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highlandwildlifepark.org.uk RZSS Highland Wildlife Park is owned by the wildlife conservation charity the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Scottish charity no. SC004064

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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.

contents Introduction 4 100 Things to Do in the Park 6 SnowRoads 8 Winter Fun 12 Events 14 Travel 20 Aviemore and Spey Valley 22 Tomintoul & Glenlivet 90 Royal Deeside & Strathdon 99 Angus Glens 117 Atholl & Glenshee 120 Blairgowrie / Nearby 128 Directory 133 Contact 142

SERVICES

AVIEMORE, BADENOCH & STRATHSPEY

TOILETS TOMINTOUL & GLENLIVET

ROYAL DEESIDE & STRATHDON

CASH MACHINE POST OFFICE DOCTORS

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TOURIST INFORMATION FUEL SERVICES

Cover shot: Hairy Coos at Rothiemurchus

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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.

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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. Food and Drink is just as varied and exciting as the landscape. Venison from our roaming deer is a musttry, 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 cafés with cake and a cuppa is essential.

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Stunning Park Statistics: 25% of the UK’s threatened bird, animal and plant species live here The oldest rocks in the Cairngorms are 700 million years old

Five of the UK’s 6 highest mountains lie within the Park

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Cairngorms is the largest National Park in the UK 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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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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So, whether it’s a bed, breakfast and banter you’re after, or hostelling plus hot tubbing, we’ve got it all. Served with a smile.

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• Unspoiled Scenery • Distilleries • History and Highland Life • Royal Connections • Snowsports • Wildlife Download our mobile app and enhance your SnowRoads adventure...

Take a step into the untouched, wild and natural of the Cairngorms National Park with a 90-mile

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of discovery. SnowRoads 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. 8 : www.visitcairngorms.com


Main shot : Corgarff Viewpoint Braemar Castle; Burn O'Vat; Glenshee chairlift

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Grantown-on-Spey A beautiful, charming town with a great High Street to explore.

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Nethy Bridge A vibrant village with cycle paths and walks to choose from. Cromdale Take a gin tour at the Balmenach Distillery, home to the Carounn Gin.

Ballindalloch Pay a visit to the Castle & Gardens or the distillery for a wee dram. Glenlivet The distillery offers the opportunity to find out about whisky making.

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Tomintoul The highest village in the Highlands at 1164ft has something for everyone! Strathdon Visit Corgarff and Glenbuchat Castle or the nearby is Lecht Ski centre. Ballater A picturesque Victorian village at the heart of Royal Deeside, steeped in royal history. Dinnet Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, Glentanar and Dinnet Estates.

Crathie Extremely popular with visitors due to the proximity of Balmoral Castle, the Royal Lochnagar Distillery and Crathie Kirk. Braemar Home to the world famous Braemar Gathering Highland Games.

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Winter Wonderland The Cairngorms is home to 3 of Scotland’s 5 ski centres (Cairngorm Mountain, The Lecht and Glenshee) giving you plenty of piste to play on. Off the piste, too, there’s so much to do: biking on fat tyres (perfect for snow), sledging, snowshoeing, ski touring, cross country skiing, climbing, hiking… Or, if you fancy a more leisurely ramble, then how about a meander around the Wildlife Park? Or a walk to feed the reindeer? Or a tootle around a distillery? For those who want to get the adrenaline pumping, there’s the Zip Trek Park or the high ropes at Tree Zone. Whatever speed you want to go, there is something for everyone in the Cairngorms National Park. “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 12 :: www.visitcairngorms.com www.visitcairngorms.com


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What’s On Key Annual Events

Braemar Mountain Festival

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January Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Rally Glenmore

February February Half Term check calendar for events

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Badenoch & Strathspey Music Festival various venues Scottish Slopestyle Championships Cairngorm Mountain Braemar Mountain Festival Braemar

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Easter (Check online calendar for list of village fairs & Easter events) Run Balmoral Ballater Glenlivet 10K 14 : www.visitcairngorms.com

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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 Spring Gathering Nethy Bridge 3 Pistes Cycle Sportive Glenshee –Cairngorm Mountain Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend various venues

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

The Atholl Gathering

Cairngorms Nature BIG weekend

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

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

July EuroPro Scottish Masters at Spey Valley Golf Course 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

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August 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 Thunder in the Glens

Lonach Gathering

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September Carve Carrbridge, Scottish Chainsaw Carving Championships Motor Mania, Grantown-on-Spey Braemar Gathering Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon, Loch Morlich, Glenmore, Aviemore Aviemore's Big Mix Festival 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) Braemar Creative Arts Festival

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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 Dial M for Moray 01343 562533 Details correct at time of going to press

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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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Aviemore, Badenoch & Strathspey -

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 cafés, 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, 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, cafés, 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 Nethy Bridge: 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 SnowRoads journey, boasting a thriving high street filled with cafés, 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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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. But don’t think Laggan is just about the biking. You can also fish, ramble, quad bike, pony trek, canoe and ski tour! 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. www.visitcairngorms.com : 27


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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

Laggan Wolftrax Cafe Mountain biking, off-road cycling, forest walks, heritage and more... 01528 544366 @lagganwolftrax

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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SELF CATERING ........................................................................................................................... Croft Holidays 07921 729 249 www.croftholidays.co.uk Well equipped, comfortable accommodation in a quiet location in the foothills of the Monadhliath Mountains above the village of Newtonmore. Sleeps 1-4, from £260pw, short breaks available. CULTURE & MUSEUMS ...........................................................................................................................

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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.

z FAMILY ACTIVITIES ........................................................................................................................... Alba Chocolate 01540 673 847 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.

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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 stunning 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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GOLF ........................................................................................................................... Newtonmore Golf Course 01540 673 878 www.newtonmoregolf.com Picturesque Highland 18 hole course. Ideally suited for all ages, Group outings welcome. Excellent clubhouse, all day licence, full catering. Buggies available. Green Fees £32 Mon-Sun. 18 holes 5490 yds - Par/SSS 67/66 Club House - Restaurant - Bar - Club Hire - Trolley Hire - Practice Area – Putting Green TIMBER SUPPLIES ........................................................................................................................... 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 SELF CATERING birds. Kingussie is truly Highland so ........................................................................................................................... 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 Good Food a 3 course menu with choices Guide or a 6 course tasting menu. 2019

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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 waymarked 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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BUNKHOUSES, HOSTELS & CAMPING ........................................................................................................................... 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 £13.50pppn.

