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Our park: 5 Distinct areas to explore. This guide is colour coded for easy navigation to the area or village you are looking for. Aviemore and local villages: Dalwhinnie, Laggan, Newtonmore, Kingussie, Kincraig, Aviemore, Carrbridge, Boat of Garten, Dulnain Bridge, Nethy Bridge, Cromdale, & Grantown-on-Spey. Tomintoul and Glenlivet: Tomintoul & Glenlivet. Royal Deeside & Strathdon: Strathdon, Dinnet, Ballater, Braemar & Crathie Angus Glens: Glen Isla, Glen Prosen, Glen Clova, Glenquiech & Glenesk. Atholl & Glenshee: Blair Atholl, Killiecrankie, Glenshee.

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Introduction 4 100 Things to Do in the Park 6 Events 10 Travel 16 Winter Fun 26 Aviemore and Spey Valley 22 Tomintoul & Glenlivet 96 Royal Deeside & Strathdon 103 Angus Glens 121 Atholl & Glenshee 125 Nearby 132 Directory 133 Contact 144 SERVICES

AVIEMORE, BADENOCH & STRATHSPEY

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TOURIST INFORMATION FUEL SERVICES

Cover shot: Woodman's Hut, Lazy Duck, Nethy Bridge ©www.instagram.com/jackboothby

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park life

No other National Park in the UK boasts the size, dramatic diversity or rare wildlife of the Cairngorms. Bigger than Luxembourg, rest assured you will find mountains high enough, valleys low enough and rivers wide enough; it’s the perfect place to go wild. Whether you fancy hopping through heather on a hilltop, cantering through moorlands or rambling through ancient Caledonian, pine-infused forests, you can in the Cairngorms. Wherever you go, you will be in the lap of nature, so be ready for close encounters of the furry, feathery kind.

On wheels, as you weave through the trees, wind whistling in your ear, you’re bound to spot a darting roe deer, or scuttling red squirrel. Take it a bit slower and you’ll have time to stop and gaze upwards, per chance setting eyes on a Golden Eagle or Osprey. Even better, hire one of our expert guides to ensure you get that jaw-dropping snap.

Stunning Park Statistics: 47% is ‘Wild Land’ At minus 27.2 degrees centigrade, Braemar shares the record for the lowest temperature recorded in the UK

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Food and Drink is just as varied and exciting as the landscape. Venison from our roaming deer is a must-try, as is fresh fish from our crystal clear rivers and lochs. Whisky is our speciality, but we’re getting pretty good at Gin too! And, with all the fresh air you’re going to be getting, refuelling at one of our cosy cafes with cake and a cuppa is essential.

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To find out about Winter Fun in the Park turn to page 20.

Failte (welcome in gaelic). Legendary Highland hospitality awaits you. The area is renowned for its friendly characters, full of local banter and enthusiasm. And whether it’s a luxury break you’re after, complete with turrets, roaring fire and hot tub, or an off-grid experience with nothing but nature, we have it all. You can even stay in a castle, on a duck pond or in an old train carriage, if that tickles your fancy. Just remember to book in advance as we have many returning holidaymakers and beds get booked up quickly.

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#100 things to do in the Park Main shot ŠLoch Insh Outdoor Centre

As you’ll soon see from reading this book, there are literally thousands of things to do in the Cairngorms.

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But, as well as the stunning scenery and abundance of outdoor activities at our fingertips, what makes our Park so special is the people working hard behind these scenes. The area is full of unique and quirky characters who will make your stay a memorable and extraordinary one.

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Take a step into the untouched, wild and natural beauty of the Cairngorms National Park with a 90-mile journey of discovery. Snow Roads wind from the hustle and bustle of the picturesque market town of Blairgowrie to Grantown-on-Spey, the Capital of Strathspey, with opportunities to explore Scotland’s ancient past, breath-taking scenery and Highland hospitality.

Blairgowrie to Spittal of Glenshee – 19 miles Spittal of Glenshee to Braemar – 14.9 miles Braemar to Ballater – 16.7 miles Ballater to Tomintoul – 24.6 miles Tomintoul to Grantown – 14 miles

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“Mystical scenery, historical attractions and cosy pubs along the way to warm up. In short, it’s a place to dream.’’

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What’s On Key Annual Events

Gregor Wilson - 2017 Braemar Gathering

January

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Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Rally, Glenmore

February Groove Cairngorm, Cairngorm Mountain & Badaguish

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Easter (Check online calendar for list of village fairs & Easter events) Badenoch & Strathspey Music Festival, various venues Scottish Slopestyle Championships, Cairngorm Mountain Braemar Mountain Festival, Braemar

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May Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, various venues Laggan 10k Highland Road Race and 1 Mile Fun Run, Laggan The Atholl Gathering, Blair Atholl King of the Mountain Sportive Spring Gathering, Nethy Bridge 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive, Glenshee –Cairngorm Mountain Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend, various venues King of the Mountain Sportive Spring Gathering, Nethy Bridge

For current events, pick up a copy of the free monthly What’s On Guide, widely available in outlets across the National Park.

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

European Golf Challenge Tour

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June European Golf Challenge Tour at Spey Valley Golf Course

For current events, pick up a What’s On when you get here!

Kingussie Bikeathon & Bikefest Angus Glens Walking Festival Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival

July Tomintoul Highland Games Tomintoul Braemar Junior Highland Games Braemar Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail, various venues Corrieyairack Challenge finishing at Badaguish Outdoor Centre Tomintoul Motorcyle Gathering Tomintoul www.visitcairngorms.com

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August Tomintoul Walking Festival Newtonmore Highland Games Ballater Highland Games Ballater Victoria Week The Grantown Show Abernethy Highland Games, Nethy Bridge Lonach Gathering, Strathdon Grantown on Spey Highland Games “Thunder in the Glens� Harley Davidson Motorbike Rally, Aviemore, various Blair Horse Trials and Bruadar Country Fair Blair Atholl Atholl Estates and Blair Horse Trials

Motor Mania (Nicolas Thomson)

Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon

September Carve Carrbridge, Scottish Chainsaw Carving Championships Motor Mania, Grantown on Spey Braemar Gathering Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon, Loch Morlich, Glenmore, Aviemore Etape Royale, Ballater TBC Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Walking Festival

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October Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships, Carrbridge Aviemore Half Marathon Braemar Creative Arts Festival Halloween (Check online calendar for list of village fairs & Easter events) Porridge Championships (Roy Brown)

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Kincraig Fireworks & Bonfire Night

Christmas Parades & Carols on Christmas Eve, various venues

Boat of Garten Bonfire Night

Santa & Reindeer visit; Ballater, Aviemore, Kingussie & Newtonmore on Christmas Eve

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

Torchlight Parade on the 23rd, Grantown-on-Spey Santa Train @ Strathspey Railway, Aviemore Braemar Christmas Pantomime Macdonalds Christmas Pantomime, Aviemore Aviemore Santa Run for Disability Snowsport Hogmanay Celebrations throughout the Cairngorms Robin McConnell

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.


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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 Traveline 0871 200 22 33 www.traveline.info

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bus services 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 North. www.stagecoachbus.com Badenoch & Strathspey T: 01479 811 211 Inverness T: 01463 233 371 Deeside T: 01224 591 381 Stagecoach Service 501 - Blairgowrie to Ballater (Summer Service Only) Enquiries T: 01224 591 381 Stagecoach East (Perthshire, Angus & Aberdeen Services T: 01383 660 880 Badenoch & Strathspey 34 & 34X; 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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4 Braemar Lodge Braemar

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10 Fraoch Lodge Boat of Garten T: 01479 831 331 r 12.

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11 Glenfeshie Hostel Glen Feshie

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17 Prosen Hostel Glenprosen T: 01575 540 238 r 18.

12 Gulabin Lodge Spittal of Glenshee T: 01250 885255 r 37.

18 Slochd Mhor Lodge Slochd, by Carrbridge T: 01479 841 666 r 25.

13 Habitat Hostel Ballater

19 Strathspey Mountain Hostel Newtonmore T: 01540 673 694 r 18.

14 Insh Hall Lodge Kincraig

20 The Smugglers Hostel Tomintoul T: 01807 580 364 r 20.

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7 Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel Glenmore, By Aviemore T: 01479 861 238 r 72. 8 Craggan Outdoors’ Ardenbeg Bothy

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& Bothy Grantown-on-Spey T: 01479 873 283 r 33.

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Visit Atholl Estates 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

✔ Ranger 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

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Loch Morlich

Aviemore, Badenoch & Strathspey

Aviemore is the hustling, bustling heart of the Highlands with all the modcons easily on hand and everything you’ll need to kit-up for an outdoor adventure. But explore further afield, into the surrounding villages, and you'll feel like you're stepping back in time, to a slower pace of life, one which revolves around the simple pleasures. Read on to discover what makes each village so special and unique.

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the villages explained... Dalwhinnie: a haven for hikers, its iconic distillery signals the gateway to the Highlands Laggan: surrounded by the stunning Monadhliath Mountains, home to mountain biking heaven Wolftrax Newtonmore: a beautiful backdrop for TV hit Monarch of the Glen, this fun-filled village is famous for its Highland Folk Museum and ‘Wildcat Experience’. Kingussie: capital of Badenoch, you’ll find cafes, shops, a distillery, a train station and an art gallery, as well as echoes of a bygone era at stunning Ruthven Barracks Kincraig: roar with the lions and purr with the polar bears at the Highland Wildlife Park before a paddle and pint at picture-perfect Loch Insh Watersports Centre Aviemore: a beautiful, breathtaking blend of modern comforts, like shops, a cinema and swimming pool, coupled with an idyllic natural setting amid the mountains Carrbridge: kids’ dream Landmark Adventure Park steals the show here, along with the oldest bridge in the Highlands Boat of Garten: brimming with vibrancy; offers fine dining, cafes, a bike shop, regular events and a first-rate golf course, all set to the background toot of the Strathspey steam train Dulnain Bridge: home to the fictitious “Glenbogle Station” (off the telly!), an ancient Pictish settlement and, of course, a bridge which dates back to the 18th century Nethybridge: nestled in the woods, Nethy boasts a butcher, 4 bridges (really!), a golf course, a castle, a café and one of the one of the oldest amateur Highland Games Cromdale: steeped in history, it’s famous for battles, stunning surrounding hills (complete with a commemorative ‘piper’s stone’ for the piper mid-battle) and artisan Scottish gin Caorunn Grantown-on-Spey: at the beginning or the end of your Snow Roads journey, boasting a thriving high street filled with cafes, restaurants, a gallery, bookshop and more, all set in prime fishing territory by the River Spey. www.visitcairngorms.com : 23


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FILLING STATION ............................................... Dalwhinnie Filling Station & Post Office

Map page 12 – grid ref B3 A haven for hikers, its iconic distillery signals the gateway to the Highlands. Coming from the South over the Drumochter Pass, you’ll feel butterflies in your stomach as you set eyes on the iconic, gleaming white Dalwhinnie Distillery that welcomes you to the Highlands. Because of this location, sitting at the head of Loch Ericht, in bygone days it was a prime spot for travellers to refuel; hence its name in Gaelic means ‘meeting place’. Today, it’s perfect for walkers and bikers, with routes along the River Truim, into the Monadhliath Mountains and to Culra Bothy at the foot of the Ben Alder Munro. It’s also on the Sustrans National Cycle Route No.7, which runs from Glasgow to Inverness. Another activity on offer is fishing. The fact it has a train station makes it easily accessible.

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

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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Winter Wonderland

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The Cairngorms is home to 3 of Scotlands 5 ski centres (Cairngorm Mountain, The Lecht and Glenshee) giving you plenty of piste to play on. It’s not just skiing and snowboarding on offer either; alternatives such as snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledging and ice climbing are also popular. There’s a lively après-ski scene, too, with festivals like Groove Cairngorm and Braemar Mountain Festival taking place during the season. “In the heart of the Scottish Highlands is the Cairngorms, winter here shows off the landscape’s raw beauty with its great glens, vast lochs and imposing peaks.” Ellie Harrison, Countryfile TV presenter 26 : www.visitcairngorms.com


Laggan Map page 12 – grid ref B4 www.laggan.com Surrounded by the stunning Monadhliath Mountains, home to mountain biking heaven Wolftrax. The biggest pull to Laggan for many is its superb mountain biking centre, Wolftrax, which promises ‘trails with bite’. A day out here is full of fun for all the family, whether you’re gently flowing down a ‘green’ or seeking thrills and spills on a ‘black’. With no cost to ride the trails, it’s also great value and you’ll find everything you need on site including bike hire, a test trail and a cosy café.

