night. All year. 8 mins walk to village centre. Sleeps 6 from £385 per week. All year. Short breaks available. GUEST HOUSE

The Old Bridge Inn & Bunkhouse 01479 811 137 www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk- HOTELS ACCOMMODATION Rooms: Doubles, twins, 4 and 6 bed Macdonald dorms, all en-suite. Facilities: Kitchen, Aviemore drying room,Resort heated boot racks, free (08448) 152 and towels provided. wi-fi, all 799 bedding www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/aviemore Rates: from £19 dorm bed / £40 5private restaurants, room4 hotels, 18 Luxury Woodland Lodges, luxury shopping, fully supervised play, Swimming pool and gym, our resort is the perfect place to relax and enjoy family time together. GUEST HOUSE

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Rowan Tree Hotel (01479) 810 207 www.rowantreehotel.com 2½ miles from Aviemore. 12 rooms from £44.00pp. All year.

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Ravenscraig Guest 101 Dalnabay House (01236) 879278 390 01479 810 www.morlichbungalows.com www.aviemoreonline.com Set in astreet popular and sought after Main of Aviemore. estate a short walk to the village 12 rooms - call for seasonal offers. centre. Corporate membership to Dalfaber Golf and Country Club included. Sleeps 6 from £385 per week. All year. GUEST HOUSE

ACCOMMODATION 140 Dalnabay HOTELS (01236) 879 390 www.morlichbungalows.com Macdonald 10 mins walk to village centre. Aviemore Resort Sleep 6 from £385 per week. All year. 0344 879 9152 Short breaks available. www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/aviemore 5 restaurants, 3Farm hotels, 18 Luxury Avielochan Woodland Lodges, luxury shopping, Cottages fully supervised (01479) 810 846play, Swimming pool and gym, our resort is the perfect www.avielochancottages.co.uk relaxofand enjoy family 2place milesto north Aviemore. Sleeptime 2-7 together. from £350 per week. All year.

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Rowan Tree Hotel 01479 810 207 www.rowantreehotel.com PROPERTIES 2½ miles from Aviemore. Catering Holiday Homes 12 roomsSelf from £48.50pp. All year.

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ACCOMMODATION A selection –of SELF CATERING fantastic properties sleeping from 2 – 13 7 Morlich Place 01236 879 390Open all Year round www.morlichbungalows.com Dalnabay, Aviemore T: 01479 811269 860 mins walk to village centre. www.aviemoreholidays.com Sleeps 6 from £385 per week. All year. Short breaks available. 101 Dalnabay Aviemore Bungalow 01236706074 879 390 07769 www.morlichbungalows.com www.aviemorebungalow.com Detached bungalow Set in a popular and- sought after All ModaCons Sleeps 10village mins estate short-walk to 5. the walk to village centre, perfectly to centre. Corporate membership situated golfing outdoor DalfaberforGolf and and Country Club activities, tub in the per garden. included.luxury Sleepshot 6 from £385 Prices £350 per week. week.from All year. Aviemore Holiday Homes www.aviemore-holidayhomes.co.uk 07765 715 947 Pine Marten Cottage, Sleeps 5. Hot Tub and Wood Burner Stove. 10 minute walk from village centre. £130 per night – min 3 night stay.

The Place to Eat and Meet Opposite Aviemore Railway Station

• Great Freshly Prepared Food All Day • Beers, Wines, Spirits & Malts

In the lively Lounge, All Day ‘til Late with Regular Entertainment + Live TV Sports

• Bed & Highland Breakfast from £40 per person, per night

• Wifi throughout Grampian Road, Aviemore

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LUXURY SHOPPING AND DINING OUT

FAMILY FUN AND ACTIVITIES

Take time out with the whole family at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, we have everything covered from fully supervised children's activities, Spey Valley Shopping, Spey Valley Cinema and a choice of restaurants for everyone to enjoy.

Aviemore Activity Centre features 7 fully supervised activity rooms packed with all the latest technology and activities to keep the kids entertained. Supervised activities available 7 days a week from £10 per child for 3 hours.

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MACDONALD SPEY VALLEY CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSE Green fees from £25 per person. Book tee times online. www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/Aviemore

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Self Catering Holiday Homes

Avielochan Cottages 01479 810846 www.avielochancottages.co.uk Cosy, clean and comfortable cottages in a lochside location 2 miles north of Aviemore.  Great views, ideal for bird and wildlife watching.  Sleep 2-6. From £370 per week, short breaks too.

 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) Badaguish Lodges 01479 861 285 www.badaguish.org Sleeps 10-17 from £935 per week. 2 miles from Cairngorm Mountain. All year.

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A selection of fantastic properties sleeping from 2 – 13 Open all Year round 60 Dalnabay, Aviemore T: 01479 811269

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ACCOMMODATION – SELF CATERING continued... 140 Dalnabay 01236 879 390 www.morlichbungalows.com 10 mins walk to village centre. Sleep 6 from £385 per week. All year. Short breaks available.

SELF CATERING

Aviemore Bungalow 07769 706074 www.aviemorebungalow.com Detached bungalow All Mod Cons - Sleeps 5. 10 mins walk to village centre, perfectly situated for golfing and outdoor activities, luxury hot tub in the garden. Prices from £350 per week. Sky TV.

Braeriach House www.braeriach-house.co.uk 0141 586 5024 Detached house. Bedrooms - 2 double, 1 ensuite, twin + single - sleeps 7. Lounge, Dining Room, Kitchen and Utility. Enclosed garden. Wifi. Satellite TV. Non smoking. No pets. Membership Dalfaber Country Club.

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Avonglen 07708 698 816 www.aviemoreholidayhome.com Avonglen is a 5 star rated detached house that can accommodate 6 people in comfort. Furnished to a superior quality the house also has a large well maintained secure garden.

Cairngorm Highland Bungalows 01479 810 653 www.cairngorm-bungalows.co.uk 7 luxuriously furnished and well equipped properties sleeping 2-8. Mountain views and some have open fires and enclosed gardens . 10 mins walk to Aviemore. Leisure facilities available, pets welcome. All year.

Craigellachie Retreat 07775 712 762. Craigellachie Retreat based in High Burnside, Aviemore is a well facilitated three bedroom holiday let with excellent guest reviews on trip advisor. To fully appreciate what the property has to offer go to www.holiday-aviemore.co.uk Craigellachie View 01479 810 694 www.aviemoreholidayhomes.co.uk 15 mins walk from train station. House, Chalet & Caravans Sleeps 4-6. 3 star. All year. Gardener’s Cottage 01540 651 287 www.inshriachnursery.co.uk Sleeps 4. Tucked away in secluded corner of Inshriach Nursery, 4 miles South of Aviemore on the B970 No pets. No smoking. All year. Go Self Catered 01479 810733 www.goselfcatered.com Holiday cottages, only minutes’ walk from the centre of Aviemore, with views of Cairngorms, it’s the perfect location! Well equipped, WiFi, very comfortable, enclosed gardens, secure storage sheds.

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) ACCOMMODATION – SELF CATERING continued... Highland Holiday Homes 01479 811463 www.highlandholidayhomes.com Quality self-catering cottage & lodges in Aviemore & throughout the National Park. Open all year our properties offer all the mod cons with some including FREE leisure facilities.

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Open all year round A selection log cabins, Hilton GrandofVacations & apartments Clubchalets at Coylumbridge sleeping 2, 4 and 6. Surround013397 55558 ed by Scots pines www.higvc.co.uk Tucked theoffoothills of the on the into banks the River Spey. CairngormLocated Mountains, justHilton Grand Vacations at Coylumbridge off theClub mountain road but provides high astandard of lessa than 10-minute accommodation in 61 well-appointed walk to the centre self catering sleeping 6 or 8 of lodges, Aviemore. people. The Lodges are available to rent or purchase. Visit website for Prices start atour £405 rental and prices. peroffers, weekavailability (1 bed cabin). Short breaks available.

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ACCOMMODATION Lurchers Cabin SELF-CATERING (continued) 01479 810717

www.lurcherscabin.com Lurchers Cabin Comfortable 2bedroomed log cabin (01479) 810717 style chalet, recently upgraded to www.lurcherscabin.com provide quality SC accommodation Comfortable 2bedroomed log cabin for up to four guests. Situated in style chalet, recently5mins upgraded a small cul-de-sac, walkto from provide quality SC accommodation Aviemore centre. From £360pw for up to four guests. Situated in breaks available). a (Short small cul-de-sac, 5mins walk from

Aviemore From Luxurycentre. Lodges at £360pw (Short breaks available). Macdonald Aviemore ResortHouse Meikle 0344 879 (01479) 8109152 694 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/ www.aviemoreholidayhomes.co.uk 3 Aviemore miles north of Aviemore. Sleeps 9 Our£400 4 Starper Luxury from week.Woodland 4 star. All year. Lodges are nestled amongst ancient Caledonian pine forests, our lodges combine luxury with outdoor living; after a day of adventuring settle into your woodland home-from-home Scandinavian Village infront of (01479) 810a cosy 500 wood-burning stove. www.scandinavian-village.co.uk In the Aviemore centre. Sleep 6 from £350 pw. Pets welcome. All year. Scandinavian Village Silverglades Holiday 01479 810 500 Homes www.scandinavian-village.co.uk (01479) 810 165 In the Aviemore centre. Sleep 6 from www.silverglades.co.uk pw. Pets Allcentre. year. 5 £350 mins walk fromwelcome. Aviemore (Short breaks from 2 nights).

Weekend, Midweek & 2 Night breaks available from £200. Open all year round Top Tripadvisor reviews Colour brochure and virtual tours available 10% discount on many attraction Pets welcome in allocated properties

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Stylish self catering bungalows in Aviemore set beneath the majestic Cairngorms Mountains. 1-4 bedrooms, sleeps 2-10. Each bungalow has their own private garden, BBQ, patio area, private parking and fully equipped to meet all your holiday needs some with sauna and wood burning stove. Easy walking distance to leisure club/golf and Aviemore.

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01479 810 165 ACCOMMODATION www.silverglades.co.uk SELF-CATERING (continued) 5 mins walk from Aviemore centre. (Short breaks from 2 nights). Steam Cottage 07703 163 201 www.steamcottage.co.uk Centrally located 2 bedroomed cottage with private parking. Two Steam Cottage bedrooms, one a twin the other with a zip 07703 163and 201link providing a king size double or twin. Living room www.steamcottage.co.uk with woodlocated burning2 stove, dining Centrally bedroomed conservatory, enclosed garden and cottage with private parking. Two free wifi. Locked for bedrooms, one astorage twin thearea other bikes, with acanoes zip andetc. link providing a king SELF CATERING

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size double or twin. Living room with wood burning stove, dining conservatory, enclosed garden and free wifi. Locked storage area for bikes, canoes etc. FOOD & DRINK - BARS SELF CATERING

The Old Bridge Inn & Bunkhouse 01479 811137 www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk Log fire, great food, hot drinks, seasonal cocktails and the area’s best selection of cask ales and malt whiskies. Live music, heated smoking area, riverside beer garden. Kids and dogs welcome too. SELF CATERING

FOOD & DRINK – BARS Pinemarten Bar Glemore (01479) 861 253 Facebook.com/ pinemartenbarglenmore Cosy mountain bar by Loch Morlich, open 7 days. Serving Real Ales, Craft Beers & Organic Cider. Live Music most Friday & Saturday nights. Bar Meals until 8pm

HHH & HHHH

Open all year round A selection of log cabins, chalets & apartments sleeping 2, 4 and 6. Surrounded by Scots pines on the banks of the River Spey. Located just off the mountain road but less than a 10-minute walk to the centre of Aviemore. Prices start at £405 per week (1 bed cabin). Short breaks available. Pine Bank Chalets, Aviemore, PH22 1PX

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) Pinemarten Bar Glemore ACCOMMODATION -01479 861 253 FOOD & DRINK SELF-CATERING Facebook.com/ EATING OUT(continued) pinemartenbarglenmore Giovanni’s Italian Cosy Cabin mountain bar by Loch Morlich, Lurchers Ristorante Macdonald open 7 days. at Serving Real Ales, Craft (01479) 810717 Aviemore Resort Beers & Organic Cider. Live Music www.lurcherscabin.com (0844) 879 9152 most Friday & Saturday Comfortable 2bedroomed lognights. cabin www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/ Bar Meals untilupgraded 8pm style chalet, recently to Aviemore provide quality SC accommodation Authentic & informal Italian dining for up The to four guests. Situated Old Bridge Innin with a wide range of pizzas, pastas, a small&cul-de-sac, 5mins walk from Bunkhouse wines & beers, and a great children’s Aviemore centre. From £360pw 01479 811 137 menu for younger diners. Open daily (Shortwww.oldbridgeinn.co.uk breaks available). 5pm-9pm. Log fire, great food, hot drinks, Meikle House seasonal cocktails and the area's Natural Retreats CairnGorm (01479) 810 694 of cask ales and malt best selection Mountain - Ptarmigan www.aviemoreholidayhomes.co.uk whiskies. Live music, smoking Restaurant and heated Storehouse 3 milesarea, north of Aviemore. SleepsKids 9 and riverside beer garden. By Aviemore from £400 week. 4 star. All year. dogs per welcome. (01479) 861261 www.cairngormmountain.org Fantastic eateries at both the Mountain Top and Mountain Base. Make the most of panoramic Scandinavian Village scenic (01479) 810 views, 500 delicious local dishes, fresh coffee or even a –wee tipple. www.scandinavian-village.co.uk FOOD & DRINK daily.centre. In the Open Aviemore EATING OUTSleep 6 from SELF CATERING

£350 pw. Pets welcome. All year. Rowan Tree Hotel Giovanni’s Italian Ristorante at (01479) 810 207 Macdonald Aviemore Resort Silverglades Holiday www.rowantreehotel.com 0344 879 9152 Homes Friendly family-run hotel. “Dinner is www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/Aviemore (01479) 810 165 a relaxed and casual affair”, Authentic & informal Italianwhere dining www.silverglades.co.uk use localAviemore produce. Evening meals with afrom wide range of pizzas, pastas, 5 minswe walk centre. wines beers,2 and a great children’s (ShortTues-Sun. breaks&from nights).

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) FOOD & DRINK – EATING OUT continued... Spey Burger Aviemore Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/Aviemore At Spey Burger our burgers are handmade from fresh 100% prime Scotch beef. Our menu offers a variety of different burgers available for adults and children. Open daily 5.30pm – 9pm, seasonal open times apply Steakhouse Macdonald Highlands Hotel Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/Aviemore We serve a delicious choice of prime aged steaks and grills, delicious starters and a selection of classics, all cooked to perfection by our talented chefs delivering the perfect experience. Open daily 5.30pm – 9pm Natural Retreats CairnGorm Mountain - Ptarmigan Restaurant and Storehouse By Aviemore 01479 861261 www.cairngormmountain.org Fantastic eateries at both the Mountain Top and Mountain Base. Make the most of panoramic scenic views, delicious local dishes, fresh coffee or even a wee tipple. Open daily.

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Rowan Tree Hotel 01479 810 207 www.rowantreehotel.com Friendly family-run hotel. “Dinner is a relaxed and casual affair”, where we use local produce. Evening meals Tues-Sun. Spey Valley Carvery at Macdonad Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/Aviemore Daily Carvery 12pm-2.30pm & Sunday Carvery 12pm-3.30pm. Large selection of hot dishes, Roast of the day & desserts. The Druie Restaurant Café PH22 1QH 01479 810 005 www.rothiemurchus.net "Scotland at its best", "Possibly the best burger ever eaten", delicious homemade lunches with 100% Rothiemurchus Estate Highland beef, forest venison, own baked bread, home baking, great locally roasted coffee, leaf teas, licensed. Open every day 9.30 - 5.00. In Rothiemurchus Centre, 1 mile from Aviemore on road to Coylumbridge.

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The legendary “Winky” is now managed by Cairngorm Brewery, following extensive refurbishment. A cosy, warm atmosphere, serving outstanding food and an impressive range of award winning keg & craft ales brewed right here in Aviemore.

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Sundays Monday to Saturday 12.30pm – 9.30pm 12.00 midday until 9.30pm Grampian Road • Aviemore • PH22 1RH T: 01479 812368 E: info@thewinkingowl.co www.thewinkingowl.co where Robbie Burns Winking Owl is the site of the Aviemore Inn was served breakfast in 1787!

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FOOD & DRINK – FARM SHOPS

The Old Bridge Inn & Bunkhouse 01479 811 137 www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk By the fire with your dog, or in the more formal, candle-lit conservatory, enjoy an inventive, locally sourced, seasonal, classical/Scottish menu, in welcoming surroundings. More than your average pub grub.