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Loch Insh Outdoor Centre – B&B 01540 651 272 www.lochinsh.com 22 ensuite rooms and 2 with shared bathroom. All rooms have TV, WIFI, tea and coffee and towels. Prices start from £46. 30% discount on all activities for multiple night booking. Only 15min from Aviemore with Restaurant on site.

SELF CATERING ........................................................................................................................... Loch Insh Outdoor Centre – Chalets 01540 651 272 www.lochinsh.com 13 log chalets between the shore of Loch Insh and foothills of Glenfeshie. 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 berth available. Selected chalets have log burner and hot tub. 30% discount on all activities for multiple night booking. Only 15min from Aviemore with Restaurant on site. EATING OUT ........................................................................................................................... Loch Insh Outdoor Centre – Boathouse Restaurant 01540 651 394 www.lochinsh.com Enjoy spectacular views across Loch Insh whilst you sample our Boathouse menu. Open all year-round serving breakfast 8-10am, lunch 12-4pm and evening meals 5-8pm. Check the website for special events. Only 15min from Aviemore.

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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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WILDLIFE INTERESTS ........................................................................................................................... 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 Outdoor Centre – Activities 01540 651 272 www.lochinsh.com Voted “Best Outdoor Venue of the Year 2016” Loch Insh activities team provide sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, archery and a dry ski slope. Skiing and snowboard lessons available on nearby slopes during the winter months. On site accommodation and restaurant. 30% discount on all activities for multiple night booking. Only 15min from Aviemore.

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Map page 12 – grid ref E6 www.visitaviemore.com A beautiful, breathtaking blend of modern comforts; shops, a cinema bar and restaurants, 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, 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.hostellingscotland.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. Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel 01479 861 238 www.hostellingscotland.org.uk Great 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 .......................................................................................................................... Glenmore Glamping 01479861253 – www.aviemoreski.co.uk Cosy warm cabins with all linen and towels provided for bunk beds and double sofa bed. Microwave, kettle, tea and coffee included. On site bar, shop, café, sports equipment hire and sauna! Dogs welcome. £55 per night.

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Rothiemurchus Camp & Caravan Site www.rothiemurchus.net/stay 01479 812 800 campandcaravan@rothie.net A wild camping experience with the added bonus of modern facilities. Set amongst towering ancient pine trees, this unique, tranquil park offers sheltered level pitches for touring caravans and motor homes, all with electric hook-up as well as sheltered camping in a setting. 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 £22 dorm bed / £50 private room. HOSTEL

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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

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 Ravenscraig Guest House 01479 810 278 www.RavenscraigHouse.co.uk A fantastic Highland welcome awaits you at the 4*, 14 bedroom guest house located in the heart of Aviemore. All rooms are en-suite with singles, kingsize and family rooms on offer - free wifi and breakfast. Local cafés, bars and restaurants within a 3 min walk.

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

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Catering Holiday Homes Cosy,Self clean and comfortable cottages

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in a lochside location 2 miles north of Aviemore. Great views, ideal for bird and wildlife watching. Sleep 2-6.

A selection of fantastic properties sleeping from 2 – 13 Open all Year round

810 846811269 60 Dalnabay,01479 Aviemore T: 01479 www.avielochancottages.co.uk www.aviemoreholidays.com SELF CATERING

Aviemore Bungalow 07769 706074 www.aviemorebungalow.com Detached bungalow All Mod Cons - Sleeps 5. 10 mins walk to village centre, perfectly situated for golfing and outdoor activities, luxury hot tub in the garden. Prices from £350 per week. Aviemore Holiday Homes Many premium self catering www.aviemore-holidaylodges with hot tub’s, sauna’s, homes.co.uk 07765 715log 947burners and fire pits. Pets Welcome. Sleeps Pine Marten Cottage, Sleeps 5. 2-23. Hot Tub and01479 Wood Burner Stove. 812266 10 minute walk from village centre. www.greatnorthlodges.co.uk £130 per night – min 3 night stay.

The Place to Eat and Meet Opposite Aviemore Railway Station

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

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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

The Great Indoors for the The Great Outdoors “Everything was beyond my wildest dreams” “The location is wonderful, and the lodge is superb” Offering luxury self catering lodges in the Cairngorms • Dog friendly • Hot-Tubs • Wood Burning Stoves • Beautiful Locations • Sleeps up to 23 Call us:

01479 810 835 www.highlandhideouts.co.uk info@highlandhideouts.co.uk

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Luxury Lodges at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 03448 799 152 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/aviemore Our 4-star woodland lodges are surrounded by Caledonian pine forests yet just a few minutes’ walk to the main resort. Our lodges have everything you need for a self-catering break all year round including outdoor decking and a cosy wood-burning stove.

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Specialist Estate Agents & Letting Agents Thinking of selling or leasing your property? • Established in 1988 with centrally located Aviemore Offices – open 6 days • Competitive sales & property management fees • Experienced qualified staff with excellent local knowledge • Property Valuations & Appraisals on request • High profile website & client based bespoke marketing

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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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THE LEADING FAMILY RESORT IN THE HIGHLANDS Plan your next family adventure to Aviemore. Discover four star hotels, woodland lodges and a choice of restaurants and bars. Keep the kids amused with family activities, large swimming pool and cinema plus an endless choice of things to do right on your doorstep. Children aged 16 & under eat breakfast and dinner for free (from children’s menu only) when booked on same meal plan as adults. Subject to availability. Subject to change.

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EATING OUT .......................................................................................................................... Aspects Restaurant at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/aviemore Relax in this signature restaurant with views of the Cairngorms. Enjoy premium grass fed Scottish beef, British lamb or the finest Scottish salmon. Vegetarian options and a children’s menu available too. Open from 5:30pm – 9:00pm. Located in Macdonald Highlands Hotel in the resort. Kids Eat Free.

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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. Kids Eat Free.

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The Old Bridge Inn & Bunkhouse 01479 811 137 www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk "Much loved local's favourite watering hole. A great combination of an atmospheric bar, a cosy candle lit restaurant with great gastro-pub offerings and a real passion for music all brought to you by attentive and friendly staff"  Look out for monthly ticketed gigs and menus and drinks lists that move with the seasons".

b Pine Marten Bar 01479861253 www.aviemoreski.co.uk Great atmosphere, an array of beverages to meet your needs and music nights! On site shop for all snacks and essentials as well as snow sports equipment hire in Winter and bike hire in Summer.