There’s a weath of well maintained paths but, if you venture off them a bit, you’re likely to glimpse golden eagles, ospreys, otters, deer and pine marten, as well as a wonderful display of flora and fauna. For budding botanists and historians, Laggan also delivers, with its Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve and range of pictish relics, such as the Dun da Lambh Fort.

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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 £495pw. Bikers welcome. Short Breaks Very Welcome.

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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. 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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Quad Bike & 4x4 Tours

Guided Quad Bike & 4x4 Tours Set in 50,000 acres of stunning private estate, with spectacular scenery One hour to full day trips

Tel:01528 544358 www.quadbiketours.co.uk

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Map page 12 – grid ref C5 www.newtonmore.com A beautiful backdrop for TV hits Monarch of the Glen and Outlander, this fun-filled village is famous for its Highland Folk Museum and ‘Wildcat’ treasure trail. Wander around this spectacular village, which is nestled above the flood plain of the River Spey, and it may seem strangely familiar. That’s because it was one of the prime locations for hit TV series Monarch of the Glen and Outlander. Indeed, one of the most marvellous, simple pleasures here – enjoyed by all ages, but especially young kids and excitable grannies – is the ‘Wildcat Experience’. You can see delighted participants as they spot wildcats, painted by the locals, which are dotted all over the village. There is also a heritage trail, and the Clan Macpherson Museum, for those who want to know more about the history here. More ‘edutainment’ (that’s education plus entertainment!) is to be had at the free-of-charge Highland Folk Museum, much loved particularly for its old fashioned sweet shop, excellent playpark and charming recreation of early Highland life. Not only that, Newtonmore has an 18 hole golf course (designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest), a full range of accommodation, a supermarket, Post Office and various eateries. All this in a stunning setting of the Monadhliath Mountains, surrounded by woodland with an abundance of wildlife. 30 : www.visitcairngorms.com


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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. Sun 1200-1700.

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Highland Folk Museum 01540 673 551 www.highlandfolk.com No entry charge – donations welcome! 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

 FAMILY ACTIVITIES ........................................................................................................................... Alba Chocolate 01540 673847 www.AlbaChocolate.co.uk Rainy day? We run chocolate making workshops & tastings. Take home deliciously-ethical handmade chocolates. Party & wedding favours, corporate gifts. Fairtrade ingredients. Book phone/online. FAMILY ACTIVITIES ...........................................................................................................................

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The Wildcat Centre Newtonmore 01540 673 131 www.wildcatcentre.org A local information Centre, all about Newtonmore and its beautiful surroundings. Walk the Wildcat Trail, a 10k orbital walk around the village taking in beautiful woodland and scenic views. Enjoy The Wildcat Experience, a treasure hunt with a difference! Track down scores of painted Scottish Wildcat models to gain a certificate or a prize. Hours of outdoor fun for children and adults!

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Russwood Ltd 01540 673648 www.russwood.co.uk Russwood is a supplier of high-quality sustainable timber. To experience our excellent customer service and see the wide range of cladding, decking and flooring available, come and see us at our Newtonmore office and showroom.


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BED & BREAKFASTS ........................................................................................................................... Greystones B&B 01540 661 052 www.greystonesbandb.com Kingussie 5-10 mins walk, PH 21 1LA. 4 rooms from £40 pppn. Room only. The Highland Breakfast available from £6pp. Wildlife Park will show you animals in natural settings. The b RSPB Insh Marshes is one of the most important sites in Europe for wading birds. Kingussie is truly Highland so SELF CATERING ........................................................................................................................... leave concrete and crowds behind Railway Cottage and enjoy life the way it should be. 01479 811 181 www.lovecairngorms.com For asecluded, full listing of romantic events in Kingussie Thoughtfully renovated, visitof ourRSPB onlineInsh events guide at www. getaway. On the edge Marshes and visitcairngorms.com/whatson or pick Balavil Estate, beautiful views and walks all around. up a copy of the free wood monthlyburning What’s 2 double bedrooms with luxury linen, On4, magazine. stove, dining space for stylish appliances, huge garden, BBQ and decking area.

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Nationally acclaimed AA 3 Red Rosette fine dining restaurant with eight ensuite rooms. Michelin recommended. Riverside terrace. Open for pre-booked lunches and afternoon teas. Dinner served 7 - 8.30 p.m. - we offer either a 3 course menu with choices or a 6 course tasting menu.

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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

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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. NATURAL INTERESTS ........................................................................................................................... RSPB Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve Near Kingussie, this reserve is home to many species of wetland bird in summer and winter. Ruthven Barracks Built by George II’s government in the early 1700s after the failed Jacobite uprising of 1715. The troops stationed there were to maintain law and order and enforce the Disarming Act of 1716.

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Kingussie Path Network: Gynack Mill Trail – A walk along the Gynack burn through woods on good paths with interpretation panels describing the natural surroundings and historical context. 1 hour. Easy.  West Terrace Circular – A circular walk on quiet roadways with impressive 19th century villas, then through woodland and hillside. Views over the Spey valley. 1.5 hours. Easy, includes some moderate gradients.  Tom Baraidh Circular – A pleasant way-marked route on forest paths in mature Scots Pine woodland. 2 hours. Easy, includes a moderate gradient in one section. Raitts township - A way-marked linear route on a grassy trail through fields and juniper woodland to the ruined settlement at Raitts. Golf Course Circular – An excellent way-marked circular route following the Gynack Burn upstream, through birch woodland to the picturesque Loch Gynack. 1.5 hours.

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Roar with the lions and purr with the polar bears at the Highland Wildlife Park before a paddle and pint at picture-perfect Loch Insh Watersports Centre. You’ll not believe how much there is to do in this small village between Aviemore and Kingussie. In the morning you can be ogling the Amur Tigers at the Highland Wildlife Park or watching the working sheepdogs at Leault Farm and, in the afternoon, aboard a paddle board floating along the River Spey. That’s not the only sport available at the watersports centre, either, there’s also dry-slope skiing, archery, mountain biking, orienteering, sailing and windsurfing. And, if you just want to chill and watch the action on the loch, the views from the boathouse restaurant/café are unrivalled. Nearby, too, there’s gliding and golfing, as well as the popular Scuplture Trail and favourite swimming spots at Feshiebridge. Not forgetting historic local landmarks like the two churches and the nextdoor Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve, this village has something for everyone, from the quiet-seeker to the thrill-seeker. The latter can find more adrenaline-fuelled activities at the neighbouring Alvie, such as the 2km+ zip wire. Whizzing through the ancient Caledonian pine forests gives you a unique and exhilarating view of the Cairngorm mountain range! www.visitcairngorms.com

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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. Insh Hall 01540 651 272 www.lochinsh.com 24 Basic and cosy ensuite and non ensuite rooms, all with televisions and tea and coffee making facilities, towels etc. Single, twin, double and family rooms are available. From £21 per person.

SELF CATERING ........................................................................................................................... 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. EATING OUT ........................................................................................................................... The Boathouse Restaurant & Bar 01540 651 394 www.lochinsh.com Overlooking scenic Loch Insh. Creative Scottish menu and delicious home-baking with something for everyone. Open all year serving breakfast from 8-10am, lunch from 12-4pm and evening meals from 5-8pm. Events programme throughout the year.

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

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WILDLIFE INTERESTS ........................................................................................................................... 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. 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. WATERSPORTS ........................................................................................................................... Loch Insh Watersports 01540 651 272 www.lochinsh.com Voted “Best Outdoor Venue of the year 2016”. 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 Snowboard hire, Nov - Apr.

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Boathouse Restaurant & Bar Insh hall Bed & Breakfast Self catering log chalets RYA training centre Watersports, dry slope, Bike hire & Archery Open 9am to 6pm

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Map page 12 – grid ref E6 www.visitaviemore.com A beautiful, breathtaking blend of modern comforts; shops, a cinema and swimming pools, coupled with an idyllic natural setting amid the mountains.

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Head to Aviemore for buzz, café culture and more outdoor expertise than you can shake a ski at! You’ll also find a cinema, swimming pools, supermarkets and softplay here, not to mention a charming train station which makes you feel like you’re stepping back in time (or into a Harry Potter set). But this is no ordinary shopping centre; you’re always a stone’s throw away from natural tranquillity. Hike Craigellachie for awe-inspiring views of the entire valley, spotting Peregrine Falcons and Buzzards as you go. Or, take a short drive up the "ski road" towards Cairngorm Mountain and feast your eyes on the magical charm of Rothiemuchus and the tranquil beauty of Glenmore.

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Aviemore Youth Hostel 01479 810 345 www.syha.org.uk The perfect base to discover the ‘Snow Road’ and a great location for all outdoor activities. Comfortable shared and private rooms and excellent facilities make Aviemore Youth Hostel an ideal choice for groups.

Wigwams at Badaguish Outdoor Centre 01479 861 285 www.badaguish.org Price for wigwam is from £35 per night single occupancy, or £44 per night double occupancy. Mid and High season prices are slightly higher, please quote price and book online . Free WIFI available, and sorry no pets are not allowed inside wigwam.

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Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel 01479 861 238 www.syha.org.uk Ideal location for walking, biking, fishing, pony trekking, snow and watersports. Cairngorm Lodge really is in the heart of all the outdoor action, offering great family accommodation that attracts guests back year after year.

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BUNKHOUSES, HOSTELS & CAMPING .......................................................................................................................... Rothiemurchus Camp & Caravan Site 01479 812 800 campandcaravan@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net/stay A wild camping experience with the added bonus of modern facilities. Set amongst towering Caledonian pine trees, this tranquil park offers sheltered camping in a unique setting as well as sheltered level pitches for touring caravans and motor homes, all with electric hook-up. 2 miles from Aviemore.

The Old Bridge Inn & Bunkhouse 01479 811 137 www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk Rooms: Doubles, twins, 4 and 6 bed dorms, all en-suite. Facilities: Kitchen, drying room, free wi-fi, all bedding and towels provided. Rates: from ÂŁ22 dorm bed / ÂŁ50 private room.

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GUEST HOUSES & INNS ........................................................................................................................... Cairngorm Guest House 01479 810 630 www.cairngormguesthouse.com 4 mins walk to village centre. 12 rooms. All year. GUEST HOUSE

 Ravenscraig Guest House 01479 810 278 www.aviemoreonline.com Main street of Aviemore. 12 rooms - call for seasonal offers.

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HOTELS ........................................................................................................................... Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/aviemore A 4* resort with 3 hotels, 18 lodges, 3 restaurants, 4 bars, 2 Costa Coffee, cinema, golf course, shopping, leisure pool and activity centre. Non-residents always welcome. VISITOR ATTRACTION

 Rowan Tree Hotel 01479 810 207 www.rowantreehotel.com 2½ miles from Aviemore. 12 rooms from £48.50pp. All year. INN

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‘Stunning location with beautiful gardens and well appointed rooms’ ‘A wee gem in the Scottish A selection of Highlands’ fantastic properties sleeping from 2 – 13 Open all Year round 60 Dalnabay, Aviemore T: 01479 811269

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Five star luxury guest house in the heart of Cairngorm National Park, Aviemore

Aviemore Bungalow 07769 706074 theoldministershouse.co.uk www.aviemorebungalow.com @theoldministershouse Detached bungalow - 812181 +44 (0)1479 All Mod Cons - Sleeps 5. 10 mins PH22 1QH walk to village centre, perfectly situated for golfing and outdoor activities, luxury hot tub in the garden. Prices from £350 per week. 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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SELF CATERING ........................................................................................................................... Avielochan Cottages 01479 810 846 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 £400 per week, short breaks too. SELF CATERING

Lodges at Badaguish Outdoor Centre 01479 861 285 www.badaguish.org Half way between Aviemore and Cairngorm Mountain. Sleeping 10-17 from £726 for 3 nights stay or £1210 per week. Pets are Welcome. SELF CATERING

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Luxury Lodges at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 03448 799 152 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/Aviemore Our 4 Star Luxury Woodland 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 in front of a cosy wood-burning stove.

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SELF CATERING ........................................................................................................................... 7 Morlich Place 01236 879 390 www.morlichbungalows.com 8 mins walk to village centre. Sleeps 6 from £385 per week. All year. Short breaks available. 101 Dalnabay 01236 879 390 www.morlichbungalows.com Set in a popular and sought after estate a short walk to the village centre. Corporate membership to Dalfaber Golf and Country Club included. Sleeps 6 from £385 per week. All year. 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.