Rothiemurchus Estate Farm Shop 01479 812345 info@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net PH22 1QH Overflowing with local and Scottish produce and developed from a passion for our lovingly cared for Rothiemurchus Highland beef and forest venison. “One of the six best Farm shops with activities in the UK'. (Mail on Sunday). Open all year 9.30 – 5.30. Rothiemurchus Centre, 1 mile from Aviemore towards Cairngorm.

The Potting Shed Tearoom 01540 651 287 www.inshriachnursery.co.uk Fresh cream cakes baked on the premises. Treat yourself to a slice while watching birds and squirrels at our well attended feeding station. Gluten free available. 4 miles South of Aviemore on the B970. Open; 1st March – 31st October. Wednesdays – Sundays 10am-5pm. November & December open at weekends only (Fri, Sat & Sun) 10am-5pm. No dogs.

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LOCAL SERVICES – CAR & VAN HIRE Aviemore Car & Van Rental 01479 811700 www.aviemorerental.com Selection of new, Group A, B & C vehicles at competitive rates. Daily, weekly or monthly. Also local Agents for Europcar.

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) LOCAL SERVICES – DIY & TOOLS

LOCAL SERVICES – HEALTH & BEAUTY

Spey Valley Hardware & Household 01479 810 555 Key cutting, electrical goods, household and garden supplies. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm.

Highland Physiotherapy 07811370252 www.highlandphysiotherapy.co.uk Highland Physiotherapy provides the latest in evidence based physiotherapy techniques in the treatment of a wide variety of injuries including fractures, overuse, sports injuries, sprains and strains.

LOCAL SERVICES – GARDEN/NURSERY Inshriach Nursery 01540 651 287 www.inshriachnursery.co.uk Homegrown hardy plants for sale, 4 miles south of Aviemore on the B970. Whilst here, treat yourself to a slice from one of our famous cakes. No dogs. Open; 1st March -31st LOCAL SERVICES - SHOPPING October. Wednesdays - Sundays Spey Valley Shopping at 10am-5pm Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0844 879 9152 www.SpeyValleyShopping.co.uk LOCAL SERVICES - SHOPPING A unique on-site shopping experience, Spey at browseValley our wideShopping range of luxury Macdonald Aviemore Resort products including brand fashions, 0344 879 homewares, 9152 jewellery, baby gifts and www.www.speyvalleyshopping.co.uk.co.uk books. Our delicatessen specialises in Afarmhouse unique oncheeses, site shopping experience, cured meats, local browse outand wide craft beers finerange winesof luxury products including brand fashions, jewellery, homewares, baby gifts and LOCAL SERVICES - TRANSPORT books. Our delicatessen specialises in farmhouse cheeses, cured meats, local Badenoch & Strathspey craft beers and fine wines. Community Transport Co.

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) LOCAL SERVICES - TRANSPORT Badenoch & Strathspey Community Transport Co. “Where 2 Today?” 01479 810004 (office hours) www.ct4u.co.uk Leave the car at home and travel to visitor attractions in B & S. e.g. Wildlife Park or Speyside Heather Centre. Our vehicles are fully accessible and drivers are trained to assist anyone with a disability, allowing them to have peace of mind when travelling. Contact: “Where2Today?” 01479 810004 or info@ct4u.co.uk

SEE & DO - ARCHERY & CLAY SHOOTING

SEE & DO – ARTS, CRAFTS & GIFT SHOPS

SEE & DO – CASTLES & HISTORY

Rothiemurchus Clay Shooting & Archery by Aviemore, PH22 1QH 01479 812 345 www.rothiemurchus.net Outstanding sporting clay shooting layout for beginners & experts. Expert instructors, all equipment included, groups and young people welcome... Open every day. VisitScotland 4* Enjoy the ancient art of target Archery, in stunning surroundings. Booking recommended

Loch an Eilein Pottery 01479 810 837 penspots@btinternet.com Handthrown terracotta pottery by Penny Weir, specialising in functional domestic ware, glazed predominantly in blues/greens. “Throw Your Own” on Thursdays, £14. Open late March-late October, 10-5 by appointment or by chance.

Loch an Eilein Rothiemurchus by Aviemore, PH22 1QP www.rothiemurchus.net Voted ‘U.K’s best picnic spot’, easy walks through ancient forest round the loch with views of the island castle and mountains. Visitor Centre, loos, attended car park open every day. refreshments, Easter to November. About 3 miles from Aviemore on the B970 South to Feshiebridge.

SEE & DO – 4X4, QUAD BIKES & OFF ROAD Rothiemurchus Quad Bike Trekking & 4x4 by Aviemore, PH22 1QH 01479 812 345 www.rothiemurchus.net Superb experience led by experienced guides through magnificent Caledonian Pine woodland, heather moorland with breathtaking views of the Cairngorms and shallow stretches of the River Druie. All year, booking recommended. Open daily 9.30 - 5.30. Rothiemurchus Centre, 1 mile from Aviemore on road to Coylumbridge.

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Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe 01479 810120 www.facebook.com/ MrSimmsAviemore Hundreds of Sweets in Jars, Handmade Chocolates. Giant Pick n’ Mix Counter, Cream Fudge & Toffee. American Imports, Jelly beans, Candy canes, Sodas & Lollypops. Hampers made to order The Village Centre Shop 01479 810555 We have a great range of gifts, toys & jewellery. Myrtlefield, Aviemore (Behind Myrtlefield Shopping Centre). Open Mon-Sat, Sundays Mar-Oct.

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The Doune of Rothiemurchus by Aviemore, PH22 1QP 01479 812 345 bookings www.rothiemurchus.net Between 16th & 19th centuries and now again home to the Grants of Rothiemurchus. Restoration in progress. Visit during The Highland Lady Tour every Wednesday (booking required) or for mostly exterior visit, first Monday of month all year & every Monday April - August. About 3 miles from Aviemore on the B970 South to Feshiebridge.

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) SEE & DO - CINEMA Spey Valley Cinema at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 Spey Valley Conema offers a fantastic time for everyone. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a night out at the movies, featuring all the latest releases Visit www.SpeyValleyCinema. co.uk for up to date releases. SEE & DO FAMILY ACTIVITIES Natural Retreats CairnGorm Mountain - Children’s Activities 01479 861 261 www.cairngormmountain.org A day to remember in any season! Children love the mountain railway, transporting you to a height of 3,500ft! Book ski and snowboard lessons for your family in the winter!

Rothiemurchus 01479 812345 info@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net PH22 1QH Enjoy, experience, explore “One of the glories of wild Scotland “ (Sir David Attenborough) through our inspirational outdoor activities, restaurant café, Farm, gift and craft shops. Booking recommended for activities. Begin at Rothiemurchus Centre, open all year 9.30 – 5.30, 1 mile from Aviemore towards Cairngorm; telephone or book online

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) SEE & DO - FAMILY ACTIVITIES continued... Strathspey Railway 01479 810725 www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk Enjoy a scenic, vintage trip abroad Scotland's premier heritage railway as you steam through the stunning Cairngorms National Park. Steam Train Fine Dining. Special Events and Exclusive Packages & Tours throughout the year.! SEE & DO – FISHING, STALKING & SHOOTING Osprey Fishing School 01479 810 632 / 07754 475 445 guc@btinternet.com Unique fishing experience in stunning location. Boat and Tackle Hire. Permit and Tackle sales. Fly Fishing and Spey Casting tuition for Trout and Salmon. Private and group tuition. River trips.

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• Special Events throughout the year • Exclusive vintage train and classic car tours • Dining on Board Light Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch and Fine Evening Dining • Guided walks and Outdoor activity packages • Gift Shops

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SEE & DO – HORSE RIDING & PONY TREKKING

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Spey Valley Championship Golf Course 0344 879 9152 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk aviemore/golf Brand new £1million clubhouse . 18 hole Championship golf course, voted one of the Best in Scotland by Top 100 Golf Courses in the World. Tuition available with resident golf professional. 18 holes - 7153 yds Par/SSS 72/75. Club House, Club Hire, Trolley Hire, Practice Area, Putting Green, PGA Professional.

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Rothiemurchus Fishing Centre by Aviemore, PH22 1QH 01479 812 345 www.rothiemurchus.net An outstanding experience for everyone. Well stocked lochs, fly, bait, beginner separate areas - wonderful wildlife and outstanding views. Wild lochs and river with Pike, Rainbow and Brown trout. Knowledgeable instructors. Equipment for hire or sale, refreshments. Open daily weather permitting. 1/2 mile from Aviemore on the road to Coylumbridge or less if walking or biking along Old Logging Way.

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SEE & DO NATURAL INTERESTS

Rothiemurchus Highland Pony Trekking Hacking & Rides Rothiemurchus Centre, by Aviemore PH22 1QH 01479 812 345 www.rothiemurchus.net A superb experience; friendly, skilled guides, comfortable saddles and well-schooled pedigree Highland ponies. Varied hill, moor, pine forest and river rides. Children from 3 years. TRSS approved. Open all year, weather permitting. Booking essential, telephone, online or at Rothiemurchus Centre, 1 mile from Aviemore on road to Coylumbridge.

Craigellachie National Nature Reserve www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/reserve. asp?NNRId=18 Scenic trails with views across Aviemorecand the Cairngorms. Popular forcwoodland flowers and the chance to spot Peregrine Falcons.

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SEE & DO – MOUNTAIN BIKING Natural Retreats CairnGorm Mountain – Guided Mountain Bike Descents 01479 861 261 www.cairngormmountain.org Our expert guides offer a choice of guided descents, where you can ride through spectacular moorland, past sparkling burns and stunning forest.

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Lairig Ghru Steep-sided high pass connecting the north and south of the Cairngorms, is a popular walk between Aviemore and Braemar but it’s a long walk and not easy. Loch an Eilein Rothiemurchus, by Aviemore, PH22 1QH www.rothiemurchus.net "One of the most stunning places I have ever visited" - easy walks through ancient forest round the loch with views of the island castle and mountains. Visitor Centre, loos, attended car park open every day. Glimpse Red Squirrels, Crested Tits, Scottish Crossbill. About 3 miles from Aviemore on the B970 South to Feshiebridge.

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) SEE & DO - NATURAL INTERESTS continued... Loch Morlich www.forestry.gov.uk Located in Glenmore near Aviemore, Loch Morlich has a nice sandy beach, and is a popular spot for water sports and other activities. Surrounded by the pine woods of Glenmore, with excellent views to the northern corries of Cairngorm. Rothiemurchus by Aviemore, PH22 1QP 01479 812 345 www.rothiemurchus.net Loved as one of Scotland’s most treasured places and recognised as a conservation area of European importance for habitats and species. Discover a dynamic place where people live, work and play in harmony with nature.

Inshriach Forest Near Aviemore, forest with walking trails and cycle routes. Includes the pools and wetlands of Uath Lochans. Invereshie and Inshriach National Nature Reserve This reserve contains about 700ha of Caledonian Pine Forest which, going up to about 650m altitude. Glen Einich Rothiemurchus Accessible on foot and MTB, this is one of the most magnificent and wildest of the Cairngorm glens. Glen Feshie West of Cairngorm plateau via Feshie Bridge, lies this beautiful wild glen with excellent walking & cycling routes. Ryvoan Pass A narrow pass between Glenmore and Nethy Bridge, well known for the beautiful green lochan - Lochan Uaine.

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Glenmore National Nature Reserve www.forestry.gov.uk/ glenmoreforestpark Glenmore contains some of the best preserved areas of ancient Caledonian Pine Forest in Scotland. This natural forest is a must for all nature enthusiasts.

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SEE & DO – OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Rothiemurchus Centre by Aviemore, PH22 1QH 01479 812 345 www.rothiemurchus.net We help you enjoy one of the ‘most Amazing places in the U.K.'. Friendly, stunningly beautiful, 30+ outdoor activities, expert instructors, Countryside Rangers, all equipment provided. Restaurant Cafe, Estate Farm shop. Open daily 9.30 - 5.30, visit, telephone, book online. Just a mile from Aviemore, less if walking or biking along the Old Logging Way.

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ture Course TreeZone is the ultimate Aerial Adven platforms, ... Zip wires, balance beams, hanging le bridges tight-ropes, scramble nets, white knuck Caledonian and gap jumps are set in the ancient one Pines of the Cairngorm Mountains. TreeZ ty for is an unforgettable high ropes activi adventurers at least 7 years old Book Online and 1.1m tall.

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Tree Zone 01479 811 426 www.treezone.co.uk TreeZone is the ultimate Aerial Adventure Course... Zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tight-ropes, scramble nets & bridges and gap jumps set in the Rothiemurchus Estate in the Cairngorms NP. TreeZone is for adventurers at least 7 years old & 1.1m tall. Family tickets available.

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) SEE & DO – SNOWSPORTS WINTER SPORTS Natural Retreats CairnGorm Mountain - Snowsports 01479 861 261 www.cairngormmountain.org The most popular snowsports destination in Scotland boasting over 30km of ski runs, 11 lifts, a fully maintained Terrain Park, equipment hire and on-site Snow School. Restaurants and retail also. SEE & DO SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cairngorm Mountain Sports 01479 810 903 www.braemarmountainsports.com The UK No 1 store for all your skitouring, telemark and mountaineering needs. 8.30am-6pm, 7 days a week.

SEE & DO SWIMMING & LEISURE Swimming & Leisure at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 Scotland’s latest fully supervised play centre now open featuring 7 interactive play zones for all age groups. Also Swimming pool, with waterslide and wave machine, soft play area, costa coffee and more.

FUNICULAR RAILWAY CairnGorm Mountain is home to Scotland’s only funicular railway. This is a unique visitor experience that allows people of all abilities to reach the Top Station where the Ptarmigan Restaurant is located with panoramic views from over 3,500ft. Get 10% OFF Funicular Railway tickets when you use the code ‘PARK10’ when buying your tickets online! cairngormmountain.org www.visitcairngorms.com

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) SEE & DO - VISITOR CENTRE Rothiemurchus Centre by Aviemore, PH22 1QH 01479 812 345 www.rothiemurchus.net Relax, play and experience one of the ‘Most Amazing places in the U.K.'. 35+ outdoor activities in stunning surroundings, Loch an Eilein, Estate Farm Shop, Restaurant Cafe, unusual Gifts & Cards. Open every day, 9.30 - 5.30. Bookings by telephone, online or visit just a mile from Aviemore, less if walking or biking along the Old Logging Way.

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SEE & DO – WALKING & CLIMBING Rothiemurchus Walking & Countryside Rangers Rothiemurchus Centre, by Aviemore PH22 1QH 01479 812 345 www.rothiemurchus.net Maps with best waymarked low level walks with mountain views through the ancient forest. Weather and information from friendly, entertaining, knowledgeable Countryside Rangers who also accompany themed walks. Open all year, Booking essential - telephone, online or visit Rothiemurchus Centre, 1 mile from Aviemore on road to Coylumbridge. VISITOR ATTRACTION

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) SEE & DO – WALKING & CLIMBING (GUIDED WALKS) Natural Retreats CairnGorm Mountain - Guided Walks 01479 861 261 www.cairngormmountain.org Explore the beauty of CairnGorm Mountain on foot with a brilliant guided walk. Our experts will tell you all about this marvellous arctic landscape and help you spot the wildlife that call Cairngorm home.

Rothiemurchus Water Sports 01479 812345 info@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net PH22 1QH Tube or white water raft. Get close to wildlife with kayaking and slower float rafting down the River Spey or canoe on a stunning loch.  Expert instructors, all equipment provided.  Booking essential; telephone, online, Rothiemurchus Centre, 1 mile from Aviemore on road towards Cairngorm.

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Loch Morlich Watersports 01479 861 221 www.lochmorlich.com A beach in the mountains Loch Morlich Watersports Boathouse café. A great café, fabulous home baking and stunning views across the loch. Rent a Canoe or Kayak or have a go at Sailing or Windsurfing ‘It’s better at the beach’

SEE & DO WILDLIFE INTERESTS Cairngorm Reindeer Centre Glenmore, by Aviemore 01479 861 228 www.cairngormreindeer.co.uk Join us on a walk to visit Britain’s only free ranging reindeer. Gift shop, daily tours at 11am, also 2.30pm in Summer. Paddock open Easter to New Year. Centre closed Jan.

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 Aviemore (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) SEE & DO - WILDLIFE INTERESTS continued... Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris 01479 811 169 07974 151503 www.highlandwildlifesafaris.co.uk Guided wildlife excursions in a luxury 4X4 with experienced local nature watcher to see wildlife treasures you may never have realised existed. Open all year, every day, hours flexible, from beginners to twitchers. All welcome. Booking essential.

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Rothiemurchus Land Rover Safaris, Tours, Osprey Photography, Wildlife Watching by Aviemore, PH22 1QH 01479 812 345 www.rothiemurchus.net With entertaining Rangers, see behind the scenes at this stunning family run estate, discover a dynamic place where people live, work and play in harmony with nature of European importance. See, feed the Deer, watch Pine Martens, Badgers, Red Squirrels etc.