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FOOD & DRINK EATING OUT Facing the Cairngorm mountains in Giovanni’s Italian Aviemore, you’ll find La Taverna. Ristorante at Macdonald We are a family-run restaurant and pizzeria Aviemore Resort proud to serve delicious food with great (0844) 879in9152 service a relaxed and warm atmosphere. Family dining, romantic nights out and www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/ larger parties are all welcome at La Taverna. Aviemore B A R H Italian O U R Sdining : Authentic & informal - THU 12PM – 11PM with a wide SUN range of pizzas, pastas, FRI & SAT 12PM – 1AM wines & beers, and a great children’s R E S TA U R A N T H O U R S : menu for younger diners. Open daily MON - THU 12PM – 9.30PM 5pm-9pm. FRI - SUN 12PM - 10.00PM 1 Grampian Road Aviemore, PH22 1PT Natural Retreats CairnGorm call to make a reservation 01479 810 683 Mountain - Ptarmigan Restaurant and Storehouse By Aviemore (01479) 861261 www.cairngormmountain.org Fantastic eateries at both the Mountain Top and Mountain Base. Make the most of panoramic scenic views, delicious local dishes, fresh coffee or even a wee tipple. Winner of Best Parlour in Scotland 17/18 Open daily.

Gelato | Coffee | Deli Sandwiches Rowan Tree Hotel Cannoli and Pastries (01479) Italian 810 207 www.rowantreehotel.com Gelato Cakes | Hot Sauce Fountains Friendly family-run “Dinner is Donuts |hotel. Hot Waffles a relaxed and casual affair”, where @mielesaviemore we use local produce. Evening meals Tues-Sun. 8am - 8pm 01479 Seasonal hours 812113

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OPEN 7 DAYS Evening 5-10.30pm

Authentic Indian Cuisines 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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EATING OUT .......................................................................................................................... Spey Burger at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/aviemore At Spey Burger our burgers are handmade from fresh 100% prime Scotch beef. Our menu includes fish and vegetarian burgers plus children’s favourites. Open daily in high season please check opening times during low season. Kids Eat Free.

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The Scottish Steakhouse Macdonald Spey Valley Resort 01479 811 244 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/aviemore We serve a delicious choice of prime aged steaks and grills, delicious starters and a selection of classics, all cooked to perfection by our talented chefs delivering the perfect experience. Open daily 5.00pm – 9pm please check opening times during low season. Kids Eat Free.

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The Druie Café at Rothiemurchus Centre www.rothiemurchus.net 01479 810 006 druie@rothie.net Open daily 9.30am – 4.30pm for amazing breakfasts, delicious lunches, homemade scones & baking, great locally roasted coffee, leaf teas. Zero food miles Rothiemurchus pure bred Highland Beef, velvety Venison, seasonal produce from artisan producers served in beautiful, relaxed ex. schoolroom. 1 mile from Aviemore.

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Rothiemurchus Estate Farm Shop www.rothiemurchus.net 01479 812 345 farmshop@rothie.net Open daily 9.30 – 5.30. Our foodie farm shop the exceptional taste and quality of carefully produced Rothiemurchus pure bred Highland Beef, velvety Forest Venison, fresh & smoked trout & heather honey with delicious local Scottish food, drink and artisan produce and specialist ingredients carefully chosen for you to enjoy - hassle free.

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

HEALTH & MEDICAL ............................................................................................................................ 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.

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Spey Valley Shopping at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 Browse this luxury department store in Macdonald Aviemore Resort. You’ll find branded fashion for the whole family plus jewellery, perfume, homeware, toys, food and drink plus a deli and a Costa Coffee shop. Open Monday – Saturday.

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 4X4, QUAD BIKES & OFF ROAD ...............................................................................................................................

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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 native 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 along the way. Open daily, booking essential.

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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 café. TripAdvisor 94% rating. Book ahead to avoid disappointment. Clay Shooting & Archery at Rothiemurchus www.rothiemurchus.net 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net Rothiemurchus is one of the best clay shooting facilities in the UK. Our exceptional natural layout in stunning surroundings and top class tuition ensure that whether you are a complete beginner or a crack shot you’ll have a sensational time. Booking recommended. 2 miles from Aviemore.

 CASTLES & HISTORY ........................................................................................................................... The Doune of Rothiemurchus www.rothiemurchus.net 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.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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Spey Valley Cinema at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 This large cinema is 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.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES ........................................................................................................................... Aviemore Activity Centre at Macdonald Aviemore Resort 0344 879 9152 Here you will find a 4-storey soft play centre with café letting you relax whilst watching the little ones play. There’s also a selection of different activity rooms for children of all ages and abilities from a sensory room to a games room with X-box. Non-residents welcome.

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Rothiemurchus www.rothiemurchus.net 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net Relax with your family in this stunning inspirational place. Our huge range of activities include walks, quad bike & pony treks, tree top adventures, Ranger led activities, hairy coos, feeding deer, fishing, off-road biking, segways, river tubing, float rafting and many more. Booking recommended. Café, farm, gift shops, estate info. at Rothiemurchus Centre. 1 mile from Aviemore.

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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 age 6+, archery to zip wire. Licensed café. TripAdvisor 94% rating. Book ahead to avoid disappointment. SEE & DO – FISHING, STALKING & SHOOTING ............................................................................................................................. Osprey Fishing School 01479 810 632 / 07754 475 445 guc@btinternet.com Unique fishing experience in stunning location. Boat and Tackle Hire. Permit and Tackle sales. Fly Fishing and Spey Casting tuition for Trout and Salmon. Private and group tuition. River trips.

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

 SEE & DO - ARTS, CRAFTS & GIFT SHOPS ............................................................................................................................. Loch an Eilein Pottery, Rothiemurchus 01479 810 837 www.penspots.co.uk Visitors welcome by appointment at Penny's small craft pottery in Rothiemurchus making terracotta domesticware. Throw your own pot on Thursday's. Contact Penny E: penspots@btinternet.com

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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, the best Dutch Liquorice, Cream Fudge & Toffee. Americab 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 Contemporary art. Visit Scotland 4 Star Arts Venue. Roster of established and emerging artists from UK and beyond. Mon-Sat 10-4. GOLF ............................................................................................................................. Spey Valley Championship Golf Course 01479 812 920 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/aviemore/golf This award winning golf course offers stunning views of the Cairngorms. Choose from the 18-hole championship course or the 9-hole academy course. Golf hire available. Cosy up with a Costa Coffee, food or drinks in The Clubhouse and enjoy the views. Everyone welcome.