Handpicked Lodges are a collection of unique and luxurious lodges in the Cairngorms National Park. Our lodges are family friendly, dog friendly, all have cosy wood burning stoves and some have outside hot tubs. Lodges range in size from 2 – 10 bed spaces.

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THE COACH HOUSE at Inverdruie

A warm and welcoming luxurious self-catering cottage that sleeps 6, with a Scandinavian style BBQ cabin, 10 minutes walk from Aviemore www.thecoachhouse.scot

Unique self catering accommodation in the heart of Aviemore A selection of log cabins, timber chalets and apartments sleeping between 2 and 6 guests in comfort. Fully equipped, most with wood burning stoves and some with a Finnish sauna. Located just off the mountain road yet within walking distance of Aviemore centre. Open all year, short breaks available. Pine Bank Chalets, Aviemore, PH22 1PX

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Steam Cottage 07703 163 201 www.steamcottage.co.uk Centrally located 2 bedroomed cottage with private parking. Two bedrooms, one a twin the other with a zip and link providing a king size double or twin. Living room with wood burning stove, dining conservatory, enclosed garden and free wifi. Locked storage area for bikes, canoes etc.

b Stay Cairngorms 07860 367 326 www.staycairngorms.co.uk We are proud to provide top quality holiday accommodation in Aviemore and Boat of Garten, in one of the UK’s stop holiday outdoor sports locations. Open all year and short breaks available.

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Stylish self catering bungalows in Aviemore set beneath the majestic Cairngorm 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.

Weekend, Midweek & 2 Night breaks available from ÂŁ200. Open all year round Top Tripadvisor reviews Colour brochure and virtual tours available 10% discount on many attractions Pets welcome in allocated properties

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For more information call 0344 879 9152 or go to: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/aviemore Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore, PH22 1PN

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Macdonald Aviemore Resort has something for everyone holidaying in the Cairngorms. Our children’s indoor and outdoor play areas, cinema, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and shopping centre are fully open to nonresidents offering plenty of choice for visitors to Aviemore – perfect for rainy days! THREE HOTELS WOODLAND LODGES CINEMA CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY CENTRE FOOD COURT THREE RESTAURANTS* COSTA COFFEE LUXURY BRAND SHOPPING *Seasonal opening hours apply

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BARS .......................................................................................................................... Pinemarten Bar Glenmore 01479 861 253 Facebook.com/pinemartenbarglenmore Cosy mountain bar by Loch Morlich – Open All year (7 days in High Season) Serving a great selection of Real Ales, Craft Beers, Whiskies & Gins. Live Music – Most Friday and Saturday nights.

EATING OUT .......................................................................................................................... Aspects Restaurant at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/Aviemore Relax and take in our view over the Cairngorms whilst enjoying premium grass fed Scottish beef, local lamb, the finest salmon from Aberdeenshire and turbot from Shetland to name a few. Open daily 5-9pm. Giovanni’s Italian Ristorante at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/Aviemore Authentic & informal Italian dining with a wide range of pizzas, pastas, wines & beers, and a great children’s menu for younger diners. Open 5pm-9pm daily in high season please check opening times during low season. Macdui’s Tel 01479 811 214 Our menu ranges from Venison Burgers to pasta dishes & children’s menu. We are family friendly & also welcome dogs. We look forward to welcoming you at Macdui’s. CairnGorm Mountain - Ptarmigan Restaurant & Storehouse 01479 861261 cairngormmountain.org 11 miles from Aviemore Fantastic eateries at both the base station and the mountain top, with panoramic views from over 3,500ft! Enjoy delicious local dishes, Starbucks coffee or even a wee tipple. Open daily. 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. 56 : www.visitcairngorms.com


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EATING OUT ............................................................. Spey Burger Aviemore Macdonald Resort FOOD & DRINKAviemore 0344OUT 879 9152 EATING www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/ Giovanni’s Italian Aviemore Ristorante atBurger Macdonald At Spey our burgers Aviemore Resort from fresh are handmade (0844) 879 9152 100% prime Scotch beef. www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/ Our menu offers a variety Aviemore of different burgers available Authentic & informal dining for adults andItalian children. with Open a wide range dailyof inpizzas, high pastas, season winesplease & beers,check and a great children’s opening times menuduring for younger Open daily low diners. season 5pm-9pm. Steakhouse Natural Retreats CairnGorm Macdonald Highlands Hotel Mountain - Ptarmigan Spey Valley Golf Restaurant and Storehouse & Country Club By Aviemore 0344 879 9152 (01479) 861261 www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/ www.cairngormmountain.org Aviemore Fantastic both the choice We eateries serve aatdelicious Mountain Top and Mountain Base. of prime aged steaks and Makegrills, the most of panoramic delicious starters and scenica views, delicious dishes,all selection of local classics, fresh cooked coffee or to even a wee tipple. perfection by our Opentalented daily. chefs delivering the perfect Open daily Rowan Treeexperience. Hotel 5.30pm – 9pm please check (01479) 810 207 opening times during low www.rowantreehotel.com season Friendly family-run hotel. “Dinner is a relaxed and casual affair”, where we use local produce. Evening meals Tues-Sun.

Royal Tandoori PROPERTIES Restaurant & Take-away

OPEN 7 DAYS Lunch 12noon-2pm, Evening 5-10.30pm

Authentic Indian Cuisines Three course Business Lunch ~ from £8.95 10% Discount on Take-away meals A La Carte Menu Freshly prepared coffees Private Function Room ~ ideal for Stag, Hen or Birthday parties Tel: 01479 811199 or 01479 811118 43 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH www.royaltandoori.uk.com

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The Druie Café 01479 810 005 druie@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net Open daily 9.30am – 5.00pm. An old school has become a cosy cafe with outside seating, serving wonderful homemade food. "Simple menu, nothing extravagant - just tasty, well priced, freshly made food from local ingredients, served with much love". Great Coffee, leaf teas and cakes. "A hidden gem" just outside Aviemore.

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Rothiemurchus Estate Farm Shop 01479 812 345 farmshop@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net Exceptionally delicious food and drink. The taste of our pure-bred Highland beef and velvety venison reflects happy lives in this stunning environment and care at every stage - enjoy fresh or in our frozen meals. Carefully chosen, locally made, cheeses, gins, whiskies, beer, preserves, chutneys, specialist provisions and ingredients, our Heather Honey and lots more. .

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CAR & VAN HIRE ............................................................................................................................... Aviemore Car & Van Hire 01479 811 700 info@aviemorecarhire.co.uk www.aviemorecarhire.co.uk Selection of new, Group A, B & C vehicles at competitive daily, weekly or monthly rates. Also local Agents for Europcar.

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

The Village Centre Shop 01479 810 555 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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SHOPPING ........................................................... Spey Valley Shopping at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 www.speyvalleyshopping.co.uk A luxury shopping experience within the resort offering branded fashion and outdoor wear including Barbour, Dubarry and Ugg plus jewellery, gifts, homewares, books, toys, local food and drink and a Costa Coffee.

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Highland Physiotherapy 07811 370 252 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.

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS Established 1947 RW Bell provide a full range of electrical services, catering for domestic, commercial & industrial customers. We offer a comprehensive service from quotation through to delivery on projects, large & small. AVIEMORE BRANCH

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TRANSPORT .............................................................. Badenoch & Strathspey Community Transport Co. “Where 2 Today?” 01479 810 004 (office hours) www.ct4u.co.uk 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

Highland Yaks specialise in transport and logistics to the outdoor industry, moving you and your equipment to where the adventure is. Including shuttles to and from airports, train/bus stations & ferry terminals.

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Quad Treks at Rothiemurchus 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net Superb guided experience following a network of tracks and off road trails through magnificent Caledonian pine forest crossing burns and heather moorland, with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain landscape. There’s a chance of seeing Highland cows, wild deer and other local wildlife a long the way. Open daily, booking recommended.

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ARCHERY & CLAY SHOOTING ........................................................................................................................... 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.

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Clay Shooting & Archery at Rothiemurchus 01479 812 345 shoot@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net Rothiemurchus is one of the best clay shooting facilities in the UK. Our exceptional natural layout and top class tuition ensure that whether you are a complete beginner or a crack shot you’ll have a sensational time. Enjoy the ancient art of target archery in stunning surroundings. Booking recommended.

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CASTLES & HISTORY ........................................................................................................................... The Doune of Rothiemurchus 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net Between 16th & 19th centuries and now again home to the Grants of Rothiemurchus. Visit during The Highland Lady Tour every Wednesday (booking required) or for mostly exterior visit, first Monday of month all year & every Monday April to August. Restoration in progress. 3 miles from Aviemore. VISITOR ATTRACTION

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CINEMA ........................................................................................................................... Spey Valley Cinema at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 Spey Valley Cinema is a large 3D cinema located within the Macdonald Aviemore Resort and features all the latest releases. No need to pre-book just arrive up to 30 mins beforehand and stock up on treats at the kiosk. For show times visit www.speyvalleycinema.co.uk. SEE & DO - FAMILY ACTIVITIES ........................................................................................................................... CairnGorm Mountain - Children's Activities 01479 861261 cairngormmountain.org 11 miles from Aviemore A day to remember whatever the weather! Ride to over 3,500ft on Scotland's only Funicular Railway or book into the Snow School for fun-filled lessons during the winter season! SEE & DO - FAMILY ACTIVITIES NEARBY ........................................................................................................................... Craggan Outdoors 01479 873 283 www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk Fantastic range of instructor-led activities at award-winning, family friendly 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. FAMILY ACTIVITIES ........................................................................................................................... Aviemore Activity Centre at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 Large leisure pool with flume, soft play and multiple activity rooms for children of all ages to craft, game and play plus a Costa Coffee all feature in the Aviemore Activity Centre.

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Rothiemurchus 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net Enjoy time with your family in this inspirational place. Our huge range of activities include walks, pony and quad bike treks, tree top adventures, feeding deer, fishing, off-road biking, segways, river tubing, paddle boarding and many more. Booking recommended. Café, farm & gift shops and activity bookings at Rothiemurchus Centre. 1 mile from Aviemore.

 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.

SEE & DO - ARTS, CRAFTS & GIFT SHOPS ............................................................................................................................. Loch an Eilein Pottery, Rothiemurchus 01479 810 837 www.penspots.co.uk E:info@penspots.co.uk Hand thrown terracotta potter by Penny Weir. Visit the pottery and browse at your leisure or take the opportunity to “throw your own” which is by appointment only - £16 per shot. Open throughout the summer months, hours may vary – please call in advance.

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SEE & DO - ARTS, CRAFTS & GIFT SHOPS .............................................................................................................................

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 Laundry Gallery 07779 253313 www.thelaundrygallery.net 10 Dalfaber Estate, Dalfaber Drive, Aviemore,  PH22 1ST Welcoming little gallery showing great contemporary art from across the UK and beyond. See website for details of current exhibition. Mon-Sat 9-5.

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Fishing at Rothiemurchus 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net Rothiemurchus Fishing Centre has well stocked lochs in spectacular surroundings. Separate lochs for fly, bait and beginner fishing. Also, fish wild lochs and rivers for Pike and Brown Trout. Expert tuition is available. Equipment for hire or sale.

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GOLF ............................................................................................................................... Spey Valley Championship Golf Course 01479 812 920 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/Aviemore/golf Voted most picturesque course in the UK this 18-hole, par 72 championship course is surrounded by pine forests and the River Spey and home to Scotland’s longest hole at 635 yards. All visitors welcome at the modern club house for Costa Coffee and seasonal bar menu. www.visitcairngorms.com

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HORSE RIDING & PONY TREKKING ............................................................................................................................... Alvie Stables 07831 495 397 www.alvie-estate.co.uk/activities/horse-riding TRSS approved. Alvies Stables offers fantastic riding through miles of beautiful countryside with competitive prices, friendly staff and well-schooled horses and ponies. Novice and experienced riders catered for. Booking essential.

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Pony trekking, hacking and rides at Rothiemurchus 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.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.

 MOUNTAIN BIKING NEARBY ............................................................................................................................... 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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NATURAL INTEREST ....................................................................................................................................... Loch an Eilein 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net ‘One of the most stunning places I have ever visited’ – easy walks through the ancient forest around the loch with views of the island castle and mountains. Car parking charge supports the care of this special area. Seasonal Visitor Centre. Glimpse red squirrels, Crested tits, Scottish Crossbill. 3 miles from Aviemore.