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FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Craggan Outdoors 01479 873 283 www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk Award-winning centre in beautiful Speyside location for these popular instructor-led activities. Archery suited to all from age 8+, & laser clay pigeon shooting – family friendly & unique in the area – to 10+. Licensed cafe. TripAdvisor 5-star rated. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Craggan Outdoors 01479 873 283 www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk Fantastic range of instructorled activities at award-winning, familyfriendly centre, with beautiful Speyside location. Something for everyone from age 6+, archery to zip wire. Licensed cafe. TripAdvisor 5-star rated. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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MOUNTAIN BIKING

Highland Folk Museum Newtonmore 01540 673 551 www.highlandfolk.com Free admission! Award winning open air museum includes a recreated 1700’s township, 1930’s school, farm, sweetie shop and pinewood with red squirrels. Open: April-August 10.30-17.30; Sept & Oct 11.00-16.30.

Craggan Outdoors 01479 873 283 www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk Award-winning centre in beautiful Speyside location, offering high quality instructor-led sessions on a wide range of trails to suit all abilities, age 8+. Half & full day bike hire also available. Licensed cafe. TripAdvisor 5-star rated. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Craggan Outdoors 01479 873 283 www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk Fantastic range of instructor-led activities at award-winning centre, with beautiful Speyside location. Something for everyone from age 6+, archery to zip wire. Licensed cafe. TripAdvisor 5-star rated. Book ahead to avoid disappointment. twitter.com/visitcairngrms

 Nearby (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) VISITOR CENTRES The Speyside Centre Dulnain Bridge 01479 851359 www.heathercentre.com Open all year, free to visit. Family run attraction with something for everyone. Extensive Gift Shop, Garden Centre specializing in heather plants, Red Squirrel and Bird watching area, Art Gallery, Antique and Collectables Shop, ‘Heather Story’, Clootie Dumpling Restaurant and Children’s Play Area. The Wee Whisky Shop. VISITOR ATTRACTION

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WATERSPORTS Craggan Outdoors 01479 873 283 www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk Award-winning centre in beautiful Speyside location, offering high quality instructor-led canoeing, gorge walking, kayaking, raft building & white water rafting. Licensed cafe. TripAdvisor 5-star rated. Book ahead to avoid disappointment. Spirit of The Spey 01540 673 826 / 07870 338 110 www.spiritofthespey.co.uk Open canoe journeys of discovery: Providing intimate introduction to the beautiful River Spey, over several days or 1 day coaching sessions. Also available, unique blending of Canoeing/Malt Whisky experiences.

Craggan Outdoors 01479 873 283 www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk Award-winning centre in beautiful Speyside location, offering high quality instructor-led high ropes, rock climbing, & walk-&-climb sessions to suit all abilities, age 8+. Licensed cafe. TripAdvisor 5-star rated. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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 Carrbridge (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

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www.carrbridge.com Situated just seven miles north of Aviemore and 25 miles south of Inverness is the small but lively traditional Highland village of Carrbridge. Surrounded by spectacular mountain and moorland scenery and within easy reach of a host of exciting tourist attractions, Carrbridge has a great deal to offer both summer and winter visitors. Carrbridge is the ideal base for a truly memorable holiday. The village has a wide choice of accommodation to suit all budgets and a wealth of tourist attractions, including the wellloved Landmark Forest Adventure Park, and outdoor activities including golf, walking, climbing, mountain biking, bird-watching, pony trekking, water and snow sports, right on the doorstep.

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 Carrbridge (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) ACCOMMODATION HOTELS

ACCOMMODATION – SELF CATERING

The Cairn Hotel 01479 841 212 www.cairnhotel.co.uk In the centre of the village. 7 rooms from £35 per night.

Fairwinds Chalets 01479 841 240 www.fairwindschalets.co.uk Carrbridge's hidden secret - situated in peaceful woodland by an enchanting lochan in the grounds of Fairwinds Hotel are our 6 chalets, sleeping 4-6. Fairwinds nestles in a secluded position in the village of Carrbridge.

Carrbridge packhorse bridge The first of the Scottish ski villages, Carrbridge dates back many hundreds of years. Evidence of this can be seen in the packhorse bridge - the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. The village is renowned for its programme of events including the annual Carve Carrbridge, the Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championship (www.carvecarrbridge. com) which attracts a large and enthusiastic crowd, the Scottish Nine Hole Open golf competition (www.scottishnineholeopen.co.uk) and the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship (www.goldenspurtle.com), which is followed across the world by connoisseurs of Scotland's national dish.

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Fairwinds Hotel 01479 841 240 www.fairwindshotel.com Sat in 7 acres of secluded and peaceful private grounds surrounded by mature woodlands. All rooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer, radio alarm clock with ipod dock and a tea/coffee making tray with home baking. All en-suite facilities. From £42.50 pp,pn.

Glenmore Cottage 01479 841225 www.glenmorecottagecarrbridge.com Well appointed detached cottage, with private garden, ideally situated near the centre of Carrbridge. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms. Open plan, kitchen/dining/living room with log fire. French doors on to raised decking/patio area. Comfortable and very well equipped. PET FRIENDLY

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 Carrbridge (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) FOOD & DRINK EATING OUT The Cairn Hotel 01479 841 212 www.cairnhotel.co.uk Country pub atmosphere, log fire, real ales and affordable food. Bookings not required. 12 noon to 2.15pm for lunch, 6-8.30pm for bar suppers.

SEE & DO – ARTS, CRAFTS & GIFT SHOPS Carrbridge Artists Studio 01479 841 328 / 841 247 www.carrbridgestudios.com Studio/Gallery of landscape and wildlife artist Jeff Buttress. Unique pottery, sculptures and jewellery by ceramic artists Alice and Amy Buttress. Selection of our latest chainsaw carvings. All year. Hours vary. Free entry.

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Landmark Forest Adventure Park 01479 841 613 www.landmarkpark.co.uk Our restaurant and Pinewood grill specialise in fresh and, wherever possible, locally sourced food. Traditional home baking, healthy and veggie options and two homemade soups every day and, of course, there are lots of healthy meal options available.

SEE & DO FAMILY ACTIVITIES Landmark Forest Adventure Park 01479 841 613 www.landmarkpark.co.uk Winner of the VisitScotland and Daily mail readers perfect family day out and Netmums.com favourite outdoor play area Landmark Adventure Park is a must visit for families and kids of all ages.

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SEE & DO – SHOPPING

Carrbridge Golf Club Carrbridge 01479 841 623 www.carrbridgegolf.co.uk www.scottishnineholeopen.co.uk Challenging course, magnificent views and natural features. Very friendly club which welcomes visiting golfers of all standards. Honesty box in place Nov- Mar. Clubhouse closed for winter. 9 holes - 5402 yds - Par/SSS 69/68 - Club House - Clubhouse Cafe - Club Hire - Trolley and Buggy Hire Putting Green

Landmark Forest Adventure Park 01479 841 613 www.landmarkpark.co.uk Find that special something for your favourite person in amongst the books, glass, pottery, house-ware, jewellery, toys, cards, foods, sweets and lots of other goodies. Or of course, you could just treat yourself!

SEE & DO – HORSE RIDING & PONY TREKKING Carrbridge Trekking Centre Carrbridge 01479 841 602 www.carrbridge-ponytrekkingcentre.co.uk 2h and 1 hr treks for novice or experienced riders. TRSS approved. Mini treks for children also available. Open May to October.

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Spar Carrbridge 01479 841 687 www.sparcarrbridge@aol.com Find us on Facebook Groceries, Newspapers, Alcohol, Fresh Milk, Dairy Products, Fresh and Frozen Foods Sundries and Gifts Pay Point Service Point Post Office Counter Open Daily Only Closed Xmas Day All your Shopping Needs

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 Boat of Garten (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

Boat of Garten Railway Station

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www.boatofgarten.com Some 6 miles from Carrbridge lies the popular village of Boat of Garten. This is an ideal location from which to explore the local area; close to the action of Aviemore, but far enough away to ensure a quiet break. This picturesque village has plenty to offer visitors, tourists and residents with an abundance of wildlife, wellmarked woodland and river walks and cycle routes as well as loch and river fishing, tennis and golf on the magnificent 18-hole course designed by James Braid. There is a choice of excellent restaurants, accommodation providers, cafes, shops and an interesting gallery. If you want to arrive in style climb aboard the Strathspey Railway at Aviemore and steam into the village! Alternatively, you can board the train at “The Boat” and take a trip to

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Broomhill, better known as 'Glenbogle Station' from the BBC TV’s Monarch of the Glen. Popular walking routes, Sustrans Route 7 and the Speyside Way, both come through the village which is perfect for an overnight stop or a bite of lunch. The play park is adjacent to the Community Hall and is a firm favourite with younger members of the family. A busy and thriving community ensures an annual calendar of events held at the Community Hall including ceilidhs, classical and traditional music, theatre productions, summer and winter programmes of talks and an annual auction. For a full listing of events in Boat of Garten visit www.boatofgarten.com and the online events guide at www.visitcairngorms.com/whatson or pick up a copy of the free monthly What’s On magazine. SERVICES

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 BOAT GARTEN Boat ofOF Garten (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

 BOAT OF GARTEN  Boat of Garten (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

ACCOMMODATION ACCOMMODATION -SELF-CATERING (continued) GUEST HOUSES & INNS

LOCAL SERVICES - – ACCOMMODATION POST OFFICES SELF CATERING

Craigview Cottage The Boat House -01479 Flat 831 3 484 01698 852901 www.theboathouse4u.com giancrawford@aol.com Ideal base for all activities. 6 Upper floorsleeps of traditional bedrooms, 17, from £25 building centre welcome. of village. Pets andinFamilies 3 bedrooms, sleeps 7, 2 bathrooms with showers, sitting room, dining kitchen fully equipped. Easter October, from £300 - £400 per week.

Boat of Garten Post Office Alba Highland (01479) 831 223 Cottages Bureau de change, 07748 432 648 www.albahighlandcottages.co.uk newsagents, groceries, off-licence, S/C &3/5 bedrooms, sleeps 6/10 from hot cold food/drink to go, cards £375. room/disabled friendly. & gifts,Wet laundry/dry cleaning, fishing Pets Welcome, Free WiFi. permits for River Spey. Mon-Sat, 7am-6pm. Sun 9-4pm.

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SEE & DO - GOLF Balblair Cottage Boat Garten 01542 of 888455 Golf & Tennis Club www.balblaircottage.co.uk www.boatgolf.com Deceptively spacious detached Beautiful, challenging and renowned cottage with large garden. Lounge course, maximising the natural with open fire & piano. 4 bedrooms. heathland landscape.location Set amid Sleeps 7. Excellent for all stunning Course in outdoor scenery. activitiesBest or just relaxing. Scotland (SGTA 2014). Free Wifi.under From£50 £500pw. A must for any visitor to the Highlands. For bookings call (01479) 831282, option 1.

Craigview Cottage - Flat 3 & T H E O SPREY C AFÉ 01698 852901 giancrawford@aol.com Upper floor of traditional building in centre of village. 3 bedrooms, sleeps 7, 2 bathrooms with showers, sitting room, dining kitchen fully equipped. • Fresh Food, Groceries & Deli Easter - October, from £300 - £400 • Firewood, Kindling & BBQ Fuel per• Choice week. of Speciality Whisky • Home Delivery Available Osprey Lodge • Serving Homemade & Locally 01349 864 746 • Sourced Produce Daily www.osprey-lodge.co.uk • All Welcome – Dog Friendly Relax with all the comforts of home, in dowsstore.cornershoponline.co.uk the heart of the Cairngorms. Osprey Lodge is a 3 bed luxury Tel: 01479 831 225 caravan providing everything needed for the perfect holiday. *Free SERVICES Welcome Pack. Public toilet Yes The Cash Treehouse machine (Dows Store) Yes 0131 337 7167 Post office Yes www.treehouselodge.co.uk Medical centre No Unique VIC lodge in woodland setting,No with logstation fire and high level deck. Few Petrol No minutes' walk to village shops and VILLAGES NEARBY restaurants. Sleeps 7, from £655 per Nethy Bridge - 4miles/7km week. Pets welcome. Ample parking. Carrbridge - 6miles/9km Ideal for walkers, birdwatchers. Dulnain Bridge - cyclists, 6miles/10km

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SELF CATERING

The Boat Hotel Osprey Lodge 01479 831 (01349) 864258 746 www.boathotel.co.uk www.osprey-lodge.co.uk Relax with all the comforts of home, 34 beautifully designed bedrooms, in heart of the Each Cairngorms. all the rooms en-suite. room has a Osprey Lodge is a 2014 luxury TV, Tea and Coffee making facilities caravan providing everything needed with Scottish Tablet, Hair dryer, free for perfect holiday. highthe speed WIFI. Family Friendly, Pet *Free Welcome Pack. Friendly. The Treehouse (0131) 337 7167 PET FRIENDLY www.treehouselodge.co.uk Unique lodge in woodland setting, with log fire and high level deck. Few minutes walk to village shops and restaurants. Sleeps 7, from £595 per week. Pets welcome. Ample parking.

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GUEST HOUSE

But n' Ben Cottage 07983 671588 www.thebutnben.co.uk Idyllic single storey detatched cottage in stunning rural setting. Very spacious with home-from-home facilities. 3 bedrooms (1 ensuite), Sleeps 6. Open fire and central heating. Free WiFi, pets by arrangement, no smoking.

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Aviemore - 6.7miles/10.8km Grantown-on-Spey - 9miles/15km Cromdale - 12miles/19km Kincraig - 14miles/24km Kingussie - 19miles/31km

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Sit back, switch off, and savour the pleasure of great food and drink. • Local Produce • Relaxed Atmosphere • Monthly Menu • Daily Specials

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LOCAL SERVICES LOCAL SERVICES OFFICES POSTPOST OFFICES of Garten Post Office Boat Boat of Garten Post Office 831 223 (01479)01479 831 223 de change, BureauBureau de change, newsagents, groceries, off-licence, newsagents, groceries, off-licence, hot &food/drink cold food/drink to go, cards hot & cold to go, cards gifts, laundry/dry cleaning, & gifts, & laundry/dry cleaning, fishing fishing forSpey. RiverMon-Sat, Spey. Mon-Sat, permitspermits for River 7am-6pm. Sun 9-4pm. 7am-6pm. Sun 9-4pm. (Winter Hours: Sundays, 9-1pm)

SEE & DO - GOLF SEE & DO - GOLF Boat of Garten Boat of Garten Golf & Tennis Club Golf & Tennis Club www.boatgolf.com www.boatgolf.com Beautiful, challenging and renowned James Braid designed course,Outstanding maximising the natural 18 courseSet setamid in beautiful heathland hole landscape. surroundings with picturesque views stunning scenery. Best Course in of under Cairngorm mountains. Best course Scotland £50 (SGTA 2014). Scotland under A mustinfor any visitor to £50 the SGTA 2014). A must visit course Highlands. For bookings callfor all players. bookings call 01479 831282, (01479)For 831282, option 1. option 1.

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VILLAGES NEARBY Nethy Bridge - 4miles/7km Carrbridge - 6miles/9km Dulnain Bridge - 6miles/10km Aviemore - 6.7miles/10.8km Grantown-on-Spey - 9miles/15km Cromdale - 12miles/19km Kincraig - 14miles/24km Kingussie - 19miles/31km

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Skye-of-Curr, Dulnain Bridge

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www.dulnainbridge.com Following the A95 takes you to the small village of Dulnain Bridge. Made up of two communities, Dulnain Bridge itself is centred around the 18th century bridge, and the crofting community of Skye-of-Curr which Sitstretches back,forswitch off,to the about a mile south. and savour the

The surrounding forests of mature pleasure of great food Caledonian pines contain many rare drink. andand interesting species including endangered capercaillie, Scottish • Local crossbill, theProduce small but beautiful •crested Relaxed Atmosphere tit, buzzard, eagle, osprey Monthly Menu and•red squirrel. Curr Wood, on Dailyand Specials the •south east of the village has the country's largest population of twinflower which shares the forest floor with a tiny orchid called

creeping ladies tresses. Steam trains from Aviemore terminate at Broomhill Station, on the outskirts of the village, otherwise known as “Glenbogle Station” from the popular TV series “Monarch of the Glen”. Other points of interest include a good display of a type of glaciated rock called 'Roches Moutonnes' and evidence of a large Pictish settlement at Balintomb Farm, where burial mounds and standing stones can be seen. For walkers there is a wide choice including a circular walk around Dulnain Bridge taking in woods, fields and rivers; all the time with changing views of the hills. SERVICES

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 Dulnain Bridge (Aviemore and the Spey Valley) ACCOMMODATION – GUEST HOUSES & INNS Rose Grove Guest House 01479 851 335 www.rosegroveguesthouse.com 2 miles from the village. 6 rooms from £26.00 pppn. 3 stars. Phone for special offers.