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Daily Luncheon - Afternoon Tea Services - Bar on board Traditional Sunday Luncheon Friday Evening Dining Train Special Events Throughout Year 3 Trains per operating day

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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 www.rothiemurchus.net 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 café. TripAdvisor 94% rating. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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NATURAL INTEREST ....................................................................................................................................... Loch an Eilein www.rothiemurchus.net 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.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 www.rothiemurchus.net 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.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. 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.

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Outdoor activities at Rothiemurchus www.rothiemurchus.net 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net Rothiemurchus offers a huge range of exciting outdoor activities in an inspirational place which families can enjoy together – including walks, quad & pony treks, clay shooting, fishing, segways, tree top adventures, Ranger led activities, hairy coo walks, biking, river tubing, paddle boarding and more. Booking recommended. 1 mile from Aviemore.

 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 café. TripAdvisor 94% rating. Book ahead to avoid disappointment. VISITOR CENTRES ............................................................................................................................

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Rothiemurchus Centre www.rothiemurchus.net 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net Open every day, 9.30-5.30. Visit our Estate Farm Shop, browse our Card, Craft & Gift shops or enjoy estate produce and delicious home-baking in The Druie Café. Book outdoor activities at Rothiemurchus Centre, by telephone or online. 1 mile from Aviemore.

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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 www.rothiemurchus.net 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.net Try our exhilarating activities such as adventure river tubing, gorge walking & swimming or take it a bit easier with family rafting, kayaking, canoeing & River Spey paddle boarding adventures. Expert instructors, all equipment provided.

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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 café. TripAdvisor 94% rating. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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

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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 www.rothiemurchus.net 01479 812 345 hello@rothie.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.

 WALKING AND 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 café. TripAdvisor 94% rating. Book ahead to avoid disappointment. 68 : www.visitcairngorms.com


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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, cafés, 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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SELF CATERING ................................................................. Springfield House www.lovecairngorms.com T: 07976000481/ 0776631150 This old sandstone house has been stylishly renovated, with equal attention going into comfort as design. Situated in the heart of the quaint village of Carrbridge and sleeping up to 6, the house is ideal for small groups of friends or families.  Ideally located to explore the highlands, the house also boasts a huge garden with decking and firepit.

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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. FAMILY ACTIVIITES ............................................................................................................................. Landmark Forest Adventure Park 01479 841 613 www.landmarkpark.co.uk Voted One of the UK’s Top 10 Parks by TripAdvisor! There’s something for everyone at Landmark; from water slides and rope-courses, to a family-rollercoaster, Butterfly House and much more! 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 Café - Club Hire - Trolley and Buggy Hire Putting Green. 72 : www.visitcairngorms.com


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SERVICES Map page 12 - grid ref F7 www.boatofgarten.com Brimming with vibrancy; offers fine dining, cafés, 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 cafés, 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. Book direct on the website using promo code PI10. GUEST HOUSE

SELF CATERING ............................................................................................................................... Alba Highland Cottages 07748 432 648 www.albahighlandcottages.co.uk S/C 3/5 bedrooms, sleeps 6/10 from £395. Available for 3/4/7 night stays. 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.

b 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.

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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. 76 :: www.visitcairngorms.com www.visitcairngorms.com

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.


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Muckrach Castle 01738 477 528 www.muckrachcastle.co.uk 1 mile from Dulnain Bridge.Sleeps 10. From £1,097 per week. All year.

EATING OUT ..................................................................... Speyside Centre 01479851359 www.heathercentre.com Garden Centre specialising in heather plants, Gift/Whisky and Gin Shop, Restaurant serving our famous Clootie Dumpling, Red squirrel and bird viewing area, Antiques and collectables shop and Kids play area.

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. 78 : www.visitcairngorms.com

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. 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.


SELF CATERING ...................................................................... Aultmore Estate 01479 821 473 www.aultmoreestate.com Luxurious two and three bedroom cottages situated in an area of natural beauty with world class views over Abernethy Forest to the Cairngorm Mountain range. Open all year

SURROUNDED BY THE BEAUTIFUL ABERNETHY FOREST AND CAIRNGORM MOUNTAINS

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.

IDEAL FOR WALKERS, SKIERS AND FAMILIES. OPEN TO NON-RESIDENTS FOR BAR AND RESTAURANT MEALS.

TEL 01479 821203 WWW.STRATHMOREHOTELS.COM

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Grantown-on-Spey SERVICES

Map page 13 -grid ref G8 www.grantownonspey.com With its thriving high street, lined with cafés, 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 SnowRoads. 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 cafés and unusual shops, with many places to sit down and relax with a cuppa and cake, including hotels. It even boasts 80 :: www.visitcairngorms.com www.visitcairngorms.com

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 Speyside Way 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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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 £19.20 to £26 pppn. Wide range of outdoor activities available. EATING OUT ........................................................................................................................ Chaplins Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour 01479 872001 www.chaplinsgrantown.co.uk Morning coffee, afternoon tea, breakfast, light snacks, lunches, home baking and ice-creams. Our food is homemade and freshly prepared using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Free wifi. Dogs welcome. Present this advert when ordering to receive a complimentary traditional Scottish shortbread biscuit with every tea or coffee purchased.

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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. 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. SPORTS & OUTDOORS ............................................................................................................................. Mortimers of Speyside 01479 872 684 contact@mortimersofspeyside.co.uk 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.


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Garth Hotel The High St Merchants Bistro, warmly welcomes you, Coffee & Cakes, Lunches, Dinner(specific nights) or a wee drink. Get toasty by the fire or relax in the garden. Beautiful selection of Fine Art, Photography & Crafts.

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01479 872 246 www.thehighstmerchants.com

Great value 2 course lunch - £10.25 Mon to Sat, 12 noon to 5.00pm Traditional 3 course Sunday lunch with roast of the day - only £13.25 12noon to 5.00pm A la carte dining with specials served from 5pm daily Breakfast served to non-residents 7.30am to 12 noon

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Still Art Installation offers views overlooking Tomintoul reflected in its sides as it towers over the softly textured and colourful landscape.