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Rothiemurchus 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net Discover an inspirational place where people have lived, worked and played in harmony with nature for centuries. Today loved as one of Scotland’s most treasured places, recognised as a conservation area of European importance for habitats and species and enjoyed through our many activities. 1 mile from Aviemore.

 Craigellachie National Nature Reserve www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/reserve.asp?NNRId=18 Scenic trails with views across Aviemorecand the Cairngorms. Popular for woodland flowers and the chance to spot Peregrine Falcons. 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 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. www.visitcairngorms.com

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NATURAL INTEREST ...................................................................... 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. FUNICULAR RAILWAY CairnGorm Mountain is home to Scotland’s only Funicular Railway. This unique visitor experience allows people of all abilities to reach the Top Station where the Ptarmingan Resturant is located with panoramic views from over 3,500ft. Get 10% OFF Funicular Railway tickets when you using the code ‘PARK10’ when buying your tickets online!

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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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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ............................................................................................................................. Craggan Outdoors “Nearby” 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.

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Outdoor activities at Rothiemurchus 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net Rothiemurchus offer a huge range of exciting outdoor activities including walks, pony and quad treks, clay shooting, fishing, segways, tree top adventures, ranger led activities, biking, river tubing, paddle boarding and many more. Booking recommended. 1 mile from Aviemore.

 SPORT & OUTDOORS SHOPPING ............................................................................................................................. Cairngorm Mountain Sports 01479 810 903 www.braemarmountainsports.com Aviemore’s one stop shop for ski touring, telemark, outdoor and mountaineering equipment and clothing. Open 7 days a week, 8.30am-6pm 7 days a week. CairnGorm Mountain Outfitters Shop 01479 861261 cairngormmountain.org 11 miles from Aviemore The one-stop mountain shop for specialist winter clothing, snow gear & outdoor brands, plus other handy accessories. Open daily. SWIMMING & LEISURE ............................................................................................................................. Aviemore Activity Centre at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 Large leisure pool with flume, soft play and multiple activity rooms for children of all ages to craft, game and play plus a Costa Coffee all feature in the Aviemore Activity Centre. www.visitcairngorms.com

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Rothiemurchus Centre 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net Open every day, 9.30-5.30. Visit our Estate Farm Shop, browse our card and gift shops or sample estate produce and delicious home-baking in The Druie Café. Outdoor activities can be booked at Rothiemurchus Centre, by telephone or online. 1 mile from Aviemore.

 WALKING & CLIMBING NEARBY ............................................................................................................................ 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. WALKING & CLIMBING (GUIDED WALKS) ............................................................................................................................ CairnGorm Mountain Guided Walks 01479 861 261 www.cairngormmountain.org 11 miles from Aviemore From the essential summit walk to the wilderness day hike, let the expert Mountain Rangers guide you through the spectacular landscape, helping you spot the wildlife that call it home.

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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’.

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Water Sports at Rothiemurchus 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net Try our exhilarating activities such as white water tubing and rafting, gorge walking and swimming or take it a bit easier with family rafting, kayaking or canoeing and our new River Spey paddle boarding adventures. Expert instructors, all equipment provided.

 WATERSPORTS NEARBY ............................................................................................................................ 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.

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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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Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris 01479 811 169 07974 151 503 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. Wildlife and Ospreys at Rothiemurchus 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net www.rothiemurchus.net Join our knowledgeable Countryside Rangers to Feed our Red Deer or enjoy a Hairy Coo Safari. Fully guided, early morning or evening Osprey photography trips to our loch side hides within our Fishery.

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WINTER SPORTS ......................................................................................................................... CairnGorm Mountain Snowsports 01479 861261 cairngormmountain.org 11 miles from Aviemore. The most popular snowsports destination in Scotland, boasting over 30km of ski runs, 11 lifts, a fully-maintained terrain park, equipment hire, on-site Snow School and much more!

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Map page 6 -grid ref E7 www.carrbridge.com Kids’ dream Landmark Adventure Park steals the show here, along with the oldest bridge in the Highlands. On entering Carrbridge, it’s not uncommon to hear the squeals of delight from children discovering the joy of one of Scotland’s most loved adventure parks, Landmark. And it’s not just children you’ll hear. One of the best things about Landmark is how attractively it is designed so it appeals to all, young and old, with a mixture of the high octane (ie rollercoasters) and the more calming (tree top trail and butterfly farm).

One of the first Scottish ski villages, Carrbridge dates back hundreds of years and one of the most beautiful reminders of this rich history is its unique packhorse bridge – the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. A thriving community, you’ll find pubs, cafes, hotels and B&Bs, as well as a busy social calendar. For instance, the area is worldrenowned for its fascinating annual ‘Carve Carrbridge’, the Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championship. Another quirky must-see experience is its ‘Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship’, eagerly followed across the globe by food connoisseurs. If you want to get away from the crowds, you can easily do that too here. Sitting amid the forest, you have instant access to a wealth of stunning walks, wildlife trails and biking routes. www.visitcairngorms.com

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The Cairn Hotel 01479 841 212 www.cairnhotel.co.uk Authentic Highland Inn, offering comfortable family friendly accommodation in the centre of Carrbridge. Award winning bar and restaurant offering the best Highland produce at great value. 7 rooms from £35 pppn.

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b SELF CATERING ............................................................................................................................. 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.

b 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. INN

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EATING OUT ............................................................................................................................. Forester’s Restaurant: Landmark Forest Adventure Park 01479 841 613 www.landmarkpark.co.uk The Forester’s Restaurant offers homemade daily specials, soups, light bites, bigger bites and delicious home-baking all day. Open: All Year-Round.

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Pinewood Grill: Landmark Forest Adventure Park 01479 841 613 www.landmarkpark.co.uk Choose from our locally sources beef burgers, homemade specials, salads, sandwiches and baked potatoes. And lots of ice-cream! Open: March until October.

 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. CASTLES & HISTORY ............................................................................................................................. Carrbridge Pack Horse Bridge Located in the centre of the village, the bridge was originally built in 1717 to allow funeral processions to access Duthil Church when the River Dulnain was in spate. With this purpose the bridge was locally known as “The Coffin Bridge.” Celebrating its 300th anniversary this year, look out for special events held in May & November.

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Landmark Forest Adventure Park 01479 841 613 www.landmarkpark.co.uk Twist through the trees on a family roller-coaster, take the plunge down one of three water coasters and walk through an amazing tropical hot-house with hundreds of beautiful butterflies. Open: All Year-Round.

 GOLF ............................................................................................................................. Carrbridge Golf Club Carrbridge 01479 841 623 www.carrbridgegolf.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. 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. SHOPPING, ARTS, CRAFTS & GIFTS ............................................................................................................................ Landmark Shop 01479 841 613 www.landmarkpark.co.uk This treasure trove of gifts, souvenirs, food and books is always worth a visit. Fun, educational and active goodies for all ages. Open: All Year-Round. VISITOR ATTRACTION

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SERVICES Map page 12 - grid ref F7 www.boatofgarten.com Brimming with vibrancy; offers fine dining, cafes, regular events and a first-rate golf course, all set to the background toot of the Strathspey steam train. This gem of a place has tons of character and things to do. For starters, its nickname is “the osprey village” because it is one of the best places in Scotland to spot these magnificent birds, with an entire centre dedicated to informing the public about the breed, at the nearby Loch Garten. In addition to the centre, this loch is well worth a trip because of its breathtaking beauty, and can be easily navigated by foot or bike. Another of its defining landmarks is the oldie worldie steam railway station, which sits in the middle of the village, next to the Boat Hotel. Golfers also flock here to play the superb 18 hole golf course, enjoying the magical views over the Cairngorm valley as they play, an experience

which is perfectly topped off with a refreshment at the comfortable club on completion. This community is renowned in the valley for its can-do attitude and runs a hugely diverse and entertaining events programme at its community hall. Visitors are also extremely well served when it comes to food and drink, with not only a fine dining establishment, Anderson’s, but also several cafes, including 1896 Gallery which showcases local artistry. There’s also a friendly and well-stocked general store/Post Office and a community garden, once featured on TV show Beechgrove Garden, which helped design it.

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GUEST HOUSES & INNS ............................................................................................................................... The Boat House 01479 831 484 www.theboathouse4u.com Ideal base for all activities. 6 bedrooms, sleeps 17, from £30. Pets and families welcome. GUEST HOUSE

SELF CATERING ............................................................................................................................... Alba Highland Cottages 07748 432 648 www.albahighlandcottages.co.uk S/C 3/5 bedrooms, sleeps 6/10 from £395. Wet room/ disabled friendly. Pets welcome, Free WiFi. SELF CATERING

bz The Treehouse 0131 337 7167 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 £655 per week. Pets welcome. Ample parking. Ideal for walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers.

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GOLF ........................................................................................................................... Boat of Garten Golf & Tennis Club www.boatgolf.com Outstanding James Braid designed 18 hole course set in beautiful surroundings with picturesque views of Cairngorm mountains. Best course in Scotland in its category SGTA 2014 & 2016. Book online at www.boatgolf.com or tel 01479 831282, option 1. WILDLIFE INTERESTS ........................................................................................................................... Speyside Wildlife 01479 812498/01479 812345 www.speysidewildlife.co.uk Evening dusk watching and guided day trips. Evening hide: Adults £25 and 8-14 yrs £10 (if booked online) Day trips: £195 - £250 (if booked online) transport included, maximum seven guests per vehicle.

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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

01479 831466 www.andersonsrestaurant.co.uk

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Map page 12 - grid ref F8 www.dulnainbridge.com Home to the fictitious “Glenbogle Station” (off the telly!), an ancient Pictish settlement and, of course, a bridge which dates back to the 18th century. This wee village is centred around – yes, you’ve guessed it – a bridge, which splits the village into Morayshire on one side (known as the Dulnain side) and Invernes-shire on the other (identified as crofting community Skye-of-Curr). This 18th century, single arched bridge crosses the River Dulnain, which flows through the village in a deep, striking gorge. History buffs will also enjoy checking out the remains of a Pictish settlement, the twelve ancient lime kilns and a hut circle dating back to the Bronze/Iron age.

This is an ideal location for rest and relaxation, surrounded by the Caledonian pine forests and vast views of the Cairngorm valley. There’s nothing better to unwind than a wander through the woods spotting the wildlife living here, such as capercaillie, Scottish crossbill, osprey and red squirrel. Similarly, botanists will particularly love the Curr Wood, home to the country’s largest population of twinflower. The train stops just outside Dulnain at Broomhill, otherwise known as the fictitious Glenbogle Station from the TV series Monarch of the Glen. Although small, you’ll still find plenty of B&Bs here, as well as a luxury boutique hotel, a Post Office/shop and a garage. And, as it’s only a few miles from Grantown-on-Spey, a wealth of convenience stores are on your doorstep. www.visitcairngorms.com

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SELF CATERING ............................................................................................................................... Muckrach Castle 01738 477 504 www.muckrachcastle.co.uk 1 mile from Dulnain Bridge.Sleeps 10. From £1,045 per week. All year. SELF CATERING

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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e g d i r B y h t e N Map page 13 -grid ref G7 www.nethybridge.com Nestled in the woods, Nethy boasts a butcher, 4 bridges (really!), a golf course, a castle and one of the most popular Highland Games. Affectionately known as ‘the forest village’, Nethy Bridge is a firm favourite with holiday-makers and has been since Victorian times. As a result, there are plenty of places to stay of all shapes, sizes and locations (hot tubs are aplenty in this neck of the woods!). One of the reasons it’s so popular is that, while in easy reach of the main attractions in the area, it has a real aura of calm and tranquillity. Miles of popular woodland walks, clearly marked, pass through Nethy, such as the Speyside Way. For those who want more guidance watching the wildlife while they walk, there is an RSPB ranger service in the community centre, too.

The village has enough conveniences to make you self- sufficient, so you can hunker down here in peace, such as a local shop, Post Office, café, butcher and farm shop. Remove reference to farm shop in brackets. Nethy has plenty of activities to keep you busy, such as bowling, golf, tennis and its own Castle – Castle Roy, an 11th century fort built by Clan Comyn. According to experts, it’s one of the oldest unchanged castles of its ilk in Scotland. Another active community, locals run a lively events calendar including the arts and crafts focused Spring Gathering in May and the Abernethy Highland Games on the second Saturday in August. www.visitcairngorms.com : 85


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SELF CATERING ............................................................. Aultmore Estate 01479 821 473 www.aultmoreestate.com Luxurious two and three bedroomed self-catering cottages situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty with worldclass views over Abernethy Forest to the Cairngorm Mountain range. Electricity, linen, towels and free wi-Fi are included. 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. 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.