GUEST HOUSE

ACCOMMODATION – SELF CATERING

FOOD & DRINK EATING OUT Clootie Dumpling Restaurant 01479 851 359 www.thebestclootiedumplings.com Set within The Speyside Centre and specialising in Clootie Dumpling the restaurant has become well known for its selection of wholesome soups as well as its traditional food including Haggis, Stovies, Fish ‘n’ Chips, light snacks also available. Open all year. *NEW* - The Wee Whisky Shop.

Muckrach Castle 01738 477531 www.muckrachcastle.co.uk 1 mile from Dulnain Bridge. Sleeps 8-10 from £1015 per week. All year.

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SEE & DO NATURAL INTERESTS Dulnain Bridge Roches Moutonees Viewpoint for the Cairngorms, this is an excellent example of glaciated rocks known as “Roches Moutonees”.

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 Nethy Bridge (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

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Photo: James Gordon

River Nethy and Bridge

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is the home of Scottish ospreys.

Situated between Boat of Garten and Grantown-on-Spey is the forest village of Nethy Bridge. A holiday destination since Victorian times, the village boasts a full range of accommodation options.

A highlight of the year is the Abernethy Highland Games which is held on the second Saturday of August. Started in 1880 they are the oldest traditional Highland Games in Scotland and include piping and dancing competitions, heavy and track events, trade stalls and sideshows.

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The area has easy access to a vast range of activities and being away from the main roads it remains a haven of peace. The River Nethy flows through the centre of the village, past the local shop, butcher, playing fields and Community Centre and under the ancient Telford bridge. The community hall houses a visitor centre and ranger service. You can learn about the mountains, forest and historical way of life. Walks take place during the summer and The Speyside Way route also passes through the village. Some three miles from the village is the RSPB Reserve at Loch Garten. Set in pinewoods beside the loch this

Over 100 pipers make up the spectacular massed bands march onto the field followed by members of the Clan Grant Society. Travel to Nethy Bridge by road or using the local bus services to and from Aviemore, Grantown-on-Spey and Inverness. Or you can take the Strathspey Railway train to nearby Broomhill from Aviemore or Boat of Garten. SERVICES

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 Nethy Bridge

Surrounded by Abernethy Forest and Cairngorms, ideal for walkers, skiers and families. Open to non-residents for bar and restaurant meals. 70 bedrooms, meetings & conferences, functions and weddings.

T: 01479 821203

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Mondhuie Self-Catering Chalets 01479 821 062 www.mondhuie.com Mondhuie Self-Catering Chalets, quiet grounds in the Caledonian Forest of Nethy Bridge. The Chalet sleeps 5-7. The Bothy sleeps 4.

Loch Garten Osprey Centre

SEE & DO - GOLF Abernethy Golf Club 01479 821 305 www.abernethygolfclub.com 9-hole course, open all year. Catering March-October. 9 holes - 2526 yds; Par/SSS 66/66. Restaurant – Clubhouse – Practice area. Day ticket £25; 9-hole £18.

Aultmore Estate 01479 821473 www.aultmoreestate.com Luxurious two and three bedroomed self-catering cottages situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty with world-class views over Abernethy Forest to the Cairngorm Mountain range. Electricity, linen, towels and free wi-fi are included.

Spy on the ospreys Peek at the red squirrels Drop-in to family fun Walk forest trails Browse in the shop And have a cuppa!

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April - August Entrance charges apply Call 01479 831476 Visit www.rspb.org.uk/lochgarten Registered charity England and Wales 207076, Scotland SC037654 Red squirrel: Andrew Mason (rspb-images.com)

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 Cromdale (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

Cromdale

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www.visitcairngorms.com Travel four miles along the A95 and you will come to the small rural community of Cromdale, situated between the Cromdale Hills and the River Spey. Cromdale is a rural community situated in the Cairngorms National Park between the Cromdale Hills and the River Spey. Its name is primarily known due to the song "Haughs of Cromdale", written following the 1690 Battle of Cromdale, which marked the effective end of the first Jacobite uprising. When climbing the hills you can see the “piper’s stone” where a piper played during the battle.

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From the top, at the Coronation Cairn, there are fantastic views of the Spey Valley and north to the coast. Further on is The Queen Victoria Jubilee Cairn from which there are spectacular views of the Cairngorms. Balmenach distillery dates back to the days of illegal farmhouse stills, when smugglers used to walk the Hills of Cromdale. The lovely church of St Ma-Luac and St Bridget down by the river was built in 1809 and can be seen from the adjoining Speyside Way which passes through the village. The area boasts a range of traditional shooting and fishing estates. SERVICES

 Grantown-on-Spey (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)

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www.grantownonspey.com This cultural and historic town set on the banks of the River Spey, justly famed as one of the premier salmon and trout fishing rivers in the country, has been attracting visitors for over 200 years and has plenty to offer in all seasons. Grantown-on-Spey is on the Speyside Way which extends from Buckie to Aviemore. The town is surrounded by ancient woodlands which offer a unique habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Anagach Woods has way marked trails and there is walking for all abilities. A range of sporting and leisure activities are catered for with an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and an award-winning activity centre. The town’s Square and High Street are lined with unique, independent and interesting shops and businesses and a selection of cafes, bars and

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The Grantown Show restaurants offer a range of meals, drinks and snacks to suit all tastes and budgets. Grantown has its own museum which tells the story of the town's beginnings and where you can find out about Queen Victoria’s royal visit of 1860, the coming of the railway and Grantown’s development as a popular holiday destination. 2015 saw the town celebrate its 250th anniversary; a milestone that was marked with an exciting progamme of events and festivities. There are many tours that can be enjoyed, taking in historic buildings and scenic areas, and the seaside is very close on the Moray Firth.

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ACCOMMODATION ACCOMMODATION – B&B GUEST HOUSES Kinross House Ravenscourt House 01479 872 042 Hotel www.kinrosshouse.co.uk (01479) 872 286 Close to the town centre www.ravenscourthouse.co.uk 6 rooms £34pppn.on4 Spey star. All year. In centre from of Grantown 2 mins walk to town centre. 8 rooms from £39 per person. GUEST HOUSE

RossMor Guest House (01479) 872 201 www.rossmor.co.uk ACCOMMODATION – Elegant 4* Victorian villa with stunning BUNKHOUSES, HOSTELS views, short walk to town. Twin, double & CAMPING and family ensuite rooms from £38pppn. Free WiFi, private parking, guest lounge. Craggan Outdoors’

Ardenbeg Bunkhouse 01479 872824 www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk Good value self catering accommodation across rooms of 4, ACCOMMODATION 5, 6 & 8 beds. Rates from £16.50 to HOTELS £24 pppn. Wide range of outdoor activities available. Craiglynne Hotel (01479) 872 597 www.crerarhotels.com 2 mins walk from centre. 83 rooms from £39 per night. Closed Jan and Feb. GUEST HOUSE

ACCOMMODATION ACCOMMODATION – SELF-CATERING GUEST HOUSES & INNS West Gorton Ravenscourt House (01479) 872 120 01479 www.westgorton.foursquare.com 872 286 www.ravenscourthouse.co.uk scillalaing22@gmail.com In centre Grantown on Spey 2peaceful 1.5ofmiles from Grantown, setting offering fantastic views of the mins walk to town centre. 8 rooms Cairngorms. Sleeps 4/5, from £320 from £40 per person. pw - all year

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FOOD & DRINK - BARS FOOD & DRINK – Craiglynne EATING OUT Hotel, Cromdale Bar The Wee Puffin (01479) 872 597 01479 www.crerarhotels.com 873 377 theweepuffin@btinternet.com Offers an extensive range of fine wines, spirits Maltfood whiskies. The Wee Puffin for and all your needs with a relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast menu. Teas coffees. Homemade cakes. Light snacks to a 3 course meal. Not forgetting the Puffin Challenge!! Vast range of local beers/ales.

Coffees, Snacks & Meals all day from 10am-5pm Evening Meals from 5pm-9pm Sunday Lunch Roast 12noon-4pm 2 or 3 Courses Wines-Beers-Spirits Tues-Sat 10am-9pm Sunday 10am-4pm Mon Day Off

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FOOD & DRINK FOOD & DRINK EATING OUT – SPECIALITY SHOPS Craiglynne Hotel Elephants (01479) 872 in 597 the Pantry www.crerarhotels.com 01479 258070 Craiglynne Hotel is located on the www.elephantsinthepantry.co.uk edge of the town and has a fine reputation atmospheredelights. of old Local foodsintoaninternational world charm. Organic & wholefoods. Deli Treats. Whisky, wines, & artisan spirits. Gifts. Revack Highland Estate Hampers. Special (01479) 872 234 events & Sample Saturdays! DrinkHill to and Never Come andFood enjoyand Revack! Forget! moorland walks, enchanting gift shop, restaurant/café and adventure playground. Open daily all year, except Christmas & Boxing Day, 10am-5pm. Free entry.

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Garth Hotel & Restaurant, Grantown-on-Spey

Talk of the town! Great value 2 course lunch - £8.95 Mon to Sat, 12 noon to 2.00pm Traditional 3 course Sunday lunch with roast of the day - only £12.95 12noon to 2.00pm A la carte dining with specials served 5pm-9.00pm daily Breakfast served to non-residents 7.30am to 9.30am

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LOCAL SERVICES – BOOKSHOPS

LOCAL SERVICES SPORTS & OUTDOORS

SEE & DO CULTURE & MUSEUMS

The Bookmark 01479 873 433 www.thebookmark.co.uk Small, friendly, independent book retailer. Selection of books for all ages, children’s, general fiction, Scottish & Outdoors, small art section. All Books New - All Welcome. Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm (Sundays throughout July & August)

Mortimers of Speyside 01479 872 684 www.mortimersofspeyside.co.uk Suppliers of the best in fishing and outdoor leisure equipment. We provide a wide range of clothing, everything the country gent or lady needs. River Spey Fishing Permits Available.

Grantown Museum 01479 872 478 gosmuseum@btconnect.com Tells the story of the 18th century planned town. Tourist Information Point. A changing art/photographic temporary exhibition programme is in place. Shop, ample parking, disabled access.

LOCAL SERVICES – COMPLETE HOUSE FURNISHERS Beale & Pyper Est 1886 01479 872 203 www.bealeandpyper.co.uk Three floors of quality merchandise for every room in the home. 9am- 1pm and 2pm-5pm, Mon-Sat.

SEE AND DO – ARTS CRAFTS AND GIFT SHOPS Highland Kiltmakers 01479 872086 www.scottishhighlandkilts.com Margaret Edwards – Member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen Offering a bespoke service Traditional Handmade Highland Kilts Kilt Hire Men & Ladies Accessories & Gifts

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Delivering to you the client: • Planning to Completion on New Build, Extensions and Renovations • Eco Friendly Specifications • Timber Frame Manufacturer We provide a friendly, local, reliable delivery service throughout the Strath and beyond. Quality flowers for all occasions.

LOCAL SERVICES – GARAGES Woodlands Service Centre 01479 872 289 www.woodlandsservicecentre.co.uk An expert team with over 40 years’ experience offering; servicing, tyres, used car sales & private hire. Specialising in the servicing and sales of all Ford models and other makes of vehicle.

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• General Building Maintenance & Repair • Replacement Windows, Doors and Stairs • Kitchen Showroom & Full Time Designer • Value for Money

The Flower Box 01479 873246 www.flowerbox-grantown.co.uk theflowerbox23@yahoo.co.uk 23 High Street, Grantown on Spey PH26 3EY

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 GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY Grantown-on-Spey (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)  SEE & DO – CYCLING SEE & DO MOUNTAIN BIKING Basecamp Bikes 01479 870 050 Craggan Outdoors www.basecampmtb.com (01479) 873 283 Cycle shop offering hire, sales & full www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk workshop services.  Cycle hire in from BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION £15 per 1/2 day, great selection of Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards local trails. Find usagain in the town Visit square. 2012 and finalist in 2014. for instructor-led sessions on the tracks and woodlands of the beautiful Glenbeg Estate. Bike hire also SEE & DO – GOLF available. Call to book. Licensed cafe. Craggan Golf Course 01479 873 283 info@cragganoutdoors.co.uk SEE & DO Golf/disc golf/fishing open all year CULTURE & MUSEUMS during daylight. Winter honesty box. Grantown 9 hole golf/discMuseum golf/footgolf course (01479) 872 478 9 hole putting green - 6 hole mini disc gosmuseum@btconnect.com golf - course - Clubhouse Restaurant Tells the story of the 18th - Equipment hire century planned town. Tourist Information A Club changing art/ GrantownPoint. Golf photographic 01479 872079temporary exhibition programme is in place. Shop, ample www.grantownonspeygolfclub.co.uk parking disabled access. 18 hole course that presents a challenge to all golfers. Played over flat parkland, through hilly woodland and undulating parkland there are magnificent views of the Cairngorms and Cromdale hills. 18 holes - 5710 yds - PAR/SSS 70/68 Club House - Restaurant - Bar - Club Hire - Trolley Hire - Practice Area Putting Green MUSEUM

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SEE & DO - GOLF Craggan Golf Course (01479) 873 283 www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk Golf open all year weather permitting during daylight. Fishery open 10am-6pm April - October. Now a fourteen hole course with something for everyone. Also eighteen hole putting green. Club House - Restaurant - Club Hire - Trolley Hire - Putting Green Grantown Golf Club (01479) 872079 www.grantownonspeygolfclub.co.uk 18 hole course that presents a challenge to all golfers. Played over flat parkland, Grantown through hillyGolf woodland Course and undulating parkland there Photo: are CBP magnificent views of the Cairngorms and Cromdale hills. 18 holes - 5710 yds - PAR/SSS 70/68 Club House - Restaurant - Bar - Club Hire - Trolley Hire - Practice Area Putting Green

 Grantown-on-Spey (Aviemore and the Spey Valley)  GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY SEE & DO – SEE & DO OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Craggan Outdoors Craggan Outdoors 01479 873 283 (01479) 873 283 www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk Fantastic range of instructor-led BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION in activities at award-winning centre, Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards with beautiful Speyside location. 2012 and finalist in 2014. from Greatage Something for everyone range of instructor-led at cafe. 6+, archery to zip wire.sessions Licensed our beautiful 5-star Speyside location, from TripAdvisor rated. Book ahead archery zip wire, 6 to 60! Call to to avoidtodisappointment. book. Licensed cafe. Grantown-on-Spey Grantown-on-Spey Tennis Club 01479 873 120 Tennis Club Eight courts. and new (01479) 873 Visitors 120 members welcome. Coaching Eight courts. Visitors and new Tuesday evenings. Club sessions Wednesday members welcome. Coaching Tuesday evenings,Club Sunday afternoons. evenings. sessions Wednesday (Season: April to afternoons. October) evenings, Sunday

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 Tomintoul and Glenlivet

 Tomintoul (Tomintoul and Glenlivet)

Tomintoul

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At 1165ft (350m) Tomintoul has the accolade of being the “highest village” in the Cairngorms National Park. Located on the A939, which links Royal Deeside to Strathspey, it is the largest village in the Glenlivet area with a full range of accommodation supported by a post office and general store, restaurants and cafés, visitor centres, art and crafts shops, a riding stables and a famous whisky shop.

The Glenavon Hotel 01807 580 218 www.glenavon-hotel.co.uk Located in village square. 10 en-suite rooms from £37.50pp. All year.

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Glenlivet is bounded by the Cromdale and Ladder Hills and the Cairngorm mountain range. Ben Rinnes (840m) is to the north; this very popular hillwalking venue has spectacular views across the Moray Firth. Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands, lies at the heart of Glenlivet - part of the Crown Estate. Many attractions in the National Park are within easy reach of Glenlivet because of its central position halfway between Aviemore and Royal Deeside.

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ACCOMMODATION SELF CATERING Balneden Steading 01807 580 709 www.balnedensteading.co.uk 2 miles from Tomintoul on A939. Three superb contemporary self catering cottages. Short Breaks available, enquire and book via website.

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 Tomintoul (Tomintoul and Glenlivet) SEE AND DO – ARTS, CRAFTS AND GIFT SHOPS

SEE & DO CASTLES & HISTORY

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Tomintoul Art Gallery 01807 580 458 www.tomintoulgallery.co.uk Contemporary batik fine art by Jane Lannagan. Original work by local artists. Prints, cards, wood, metal, glass and ceramics. Picture framing. 7 days 10am-5pm, phone first off-season.