The Watchers Art Installation and A Moment in Time

Connecting Contours Art Installation Located at the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park, the Devil’s Elbow is a site of beauty and simplicity. . 84 : www.visitcairngorms.com


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ................................................................ Craggan Outdoors 01479 873 283 www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk Fantastic range of instructorled activities at award-winning centre, with beautiful Speyside location. Something for everyone from age 6+, archery to zip wire. Licensed café. TripAdvisor 94% rating. Book ahead to avoid disappointment. TENNIS CLUB ................................................................ Grantown-on-Spey Tennis Club 07540 423 231 grantowntennis@yahoo.co.uk Eight courts. Visitors and new members welcome. Coaching Tuesday evenings. Club sessions Wednesday evenings, Sunday afternoons. (Season: April to October)

Delivering to you the client: • Planning to Completion on New Build, Extensions and Renovations • Eco Friendly Specifications • Timber Frame Manufacturer • General Building Maintenance & Repair • Replacement Windows, Doors and Stairs • Kitchen Showroom & Full Time Designer • Value for Money

Tel: 01479 872818 www.awlaing.co.uk

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

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.

Free Ski – Cairngorm Mountain and The Lecht www.free-ski.co.uk

Fresh Tracks – Glenshee www.freshtracksglenshee.co.uk

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 88 : 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!

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The highest village in the Highlands at 1164ft, Tomintoul oozes history and is famed for its sweeping vistas and landscapes that stretch out below Ben Avon. 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. In addition to its reputation as a premier spot for walking, the village is also within easy reach of a host of outdoor pursuits: mountain biking, snowsports at the Lecht, wildlife safaris, mountain trekking, wild camping, and salmon fishing. For the evening adventurer, you can star gaze in the most northerly Dark Sky Park in the world.

Tomintoul has something for everyone, from fascinating history and heritage to a great diversity of nature and wildlife on its doorstep. It is also within easy reach of all  the Speyside and Highland distilleries. It boasts a fantastic range of accommodation offering best value deals to suit every budget and party size. You will find restaurants and cafés, gift shops, an art gallery, village store and Post Office and the world famous Whisky Castle. Drop in to the Discovery Centre in the Square to find out more about the area and its heritage. In the summer months there are lots of events in Tomintoul including one of the oldest Highland Games in the world!

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and Campsite, Tomintoul Perfectly located for exploring the Cairngorms National Park and Glenlivet Estate Dorm beds £22 per night, private rooms from £60 per night, whole 25 bed hostel £350 per night

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Tomintoul & Glenlivet Discovery Centre The Square, Tomintoul Open Daily 10am - 5pm | Free Admission

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The Whisky Castle 01807 580 213 www.whiskycastle.com • World Famous for over 100 years • Over 600 malts, with exclusive single cask bottlings • Unique tutored tasting experience • Cosy café and Scottish gift shop • Family friendly food served all day • Free Parking

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Spindrift of Tomintoul 01807 580 403 www.spindrift-tomintoul.uk Packed with unique gift ideas, Spindrift is the exclusive home of the popular ‘Off the Wall’ art range. We also have an excellent gallery, jewellery, books, cards, Scottish fashion, outdoor wear and equipment. VISITOR CENTRES ....................................................................

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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.

TOMINTOUL GALLERY A lovely bright cottage style building offering a range of art and gifts. Jane Lannagan’s original batik art, prints and cards - open daily.

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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. Bird Hide, Tomintoul Within walking distance of the village, you can view wading birds in the breeding season and other wildlife thoughout the year. 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.

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Map page 13 – grid ref H7 www.tomintoulandglenlivet.com Glenlivet may be synonymous with whisky – it is home to four whisky distilleries, after all - but the area 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, Blairfindy Castle and the Pack Horse Bridge. For wildlife enthusiasts the farmed and upland landscapes provide a diversity of interest, while the remoteness of the area provides the best views of the starry night skies. “The trek was AWESOME. I would definitely do it again. Met some amazing people and drank some amazing scotch! :)” Tripadvisor www.visitcairngorms.com www.visitcairngorms.com :: 95


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SELF CATERING ............................................................................................................................. 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. Many original features, woodstove and underfloor heating. Peaceful location for wildlife, walking, cycling, stargazing and relaxing. Lots to see and do! Sleeps 6. Short breaks available.

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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.

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.

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The original and inspiring single malt since 1824

VISIT US The Glenlivet Distillery sits in a wild and remote glen, its history laced with drama and intrigue. So in every bottle of whisky we make, we capture as much of the spirit of the glen as we can.

Book online at: www.theglenlivet.com THE GLENLIVET DISTILLERY Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9DB T: +44 (0) 1340 821 720

PLEASE ENJOY THE GLENLIVET RESPONSIBLY.

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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. 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. Dark Sky Discovery Sites At Blairfindy Carrachs and Tomintoul Field of Hope, enjoy the best star gazing spots in the Dark Sky Park. 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.

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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 Near Strathdon T: 01975 651460 www.historicenvironment.scot/corgarff-castle Unravel the two very different tales of this medieval tower house. Originally a noble residence, Corgarff became an army base for hunting down Jacobite sympathisers and, later, whisky smugglers. 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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Donside Slating & Plant T: 01975 651 257 M: 07711 488 658 www.donsideslating.co.uk All Roof Maintenance Work. Slating, Steeplejack Pointing, Lead Work, Gutters, Flat Roof Repairs. Acid Wash Buildings, Paving Slabs, Roofs. Mobile Cherry Pickers & Pressure Washers for Hire. DISTANCE NO OBJECT.

Contemporary Scottish Painting and Sculpture

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

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

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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. 102 : 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. 104 : 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, cafés 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! 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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Cambus O’ May Suspension Bridge Ballater White Victorian suspension bridge over the River Dee. Parking and forest walks nearby.

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Knock Castle Approximately 1 mile west of Ballater sits Knock Castle, a ruined tower house and the ancestral seat of Lady Krisztina de Varga of Knock. 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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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. E bike hire.

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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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Braemar Youth Hostel 01339 741 659 www.hostellingscotland.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. A relaxing place to stay after a long day exploring.

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 ............................................................................................................................. 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.

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BRAEMAR & CRATHIE Where a warm Scottish welcome awaits you A former Victorian shooting lodge, only a 2 minute stroll from the centre of Braemar. Lodge Accommodation Relax in warm comfortable surroundings – all bedrooms en-suite Self-Catering Log Cabins Furnished to a high standard and very comfortable The Bunkhouse Great Value Accommodation for up to 12 people, in the hotel grounds Fine Dining in our Restaurant Enjoy the best of Scottish produce freshly prepared Glenshee Road, Braemar, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5YQ Tel: 013397 41627 Email: mail@braemarlodge.co.uk

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Braemar Caravan Park welcomes touring caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and tents and six Camping ‘Fog’ Pods. Braemar Caravan Park and Camping Pods are the perfect base for walking, hiking, cycling, photography, snowsports, history, arts and crafts and much more. Braemar Caravan Park is a perfect place to Stop and enjoy the amazing Snow Roads Scenic route, a spectacular 90 mile journey from Blairgowrie to Grantown on Spey through the magnificent mountain Scenery.