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Delicious farm reared grass fed beef and lamb Wide range of other meats and poultry Fresh fruit and &vegetables Cheeses, pies, honey and conserves A huge range of other fine foods Gluten Free products Selection of wines, beers and other drinks Hot coffee and cake

We also deliver in the Nethy Bridge area. 01479 821245 www.balliefurth.co.uk Balliefurth Farm Shop, Nethybridge. Support your local independent butchers and food shops.


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Map page 13 -grid ref G8 www.grantownonspey.com With its thriving high street, lined with cafes, restaurants, a gallery, a museum and shops, this is the perfect location for the beginning or at the finish line, of your journey on the Snow Roads. It’s testament to how friendly and familiar that Grantown feels that many holiday-makers end up calling it their ‘home from home’. Another major draw of the village is the amazing choice and diversity of things to do. Grantown’s thriving Highland high street has its own unique character, with quirky cafes and unusual shops, with many places to sit down and relax with a cuppa and cake, including hotels. It even boasts

an award-winning bookshop, antiques shop, museum, traditional ironmongers and a pub famous for its legendary pie and chips! There’s always something going on in Grantown, too, especially since new events venue The Pagoda (a building worth a visit in itself) opened its doors. The biggest event, however, when all the town gets involved is its renowned Hogmanay celebrations, which take place in the Square. Of course, set in a stunning location on the banks of the River Spey, there is a glut of outdoor activities available too. There’s easy access to two national walking routes (the Speyway and Davaway), salmon and trout fishing, mountain biking and walking in nearby Anagach Woods, golf, tennis and an activity centre. www.visitcairngorms.com

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BUNKHOUSES, HOSTELS & CAMPING ............................................................................................................................. Craggan Outdoors’ Ardenbeg Bunkhouse 01479 872 824 www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk Good value self catering accommodation across rooms of 4, 5, 6 & 8 beds. Rates from £16.50 to £24 pppn. Wide range of outdoor activities available. SPECIALITY SHOPS ............................................................................................................................. Elephants in the Pantry 01479 258070 www.elephantsinthepantry.co.uk 52 High Street, Grantown on Spey Local foods. Organic & wholefoods. Deli. Whisky, wines, & artisan spirits. Gifts. Hampers. Takeaway & sit in area. Hall for hire Sample Saturdays! Food & Drink to Never Forget!

 BOOKSHOPS ............................................................................................................................. 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. All Books New All Welcome. Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm (Sundays throughout July & August). 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.

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Garth Hotel A friendly welcome awaits you at the High St Merchants, Grantown on Spey. Serving great coffee, delicious home baking, tasty meals, local Ales and a beautiful selection of Fine Art & Crafts.

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Talk of the town! 74 High Street, Grantown on Spey PH26 3EL

01479 872 246 www.thehighstmerchants.com

FT 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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SPORTS & OUTDOORS ............................................................................................................................... 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. CYCLING ............................................................................................................................... Basecamp Bikes 01479 870 050 www.basecampmtb.com Cycle shop offering hire, sales & full workshop services. Cycle hire from £15 per 1/2 day, great selection of local trails. Find us in the town square. 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. TENNIS CLUB ............................................................................................................................... Grantown-on-Spey Tennis Club 01479 873 120 Eight courts. Visitors and new members welcome. Coaching Tuesday evenings. Club sessions Wednesday evenings, Sunday afternoons.(Season: April to October)

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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.

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

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Need a ski or snowboard lesson? Book now with a BASI Approved Ski School. Private and Group lessons available.

The Ski School Natural Retreats – Cairngorm Mountain The Craggan All Golf Centre Craggan now hosts golf, football golf, disc golf, putting and trout fishing. Open to all, families specially welcome, mini disc golf course for small children. Beautiful setting by river Spey. Equipment hire available.

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Open at all times, clubhouse open 10am to 6pm. April to October. info@cragganoutdoors.co.uk

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Established in 1890 Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club is one of the finest golf venues in Cairngorm National Park area. Situated in the Cairngorm National Park, the course is approximately thirty five miles south east of Inverness. Nestled in leafy parkland looking onto the Cairngorm mountains,

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Nestled in leafy parkland looking onto the Cairngorm mountains, Grantown has one superb 18-hole golf course, very different in style, character and golfing challenge which attracts many gofers due to its charm and playability factor. Golf Course Rd, Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire PH26 3HY Telephone: +44 (0)1479 872079 Email: golf@grantownonspeygc.co.uk

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Cromdale SERVICES Map page 13 -grid ref G8 www.visitcairngorms.com Steeped in history, it’s famous for battles, stunning surrounding hills (complete with a commemorative ‘piper’s stone’ for the piper mid-battle) and artisan Scottish gin Caorunn. This village is immortalised in the song the ‘Haughs of Cromdale’ (haughs means low ground) inspired by the 1690 battle of Cromdale, and has close (and gory) connections with the Jacobite uprisings. The story goes that the Jacobites were ambushed and slain in their sleep by dragoon guards, with the defeat putting an end to the Jacobite rebellion in the Highlands. The site has 94 : www.visitcairngorms.com

such importance in Scottish history that the battlefield is protected by Historic Scotland. But Cromdale is not all blood and guts. There’s plenty of peace and harmony to be had here. The village sits in the scenic setting between the Cromdale hills and the River Spey. Scale the ‘Coronation Cairn’ and you’ll be richly rewarded by magnificent views of the Spey valley and, to the north, the coast. Fishing is a favourite past-time, as is gin touring at the trendy artisan distillery Caorunn, a premium label growing rapidly in popularity. This is produced at the Balmenach Distillery, established back in 1824.


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Test your mettle on the recently revamped mountain bike trails. If the twists and turns don’t take your breath away, the stunning setting will. Steady your nerves with a hot chocolate in the cosy café, or head to the village for a taster of world famous whisky. But it’s not all alcohol and adrenaline – the area is a prime spot for wandering, wildlife and glimpsing the Northern Lights too! www.visitcairngorms.com to discover more! 96 : www.visitcairngorms.com

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Map page 13 – grid ref H7 The ‘highest’ village in the Cairngorms at 1164 ft, Tomintoul oozes history and rugged grandeur, having been founded by a Duke in the 18th century.

Tomintoul has the most concentrated population in the area, which is reflected in the abundance of amenities on its main street such as a deli, art gallery, a post office, gift shops, cafes, restaurants, a Discovery Centre and – of course – a whisky shop.

It makes an ideal base for exploring the Highlands because of its central position, in the heart of the Glenlivet Estate, halfway between Aviemore and Royal Deeside.

A favourite visitor activity is scaling the town’s own Munro, Ben Avon, followed by a tipple in one of the local eateries. In summer, the town also plays host to a walking festival.

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In addition to its reputation as a premier spot for mountain biking, offering over 100 miles of routes, the village is also within easy reach of a host of other sports: skiing at The Lecht, clay pigeon shooting, pony trekking and salmon fishing.

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ARTS, CRAFTS AND GIFTS SHOPS ................................................................ 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. Open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, phone first off-season.

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The Whisky Castle for over 100 years 01807 580 213 with over 600 malts www.whiskycastle.com • World Famous for the specialist malt over 100 years whisky shop in the • Over 600 malts, with some heart of the exclusive to the cairngorms Whisky Castle • Unique tasting experience • Highest whisky shop in the UK • Located at the 6 main st, tomintoul gateway to moray ab37 9ex Scotland’s malt tel 01807 580213 whisky trail whiskycastle.com

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Spindrift of Tomintoul 01807 580 403 www.spindrift-tomintoul.uk Packed full of unique gift ideas, Spindrift also has an excellent fine art gallery, jewellery, books, cards, fashion clothing, outdoor wear and equipment.

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CASTLES & HISTORY ............................................................................................................................. 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. 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. 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. NATURAL INTERESTS ............................................................................................................................ 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. 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. www.visitcairngorms.com : 99


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Map page 13 – grid ref H7 www.glenlivet-cairngorms.co.uk Glenlivet may be synonymous with whisky – it is home to four whisky distilleries, after all - but the village is increasingly gaining a reputation as the best place to mountain bike in Scotland too. Undoubtedly one reason for this is its stunning backdrop for outdoor activities. But it’s also shrouded in a rich history and you can see relics of this everywhere, such as at the nearby ‘Wolf’s Lair’ at Drumin Castle and the Pack Horse Bridge. In August, too, its village hall transforms into a community run café serving delicious home baking and lunches – Highland hospitality at its best! “The trek was AWESOME. I would definitely do it again. Met some amazing people and drank some amazing scotch! :)” Tripadvisor

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Auchnascraw Mill 01807 590 767 www.auchnascrawmill.co.uk info@auchnascrawmill.co.uk Unique, beautifully renovated Mill surrounded by farmland and hills in the Braes of Glenlivet. Sleeps up to 6. Short breaks available year round. Instant booking. Free wiFi. Wood stove and underfloor heating. Many original features. Experience casual luxury!

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CASTLES & HISTORY ............................................................................................................................. Drumin Castle Glenlivet (just off B9008, north of Tomintoul) 01479 870 070 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. VISITOR ATTRACTION

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 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. 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. 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. www.visitcairngorms.com : 101


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NATURAL INTERESTS ............................................................................................................................. 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. MOUNTAIN BIKING ............................................................................................................................. BikeGlenlivet 01479 870 070 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. CafÊ, toilets, bike hire, bike wash. ACTIVIT Y CENTRE

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Glenlivet Estate 01479 870 070 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. 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.


Royal Deeside & Strathdon Queen Victoria fell in love with this area, awarded it the ‘Royal’ tag then spent many a happy holiday here, at Balmoral. And it’s easy to see why! Straddling the Rivers Dee and Don, at the heart of the Grampian Mountains, the area is a firm favourite for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and historians, as well as the modern day Monarchs too.

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Map page 13 – grid ref J6 www.visitcairngorms.com This remote, tranquil oasis is just 18 miles from lively Tomintoul and is a perfect place for a wildlife watcher to hang out due to its quietude. The scenery is stunning and ever changing. As the River Don winds its way through, the landscape goes from farmland to more dramatic, woodland, lined with birch and pine, then to desolate moorland. A photographer’s dream, especially in spring and autumn, when the contrasts are most marked. Bellabeg is the largest of the small communities which are scattered throughout Strathdon. An annual spectacle not to be missed here is, on the fourth Saturday of August, when the ‘Clansmen of the Lonach Highlanders’ march through the village for the Lonach Gathering – the area’s unique take on the Highland games, renowned for its friendly atmosphere. Strathdon is steeped in history. There are castles a plenty, for example: Corgarff, Glenbuchat and the Doune of Invernochty (one of the finest examples of Norman earthwork in Scotland, dating back to 800AD).

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CASTLES AND HISTORY ............................................................................................................................. 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. 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’. ROOFERS & PLANT HIRE ..................................................................

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Dinnet Map page 13 – grid ref K5 www.visitballater.com www.discoverroyaldeeside.com A small village which packs a punch, Dinnet wows its visitors with idyllic vistas, rugged crags and luscious lochs (Loch Kinord and Loch Davan are the biggest). It’s particularly popular with holiday-makers because of its ideal situation next to the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve and Glen Tanar Estate, and they are well catered for by local amenities such as restaurants and shops. 106 : www.visitcairngorms.com

“What a gem of a place. Been on a few walks in my time but the tranquility and scenery!!” Tripadvisor

As the reserve is classified ‘of special scientific interest’, you have a good chance here of spotting an osprey, deer or perhaps an otter. Indeed, the whole area is a magical mecca for wildlife. The Glen Tanar estate is also one of the most popular sites for eager fishermen in pursuit of trout and salmon. As well as its royal connections – Queen Victoria was a fan – Dinnet also has a rich literary history. The great romantic poet Byron, for instance, spent time here as a boy and later encapsulated its beauty in his verse. There are many sites to explore for the budding historian or archaeologist too, like Kinord Cross, Tomnaverie Stone Circle, Burn O’Vat and the Tullich Symbol Stone. The Crannog at the north end of Loch Kinord was even supposedly once a prison, affording inmates some of the best views in Britain!


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Loch Kinord Hotel 01339 885 229 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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SELF CATERING ............................................................................................................................. Cairngorm Lodges 07583 436040 www.cairngormlodges.com A forest hideaway of just 5 luxury lodges on Royal Deeside. Choose to stay in a cabin deep in the forest in total seclusion, or overlooking the beautiful loch. Woodburners in all with logs provided. Sleep 4. Pets welcome.