Bridge of Avon (3 miles west of Tomintoul) Built in 1754, this was the main route across the Avon for several centuries. It is now an attractive picnic site and excellent vantage point for viewing this lovely river.

Ailnack Gorge Tomintoul South west of Tomintoul lies the Ailnack Gorge. At 600' wide, 300' deep and over 6 miles long, it is Scotland's largest glacial melt water channel.

The Fodderletter Lum (4 miles west of Tomintoul) One of a series of isolated stone chimneys built by early road menders. Portable walls would be placed around the chimney to provide a warm resting place at night.

Victor Gaffney View Point Tomintoul North west of Tomintoul, this view point exposes a classic Cairngorms panorama along Glenavon towards Ben Avon and Ben a' Bhuird.

The Whisky Castle 01807 580213 www.whiskycastle.com • World Famous for over 100 years • Over 500 malts, with some exclusive to the Whisky Castle • Unique tasting experience • Highest whisky shop in the UK • See the largest bottle of single malt whisky in the world

The Parliament Church The church was constructed in 1826 to the common Thomas Telford design. The church was extensively renovated in 1900 and latterly in 2013.

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 Glenlivet (Tomintoul and Glenlivet)

 Glenlivet (Tomintoul and Glenlivet) SEE & DO CASTLES & HISTORY

Glenlivet Distillery

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www.glenlivet-cairngorms.co.uk Glenlivet is also the home to four whisky distilleries located in the Park, including the world famous Glenlivet Distillery. Whisky has a long association with the area and over 200 illicit stills were reputed to have been located in the Braes of Glenlivet with smuggling trails leading south. The high hills of Glenlivet provide a stunning backdrop for walking, mountain biking and wildlife watching. There are many historical sites including the “Wolf ’s Lair”of Drumin Castle, The Glenlivet Packhorse Bridge, the Catholic Seminary at Scalan, the Lecht Mine, ancient Pictish sites, as well as many other beauty spots.

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ACCOMMODATION – SELF CATERING The Mill Glenlivet 01807 590478 www.themillglenlivet.co.uk info@themillglenlivet.co.uk Nestled on the hill top in the heart of the Glenlivet Crown Estate, originally a three horse threshing mill lovingly restored to provide a beautiful high quality accommodation which sleeps up to 6.

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Drumin Castle Glenlivet (just off B9008, north of Tomintoul) 01479 870070 www.glenlivetestate.com Constructed in the mid 14th century this fortified towerhouse was once the stronghold of Alexander Stewart the ‘Wolf of Badenoch’. Situated on the Glenlivet Estate, the ruins offer lovely views. Open all year. Free admission.

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Lecht Mine Glenlivet Iron was first mined here during the 18th century. The ore was taken by packhorse over the hills to Nethy Bridge for smelting. It was reopened in 1841 to produce manganese ore.

The Livet Pack Horse Bridge Glenlivet This picturesque structure spans the Livet where it tumbles through a narrow, rocky gorge at Bridgend. Two arches of the bridge still survive, the third having been ripped away during the Muckle Spate of 1829. SEE & DO NATURAL INTERESTS Clach Bhan (Stone of Women) Glenavon An extraordinary variety of potholes, channels and other forms of rock weathering. Pregnant women used to sit in the pot holes, in the belief that it would ensure an easy labour.

The Forbidden College at Scalan Glenlivet Roman Catholics established a training college for priests at Scalan during the 18th century. They chose this spot at the foot of the Ladder Hills because it was so remote and inaccessible.

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 Glenlivet (Tomintoul and Glenlivet) Garbh Choire, Glenavon One of the most remote corries in Scotland with two of the best rock climbs in the Cairngorms; Squareface, a huge buttress of rough granite, and Mitre Ridge, a 200m high black wall culminating in a series of towers. Glen Avon This wild and remote glen is accessible both on foot and by bike. Opportunities to spot salmon, red deer, mountain hares and golden eagles. Loch Avon Remote loch in the heart of the Cairngorms, surrounded by peaks. SEE & DO – VISITOR CENTRES The Glenlivet Distillery Visitor Centre 01340 821 720 www.theglenlivet.com Tour our distillery and bonded warehouse followed by a complimentary single malt whisky dram (over 18s only). Headsets available in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Gift shop and coffee shop.

Glenlivet Estate 01479 870070 www.glenlivetestate.co.uk Stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and over 100 miles of waymarked trails make Glenlivet a great location for walking and other outdoor pursuits. Mountain bike centre. Visitor centre and ranger service. Free map, guides and wildlife information. Open all year.

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SEE & DO MOUNTAIN BIKING BikeGlenlivet 01479 870070 www.glenlivetestate.co.uk Purpose built mountain bike centre with 22km red grade trail for experienced riders and 9km family friendly blue grade trail, set in the heart of the stunning Glenlivet Estate.  Café, toilets, bike hire, bike wash.

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Royal Deeside and Donside straddles the River Dee and Don in the heart of the Grampian Mountains. The area is called Royal Deeside due to the long association with the British monarchy after Queen Victoria fell in love with the area and chose to make her summer residence at Balmoral. Today those royal connections are still very much alive. The area covers villages and settlements including Strathdon, Aboyne and Dinnet in the east and to the west, Ballater, Crathie and Braemar. Sixteen miles from Braemar is the winter sports centre at Glenshee which caters for snowsports enthusiasts of all abilities. Photo: Ballater from Craigendarroch (P&J); Loch Muick; Corgarff Castle (Marty Davies); Ballater Church (Gordon Watt/Flickr);The Muir of Dinnet; Queensview panorama (P&J); Balmoral Castle.

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 Strathdon (Royal Deeside and Strathdon)

 Strathdon (Royal Deeside and Strathdon) SEE & DO CASTLES & HISTORY

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www.visitcairngorms.com Strathdon is a remote parish in Upper Donside, about 23 miles long and varying from two to eight miles in breadth. The original name was Invernochty, so called from the original church being situated where the waters of the Nochty and the Don meet. Just 18 miles from Tomintoul, Strathdon is an area rich in scenic beauty and places of interest with marvellous opportunities to observe wildlife. As the Don winds its way through the main Strath there are stretches of fine farmland. Further up the valley, around Corgarff, the scenery is still beautiful in character but more dramatic. Here, the Strath becomes narrower and much more wooded, mainly with birch and pine which make a fine contrast in spring and autumn when they are

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tinged with shades of almost every hue. The highest part, nearer the source of the Don, is moorland and mountain giving a bleak and barren appearance. Bellabeg is the largest of the small communities scattered throughout Strathdon. Every year on the fourth Saturday of August, the Clansmen of the Lonach Highlanders march through Strathdon to Bellabeg Park for the Lonach Gathering, a unique and friendly Highland Games.

The Doune of Invernochty Strathdon The Doune of Invernochty is an earthwork castle dating from around 800AD. It is a moated motte and was a stronghold of the Mormaer of Mar and is thus sometimes described as the 'Citadel of Mar'.

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Corgarff Castle Strathdon 16th century tower house surrounded by a distinctive perimeter wall and converted into barracks for Hanoverian troops. The west pavilion housing the bakehouse and brewhouse is accessible to visitors using wheelchairs or with limited mobility. There is no suitable access to the main tower.

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Contemporary Scottish Painting and Sculpture

Title: High Winds Over Assynt | Medium: Oil on Canvas

TELEPHONE FOR YOUR FREE BROCHURE The Lost Gallery, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire Tel/Fax 019756 51287 Open 6 days 11am - 5pm or by appointment | Closed Tuesdays Telephone to check weather conditions during winter email:jean@lostgallery.co.uk

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Strathdon is steeped in history; visitors can discover stories of the past at Corgarff and Glenbuchat Castles and explore the Doune of Invernochty. Nearby the Lecht Centre offers activities year round, including skiing and snowboarding in winter and mountain biking in the summer. SERVICES

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 Dinnet (Royal Deeside and Strathdon)

 Dinnet (Royal Deeside and Strathdon) ACCOMMODATION HOTELS

The Muir of Dinnet

Photo: Nick Bramhall/Flickr Map page 7 – grid ref K5

www.visitballater.com www.discoverroyaldeeside.com Dinnet is a small village situated on the A93 between Aboyne and Ballater at the eastern entrance to the Cairngorms National Park. Some 15 miles from Strathdon, the village backs onto the River Dee, offering convenient access to the Muir of Dinnet and Glen Tanar Estate. Dinnet dates back to the advent of the Deeside Railway which connected Aberdeen to Ballater in 1866. Although the railway closed 100 years later, Dinnet is still a major attraction for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts, archaeologists and historians.

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The SSSI reserve (Site of Special Scientific Interest) around Loch Kinnord contains the Burn O’Vat arch and trails of differing steepness, affording views of regenerating woodland and lochans where crannogs gave safe dwellings in prehistoric times. In fact, evidence has been found to show that Dinnet was settled over 5000 years ago. The Crannog near the north end of the Loch was supposedly once used as a prison. Beautiful walks, fishing, cycling and riding plus restaurants and shops are all nearby.

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Loch Kinord Hotel 013398 85229 www.lochkinord.com Delightful Scottish hotel. 22 rooms and suites - family friendly and pet friendly. Cosy lounge/bar with open fires, restaurant serving local produce. 5 minutes from Ballater. Rooms from £50 a night.

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ACCOMMODATION SELF CATERING Cairngorm Lodges 07583 436040 www.cairngormlodges.com Luxury Eco Forest Lodges in the heart of Royal Deeside. Sleeps 4, log burners in all. Pet friendly. Romantic hideaway.

Royal Deeside Woodland Lodges 013398 85229 www.lochkinord.com Log cabins in the grounds of Loch Kinord Hotel, with cosy lounge bar and open fires. Restaurant serving local produce. 5 minutes from Ballater. 2 Bedrooms sleep 4. From £350 p/w.

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SEE & DO -ANTIQUE SHOPS Auld Alliance Antiques 013398 80426 An eclectic shop specialising in etchings with a large selection of watercolours, prints, oils and an excellent selection of antique books, furniture and bric-a-brac. Open 11am-6pm. Find what you’re not looking for! SEE & DO NATURAL INTERESTS Burn O’ Vat Dinnet This hidden 'vat' or cave part of Muir of Dinnet NNR, is reputed to have been the hiding place of famed outlaw Gilderoy Macgregor. The Visitor Centre has lots of child-friendly activities, toilets and picnic sites

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 Dinnet (Royal Deeside and Strathdon) Cambus O'May Forest Dinnet Near Ballater, this is an attractive pinewood with facilities for visitors of all ages, including walks with hidden wildlife and plants. Glen Tanar Estate 013398 86451 www.glentanar.co.uk Enjoy one of the many outdoor activities available on this stunning Estate. We offer guided land rover safaris, wildlife watching & photography, salmon fishing on the river Dee, varied walking and cycling routes.

SEE & DO – OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Glen Tanar Estate & National Nature Reserve 013398 86072 www.glentanar.co.uk/estate_activities.html Fantastic range of habitats from the River Dee through Caledonian Pine Forest to moorland and mountain. Home to capercaillie and crossbill, birds of prey and more. Open all year. Parking £2.

Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve Area of moorland and birch forest surrounding Loch Kinord and Loch Davan and stretching up onto heather moors. As well as the wildlife there is evidence of prehistoric habitation.

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 Ballater (Royal Deeside and Strathdon)

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www.visitballater.com www.discoverroyaldeeside.com Surrounded by famous whisky distilleries, ski facilities, castles and mountains, Ballater is an excellent base which is easily accessible by road, rail and air from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. The area is blessed with a magnificent, unspoiled location; spectacular scenery includes Loch Muick, the beautiful Lochnagar and the pedestrian and cycle route, The Deeside Way. Royal Warrant suppliers to the Royal Family are very much in evidence among local shops and businesses a guarantee of quality.

Queensview Panorama Major events, various art exhibitions and music sessions are held every year and include, Victoria Week, Ballater Highland Games and the Royal Deeside Walking Week. A holiday destination for over 150years, Ballater is ideally located for winter sports at both The Lecht and Glenshee and is popular for all sorts of activities including golf, mountain biking, gliding, shooting and fishing, walking, climbing, nature and historical study, general rest and relaxation. SERVICES

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 Ballater (Royal Deeside and Strathdon) ACCOMMODATION B&B'S

ACCOMMODATION – SELF CATERING

Schoolhouse 013397 56333 www.school-house.eu Couples families, friends and groups all love staying in this beautifully renovated Victorian villa. You can expect excellent facilities - clean, bright, spacious rooms and a genuinely warm welcome at Schoolhouse a beautiful home-from-home in a beautiful quiet Ballater location.

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Craigendarroch Lodges and Suites 013397 55558 www.higvc.co.uk 99 well-appointed self catering lodges (sleeping 4, 6 or 8), and 32 new luxurious suites (sleeping 2 - 4). Available to rent or purchase. Visit our website for rental offers, availability and prices. To arrange a special preview stay at Craigendarroch Suites visit: www.higvc.co.uk/visit or Telephone: 013397 22111.

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Ballater Caravan Park 013397 55727 www.ballatercaravanpark.com Quietly situated next to the River Dee and golf course within walking distance of village centre, the park caters for caravans, motor-homes and campers.

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 Ballater (Royal Deeside and Strathdon)

 Ballater (Royal Deeside and Strathdon)

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LOCAL SERVICES – BUTCHERS

SEE & DO – ARTS, CRAFTS & GIFT SHOPS continued...

Rosedale Cottage 01224 867 975 www.rosedalecottageballater.co.uk Located in Ballater. Sleeps 6 on two floors. From £350 per week. Pets Welcome

H M Sheridan 013397 55218 www.hmsheridan.co.uk Online Shop. Holders of Two “Royal Warrants”. Local produce Beef, Lamb, Pork & wide range of Speciality Goods. Hog Roast and Barbeque Service. Open 8am – 5pm Mon-Sat Open Sundays in Summer Season.

The Silver Thistle 013397 56200 www.silverthistleballater.com Harris Tweed, Tartans, Local Crafts, Highland Accessories, Gifts. 46 Bridge Street, Ballater. Open daily 11am - 5pm.

Ballater Golf Club 01339 755 567 www.ballatergolfclub.co.uk Green fees: Mon-Fri £35, Sat-Sun £42. Catering available 8am-8pm. 18 holes - 5572 yds - Par/ SSS 67/67. Club House, R, B, H, PA, Putting Green, PRO. Tennis and bowls also available.

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SEE & DO MOUNTAIN BIKING

Cambus O’ May Suspension Bridge Ballater White Victorian suspension bridge over the River Dee. Parking and forest walks nearby.

Cyclehighlands Ltd 013397 55864 www.cyclehighlands.com Specialist bike shop with guiding and rental service. Bike hire. Delivery available throughout Royal Deeside. Ski hire service in winter. Open 9am5pm all year.

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FOOD & DRINK – EATING OUT The Keiller Brasserie and Lounge 013397 55858 http://book.resdiary.com (search Ballater) www.facebook.com/craigendarroch Relax in stylish comfort and elegance and enjoy a range of dishes from lite bites and nibbles, to hearty sandwiches, steak, salmon and savoury grills or afternoon tea with handmade cakes and pastries. Our menus have something for everyone. Both facilities open daily year round, serving from 8am - 9.30pm (last orders), with non-residents most welcome.

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SEE & DO – ARTS, CRAFTS & GIFT SHOPS Larks Gallery 013397 55888 www.larksgallery.com Paintings, ceramics, jewellery and much more. Open 10am-4pm Monday, 10am-5pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We look forward to seeing you.

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Invermark Castle, Glen Mar South Deeside Located south of Ballater and built in 1526 by the Lindsay family. Invermark Castle is an implausibly tall tower house dating back to the 1300s and built to guard the southern end of the strategic pass leading from Deeside. A "danger keep out" sign on the iron yett barring the original first floor entrance to the castle emphasises that admission is not possible.

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SEE & DO NATURAL INTERESTS Falls of Unich Waterfall above the steep-sided Glen Lee south of Ballater. Glas Allt Waterfall Dramatic waterfall above Loch Muick south of Ballater via Spittal of Glenmuick.

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 Ballater (Royal Deeside and Strathdon)

 Braemar (Royal Deeside and Strathdon)

SEE & DO - NATURAL INTERESTS continued... Loch Muick & Lochnagar Wildlife Reserve South of Ballater, nature reserve which is home to a red deer reserve. Around the loch is a variety of terrain with steep craggy slopes. Loch Brandy Small loch located almost 2000ft above sea-level to the north of Glen Clova just south of Ballater. SEE & DO – SPORTS AND OUTDOORS Cyclehighlands Ltd 013397 55864 www.cyclehighlands.com Specialist bike shop with guiding and rental service. Bike hire. Delivery available throughout Royal Deeside. Ski hire service in winter. Open 9am-5pm all year. The Outdoor Store & The Bothy 013397 53878 and 013397 55191 www.braemarmountainsports.com Visit us for all your outdoor needs. We stock a wide range of clothing, footwear and accessories. Shop and cafe open 7 days a week.