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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. Crathie Church Braemar/Crathie About ¼ mile east of Balmoral, the church was built in 1895 and overlooks the old Kirkyard where the remains of the original 14th Century church can still be seen. John Brown, Queen Victoria’s servant is buried here within the old walled cemetery. Kindrochit Castle Braemar www.royal-deeside.org.uk/RDattract/castles Ruins of ancient fortifications, built around 1057-1093 by King Malcolm III. Once named Ceann-drochit, a bridge was built across the River Clunie and was the only means of crossing. The Auld Brig of Dee Braemar The Old Invercauld Bridge, as it’s also known, was built in 1852 as part of the New Military Road from Blairgowrie to Fort George. Prince Albert commissioned the bridge 1859. 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. EVENTS ........................................................................................................................... Braemar Gathering 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. 7th September 2019, 9am - 5pm

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Balmoral S COTTISH H OME TO THE ROYAL FAMILY

Open daily from 1st April until 31st July 2019 Exhibitions, Gardens, Castle Ballroom, Audio Guide, Café & Shop. For further information telephone: 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

BALMORAL LUXURY LAND ROVER SAFARIS

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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Something for everyone at Braes O’ Mar, make sure you visit on your next trip to Braemar! We have a selection of • Framed Photographic Prints • • Harris Tweed Gifts • • Clothing • Local Crafts • • Framed Photographic Prints • ...and a whole lot more!

Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm The Mews, Braemar AB35 5YL. E: info@braesomar.com.

NATURAL INTERESTS ............................................................. Glen Prosen South of Braemar, overlooked by the peaks of Mayar and Driesh, Glen Prosen is home to varied wildlife and plants. 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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BRAEMAR ROYAL HIGHLAND GATHERING Saturday, 7th September, 2019 in the grounds of the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Braemar International athletes will be among those taking part in heavy and light events. Pipers and dancers will be of the same high standard. Teams from the UK armed forces will compete in the Inter-Services Tug-o’-War and Medley Relay and, of course, Scottish pipe bands will be to the fore with the customary Massed Band display.

Advanced booking/prices on the bookings hotline - 013397 41098 Competitor and other information from the Secretary - 013397 41527 Braemar Gathering

BRAEMAR HIGHLAND GAMES CENTRE The Braemar Highland Games Centre tells the story of the Highland games, focussing on the 200-year history of the Braemar Royal Highland Society, organisers of the celebrated Braemar Gathering. Housed in the Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion, named after Prince Charles’s Scottish title, the centre also features a café and shop.

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The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion Princess Royal & Duke of Fife Memorial Park Broombank Terrace, Braemar, Aberdeenshire AB35 5YX Tel: 013397 41176 info@highlandgamescentre.org www.highlandgamescentre.org

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The Cairnwell chairlift will run from May to September/October (weather permitting) and has hooks for mountain bikes. You can ride down the mountain on the land rover track.

22 Lifts & 38 Runs to suit all levels of skiers andboarders Equipment Hire, Snow sports School, Shop & 3 Mountain Café’s.

Please note this is not a beginners ride. Opening times are 8.30am - 5pm (7 days a week during season) Base café is open daily 8.30am to 4.45pm

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Brimming with bonnie glens, these are a mustsee if you love nothing more than taking a picnic on a walk, sitting by lapping waters, and soaking up stunning scenery. Each of the five Glens has its own unique characteristics and hidden gems, so are all well worth a wander. Glen Clova, for instance, is known for its impressive, steep sides, while Glen Esk takes a longer, gentler line. Kirriemuir is the largest nearby settlement.

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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 Set in an area of outstanding beauty just 22 Miles from Kirriemuir. The Hotel offers 10 en-suite rooms. Our newly furnished Steading Rooms are perfect for families & pet friendly. Available from £49.50pppn.

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* Luxury Lodges 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms, each with private hot tub and sauna. Available for 3, 4 & 7 night breaks. Prices start from £349. SELF CATERING

EATING OUT .......................................................................................................................... Glen Clova Restaurant 01575 550 350 www.clova.com We refer to our menu as ' a taste of the Glen's' as it is indicative of what is readily available and supplied from the hills of Glen Clova and beyond, notably: Venison, pheasant, Grouse, Beef and Rabbit. Our working sheep farm is next door to the hotel and fresh seasonal Lamb is in plentiful supply.  We endeavour to source from within a 50 mile radius of the Hotel which is no mean feat as we are 12 miles from our local small town of Kirriemuir and 17 miles from Forfar.

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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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Atholl & Glenshee

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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Blair Atholl SERVICES

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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GUEST HOUSES & INNS .................................................................................................................. The Firs Guest House – B&B and Self-Catering 01796 481 256 www.firs-blairatholl.co.uk Village centre 150m, trains 1km. All rooms ensuite. B&B from £75 per room per night. Contact us on email - kirstie@firs-blairatholl.co.uk Or book direct on – www.firs-blairatholl.co.uk

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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.

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. Fuel Available 24 hours.

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Blair Castle and Gardens Enjoy a self-guided tour around 30 of our beautiful rooms at your own pace with plenty of kids activities to keep the whole family entertained. Head out to the gardens to enjoy our deer park, adventure playground and discover some of the tallest trees in Britain. Enjoy lunch, speciality tea & coffee and homebaked cakes in our Tullibardine Restaurant. Group discounts and speciality tours available. For more details visit the website www.blair-castle.co.uk

Tel: 01796 481207 Email: office@blair-castle.co.uk

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Blair Castle Caravan Park Visit Blair Castle and stay for the weekend.

Caravan holiday homes and woodland lodges available for short and long stays. Touring and Camping pitches available for single or mulitiple nights. Glamping pods available for all the family to enjoy. Games room, shower blocks, washing facilities and wifi throughout. Pony trekking, tractor tours, landrover safaris and segway tours available throughout the summer - booking essential. For more details visit the website www.blaircastlecaravanpark.co.uk

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Killiecrankie

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 stylish self-catering at Secret Bothy, a classic cottage for 4 guests secluded in historic Killiecrankie • 2 double ensuite bedrooms • WiFi • woodburning stove

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Glenshee

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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GLENBEAG MOUNTAIN LODGES

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

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Blairgowrie SERVICES

www.discoverblairgowrie.co.uk Welcome to Blairgowrie and the surrounding area. At the southern entrance to the SnowRoads Blairgowrie is one of the largest towns in Perthshire, also known as Cateran Country. It’s the main start point for the 64-mile circular Cateran Trail which offers a network of walking routes for all abilities and wildlife is frequently spotted at nearby lochs. The Scottish raspberry industry was born here, and in the summer, you can buy just picked produce fresh from the fields or from markets and farm shops. The perfect place to begin, or end, your SnowRoads adventure!