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Glen Tanar Cottages & National Nature Reserve 01339 886451 www.glentanar.co.uk Luxury cottages in the heart of Royal Deeside sleeping from 2 to 11 persons. Dogs welcome. Wildlife photography, estate safaris, country sports. From £350 p/w. Book online or email info@glentanar.co.uk

Royal Deeside Woodland Lodges 01339 885 229 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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ANTIQUE SHOPS ............................................................................................................................. Auld Alliance Antiques 01339 880 426 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 (approx). Find what you’re not looking for! 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. 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 01339 886 451 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. 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. 108 : www.visitcairngorms.com


Map page 13 – grid ref J4 www.visitballater.com www.discoverroyaldeeside.com Ballater – the largest village on the eastern side of the Cairngorms – has it all, all year round. What’s more, the thriving community makes it an ideal place to stay because of the wide range of accommodation from bunkhouses to luxury hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops. Only 13km from Balmoral Castle, it’s a village fit for a Queen, as you’ll see by the number of Royal warrants on shop fronts for everything from haggis to wellies! New for 2018: A visitor centre, library and restaurant in the newly restored Station Square.

Ballater The locals are also famous for their gusto organising events, with Victoria Week, The Ballater Games and the Royal Deeside Walking Week firm family favourites. A perfect sporting hub, you can indulge in outdoor pursuits including golf, tennis, 4x4 safaris, wildlife tours, walking, mountain biking, fishing, gliding, climbing, shooting and stalking. In the winter, too, it’s a short trip to two out of Scotland’s five ski resorts: The Lecht and Glenshee. Three particular hot spots of natural beauty on Ballater’s doorstep are Loch Muick, Craigendarroch Hill and Lochnagar.

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BUNKHOUSES, HOSTELS & CAMPING ............................................................................................................................. Ballater Caravan Park 01339 755 727 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. TOURING PARK

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EATING OUT ............................................................................................................................. The Keiller Brasserie and Lounge 01339 755 858 www.resdiary.com (search Ballater) AB35 5XA www.facebook.com/craigendarroch Relax in stylish comfort and elegance and enjoy a range of dishes from lite bites and nibbles, to hearty sandwiches, handmade cakes and pastries or steak and savoury grills. Our menus have something for everyone with non-residents most welcome.

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

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Invermark Castle, Glen Mark South Deeside Built in 1526 to guard the southern end of the strategic pass leading from Deeside, Invermark Castle was built on the site of an original tower house building which dated back to 1300’s. The castle is not accessible. (Allow 2 hrs driving from Ballater.) GOLF ............................................................ 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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SPORTS & OUTDOORS ............................................................................................................................. Braemar Mountain Sports 01339 741 242 www.braemarmountainsports.com UK’s leading retailer for ski touring and telemark equipment and clothing. Extensive range of outdoor clothing and equipment. Mountain Bike hire available, the staff having great local knowledge of the area. Then pop next door to The Bothy for fresh coffee and home baked cakes. Open 7 days a week, 9am – 6pm. 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. 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. (Allow 2 hours drive time from Ballater) MOUNTAIN BIKING ............................................................................................................................. Cyclehighlands Ltd 01339 755 864 www.cyclehighlands.com Specialist bike shop with guiding and rental service. Bike hire. Delivery available throughout Royal Deeside. Ski hire service in winter. Adventure Travel Service Available. Open 9am-5pm all year.

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Map page 13 – grid ref H4 www.braemarscotland.co.uk While Braemar is the highest, most mountainous parish in the UK, it’s actually its abundance of wonderful, wildlife-filled, low level walking that makes this area such a perfect choice for ramblers. Visitors delight in these wellsignposted walks which boast spectacular views of the many Munroes (mountains over 3,000ft) which surround the village.

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These views are, more often than not, accompanied by the sound of roaring red deer stags, especially during the rutting season, around October. It’s also an ideal stop-over for those planning to walk from the Lairig Ghru through to Jock’s Road and into Angus. Or for those who love outdoor sporting activities – particularly golf buffs who can boast they’ve played Scotland’s ‘highest’ 18 hole course here! Another lure for holiday makers is the rich heritage, in evidence all around the area. There are two castles, for instance, Braemar Castle and the ruins of Kindrochit Castle, built by Malcolm Canmore, a medieval King of the Scots.

If you’re visiting in September, then be sure not to miss the legendary Braemar Gathering (games), which takes place on the first Saturday, and is traditionally when Monarchs were ‘acclaimed’ as Chieftains. If you’re lucky, you might meet the Queen, whose castle, Balmoral, is in the small hamlet of Crathie, and who is a devoted attendee. 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.

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BUNKHOUSES, HOSTELS & CHALETS ............................................................................................................................. Braemar Lodge Bunkhouse 01339 741 627 www.braemarlodge.co.uk Sleeps 12 people. Bed linen/ towels & electric included. 2 minutes walk from village centre. Open all year. mail@braemarlodge.co.uk BUNKHOUSE

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Braemar Youth Hostel 01339 741 659 www.syha.org.uk Sitting at the opposite end of the ‘Snow Road’ to Aviemore and a great location for outdoor enthusiasts keen to discover the Cairngorms. No better place to relax after a long day exploring.

Braemar Holiday Lodges Log Cabins 01339 741 627 www.braemarlodge.co.uk 1 & 3 bedroom. Bed linen / towels & electric included. Dog Friendly. 2 minutes walk from village centre. Open all year. mail@braemarlodge.co.uk SELF CATERING

SELF CATERING ............................................................................................................................. The Outdoor Store & The Bothy 01339 741 242 www.braemarcabins.com Self-catering accommodation right in the heart of Braemar. From 1 bed to 3 bedroom cabins and  accommodation. Disabled access available, communal BBQ area and dog friendly.

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Moorfield House Hotel Chapel Brae, Braemar AB35 5YT T: 013397 41244 E: info@moorfieldhousehotel.com

• 6 en suite rooms, bar and restaurant serving fresh home cooked meals. • Dog friendly room and dogs are also welcome in the bar. • The bar serves real ale and is CAMRA registered. • The location overlooks the highland games park where the Braemar Gathering is held. • 9 miles from Glenshee Ski resort and 9 miles from Balmoral Castle.

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Set in a beautiful spot, we cater for touring caravans, motorhomes, tents and we are excited to announce the opening of six new Camping Pods. The perfect base for walking, hiking, cycling, photography, snowsports, history, arts and crafts and much more. Red deer roam freely around the area and you may also glimpse red squirrels. PERFORMANCE, ARTS & HERITAGE St Margaret’s is a particularly significant building historically and architecturally and is listed as Category A by Historic Environment Scotland. In order for the building to survive a group from the local community began to organise musical performances of various kinds from 2011. In 2015 the St Margaret’s Trust was formed with the aim of restoring the building into a performance, exhibition and heritage centre. Despite being a work in progress each year the Trust brings international performers to St Margaret’s in an eclectic mix of music and exhibition to entertain and inform both local residents and visitors to the area. For opening times and more information about our 2018 programme of events go to www.stmargaretsbraemar.org.uk or contact admin@stmargaretsbraemar.org.uk

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Close to all the amenities in Braemar. Open Mid-December to mid-October.

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SELF CATERING ............................................................................................................................. Invercauld Estate 01339 774 1224 www.invercauld.estate Two large, well-appointed holiday houses sleeping up to 8/12 on an estate with glens, rivers, munros, and mile upon mile of paths/tracks through some of the most stunning scenery in Royal Deeside. EATING OUT ............................................................................................................................. Braemar Lodge Hotel & Restaurant (seats 100 diners) 01339 741 627 www.braemarlodge.co.uk/restaurant All dishes freshly cooked to order. Using local produce when available. Oak Panelled Bar / Log Fire. Lg. range Real Ales / 300 + Malt Whiskies. 2 minutes walk from village centre. Open all year. mail@braemarlodge.co.uk SMALL HOTEL

Gordon’s Restaurant &Tearoom 01339 741 611 www.gordonstearoom.com Fully licensed tearoom serving delicious cold & hot snacks and Lunch menu. Summer Opening - 6 days per week including. Off Season - Open 5 days. Taste 01339 741 425 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. CASTLES & HISTORY ............................................................................................................................. 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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Kindrochit Castle Braemar www.royal-deeside.org.uk/ RDattract/castles Ruins of ancient fortifications, built around 1057-1093 by King Malcolm III. Once named Ceanndrochit, a bridge was built across the River Clunie and was the only means of crossing.

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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.

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Open daily from 30th March until 31st July 2018 Exhibitions, Gardens, Castle Ballroom, Audio Guide, Café & Shop. Accompany a ranger on a Safari for a fascinating tour of the Balmoral Estate - Booking essential For further information telephone: Tel: 01339 742 534

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Built 1628. Guided or audio tours of 12 furnished rooms. Great stories of the Earls of Mar, Jacobites, soldiers and Clan Farquharson

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CASTLES & HISTORY ........................................................................................................................ 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. 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. Braemar Gathering Saturday www.braemargathering.org The Braemar Gathering is held annually on the 1st Saturday in September. It is famous for its friendship and hospitality and is one of the oldest events of its type in Scotland. There have always been Royal Gatherings at Braemar since the days of King Malcolm Canmore, and the Gathering is proud to continue its Royal connection. 9am - 5pm

Held annually on the 1st Saturday in September The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park

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GOLF ..................................................... Braemar Golf Club 01339 741 618 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 Green Fees: Midweek £25 /Weekends £30


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.

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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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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.

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SPORTS & OUTDOORS ........................................................................................................................ The Outdoor Store & The Bothy 01339 753 878 / 01339 755 191 www.braemarmountainsports.com Fantastic collection of outdoor product for all the  family. From clothing to footwear & accessories, we have it all. Relax in the cafe and warm up next to the b fire. Shop and cafe open 7 days a week.

WINTER SPORTS ........................................................................................................................ 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. For Walkers & Explorers - Chairlift open July & August, weather dependent.

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“The Angus glens are truly fab. You can see deer, pheasant, grouse and, if you’re lucky, an eagle. The beautiful scenery is fantastic at any time of year.” Tripadvisor

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HOTELS ......................................................................................................................... Glen Clova Hotel 01575 550 350 www.clova.com 15 miles from Kirriemuir. 10 en-suite rooms from £45.00ppBB plus 8 newly opened Steading rooms from £40pp. Open all year except Christmas Day. SMALL HOTEL

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 £42.50 BB per person. SMALL HOTEL

SELF CATERING .......................................................................................................................... Clova Lodges 01575 550 350 www.clova.com Selection of 5 star luxury lodges 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms each with private hot tub and sauna from £359. Open all year. SELF CATERING

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

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.

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This area, otherwise known as the ‘Big Tree Country’, is famous for its impressively tall trees and sumptuous heather-clad hills. These hills are often snow capped throughout the autumn, winter and spring months which only makes the contrast with its deep, fertile, flat glens all the more striking and dramatic. It also makes for some of the best skiing in Scotland.

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Map page 12 - grid ref E1 www.blairatholl.org.uk You know you’re approaching Blair Atholl when you first clap eyes on the imposing castle, which cuts a dramatic shape into the landscape, with its magnificent white walls and tall towers. The majesty of the area is palpable; you can imagine why it was a draw for famous historical figures including Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria.

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Today the castle is just as buzzing, complemented by other attractions such as the Atholl Country Life Museum and the working water mill. And, for family history enthusiasts, there’s the Clan Donnachaidh Centre and Museum. This is located at the House of Bruar, a shopping heaven that has been described as ‘Harrods of the north’, where you can enjoy retail therapy as well as quality local food. As for outdoor activities, you’re spoilt for choice with everything from pony trekking to shooting to gorge walking on offer. The rugged terrain calls many a walker, tempted to bag a Munro or two. www.visitcairngorms.com

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BUNKHOUSES, HOSTELS & CAMPING .................................................................................................................. Blair Castle Caravan Park 01796 481 263 www.blaircastlecaravanpark.co.uk Grounds of Blair Castle. Camping, Pods, touring, motorhomes. 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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Atholl Arms Hotel 01796 481 205 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. Perfectly located for access to the train station, Blair Castle & House of Bruar.

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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. 126 : www.visitcairngorms.com


CASTLES & HISTORY .................................................................................................................. 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.

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GARAGES .................................................................................................................. Blair Atholl Garage 01796 481 221 www.blairathollgarage.co.uk Full workshop facilities. 24hr Roadside & Recovery Services, Gulf Fuel Station. Calor gas Stockist, coal peat & logs.