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Balmoral Castle

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www.braemarscotland.co.uk Travel west along the A93 to Braemar, the highest and most mountainous parish in the UK. At more than 1000ft above sea level, the area has 24 Munros (mountains over 3,000ft) with three over 4,000ft. It has the highest 18-hole golf course in Scotland and shares with Perthshire the Cairnwell Pass, which at 2,100ft is the highest through road in the country. For those interested in wildlife, Braemar is a great base for spotting stags, roe deer, red squirrels and golden eagles. Visitors can explore the area on foot or by taking part in any of the wide range of activities on offer including pony trekking, climbing, mountain biking, hang-gliding, skiing or golf. Field sportsmen are spoiled for choice, having easy access to stalking and shooting, as well as to brown trout and salmon angling.

There are weekly evening displays of Highland dancing throughout the summer, along with regular Sunday afternoon pipe band displays in July and August. Devotees of Highland Games can see Her Majesty the Queen at the great Braemar Gathering in September. Crathie is a small hamlet made famous as the location of Balmoral Castle, the private Scottish residence of the Royal Family. Also situated here is Crathie Church, where the family regularly worship during their time at Balmoral. Royal Lochnagar distillery lies in a peaceful fold of a hill near Balmoral. SERVICES

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 BRAEMAR Braemar and& Crathie (Royal Deeside and Strathdon)  CRATHIE ACCOMMODATION For a full listing of events in -Braemar BUNKHOUSES, HOSTELS and Crathie visit our online events & CHALETS guide at www.visitcairngorms.com/ whatson or pick up a copy of the free Braemar Lodge monthly What’s On magazine. Bunkhouse 013397 41627 www.braemarlodge.co.uk 2 minutes walk to the village. ACCOMMODATION - Sleeps 12 from £16pp/pn. All year. BUNKHOUSES, HOSTELS Visit Scotland 4 Star. & CAMPING Braemar Lodge Bunkhouse (013397) 41627 Braemar Youth Hostel www.braemarlodge.co.uk 2013397 minutes41659 walk to the village. Sleeps www.syha.org.uk 12 from £16pp/pn. All year. Great location4 to enjoy skiing and Visit Scotland Star. boarding at Glenshee and The Lecht and walking in the Cairngorms. Homely touches such as a comfy lounge and extensive grounds make it Braemar Youth Hostel popular with families. (013397) 41659 www.syha.org.uk Great location to enjoy skiing and boarding at Glenshee and The Lecht and walking in the Cairngorms. Homely touches such as a comfy lounge and extensive grounds make it popular with families. BUNKHOUSE

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ACCOMMODATION-– ACCOMMODATION GUEST GUESTHOUSES HOUSES& INNS & INNS Schiehallion House (013397) 41679 Cranford Guest House www.schiehallionhouse.com Braemar Quiet location 013397 41675on edge of village. 8www.cranfordbraemar.co.uk rooms from £35 pppn.

Close to village centre. Five en suite rooms from £33 per person. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Free WiFi. Pets welcome. Private parking. Open all year GUEST HOUSE

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Braemar Caravan Park is set in a beautiful spot 1,100 feet above sea level and the eastern gateway to the Cairngorms. An ideal centre for walkers and mountain bikers. Red deer roam freely around the area and you may also glimpse red squirrels. A real delight for nature lovers and families. Close to all the amenities in Braemar. Open all year. Space for touring caravans and tents. Open in December for the Winter Sports season.

ACCOMMODATION- ACCOMMODATION HOTELS HOTELS BraemarLodge LodgeHotel Hotel Braemar 013397 41627 (013397) 41627 www.braemarlodge.co.uk www.braemarlodge.co.uk 2 2mins minsfrom fromthe thecentre. centre.7 7rooms roomsfrom from £49pp £49ppper pernight. night.AllAllyear. year.

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Invercauld Arms Hotel (013397) 41605 ACCOMMODATION www.bayhotels.co.uk SELF-CATERING Within 15 miles of both Glenshee & Lecht Ski Resorts and Birchwood Cottage an abundance of outdoor activities. 01339 741997 Choice of Premier & Superior Rooms www.birchwoodbraemar.co.uk Available. Castleview Restaurant & For a peaceful amidst the Welcoming Bar. break Free WIFI in public natural beauty of the Cairngorms. areas. Birchwood Cottage, ideally located on the edge of Braemar village. ACCOMMODATION Fully modernised, comfortable SELF-CATERING accommodation. Sleeps four, includes Braemar Holiday a woodburning stove. Perfect for all Lodges outdoor activities. Superb walking (013397) 41627 and scenery. www.braemarlodge.co.uk 2 mins from the village centre. Sleeps 2-6 people, from £280- £840pw. All year. Visit Scotland 3 Star. SELF CATERING

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Braemar Holiday Invercauld Estate Lodges741224 (013397) 013397 41627 www.invercauld.estate A www.braemarlodge.co.uk historic family estate comprising 2 mins from the village centre. some of Scotland’s most iconic countryside, have two holiday Sleeps 2-6 we people, houses renovated to a high standard from £280£840pw. onAllthe north of the3River year. Visitside Scotland Star. Dee. Sleep up to 6/8. SELF CATERING

FOOD & DRINK Invercauld Estate EATING OUT 013397 741224 Braemar Lodge Restaurant www.invercauld.estate (013397) Stunning41627 family with a huge range of www.braemarlodge.co.uk/restaurant landscapes from the River Dee to Family hotel of serving traditional a number munros and corbetts Scottish cuisine.royal All dishes freshly and historical connections. prepared using finest local produce. Two very well appointed holiday Oak panelled bar with welcoming log houses available sleeping up to 8 and fire and large selection of fine malts. 12. Sat to Sat and other dates by Gordon’s Restaurant arrangement. &Tearoom (013397) 41611 www.gordonsbraemar.co.uk FOOD AND DRINK – Fully Licensed Tearoom, Delicious EATING OUT Home Baking, Snack and Lunch Menu. Outside seating available. Open 5 days Braemar Lodge Restaurant per week off season, 7 days per week 013397 41627 and for evening meals during summer. www.braemarlodge.co.uk/restaurant Family hotel serving traditional Scottish cuisine. All dishes freshly prepared using finest local produce. Oak panelled bar with welcoming log fire and large selection of fine malts.

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 Braemar and Crathie (Royal Deeside and Strathdon) Gordon’s Restaurant &Tearoom 013397 41611 www.gordonsbraemar.co.uk Fully licensed tearoom serving Delicious Cold & Hot snacks and Lunch menu. Summer Opening 7 days per week including Evening Meals. Off Season - Open 5 days. Taste 013397 41425 www.taste-braemar.co.uk Open 10am to 5pm (Closed Sunday and Monday). Yummy homemade cakes, Fairtrade coffee and tea. Fab fresh soups, bread and fillings. Great views, accessible and child friendly. The Old Bakery 013397 41415 Situated in the centre of Braemar the licensed Coffee House and Restaurant caters for all the family, servicing freshly prepared meals, snacks, home baking & take aways.

SEE & DO – CASTLES & HISTORY Balmoral 013397 42534 www.balmoralcastle.com Balmoral, Scottish home to the Royal Family. Grounds, Gardens and Exhibitions. 25th March to 31st July, 10am to 5pm. Audio Tour, Café, Shop and Castle Ballroom.

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Braemar Castle 013397 41219 www.braemarcastle.co.uk Centuries of history in this hunting lodge with stories of royals, rebels, redcoats, clans and ghosts . Expect a warm welcome in Scotland’s only community run castle. Guided or audio tours available.

Braemar Graveyard Built on the site of the original settlement of Doldencha. Cairn on Creag Choinnich Braemar Built when Braemar Castle was vacated by government troops in 1831 - good viewpoint.

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 Braemar and Crathie (Royal Deeside and Strathdon) Crathie Church Braemar/Crathie About ¼ mile east of Balmoral, the church was built in 1895 and overlooks the old Kirkyard where the remains of the original 14th Century church can still be seen. John Brown, Queen Victoria's servant is buried here within the old walled cemetery. Kindrochit Castle Braemar www.royal-deeside.org.uk/RDattract/ castles Ruins of ancient fortifications, built around 1057-1093 by King Malcolm III. Once named Ceann-drochit, a bridge was built across the River Clunie and was the only means of crossing. The Auld Brig of Dee Braemar The Old Invercauld Bridge, as it’s also known, was built in 1852 as part of the New Military Road from Blairgowrie to Fort George. Prince Albert commissioned the bridge 1859.

Open 10am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday, April-October. Open daily in Explore July and the story of August.

Scotland’s clans, rebels and royals in this authentic 17th century Highland hunting lodge.

The Princess Royal & Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Braemar This is the site where the Royal Highland Games are held in September on an annual basis.

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 Braemar and Crathie (Royal Deeside and Strathdon) SEE & DO - EVENTS Braemar Gathering Saturday 3 September 2016 www.braemargathering.org The Gathering, always held on the first Saturday in September, is world famous for its friendship and hospitality and looks forward to welcoming visitors from home and abroad.  There have been Royal Gatherings of one sort or another at Braemar since the days of King Malcolm Canmore, and the Gathering is proud of its continued Royal connection.  9.30 am - 5pm SEE & DO - GOLF Braemar Golf Club 01339 741618 Although the highest 18-hole course in Scotland it is not particularly hilly. The greens are amongst the best in the area and a warm welcome awaits all visitors. Open Easter to October. 18 holes - 4935 yds-Par/SS 65/64 Club House - Restaurant - Bar Club Hire - Trolley Hire Putting Green

Lairig Ghru Steep-sided high pass connecting the north and south of the Cairngorms, is a popular walk between Aviemore and Braemar but it’s a long walk and not easy. Linn O’ Dee Narrow chasm on the River Dee, near Braemar. This is the starting point for numerous walks.

 Braemar and Crathie (Royal Deeside and Strathdon) SEE & DO – WALKING & CLIMBING

SEE & DO WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES

Mar Lodge Estate 01339 720164 www.nts.org.uk/marlodgeestate Discover this fascinating Estate by joining one of our Ranger events ranging from short nature walks to full day guided walks in the high mountains. For further details please look at our website.

Balmoral Luxury Land Rover Safaris 013397 42534 www.balmoralcastle.com Accompany a ranger on a fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Balmoral Estate. An excellent opportunity to experience the stunning mountain scenery and wildlife of the Cairngorms National Park all from the comfort of a luxury Land Rover Discovery.

SEE & DO SPORTS & OUTDOORS Braemar Mountain Sports Ltd 013397 41242 www.braemarmountainsports.com Open daily, our shop stocks outdoor clothing for all tastes and an extensive range of equipment. Mountain Bike hire is available and our staff have great loacl knowledge. Then go next door to The Bothy cafe for coffee and cake.

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Glenshee Ski Centre 01339 741 320 www.ski-glenshee.co.uk Glenshee has the largest snow sports area of all of Scotland’s resorts. With 25 miles of pisted terrain spread out over four mountains and across three valleys.

SEE & DO NATURAL INTERESTS Glen Prosen South of Braemar, overlooked by the peaks of Mayar and Driesh, Glen Prosen is home to varied wildlife and plants.

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 Angus Glens

 Angus Glens Glen Isla is the most westerly of the five Angus Glens and the only one where the road exits to the north as well as the south, so you can drive through the Grampian hills to Braemar and Deeside.

For a full listing of events in the Angus Glens area visit our online events guide at www.visitcairngorms.com/ whatson or pick up a copy of the free monthly What’s On magazine.

Glen Prosen nestles between Isla and Clova, and above that the watershed of Glen Isla links to Glen Esk. There is no road only hill tracks, but motorists can make a circular route from Kirriemuir.

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Glen Clova is a glen of spectacular scenery. It is the glen for wildlife, with a National Nature Reserve. The Memus/ Cortachy includes many settlements as well as three glens: Glen Moy, Glen Quiech and Glen Ogil. The village of Memus lies to the south of www.visitangus.com/info/20021/the_angus_glens The Angus Glens area is situated to the south east of the Cairngorms National Park. Comprising five glens that run from west to east, each has its own special characteristics and is well worth a visit. As you explore you will discover veiled glens - and hidden gems in this wonderful corner of the Park. The population is a scattered one, living mainly in farmhouses or cottages with Kirriemuir being the largest settlement. Photo: Glen Clova (CNPA); Glen Isla Church (Karen Bryan/flickr); Invermark Castle (stu smith/flickr); Glen Clova (Karen Bryan/flickr); Glen Prosen (Karen Bryan/flickr); Glen Clova (CNPA); Glen Doll (Valerie Campbell).

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Glen Quiech along the edge of the White Burn. Menmuir offers easy access to all five Glens. The least familiar to visitors must be Lethnot. A great sense of peace is felt here among the bare slopes and heather clad hills in this Glen nestling behind the two Caterthun Hill Forts. Glenesk, lying at the foot of the Grampian mountain range, is the most easterly of the Angus Glens. A traditional glen, it is divided into four privately owned estates and is home to the Glenesk Folk Museum.

Steading Bunkhouse 01575 550 350 www.clova.com Sleeps up to 3. £20pppn room only. All year.

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ACCOMMODATION – HOTELS Glen Clova Hotel 01575 550 350 www.clova.com 15 miles from Kirriemuir. 10 ensuite rooms from £45 pp B+B. All year

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 Angus Glens ACCOMMODATION – HOTELS continued... Panmure Arms Hotel 01356 648 950 www.panmurearmshotel.co.uk In the village of Edzell. Restaurant and Bar open daily. Open all year rates from £55 BB pp.

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ACCOMMODATION – SELF CATERING Clova Lodges 01575 550 350 www.clova.com Glen Clova. Open all year. Luxury wooden lodges with sauna and hot tub. From £349 (2 pax)

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 Atholl and Glenshee SEE & DO - NATURAL INTERESTS

Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve This reserve, at the head of Glen Clova, hosts dramatic landforms and is home to important plant species rarely found elsewhere like yellow mountain saxifrage and roseroot. Glen Clova Glen Clova occupies the valley of the River South Esk which rises on the slopes of Broad Cairn near the border with Aberdeenshire and flows southeastwards into the valley of Strathmore below the Braes of Angus. Glen Doll Beyond Glen Clova is Glen Doll, opening out to the Eastern Cairngorms and sporting the impressive mountains Mayer and Driesh; both Munros. There is an ancient track that starts in Glen Doll and reaches all the way to Braemar. The steep hills and conifer woodland of Glen Doll offer lots of walks. Loch Lee A short climb following a small burn near Cairn Lick leads to a great view of Loch Lee and of Carlochy of Lee, until this point, a hidden corrie loch.

Queen’s Well Glen Mark The Queen’s well is an unusual crown shaped monument built in 1861 in honour of Queen Victoria.

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With its deep, flat, fertile glens supporting agriculture and thick forests the landscape around Atholl and Glenshee is quite unique when compared to other highland areas of Scotland. These forests contain some of the tallest trees in Britain - often referred to as the 'Big Tree Country'. The high hills are often heather clad, and are snow covered throughout many of the autumn, winter and spring months. Photo: Blair Castle (Atholl Estates); Pony Trekking at Atholl Estates; Glenshee (Mike Bell); Glen Tilt (SNH);Tour at Blair Catle; Pipe Band at Blair Castle; Glenshee panorama (Phil Smith).

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 Blair Atholl (Atholl & Glenshee)

 Blair Atholl (Atholl & Glenshee) ACCOMMODATION -BUNKHOUSES, HOSTELS & CAMPING

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Dramatic Blair Castle in autumn time

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www.blairatholl.org.uk The village of Blair Atholl in Highland Perthshire is the southern gateway to the Cairngorms National Park and is easy to reach by rail or road. The rugged terrain of the area forms the ideal playground for many outdoor pursuits including variously graded walks, Munro bagging, mountain biking, gorge walking, pony trekking, golf, fishing and shooting. Events take place throughout the year and local attractions include the Atholl Country Life Museum, the working watermill and Atholl Estate. The famous Blair Castle has a fascinating history spanning seven centuries and its magnificent white walls have welcomed many historical figures including Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria. The castle is also home to the Atholl Highlanders, Europe's last remaining private army.

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For family history enthusiasts, the Clan Donnachaidh (Robertson, Duncan and Reid) Centre and Museum is located at House of Bruar. There are a number of local shops and places to eat, including the nearby House of Bruar which has been described as ‘the Harrods of the north’, as well as a wide range of places to stay with providers renowned for the warmth of their welcome and the quality of their accommodation.