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ACCOMMODATION - GUEST HOUSES & INNS .................................................................................................................. GLENKILRIE B&B Blacklunans / Glenshee 01250 882 241 www.glenkilrie.co.uk Glenkilrie set in its own grounds on a working hill farm, 13 miles north Blairgowrie. Accommodation: two double rooms; one twin room; all ensuite/ Guest lounge. ACCOMMODATION - SELF CATERING - B&B .................................................................................................................. Old Stables Alyth - Old Stables - 5 miles to Blairgowrie. 40 minutes to Glenshee by Military road. Purpose built self-catering houses sleeps up to 5 persons from £15.00 pppn sharing adjacent. Award-Winning B&B 8 miles to Glamis Castle. Minimum 2 nights. Private off-road parking. Call or text 07860423830

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Nearby

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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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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Magical Surrounding with Stunning Views, a Place to Simply Get Away

The Highland Club is on the banks of Loch Rannoch, a beautiful loch surrounded by walks and scenic locations. Our apartments and Lodges can accommodate between 2 and 8 guests.

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Antique Shops ..................................................................................................................................................... Auld Alliance Antiques Dinnet 104 Archery & Clay Shooting ...................................................................................................................................................... Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd Aviemore 55 Rothiemurchus - Rothie Clays/Archery Aviemore 55/144 Arts Venue ...................................................................................................................................................... 1896 Gallery & Coffee Shop Boat of Garten 75 Chapel House Arts Kingussie 35 Arts, Crafts & Gift Shops ..................................................................................................................................................... Carrbridge Artists Studio Carrbridge 72 Loch-an-Eilein Pottery Aviemore 57 Mr Simms Aviemore 58 The Laundry Gallery Aviemore 58 The Lost Gallery Strathdon 101 Tomintoul Art Gallery Tomintoul/Glenlivet 93 Whisky Castle & Highland Market Tomintoul/Glenlivet 92 Whisky Castle & Highland Market Tomintoul/Glenlivet 93 Bookshops ...................................................................................................................................................... The Bookmark Grantown-on-Spey 81 Builders ...................................................................................................................................................... A W Laing Ltd Grantown-on-Spey 85 Bunkhouses, Hostels & Camping ...................................................................................................................................................... Ardenbeg Bunkhouse Grantown-on-Spey 81 Aviemore Youth Hostel - SYHA Aviemore 42 Ballater Caravan Park Ballater 106 Braemar Caravan park (Invercauld Est) & Pods Braemar 111 Braemar Youth Hostel - SYHA Braemar 110 Cairngorm Lodge - SYHA Aviemore 42 Cairngorms Christian Centre Kincraig 38 Corriedoldy Caravan & Campsite Nearby 129

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Bunkhouses, Hostels & Camping (continued) ...................................................................................................................................................... Glenmore Caravan & Camping Aviemore 42 Glenmore Glamping Aviemore 43 Loch Insh Outdoor Centre - Bunkhouse Kincraig 38 Old Bridge Inn Bunkhouse Aviemore 43 Rothiemurchus - Caravan & Camping Aviemore 43/144 Smugglers Youth Hostel Tomintoul 92 Butchers ..................................................................................................................................................... H M Sheridan Ballater 106 Car & Van Hire ..................................................................................................................................................... Aviemore Car & Van Hire (& High'd Hol Homes) Aviemore 53 Castles & History .................................................................................................................................................... Atholl Estates Blair Atholl 123 Ballindalloch Castle Nearby 131 Balmoral Castle Braemar 113 Braemar Castle Braemar 113 Corgarff Castle Strathdon 101 Glenlivet Estate - Drumin Castle Glenlivet 96 Rothiemurchus - The Doune of Rothiemurchus Aviemore 55/144 Braemar Graveyard Braemar 112 Bridge of Avon Tomintoul 94 Cairn on Creag Choinnich Braemar 112 Crathie Church Braemar 112 Dun Da Lamh Laggan 28 Kindrochit Castle Braemar 112 Knock Castle Ballater 107 Lecht Mine Glenlivet 96 Queen's Well Angus Glens 119 Rothiemurchus - The Doune of Rothiemurchus Aviemore 55 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 112 The Fodderletter Lum Tomintoul 94 The Forbidden College at Scanlan Glenlivet 96 The Livet Pack Horse Bridge Glenlivet 96 134 : www.visitcairngorms.com


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Cinema ..................................................................................................................................................... Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 56 Complete House Furnishers ..................................................................................................................................................... Beale & Pyper Est 1886 Grantown-on-Spey 82 Culture & Museums ..................................................................................................................................................... Clan Macpherson Museum Newtonmore 31 Grantown Museum Grantown-on-Spey 83 Highland Folk Museum Newtonmore 32 Dentist ..................................................................................................................................................... Inspire Dental Kingussie 36 Distilleries ..................................................................................................................................................... Balmenach Distillery Cromdale 89 Dalwhinnie Dalwhinnie 24 Glenlivet Distillery/visitor Centre Tomintoul/Glenlivet 97 Royal Lochnagar Ballater 106 Eating Out ..................................................................................................................................................... Andersons Restaurant Boat of Garten 75 Cairn Hotel Carrbridge 71 Chaplins Coffee Shop Grantown-on-Spey 81 Glen Clova Restaurant Angus Glens 118 Gordon's Restaurant Braemar 110 High St Merchants Grantown-on-Spey 83 La Taverna Aviemore 51 Loch Insh Watersports Centre - The Boathouse Kincraig 38 Macdonald Aviemore Resort (Giovannis Italian Ristorante) Aviemore 50 Macdonald Aviemore Resort (Spey Burger Aviemore) Aviemore 52 Macdonald Aviemore Resort (Steakhouse) Aviemore 52 Macdonald Aviemore Resort (Aspects) Aviemore 50 Miele's Gelateria Aviemore Aviemore 51 Old Bridge Inn Restaurant Aviemore 50 Pine Marten Bar Aviemore 50 Rothiemurchus - Rothie/the Druie CafĂŠ Aviemore 52/144 Royal Tandoori Restaurant Aviemore 51 Speyside Centre Dulnain Bridge 77 Taste Coffee Shop Braemar 110 www.visitcairngorms.com