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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. VISITOR CENTRES .................................................................................................................. 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. 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. www.visitcairngorms.com

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Map page 11 - grid ref E1 Killiecrankie is a hotbed of history attracting many budding historians who come here to delve into its gory battle history. For instance, the impressive Killiecrankie Pass was the scene of a famous Jacobite battle in 1689. You can find out more at the friendly visitors centre, which has the added bonus of being set amid a raft of well signposted walks with wildlife aplenty. Or, if you're feeling fearless why not take the plunge and jump off Killiecrankie's bridge at Highland Fling Bungee?

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SELF CATERING ....................................................... Secret Bothy 01796 474402 www.secretbothy.com info@secretbothy.com Discover self-catering in style at Secret Bothy, a classic cottage for 4 secluded in historic Killiecrankie • 2 double ensuite bedrooms • WiFi • woodburning stove

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Little house in the mountains, Glenshee, Braemar

SERVICES Kirkmichael & Glenshee Kirkmichael Bridge of Cally Pottery 8 miles away

www.glenofthefairies.co.uk Aptly known as ‘Gleann Shith’ (‘Glen of the Fairies’ in Gaelic) on account of its magical feel, Glenshee is hard to beat when it comes to offering a mix of yin and yang. On the one hand it’s home to one of Scotland’s ski resorts, on the other it’s a wilderness of wildlife where you can truly get away from it all. The ski area boasts the largest lift system in Britain with over 38 runs over three valleys, for skiers and boarders of all abilities. Its wild, rugged backdrop adds extra thrills for any explorer – on skis, on foot or on bike – adventuring into the mountains.

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ACCOMMODATION BED & BREAKFASTS Dalhenzean Lodge (01250) 885 217 www.dalhenzean.co.uk Situated south of Braemar on the A93, the Lodge offers comfortable accommodation, full amenities and a warm welcome. Set in Glenshee’s spectacular scenery, with nearby ideal opportunities for all types of outdoor activities, including winter sports.

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 GLENSHEE Dalmunzie Cottages (01250) 885226 www.dalmunzieestate.com 7 Traditional stone cottages sleeping 2-10 with open fires and spectacular scenery all year round. Golf, tennis, fishing and clay pigeon shooting also available on our charming highland estate.

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You’ll also find llama trekking, gin distillery tours, geocaching, ACCOMMODATION stalking, shooting, fishing SELF CATERING and golfing in the area. Compass But even the adrenaline Christian Centre junkies will be tired out (01250) 885a209 after day here and ready www.compasschristian.co.uk to flop in front of a roaring 17 miles of Braemar. units at fire,south or grab some3grub from the £209.00 per unit per week. Spittal of Glenshee, Shorter available. thestays focal point where four Charity Ref. SC011797 glens meet. This is also the accommodation hub, where you’ll find all manner of beds available, from treehouses to log cabins.

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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.

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If you fancy venturing out of the Cairngorm National Park boundary, there is plenty to do on our doorstep too. You’ll be amazed, after spending time in the majestical mountains, how dramatically different the landscape is! Taking a trip to the beach or visiting the castle featured in Shakespeare’s Macbeth (Cawdor), for instance, is easy to do from the Cairngorms. Read on for more inspiration! Ballindalloch Castle

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NEARBY

SELF CATERING .................................................................................................................. Cairnton Farm Cottages 01339 883 536 www.cairntonfarmcottages.co.uk Three superbly finished luxury selfcatering cottages with spectacular views of Dee Valley, all set within the grounds of the award winning Cairnton Aberdeen Angus Working Farm. The Stables, The Byre & The Bothy sleeps from 2 -7. VisitScotland 4Star, all with underfloor heating, log burning stoves and your own HotTub. We are Pet Friendly and suitable for the disabled. SELF CATERING

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CASTLE

Ballindalloch Castle Ballindalloch (near the Park) 01807 500 205 www.ballindallochcastle.co.uk (open Good Friday - 30th Sept) 16th-century castle, family home of the MacphersonGrants. Castle tours, audio-visual, shop, tearoom, gardens, electric trains, children’s playground. 10.00am -5.00pm (last entry 4pm), closed Saturday.

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ACTIVIT Y CENTRE

Deeside Activity Park 01339 883 536 www.deesideactivitypark.com Fun for all the family, with Go Kart Racing, Quad Biking, Archery, Clay Shooting 4x4 off road driving and lots more. Then come and enjoy our Coffee and Farm Shop. Open 7 days a week 9-5pm ALL YEAR.

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4x4, Quad Bikes & Off Road ...................................................................................................................................................... Rothiemurchus Estate-Rothie Quads and 4x4 Aviemore 60 Antique Shops ..................................................................................................................................................... Auld Alliance Antiques Dinnet 108 Archery & Clay Shooting ...................................................................................................................................................... Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd Aviemore 61 Rothiemurchus Estate- Rothie Clays/Archery Aviemore 61 Arts & Entertainment Venue ...................................................................................................................................................... The Pagoda Grantown-on-Spey 90 St Margaret's Braemar Braemar 115 Arts Venue ...................................................................................................................................................... 1896 Gallery & Coffee Shop Boat of Garten 82 Arts, Crafts & Gift Shops ..................................................................................................................................................... Carrbridge Artists Studio Carrbridge ? Carrbridge Artists Studio Carrbridge 75 Loch-an-Eilein Pottery Aviemore 64 Mr Simms Aviemore 65 The Laundry Gallery Aviemore 65 The Lost Gallery Strathdon 105 Tomintoul Art Gallery Tomintoul/Glenlivet 98 Whisky Castle & Highland Market Tomintoul/Glenlivet 98 Whisky Castle & Highland Market Tomintoul/Glenlivet 98 Bars ..................................................................................................................................................... Glenmore Outdoor Shop & Bar (Pine Marten Bar) Aviemore 56 Bookshops ...................................................................................................................................................... The Bookmark Grantown-on-Spey 88 Builders ...................................................................................................................................................... A W Laing Ltd Grantown-on-Spey 91

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Bunkhouses, Hostels & Camping ...................................................................................................................................................... Ardenbeg Bunkhouse Grantown-on-Spey 88 Badaguish Centre - Self Catering/Wigwams Aviemore 44 Ballater Caravan Park Ballater 110 Blair Castle Caravan Park Blair Atholl 126 Braemar Caravan park (Invercauld Est) & Pods Braemar 115 Braemar Lodge Bunkhouse Braemar 114 Cairngorms Christian Centre Kincraig 38 Loch Insh Bunkhouse 1 Kincraig 38 Old Bridge Inn Bunkhouse Aviemore 45 Rothiemurchus Estate- Rothie Camp/Caravan Sites Aviemore 45 SYHA - Aviemore Youth Hostel Aviemore 44 SYHA - Braemar Youth Hostel Braemar 114 SYHA - Cairngorm Lodge Aviemore 44 Butchers ..................................................................................................................................................... H M Sheridan Ballater 110 Car & Van Hire ..................................................................................................................................................... Aviemore Car & Van Hire (& High'd Hol Homes) Aviemore 58 Castles & History .................................................................................................................................................... Atholl Estates Blair Atholl 20 Atholl Estates - Blair Castle Blair Atholl 127 Ballindalloch Castle Nearby 133 Balmoral Castle Braemar 118 Braemar Castle Braemar 119 Glenlivet Estate - Drumin Castle Glenlivet 101 Rothiemurchus Estates-The Doune of Rothiemurchus Aviemore 61/148 Braemar Graveyard Braemar 116 Bridge of Avon Tomintoul 99 Cairn on Creag Choinnich Braemar 116 Corgarff Castle Strathdon 105 Crathie Church Braemar 117 Dun Da Lamh Laggan 28 Glenlivet Estate - Drumin Castle Tomintoul/Glenlivet 101 Invermark Castle Glen Mar Ballater 111 Kindrochit Castle Braemar 119 Lecht Mine Glenlivet 101 www.visitcairngorms.com

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Castles & History (continued) ..................................................................................................................................................... Queen's Well Angus Glens 123 Rothiemurchus Estates-The Doune of Rothiemurchus Aviemore 60 RSPB Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve Kingussie 35 RSPB Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve Kincraig 40 Ruthven Barracks Kingussie 35 The Auld Brig of Dee Braemar 118 The Fodderletter Lum Tomintoul 99 The Forbidden College at Scanlan Glenlivet 101 The Livet Pack Horse Bridge Glenlivet 101 Cinema ..................................................................................................................................................... Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 62/54/55 Complete House Furnishers ..................................................................................................................................................... Beale & Pyper Est 1886 Grantown-on-Spey 88 Culture & Museums ..................................................................................................................................................... Clan Macpherson Museum Newtonmore 31 Grantown Museum Grantown-on-Spey 91 Highland Folk Museum Newtonmore 31 Dentist ..................................................................................................................................................... Inspire Dental Kingussie 36 Distilleries ..................................................................................................................................................... Balmenach Distillery Cromdale 95 Dalwhinnie Dalwhinnie 24 Glenlivet Distillery/visitor Centre Tomintoul/Glenlivet 102 Royal Lochnagar Ballater 111 DIY & Tools ..................................................................................................................................................... Spey Valley Hardware (DIY) Aviemore 59

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Eating Out ..................................................................................................................................................... Andersons Restaurant Boat of Garten 82 Braemar Lodge Restauranta Braemar 116 Cairn Hotel Carrbridge 76 CairnGorm Mountain (Ptarmigan Rest & Store House) Aviemore 56 Gordon's Restaurant Braemar 116 High St Merchants Grantown-on-Spey 89 Landmark Forest Adventure Park Carrbridge 77 Loch Insh Watersports Centre Kincraig 38 Macdonald Aviemore Resort (Giovannis Italian Ristorante) Aviemore 56/54/55 Macdonald Aviemore Resort (Spey Burger Aviemore) Aviemore 57/54/55 Macdonald Aviemore Resort (Steakhouse) Aviemore 57/54/55 Macdonald Aviemore Resort (Aspects) Aviemore 56/54/55 Rothiemurchus Estates-Rothie/the Druie CafĂŠ Aviemore 58/148 Rowan Tree Hotel Aviemore 56 Royal Tandoori Restaurant Aviemore 57 Taste Coffee Shop Braemar 116 The Keiller Brasserie & Lounge Ballater 110 Maccdui's Aviemore 56 Electrician ..................................................................................................................................................... RW Bell Electrical Aviemore 59 Events ..................................................................................................................................................... Braemar Gathering Braemar 118 Family Activities ..................................................................................................................................................... Alba Chocolate Newtonmore 31 CairnGorm Mountain - Family Activities Aviemore 62 Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd Aviemore 62 Landmark Forest Adventure Park Carrbridge 78 Landmark Forest Adventure Park Carrbridge 2 Loch Insh Kincraig 41 Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 62/54/55 Rothiemurchus Aviemore 64/148 Strathspey Railway Co. Ltd Aviemore 63 Wildcat Centre Newtonmore 31 Farm Shops ..................................................................................................................................................... Rothiemurchus Estates- Rothie Farm Shop Aviemore 58/148 www.visitcairngorms.com : 137


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Filling Station ..................................................................................................................................................... Blair Atholl Garage Blair Atholl 127 Dalwhinnie Garage Dalwhinnie 24 Fishing, Stalking & Shooting ..................................................................................................................................................... Osprey Fishing School Aviemore 64 Rothiemurchus Fishing Centre Aviemore 65/148 Garage ..................................................................................................................................................... Woodlands Service Centre Grantown-on-Spey 89 Golf ..................................................................................................................................................... Abernethy Golf Club Nethy Bridge 86 Ballater Golf Club Ballater 111 Boat of Garten Golf & Tennis Club Boat of Garten 81 Braemar Golf Club Braemar 118 Carrbridge Golf Club Carrbridge 78 Craggan Golf Course & Fishery Grantown-on-Spey 92 Grantown Golf Club Grantown-on-Spey 93 Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 65 Newtonmore Golf Club Newtonmore 32 Guest Houses & Inns ..................................................................................................................................................... Boat House Guest House Boat of Garten 78 Cairngorm Guest House Aviemore 44 Firs Guest House Blair Atholl 127 Greystones B & B Kingussie 34 Ravenscraig Guest House Aviemore 46 The Old Minister's House Aviemore 47 Health & Beaty ..................................................................................................................................................... Highland Physiotherapy Aviemore 5