Blair Castle Caravan Park 01796 481 263 www.blaircastlecaravanpark.co.uk Grounds of Blair Castle. Camping, Pods, touring, motorhomes. ACCOMMODATION GUEST HOUSES & INNS The Firs Guest House 01796 481 256 www.firs-blairatholl.co.uk Village centre 150m, trains 1km. All rooms ensuite. B&B from £37.50 per night.

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ACCOMMODATION HOTELS Atholl Arms Hotel 01796 481205 www.athollarmshotel.co.uk A traditional Highland Hotel with a reputation for comfort, good food & friendly service. All rooms tastefully decorated and en-suite. Dogs welcome

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ACCOMMODATION – SELF CATERING Atholl Estates Highland Lodges 01796 481 355 www.athollestateslodges.co.uk Located within Atholl Estates. Dogs welcome. Sleeps 4-20, from £495pw. All year. Blair Castle Woodland Lodges 01796 481 263 www.atholl-estates.co.uk Grounds of Blair Castle. Dogs welcome. Sleeps 4-6 from £440pw. All year.

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 Blair Atholl (Atholl & Glenshee) Tom of Lude Holiday Cottages 01796 481 230 www.ludeestatecottages.co.uk Four holiday cottages offering fantastic views of the Vale of Atholl on a magnificent private estate. Converted steadings, can be let individually or together for larger gatherings. Central for many tourist attractions, walking & cycling. From £300pw.

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Blair Castle 01796 481 207 www.blair-castle.co.uk Home to the Atholl Highlanders, Europe's only private army. Seven centuries of history, 30 rooms, 9 acre walled garden, extensive grounds. Open all week April - October. Please consult website for winter opening times.

Blair Atholl Area Tourist Association www.blairatholl.org.uk Visit the Information & Atholl Estates Ranger’s Hub. Photographic exhibition, local attractions, accommodation and eating out information. Brochures, maps & historic trail - Free WiFi.

SEE & DO - WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES Atholl Estates Landrover Safaris 01796 481 355 www.atholl-estates.co.uk Discover the remote areas of the estate with our knowlegable guides. During October experience the sights and sounds of the roaring of the stags during the annual rut. April to October. Booking essential.

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LOCAL SERVICES GARAGES Blair Atholl Garage 01796 481 221 www.blairathollgarage.co.uk Full workshop facilities 24hr Roadside & Recovery Services Gulf Fuel Station Calour gas Stockist, coal peat & logs SEE & DO – EATING OUT

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SEE & DO – HORSE RIDING AND PONY TREKKING Blair Castle Trekking Centre 01796 481 568 www.blaircastletrekking.co.uk Book a trek or hack to experience this Highland estate on one of our working Highland ponies. All abilities are welcomed with routes tailored to your needs. Operating from April through July.

Blair Atholl Watermill 01796 481 321 Blair Atholl Watermill and Tearoom www.blairathollwatermill.co.uk A traditional working watermill supplying our artisan bakery. Fresh bread and baking available Photo: Steve Gilbertson daily in the tearoom where breakfast, light lunches, cakes and drinks are served. Open daily 25th Match until 122 31st October.    twitter.com/visitcairngrms

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 Killiecrankie (Atholl & Glenshee)

 Glenshee (Atholl & Glenshee)

Glen Tilt

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Killiecrankie lies at the Pass of Killiecrankie, by the A9 road and the River Garry some three miles from Blair Atholl. The area is renowned for its outstanding beauty and natural history.

The Killiecrankie Hotel 01796 473220 www.killiecrankiehotel.co.uk Set in the beautiful Pass of Killiecrankie, a perfect base for exploring the environs. A warm welcome ~ 10 delightful bedrooms ~ fabulous restaurant ~ informal Bar Conservatory. Come on, spoil yourselves, you deserve it!

Some 30 miles north east of Blair Atholl is the winter sports centre of Glenshee. Described as Scotland’s hidden route north to the Highlands, this is beautiful highland glen is the southern gateway to the Cairngorms National Park. The Glen is a magical place steeped in history, known in Gaelic as Gleann Shith - the Glen of the Fairies.

Don’t miss the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre and discover the history of the Pass, experience the sights and sounds of the wildlife and delve into the gory history of the Battle of Killiecrankie (1689). For a full listing of events in the Blair Atholl and Killiecrankie areas visit our online events guide at www. visitcairngorms.com/whatson or pick up a copy of the free monthly What’s On magazine.

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ACCOMMODATION – SELF CATERING Secret Bothy 01796 474402 www.secretbothy.com Discover luxury self-catering at Secret Bothy, a chic cottage for 4 secluded in historic Killiecrankie 2 double ensuite bedrooms, wifi, woodburning stove.

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The Spittal of Glenshee, where four glens meet, and surrounding area boasts a fantastic variety of accommodation and things to do. The landscape is spectacular; fertile farmland gives way to rolling hills and, at the head of the Glen, some of the highest peaks in Perthshire form a rugged landscape. The facilities for walkers, anglers, shooters, golfers and cyclists are excellent. Glenshee’s wild mountainous terrain makes it one

of Scotland’s most popular ski areas and home to some of the most breathtaking winter mountainous scenery Scotland has to offer. Glenshee Ski Centre operates the largest lift system in Britain with 38 runs over three valleys for skiers and boarders of all standards. All of this within two hours of all of Scotland’s major cities - and just 9 miles south of Braemar!! For a full listing of events in Glenshee, visit our online events guide at www. visitcairngorms.com/whatson or pick up a copy of the free monthly What’s On magazine. SERVICES Kirkmichael & Bridge of Cally

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Glenshee, Blacklunans, PH10 7LA T: 01250 882284 or 07881 620890

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ACCOMMODATION – B&B Dalhenzean Lodge ACCOMMODATION 01250 885 217 SELF CATERING www.dalhenzean.co.uk Situated south of Braemar on the Compass A93, the Lodge offers comfortable Christian Centre accommodation, full amenities and (01250) 885 209 a warm welcome. Set in Glenshee’s www.compasschristian.co.uk spectacular scenery, with nearby ideal 17 miles south of Braemar. 3 units opportunities for all types of outdoor from £209.00 per unit per week. activities, including winter sports. Shorter stays available. Charity Ref. SC011797 B&B

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GLENBEAG MOUNTAIN LODGES

Log Cabins With Outdoor Private Hot Tubs. Self catering Norwegian log cabins have undisturbed panoramic views over the mountainous surroundings of Glenshee. All cabins have private hot tub's, BBQs, Sky Freeview, some with saunas.

ACCOMMODATION – SELF CATERING Compass 104 Christian twitter.com/visitcairngrms Centre 01250 885 209 www.compasschristian.co.uk 17i miles south of104-105 Braemar. 3 units park 2015 (10).indd from £209.00 per unit per week. Shorter stays available. Charity Ref. SC011797

Dalmunzie Golf Course (01339) 885 226 www.dalmunzieestate.com The highest 9-hole course in Britain, offering challenging and enjoyable golf for all levels and quite stunning views. Day tickets £16 Midweek, £20 Weekend.

Public toilet No Cash machine Yes Post office (Kirkmichael & Bridge of Cally) Yes Medical centre No VIC (Glenshee Pottery) Yes Petrol station (Kirkmichael - 8 miles away) Yes

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VILLAGES NEARBY Braemar - 16miles/26km Killiecrankie - 27miles/44km Blair Atholl - 30miles/49km (Please note that all distances are approximate)

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Outwith the geographical boundary of the Cairngorms National Park there is a wealth of places and experiences waiting to be enjoyed, right on the Park’s doorstep. Photo: Cawdor Castle (flickr/David Sanz); Ballindalloch Castle (flickr/Francois R THOMAS); White Water Rafting on the Findhorn river (flickr/john mason); Aboyne Highland Games (flickr/ Derek E-Jay).

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SEE & DO CASTLES & HISTORY

Findhorn Railway Viaduct at Tomatin near Inverness

Ballindalloch Castle Ballindalloch (near the Park) 01807 500205 www.ballindallochcastle.co.uk 16th-century castle, family home of the Macpherson-Grants. Castle tours, audio-visual, shop, tearoom, gardens, electric trains, children's playground. 10.00am -5.00pm (last entry 4pm), closed Saturday.

SEE & DO - ARTS, CRAFTS & GIFT SHOPS The Butterworth Gallery Ballogie, Aboyne 013398 86104 www.thebutterworthgallery.com A family run business in the stunning scenery of Royal Deeside. This former Village shop has kept it character with a couple of hidden surprises for the visitor. Fine art, originals, prints and gifts by renowned artist Howard Butterworth and daughter Mary Louise.

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Open daily from 1st May to 1st Sunday in October 10am until 5.30pm (Last admission 5pm) Cawdor Castle, Nairn, IV12 5RD www.cawdorcastle.com T: 01667 404401 E: info@cawdorcastle.com

SEE & DO – OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Ace Adventure Local Call 0330 5550 319 www.AceAdventures.co.uk White Water Rafting – Canyoning – Canoeing – Paintball – Geo Cache – Disc Golf – Bush Skills – River Tubes – Wild Camping – Mountain Bike Hire – Slack Line – Crazy Trikes

Logie Steading 01309 611 378 www.logie.co.uk Collection of individual, creative, businesses in converted sandstone farm buildings. Galleries, Gifts, Crafts, Antiques, Second-hand Books, Whisky, Farm & Garden Shop, Café, Heritage Centre. Playground, Garden, River Walks along River Findhorn. A great day out - something for everyone! Open every day March - Christmas. Photo: flickr/Dave Conner VISITOR ATTRACTION

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Accommodation - Bunkhouses, Hostels & Camping Ardenbeg Bunkhouse Grantown-on-Spey Aviemore Glamping Aviemore Badaguish Centre Aviemore Ballater Caravan Park Ballater Blair Castle Caravan Park Blair Atholl Braemar Caravan Park Braemar Braemar Lodge Bunkhouse Braemar Cairngorms Christian Centre Kincraig Glen Clova Hotel - Bunkhouse Angus Glens Loch Insh Bunkhouse Kincraig Old Bridge Inn Bunkhouse Aviemore Rothiemurchus Estate - Rothie Camp/Caravan Site Aviemore SYHA - Aviemore Youth Hostel Aviemore SYHA - Braemar Youth Hostel Braemar SYHA - Cairngorm Lodge Aviemore SYHA Aveimore/Braemar

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Accommodation - Self Catering Alba Highland Cottages Appin Properties Atholl Estates Highland Lodges Aultmore Nethybridge Avielochan Farm Cottages Aviemore Bungalow Aviemore Highland Holiday Homes -Craigellachie View Avonglen Badaguish Centre - Lodges Bail Nan Cnoc Balbeag, Kincraig Balblair Cottage Balneden Steading Birchwood Cottage Blair Castle - Woodland lodges Blaragie Cottage Braemar Holiday Lodges Braeriach House But'n'Ben Cottage Cairngorm Highland Bungalows Cairngorm Lodges Coire Mor Compass Christian Centre Craigellachie Holiday Retreat Craigview Cottage - Flat 3 Fairwinds Chalets Gardener's Cottages ( Inshriach) Gaskbeg Cottages Glen Clova Hotel Lodges Glenbeag Mountain Lodges Glenmore Cottage Go Self Catered Highland Holiday Homes Hilton Grand Vacations - Ballater Hilton Grand Vacations - Coylumbridge Invercauld Estate - Holiday Homes Loch Insh Centre & Chalets Lurchers Cabin Macdonald Aviemore Resort Lodges Mondhuie Self-Catering Chalets Morlich Bungalows 101 Dalnabay

Boat of Garten 74 Aviemore 42 Blair Atholl 121 Nethy Bridge 80 Aviemore 42 Aviemore 42 Aviemore 43 Aviemore 42 Aviemore 43 Laggan 22 Kincraig 33 Boat of Garten 74 Tomintoul/Glenlivet 91 Braemar 111 Blair Atholl 121 Laggan 22 Braemar 111 Aviemore 43 Boat of Garten 74 Aviemore 43 Dinnet 101 Kingussie 29 Glenshee 126 Aviemore 43 Boat of Garten 75 Carrbridge 69 Aviemore 43 Laggan 22 Angus Glens 118 Glenshee 126 Carrbridge 69 Aviemore 43 Aviemore 44 Ballater 104 Aviemore 44 Braemar 111 Kincraig 33 Aviemore 44 Aviemore 44 Nethy Bridge 80 Aviemore 39

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Food & Drink - Eating Out (continued) Rothiemurchus Estate - Rothie - The Druie Rest/Café Rowan Tree Hotel Royal Tandoori Restaurant Taste Coffee Shop The Potting Shed (Inshriach) The Wee Puffin

Aviemore Aviemore Aviemore Braemar Aviemore Grantown-on-Spey

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Food & Drink - Farm Shops Rothiemurchus Estate - Rothie Farm Shop

Aviemore

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Food & Drink - Hotels Boat Hotel

Boat of Garten

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Food & Drink - Speciality Shops Elephants in the Pantry

Grantown-on-Spey

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Local Services - Bookshops The Bookmark

Grantown-on-Spey

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Local Services - Builders A W Laing Ltd

Grantown-on-Spey

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Local Services - Butchers H M Sheridan

Ballater

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Local Services - Car & Van Hire Aviemore Car & Van Hire

Aviemore

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Local Services - Complete House Furnishers Beale & Pyper

Grantown-on-Spey

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Local Services - Dentist Inspire Dental

Kingussie

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Local Services - DIY & Tools Spey Valley Hardware

Aviemore

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Local Services - Filling Station Blair Atholl Garage Dalwhinnie Garage

Blair Atholl Dalwhinnie

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Local Services - Florists Forget me Not Flowers The Flower Box

Aviemore Grantown-on-Spey

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Local Services - Garage Woodlands Service Centre

Grantown-on-Spey

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Accommodation - Self Catering (continued) Morlich Bungalows/140 Dalnabay Morlich Bungalows/7 Morlich Place Muckrach Castle Osprey Lodge Pine Bank Chalets Railway Cottage Rosedale Cottage Royal Deeside Woodland Lodges (Loch Kinord) Scandinavian Village Secret Bothy Silverglades Holiday Homes Steam Cottage The Mill Glenlivet The Treehouse Tigh Tuithe Tom of Lude Steading Cottages

Aviemore Aviemore Dulnain Bridge Boat of Garten Aviemore Kingussie Ballater Dinnet Aviemore Killiecrankie Aviemore Aviemore Tomintoul/Glenlivet Boat of Garten Kincraig Blair Atholl

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Food & Drink - Bars Pine Marten Bar Glenmore Old Bridge Inn - Bars

Aviemore Aviemore

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Food & Drink - Brewery / Distillery Cairngorm Brewery Company Speyside Distillery

Aviemore Kingussie

Food & Drink - Eat/Shop Dows & Osprey Café Food & Drink - Eating Out Andersons Restaurant Blair Atholl Watermill Braemar Lodge Restaurant CairnGorm Mountain - Ptarmigan Restaurant & Storehouse Cairn Hotel Clootie Dumpling Restaurant Gordon's Restaurant & Tearoom Hilton Grand Vacations - The Keiller Brasserie Landmark Forest Adventure Park The Boathouse Restaurant & Bar Macdonald Aviemore Resort - Giovannis Italian Ristorante Winking Owl Macdonald Aviemore Resort - Spey Burger Aviemore Macdonald Aviemore Resort - Spey Valley Carvery Macdonald Aviemore Resort - Steakhouse Number 7 Bistro Old Bakery Coffee House Old Bridge Inn

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Local Services - Garden/Nursery Jack Drake's Nursery

Aviemore

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Local Services - Health & Beauty Highland Physiotherapy

Aviemore

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Local Services - Post Office Boat of Garten Post Office

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Local Services - Shopping Laggan Stores Coffee Bothy Macdonald Aviemore Resort Spey Valley McEwens of Perth The Village Centre Shop (Arts/Crafts)

Laggan Aviemore Ballater Aviemore

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Local Services - Timber Supplies Russwoods Ltd

Newtonmore

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Local Services - Transport Badenoch & Strathspey Community Transport Company

Aviemore

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See & Do - 4X4. Quad Bikes & Off Road Highland Scenic Safaris Rothiemurchus Estate-Rothie Quads and 4x4

Laggan Aviemore

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See & Do - Antique Shops Auld Alliance Antiques

Dinnet

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See & Do - Archery & Clay Shooting Craggan Outdoors Rothiemurchus Estate- Rothie Clays/Archery

Aviemore (Nearby) Aviemore

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See & Do - Arts, Crafts & Gift Shops Butterworth Gallery Carrbridge Artists Studio Fused and Light Harris Tweed & Highland Shop Highland Kiltmaker Iona Gallery Lark's Gallery Loch-an-Eilein Pottery Logie Steading Mr Simms The Lost Gallery