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Horse Riding & Pony Trekking ..................................................................................................................................................... Alvie Stables Aviemore 66 Atholl Estates - Blair Castle Trekking Centre Blair Atholl 127 Carrbridge Pony Trekking Centre Carrbridge 78 Highland Horse Fun (Kingussie Taxis) Kingussie 35 Rothiemurchus Estate-Rothie Pony Trek/Hack Aviemore 66/148 Hotels ..................................................................................................................................................... Atholl Arms Hotel Blair Atholl 126 Cairn Hotel Carrbridge 76 Cairngorm Hotel Aviemore 47 Duke of Gordon Kingussie 34 Fairwinds Hotel Carrbridge 76 Garth Hotel Grantown-on-Spey 89 Glen Clova Hotel Angus Glens 122 Loch Kinord Hotels Dinnet 107 Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 46/54/55 Moorfield House Hotel Braemar 115 Nethybridge Hotel Nethy Bridge 86 Panmure Arms Hotel Angus Glens 122 Rowan Tree Hotel Aviemore 46 Mountain Biking .................................................................................................................................................... Bascamp Bikes Grantown-on-Spey 90 Bike Glenlivet Tomintoul/Glenlivet 102 Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd Aviemore 66 Cyclehighlands Ltd Ballater 112 Laggan Forrest Trust (Wolftrax) Laggan 29 Natural Interests ..................................................................................................................................................... Burn O'Vat Dinnet 108 Clach Bhan (Stone of Women) Glenlivet 101 Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve Angus Glens 123 Corrieyairick Pass Laggan 28 Craigellachie National Nature Reserve Aviemore 67 Dulnain Roches Mountonees Dulnain Bridge 84

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Natural Interests (continued) ..................................................................................................................................................... Falls of Pattack Laggan 28 Falls of Unich Ballater 112 Glas Allt Waterfall Ballater 112 Glen Clova Angus Glens 123 Glen Doll Angus Glens 123 Glen Einich Aviemore 68 Glen Feshie Aviemore 68 Glen Prosen Braemar 120 Glenmore National Nature Reserve Aviemore 68 Glenmore National Nature Reserve (FCS) Aviemore 68 Inshriach Forest Aviemore 68 Invereshie and Inshriach National Nature Reserve Aviemore 68 Lairig Ghru Aviemore 67 Lairig Ghru Braemar 119 Linn O' Dee Braemar 119 Loch Brandy Ballater 112 Loch Lee Angus Glens 123 Loch Morlich Aviemore 67 Loch Muick & Lochnagar Wildlife Reserve Ballater 112 Rothiemurchus Estate - Loch an Eilein Aviemore 67/148 Rothiemurchus Estate - Rothiemurchus Aviemore 67/148 Ryvoan Pass Aviemore 68 Victor Gaffney View Point Tomintoul 99 Nearby ..................................................................................................................................................... Deeside Activity Park Nearby 133 Outdoor Activities ..................................................................................................................................................... Active Outdoor Aviemore 32 BASI Grantown-on-Spey 92 Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd Aviemore 69 Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd Grantown-on-Spey 90 G2 Outdoors Aviemore 71 Glen Tanar Estate Dinnet 107 Grantown-on-Spey Tennis Club Grantown 90 Highland All Terrain Ltd Laggan 29 Highland Fling Bungee Killiecrankie 129 Rothiemurchus Centre Aviemore 69/148 140 : www.visitcairngorms.com


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Post Office ..................................................................................................................................................... Boat of Garten Post Office Boat of Garten 82 Restaurant with Rooms ..................................................................................................................................................... The Cross at Kingussie Kingussie 34 Roofers & Plant Hire ..................................................................................................................................................... Donside Slating & Plant Strathdon 105 Self Catering ..................................................................................................................................................... Alba Highland Cottages Boat of Garten 80 Atholl Estates - Blair Castle -Woodland lodges Blair Atholl 126 Atholl Estates/Historic Lodges Blair Atholl 126 Auchnascraw Mill Glenlivet 101 Aultmore Nethybridge Nethy Bridge 86 Avielochan Farm Cottages Aviemore 48 Badaguish Centre - Self Catering Aviemore 48 Bail Nan Cnoc (Gaskbeg Holidays) Laggan 28 Braemar Holiday Lodges Braemar 114 Braemar Mountain Sports - Braemar Cabins Braemar 120 Cairngorm Highland Bungalows Aviemore 48 Cairnton Farm Cottages Nearby 133 Cairngorm Lodges Dinnet 107 Coach House at Corrour Aviemore 50 Fairwinds Chalets Carrbridge 76 Gaskbeg Cottage (Bail Nan Cnoc) Laggan 28 Glen Clova Hotel _ Lodges Angus Glens 122 Glenbeag Mountain Lodges Glenshee 131 Great North Lodges Aviemore 51 Handpicked Lodges Aviemore 49 Highland Holiday Homes (& Aviemore Car hire) Aviemore 49 Invercauld Estate - Holiday Homes Braemar 116 Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 48/54/55 Morlich Bungalows 101 Dalnabay Aviemore 49 Morlich Bungalows/140 Dalnabay Aviemore 49 Morlich Bungalows/7 Morlich Place Aviemore 49 Muckrach Castle Dulnain Bridge 84 Mondhuie - Self Catering Nethy Bridge 86

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Self Catering (continued) .................................................................................................................................................... Pine Bank Chalets Aviemore 50 Railway Cottage Kingussie 34 Royal Deeside Woodland Lodges (Loch Kinord) Dinnet 107 Scandinavian Village Aviemore 51 Secret Bothy Killiecrankie 129 Silverglades Holiday Homes Aviemore 51 Silverglades Holiday Homes Aviemore 53 Spindrift Tomintoul 99 Stay Cairngorms Aviemore 52 Steam Cottage Aviemore 52 The Treehouse Boat of Garten 80 Shopping ..................................................................................................................................................... Landmark Forest Adventure Park Carrbridge 78 Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 59/54/55 Spey Valley Hardware (Arts/Crafts) Aviemore 59 Spindrift Tomintoul 99 Speciality Shops ..................................................................................................................................................... Elephants in the Pantry Hall Grantown-on-Spey 88 Balliefurth Farm Shop Nethy Bridge 86 Sports & Outdoors ..................................................................................................................................................... Braemar Mountain Sports Braemar 120 Braemar Mountain Sports - Cairngorm Mountain Sports Aviemore 69 Braemar Mountain Sports-Outdoor Store and Bothy Ballater 112 CairnGorm Mountain Aviemore 68 Mortimers of Speyside Grantown-on-Spey 90 Swimming & Leisure .................................................................................................................................................... Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 69/54/55 Timber Supplies .................................................................................................................................................... Russwoods Newtonmore 32

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Transport .................................................................................................................................................... B&S Community Transport Company Aviemore 60 Highland Yaks Aviemore 60 Stagecoach North Scotland 19 Visitor Centres .................................................................................................................................................... Blair Atholl Area Tourist Assoc Blair Atholl 127 Glenlivet Distillery Glenlivet 21 Glenlivet Estate Tomintou/Glenlivet 102 Highland Wildlife Park Kincraig 40 Rothiemurchus Estate - Back Page Back Page 148 Rothiemurchus Estates - Visitor Centre Aviemore 70/148 Walking & Climbing .................................................................................................................................................... Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd Aviemore 70 Walking & Climbing/Guided Walks .................................................................................................................................................... CairnGorm Mountain Aviemore 70 Watersports .................................................................................................................................................... Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd Aviemore 72 Loch Insh Watersports Centre Kincraig 40 Rothiemurchus Estate - Rothie Canoeing, /Tubing, Rafting & Kayaking Aviemore 72/148 Loch Morlich Watersports Aviemore 71 Wildlife Interests .................................................................................................................................................... Atholl Estates/Landrover Safari Blair Atholl 127 Balmoral Luxury Landrover Safaris Braemar 119 Cairngorm Reindeer Centre Aviemore 73 Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris Aviemore 73 Highland Wildlife Park Kincraig 39 Rothiemurchus Estates- Rothie Safaris/Osprey Watch Aviemore 73/148 Speyside Wildlife Boat of Garten 81 Winter Sports/Snowsports .................................................................................................................................................... CairnGorm Mountain Aviemore 74/68 Glen Shee Ski Centre Braemar 120

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Contacts ARTS & CRAFTS Carrbridge Artists Studio Carrbridge 01479 841 328 / 247

DIY TOOLS Spey Valley Hardware Aviemore 01479 810 555

BIKE REPAIR & HIRES Cyclehighlands Ltd www.cyclehighlands.com Ballater 01339 755 864 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 CHURCHES Abernethy Parish Church Sunday Services in Nethybridge at: 9.30am (Family) and 11.30am (Traditional) Info: 01479 831 252 Laggan Parish Church Laggan Sunday service 10am 01540 673 238 St Bride’s Church Newtonmore Sunday service 11.15am 01540 673 238 144 : www.visitcairngorms.com

DOCTORS Aviemore Medical Centre Aviemore 01479 810 258 Ballater Health Centre Ballater 01339 755 686 Blair Atholl Surgery Blair Atholl 01796 472 558 Braemar Health Clinic Braemar 01339 741 202 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 820 888


ELECTRICIANS MacPherson Electrical Ltd Boat of Garten 01479 831 355 sparkz2000@hotmail.com Robert Orr Electricial www.robertorr.co.uk Aviemore 01479 810 055 07860 831 528 R.W Bell Electrical Contractors www.rwbell.com 01479 810 983 FUNERAL SERVICES John Ross Funeral Services www.johnrossfuneralservices.com Grantown-on-Spey 01479 872 222 FURNITURE SERVICES Beale & Pyper www.bealeandpyper.co.uk Grantown-on-Spey 01479 872 203 Greystones(Fitting Furniture) www.fittingfurniture.co.uk Kingussie 01540 661 052

GARAGES Dulnain Bridge Garage Dulnain Bridge 01479 851 372 dulnaingarage@btconnect.com George McDonald Garage Services Aviemore 01479 811 243 george.mcdonaldgarage@live.co.uk Grantown Garage Grantown-on-Spey 01479 872 037 Old Bridge Garage Grantown-on-Spey Carrbridge 01479 841 254 KENNELS Glebe Kennels Boat of Garten 01479 831 240 PAINTERS & DECORATORS Ian Rourke Painters Ltd Boat of Garten 01479 831 230 John Regan Painter & Decorators Dulnain Bridge 01479 851 328 07759 799 091 PICTURE FRAMING Aviemore Picture Framer Aviemore 01479 810 743 ROOFING & PLANT HIRE Donside Slating & Plant Hire www.donsideslating.co.uk T: 01975 651 257 M: 07711 488 658

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Park facts... The National Park is home to around 18,000 people, living in substantial towns, villages, hamlets, and houses in the countryside.

HIGHEST At 670 metres above sea level, the road at Cairnwell Pass is the highest public road in the UK.

WILDLIFE The Park is home to a wide variety of animals - including pine marten, red squirrels, badgers, wildcats, water vole, and otters.

COLDEST...

Brrrr, at minus 27.2 degrees centigrade, Braemar shares the record for the lowest ever temperature recorded in the UK.

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It all comes back to the original

Alan Winchester, Master Distiller

Whether you choose a distillery tour or one of our exclusive sensory experiences, at The Glenlivet we are proud to share the inspiring legacy and craft at the heart of this historic distillery. The Glenlivet Distillery Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9DB T: +44 (0) 1340 821 720 For tour details & opening times, please visit

www.theglenlivet.com @TheGlenlivetVC

Please enjoy The Glenlivet responsibly.

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ROTHIEMURCHUS

GO LIVE IT glories "one of thescotland" of wild Sir David Attenborough

ON WATER... FISHING

EXPERT GUIDING ON ACTIVITIES

RIVER TUBING RIVER SPEY PADDLEBOARDING RAFTING

IN THE AIR... TREEZONE AERIAL ADVENTURE CLAY TARGET SHOOTING ARCHERY

EAT, DRINK, SHOP & STAY THE DRUIE CAFƒ

ON LAND... WALKING

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

FEED THE DEER BIKE HIRE HAIRY COO SAFARI QUAD BIKE TREKS HIGHLAND PONY TREKKING RED SQUIRREL SAFARI TOURS BY LANDROVER WILDLIFE WATCHING WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY X OFF ROAD DRIVING SEGWAYS TENNIS

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VISITOR ATTRACTION

Rothiemurchus Centre PH22 1QH - 5 minutes from Aviemore

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Parki Guide 2018/19  

Our handy pocket-sized directory that covers the whole of the Cairngorms National Park. It’s packed full of information for both the visitor...

Parki Guide 2018/19  

Our handy pocket-sized directory that covers the whole of the Cairngorms National Park. It’s packed full of information for both the visitor...