Nearby Carrbridge Newtonmore Newtonmore Grantown-on-Spey Kingussie Ballater Aviemore Nearby Aviemore Strathdon

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See & Do - Arts, Crafts & Gift Shops (continued) The Silver Thistle Tomintoul Art Gallery Whisky Castle & Highland Market

Ballater Tomintoul/Glenlivet Tomintoul/Glenlivet

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See & Do - Castles & History Ballindalloch Castle Balmoral Castle Blair Castle Braemar Castle Braemar Graveyard Bridge of Avon Cairn on Creag Choinnich Cambus O' May Suspension Bridge Cawdor Castle Corgarff Castle Crathie Church Dun da Lamh Glenlivet Estate - Drumin Castle Invermark Castle Glen Mar Kindrochit Castle Lecht Mine Queen's Well Rothiemurchus Estate - Loch an Eilein RSPB Insh Marches National Nature Reserve Ruthven Barracks The Auld Brig of Dee The Doune of Rothiemurchus The Fodderletter Lum The Forbidden College at Scanlan The Livet Pack Hourse Bridge The Parliament Church The Princess Royal & Duke of Fife

Nearby Braemar Blair Atholl Braemar Braemar Tomintoul Braemar Ballater Nearby Strathdon Braemar Laggan Tomintoul/Glenlivet Ballater Braemar Glenlivet Angus Glens Aviemore Kingussie Kingussie Braemar Aviemore Tomintoul Glenlivet Glenlivet Tomintoul Braemar

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See & Do - Cinema Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 54

See & Do - Culture & Museums Clan Macpherson Museum Newtonmore 25 Grantown Museum Grantown-on-Spey 87 Highland Folk Museum Aviemore (Nearby) 66 Highland Folk Museum Newtonmore 26

See & Do - Cycling Basecamp Bikes Grantown-on-Spey 88

See & Do - Events Braemar Gathering Braemar 114

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See & Do - Family Activities See & Do - Natural Interests CairnGorm Mountain - Family Activities Aviemore 54 Ailnack Gorge Tomintoul 93 Craggan Outdoors Aviemore (Nearby) 66 Burn O' Vat Dinnet 78 Landmark Forest Adventure Park Carrbridge 2/70 Clach Bhan (Stone of Women) Glenlivet 95 Rothiemurchus Aviemore 54 Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve Angus Glens 118 Strathspey Railway Company Aviemore 55 Corrieyairack Pass Laggan 23 Craigellachie NNR Aviemore 58 Dulnain Roches Mountonees Dulnain 27 See & Do - Fishing, Stalking & Shooting Falls of Pattack Laggan 23 Osprey Fishing School Aviemore 56 Falls of Unich Ballater 107 Rothiemurchus Fishing Centre Aviemore 56 Glas Allt Waterfall Ballater 107 Angus Glens 118 See & Do - Golf Glen Clova Glen Doll Angus Glens 118 Abernethy Golf Club Nethy Bridge 80 Glen Einich Aviemore 59 Ballater Golf Club Ballater 107 Glen Feshie Aviemore 59 Boat of Garten Golf & Tennis Club Boat of Garten 76 Glen Prosen Braemar 114 Braemar Golf Club Braemar 114 Glenmore NNR Aviemore 59 Carrbridge Golf Club Carrbridge 71 Inshriach Forest Aviemore 59 Craggan Golf Course & Fishery Grantown-on-Spey 88 Invereshie & Inshriach NNR Aviemore 59 Grantown Golf Club Grantown-on-Spey 88 Lairig Ghru Braemar 114 Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 56 Lairig Ghru Aviemore 58 Newtonmore Golf Club Newtonmore 26 Linn O' Dee Braemar 114 Loch Brandy Ballater 108 See & Do - Horse Riding & Pony Trekking Loch Lee Angus Glens 118 Alvie Stables Aviemore 56 Loch Morlich Aviemore 59 Blair Castle Trekking Centre Blair Atholl 122 Loch Muick & Lochnagar Wildlife Reserve Ballater 108 Carrbridge Pony Trekking Centre Carrbridge 71 Ryvoan Pass Aviemore 59 Highland Horse Fun Kingussie 30 Victor Gaffney View Point Tomintoul 93 Rothiemurchus Estate-Rothie Pony Trek/Hack Aviemore 58 See & Do - Mountain Biking See & Do - Outdoor Activities Bike Glenlivet Tomintoul/Glenlivet 96 Ace Adventure CairnGorm Mountain Aviemore 58 Atholl Estates Craggan Outdoors Aviemore (Nearby) 66 Craggan Outdoors Cyclehighlands Ltd Ballater 108 Craggan Outdoors Laggan Wolftrax Centre Laggan 23 Glen Tanar Estate Grantown-on-Spey Tennis Club Loch Insh Watersports Centre Rothiemurchus Centre Treezone BASI

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Nearby 128 Blair Atholl 11 Aviemore (Nearby) 66 Grantown-on-Spey 89 Dinnet 102 Grantown 89 Kincraig 34 Aviemore 60 Aviemore 60 Grantown-on-Spey 89

See & Do - Shopping Landmark Forest Adventure Park Spar Shop/Post Office

Carrbridge Carrbridge

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See & Do - Sports & Outdoors Braemar Mountain Sports Braemar Mountain Sports - Cairngorm Mountain Sports Braemar Mountain Sports - Outdoor Store and Bothy Cyclehighlands Ltd Mortimers of Speyside

Braemar Aviemore Ballater Ballater Grantown-on-Spey

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See & Do - Swimming & Leisure Macdonald Aviemore Resort

Aviemore

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See & Do - Visitor Centres Atholl Estates Blair Atholl Area Tourist Assoc Cairngorm Brewery Company Glenlivet Distillery Glenlivet Estate RZSS Highland Wildlife Park Rothiemurchus Estates - Visitor Centre RSPB Visitor Centre - Loch Garten Speyside Heather Centre Speyside Heather Centre

Blair Atholl Blair Atholl Aviemore Tomintoul/Glenlivet Tomintoul/Glenlivet Kincraig Aviemore Nethy Bridge Aviemore (Nearby) Dulnain Bridge

11 123 57 5 5/96 34/35 62 81 65/67 78

See & Do - Walking & Climbing Craggan Outdoors Mar Lodge Estate Rothiemurchus Estate - Rothie Walking & Countryside Rangers Wildcat Centre

Aviemore (Nearby) Braemar Aviemore Newtonmore

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See & Do - Walking & Climbing (Guided Walks) CairnGorm Mountain

Aviemore

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See & Do - Watersports Craggan Outdoors Loch Insh Watersports Loch Morlich Watersports Rothiemurchus Estate - Rothie Canoeing, Tubing, Rafting & Kayaking Spirit of the Spey Spirit of the Spey

Aviemore (Nearby) Kincraig Aviemore Aviemore Aviemore (Nearby) Newtonmore

67 34 63 63 67 63

See & Do - Wildlife Interests Atholl Estates/Landrover Safari Balmoral Luxury Landrover Safaris Cairngorm Reindeer Centre Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris Rothiemurchus Estate - Rothie Safaris/Osprey Watch RSPB Insh Marshes

Blair Atholl Braemar Aviemore Aviemore Aviemore Kincraig

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CHURCHES

See & Do - Winter Sports (Snowsports) CairnGorm Mountain Glen Shee Ski Centre

Aviemore Braemar

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Laggan Parish Church Laggan Sunday service 10am 01540 673 238

Here is a list of other contacts which may be helpful ACCOUNTANTS Peter Munro & Co pcm@pmunro.co.uk Kingussie 01540 661 360 ARTS & CRAFTS Carrbridge Artists Studio Carrbridge 01479 841 328 / 247 BUILDERS A W Laing Ltd www.awlaing.com Grantown-on-Spey 01479 872 818 Colin Lawson (Builders) Ltd info@colinlawsonbuilders.co.uk Grantown-on-Spey 01479 872 339 BIKE REPAIR & HIRE Cyclehighlands www.cyclehighlands.com Ballater 013397 55864

Abernethy Parish Church Sunday Services in Nethybridge at: 9.30 am (Family) and 11.45 am (Traditional) Info: 01479 831 252

DIY & TOOLS Spey Valley Hardware & Household Aviemore 01479 810 555 DOCTORS Aviemore Medical Centre Aviemore 01479 810 258 Ballater Health Centre Ballater 013397 55686 Blair Atholl Surgery Blair Atholl 01796 472 558 Braemar Health Clinic Braemar 013397 41202 Glenlivet Community Surgery Glenlivet 01807 590 273 Grantown Health Centre Grantown-on-Spey 01479 872 484 Kingussie Medical Practice Kingussie 01540 661 233 Laggan Gergask Surgery Laggan 01528 544 225 Rinnes Medical Group Dufftown and Tomintoul 01340 820888

St Bride’s Church Newtonmore Sunday service 11.15am 01540 673 238

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ď š CONTACT ELECTRICIANS

GARAGES

PAINTERS & DECORATORS

STOVES & FIREPLACES

Binnie Electrical Ltd Newtonmore 01540 673 647 07885 821 327 finlaybinnie@hotmail.co.uk

Dulnain Bridge Garage Dulnain Bridge 01479 851 372 dulnaingarage@btconnect.com

Gunn Decor Carrbridge 01479 841 465

Highand Home Centre 01479 812 433 info@highlandhomecentre.co.uk

MacPherson Electrical Ltd Boat of Garten 01479 831 355 sparkz2000@hotmail.com MacPherson Electrics Ltd m.e.ltd@outlook.com Newtonmore 01540 673 531 0771 9377329 / 07900685836 Robert Orr Electricial www.robertorr.co.uk Aviemore 01479 810 055 FUNERAL SERVICES John Ross Funeral Services www.johnrossfuneraldirectors.org.uk Grantown-on-Spey 01479 872 203 FURNITURE SERVICES Beale & Pyper www.bealeandpyper.co.uk Grantown-on-Spey 01479 872 203

George McDonald Garage Services Aviemore 01479 811 243 www.georgemcdonaldgarage.co.uk Grantown Garage Grantown-on-Spey 01479 872 037 Old Bridge Garage Grantown-on-Spey Carrbridge 01479 841 254 HOT TUBS & SAUNAS Cairngorm Spas 01479 812 433 KENNELS Glebe Kennels Boat of Garten 01479 831 240

Ian Rourke Painters Ltd Boat of Garten 01479 831 230 John Regan Painter & Decorators Dulnain Bridge 01479 851 328 07759 799 091

TRANSPORT Kingussie Taxi & Tours 01540 667066 / 07484073874 kingussietaxi@gmail.com

PICTURE FRAMING

TREE SERVICES

Aviemore Picture Framer Aviemore 01479 810 743

Tree Services 01479 872 670 / 07712 809 465 airarborist@hotmail.com

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE &CLEANING SERVICES

VETS

Speyside Property Services 01479 810 656 www.spcmoray.com

Strathspey Veterinary Centre enquiries@strathspeyvets.co.uk Grantown-on-Spey 01479 872 252

LAUNDRETTES Aviemore Laundry Aviemore 01479 810 462

Fitting Furniture www.fittingfurniture.co.uk Kingussie 01540 661 052

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 Events in the Park

 Events in the Park May

Girls with bug jar

Photo: CNPA

10k Highland Road Race and 1 Mile Fun Run The Atholl Gathering 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive Cairngorms Nature Festival King of the Mountain Sportive Teddy bear weekend, Strathspey Railway Spring Gathering

Laggan Blair Atholl Glenshee & Cairngorm Mountain Various events and venues Royal Deeside Aviemore Nethy Bridge

To help you plan which events to attend or take part in during your visit, we have complied some ideas for you. It is not a comprehensive list and is intended to give an overview of what you might expect to see and do, at any given time, when you are here. For information on these events, and more, visit www.visitcairngorms.com and check the online calendar and events listings. For current events, pick up a copy of the free monthly What’s On Guide, widely available in outlets across the National Park. Month Location

March Easter - Village Fairs & Events* Scottish Slopestyle Championships, Cairngorm Mountain Haughs of Cromdale 10K Road Race 10 Mile Race Badenoch & Strathspey Music Festival

Various events and venues Aviemore Cromdale Newtonmore Various events and venues

April Easter - Village Fairs & Events* Run Balmoral Heritage Festival Adventure Film Festival Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Ptarmigan Slopestyle Jam, Cairngorm Mountain *Easter dates vary.

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Various events and venues Ballater Kingussie Aviemore Various events and venues Aviemore

Photo: Abernethy Highland Games (Catriona Ramsay); Glenlivet Bike Trails (Crown Estate); Firewood Festival at Inshriach (Fiona CNPA).

June European Golf Challenge Tour at Spey Valley Golf Course Aviemore Rock & Road Bike Festival Tomintoul & Glenlivet Bikeathon & Bikefest Kingussie Walking Festival Angus Glens Moray Walking Festival Various events and venues

July Highland Games Junior Highland Games Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail Corrieyairack Challenge Figgat Fair Motorcyle Gathering

Tomintoul Braemar Various events and venues Finishing at Badaguish, Aviemore Grantown on Spey Tomintoul

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 Events in the Park October Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships Half Marathon Food and Fiddle Festival Creative Arts Festival

Photo: Harley Davidsons coming up the ski road (Suzanne Adam); Grantown Show (Heather Lindsay).

August Highland Games Walking Festival Highland Games Victoria Week The Grantown Show Abernethy Highland Games Lonach Gathering Highland Games ‘Thunder in the Glens’ Harley Davidson Motorbike Rally

Newtonmore Tomintoul Ballater Ballater Grantown on Spey Nethy Bridge Strathdon Grantown on Spey Aviemore, Grantown on Spey,

Carrbridge Aviemore Royal Deeside Braemar

November Fireworks & Bonfire Night Kincraig Bonfire Night Boat of Garten Fireworks Ballater Mar Lodge Bonfire Night Braemar Macdonald Aviemore Resort Bonfire & Fireworks Aviemore Fireworks Display, Cairngorm Hotel Aviemore Exclusively Highlands @ Blair Castle Blair Atholl Winter Festival Ballater Cairngorm Ski Club Snowsport Sale Aviemore

Photo: Grantown Show (CNPA); Carve Carrbridge, Scottish Chainsaw Carving Championships.

September Carve Carrbridge Scottish Chainsaw Carving Championships Motor Mania Braemar Gathering Blair Horse Trials and Bruadar Country Fair Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon, Loch Morlich Etape Royale Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Walking Festival

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Carrbridge Grantown on Spey Braemar Blair Atholl Aviemore Ballater Various events and venues

Photo: Boat of Garten Bonfire display (CNPA).

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ď š Events in the Park December Christmas Parades & Carols on Christmas Eve Santa and Reindeer visit on Christmas Eve at lunch time Torchlight Parade Santa Train, Strathspey Railway Christmas Pantomime MAHR Christmas Pantomime Santa Run for Disability Snowsport Hogmanay Celebrations

Various events and venues Ballater Grantown on Spey Aviemore Braemar Aviemore Aviemore Throughout the Cairngorms

THE LOCAL LEGEND The highland mountain ranges in Scotland are wild and magnificent, attracting many international visitors, but their slopes have a darker side, terrifying people throughout the centuries.

Disclaimer: The publishers (Cairngorms Business Partnership) have taken all reasonable measures to ensure the accuracy of the information provided. The publishers can in no way accept responsibility should an event not go ahead, is cancelled or is subject to revision.

It is claimed the mountains are haunted by...

RUBY BLACK SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

...THE BIG GREY MAN Our single malt whisky has been finished in the finest toasted Ruby Port Casks from Portgual.

A MALT OF MYTH AND LEGEND DISTILLED AND BOTTLED IN THE CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK BY SPEYSIDE DISTILLERY TROMIE MILLS, KINGUSSIE, INVERNESS-SHIRE, SCOTLAND Photo: Santa at Grantown Torchlight parade (Wee Epics).

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IN THE AIR... CLAY SHOOTING

“voted the U.K.'s favourite picnic spot”

ON LAND... WALKS

ON WATER...) FISHING ( BEGINNER & EXPERT

CANOEING & KAYAKING RAFTING & RIVER TUBING

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TREEZONE AERIAL ADVENTURE ARCHERY

BIKE HIRE QUAD TREKS X SEGWAYS RANGER LED TOURS LAND ROVER TOURS HIGHLAND PONY TREKKING WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WILDLIFE VIEWING

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EAT, DRINK, SHOP & STAY THE DRUIE RESTAURANT CAFƒ

ESTATE FARM SHOP & DELI GIFT, CRAFTWORK & CARD SHOPS CAMP & CARAVAN PARK

Rothiemurchus Centre PH22 1QH (5 minutes from Aviemore, on the road to Cairngorm)

T: 01479 812345 Online activity bookings


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