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Estate Agents ..................................................................................................................................................... Highland Property Services Aviemore 48 Events ..................................................................................................................................................... Braemar Gathering Braemar 112/114 Family Activities ..................................................................................................................................................... Alba Chocolate Newtonmore 31 Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd Aviemore 57 Landmark Forest Adventure Park Carrbridge 72 Loch Insh Outdoor Centre Kincraig 39 Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 49/56 Rothiemurchus Aviemore 56/144 Strathspey Railway Co. Ltd Aviemore 59 Wildcat Centre Newtonmore 31 Farm Shops ..................................................................................................................................................... Rothiemurchus Estates- Rothie Farm Shop Aviemore 52/144 Filling Station ..................................................................................................................................................... Blair Atholl Garage Blair Atholl 122 Dalwhinnie Garage Dalwhinnie 25 Fishing, Stalking & Shooting ..................................................................................................................................................... Osprey Fishing School Aviemore 57 Rothiemurchus Fishing Centre Aviemore 57/144 Garage ..................................................................................................................................................... Woodlands Service Centre Grantown-on-Spey 82 Golf ..................................................................................................................................................... Abernethy Golf Club Nethy Bridge 79 Ballater Golf Club Ballater 106 Boat of Garten Golf & Tennis Club Boat of Garten 74 Carrbridge Golf Club Carrbridge 72 Craggan Golf Course & Fishery Grantown-on-Spey 86 Grantown Golf Club Grantown-on-Spey 87 Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 58 Newtonmore Golf Club Newtonmore 32

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Guest Houses & Inns ..................................................................................................................................................... Boat House Guest House Boat of Garten 74 Cairngorm Guest House Aviemore 44 Firs Guest House Blair Atholl 122 Glenkilrie B&B Blairgowrie 129 Greystones B & B Kingussie 34 Ravenscraig Guest House Aviemore 44 Health & Beaty ..................................................................................................................................................... Highland Physiotherapy Aviemore 5 Horse Riding & Pony Trekking ..................................................................................................................................................... Alvie Stables Aviemore 60 Highland Horse Fun (Kingussie Taxis) Kingussie 35 Rothiemurchus - Rothie Pony Trek/Hack Aviemore 60/144 Hotels ..................................................................................................................................................... Atholl Arms Hotel Blair Atholl 122 Braemar Lodge Hotel Braemar 111 Cairn Hotel Carrbridge 70 Cairngorm Hotel Aviemore 45 Duke of Gordon Kingussie 34 Fairwinds Hotel Carrbridge 70 Garth Hotel Grantown-on-Spey 83 Glen Clova Hotel Angus Glens 118 Loch Kinord Hotels Dinnet 103 Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 44 Nethybridge Hotel Nethy Bridge 79 Panmure Arms Hotel Angus Glens 118 Mountain Biking .................................................................................................................................................... Bascamp Bikes Grantown-on-Spey 82 Bike Glenlivet Tomintoul/Glenlivet 98 Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd Aviemore 60 Cyclehighlands Ltd Ballater 108 Laggan Forrest Trust (Wolftrax) Laggan 29

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Natural Interests ..................................................................................................................................................... Ailnack Gorge Tomintoul 94 Bird Hide Tomintoul 94 Burn O'Vat Dinnet 104 Cambus O'May Forest Dinnet 104 Clach Bhan (Stone of Women) Glenlivet 101 Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve Angus Glens 119 Corrieyairick Pass Laggan 28 Craigellachie National Nature Reserve Aviemore 67 Dulnain Roches Mountonees Dulnain Bridge 77 Falls of Pattack Laggan 28 Falls of Unich Ballater 108 Glas Allt Waterfall Ballater 108 Glen Clova Angus Glens 119 Glen Doll Angus Glens 119 Glen Einich Aviemore 68 Glen Feshie Aviemore 68 Glen Prosen Braemar 120 Glen Tanar Estate Dinnet 104 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 108 Loch Lee Angus Glens 119 Loch Morlich Aviemore 67 Loch Muick & Lochnagar Wildlife Reserve Ballater 108 Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve Dinnet 104 Rothiemurchus - Loch an Eilein Aviemore 61/144 Rothiemurchus - Rothiemurchus Aviemore 61/144 Ryvoan Pass Aviemore 68 Victor Gaffney View Point Tomintoul 94

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4x4, Quad Bikes & Off Road ...................................................................................................................................................... Rothiemurchus - Rothie Quads and 4x4 Aviemore 54/144 Outdoor Activities ..................................................................................................................................................... Active Outdoor Aviemore 62 BASI Grantown-on-Spey 86 Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd Grantown-on-Spey 85 G2 Outdoors Aviemore 67 Glen Tanar Estate Dinnet 103 Grantown-on-Spey Tennis Club Grantown-on-Spey 85 Highland All Terrain Ltd Laggan 29 Highland Fling Bungee Killiecrankie 125 Rothiemurchus Centre Aviemore 54/144 Scottish Quads Nearby 131 Post Office ..................................................................................................................................................... Boat of Garten Post Office Boat of Garten 75 Restaurant with Rooms ..................................................................................................................................................... The Cross at Kingussie Kingussie 34 Roofers & Plant Hire ..................................................................................................................................................... Donside Slating & Plant Strathdon 101 Self Catering ..................................................................................................................................................... Alba Highland Cottages Boat of Garten 74 Auchnascraw Mill Glenlivet 96 Aultmore Nethybridge Nethy Bridge 79 Avielochan Farm Cottages Aviemore 45 Bail Nan Cnoc (Gaskbeg Holidays) Laggan 28 Cairngorm Highland Bungalows Aviemore 44 Cairngorm Lodges Dinnet 103 Coach House at Corrour Aviemore 46 Croft Holidays Newtonmore 31 Fairwinds Chalets Carrbridge 70 Gaskbeg Cottage (Bail Nan Cnoc) Laggan 28 Glen Clova Hotel _ Lodges Angus Glens 118 Glenbeag Mountain Lodges Glenshee 127 Great North Lodges Aviemore 45 www.visitcairngorms.com www.visitcairngorms.com :: 139


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Self Catering (continued) .................................................................................................................................................... Highland Hideouts Aviemore 46 Highland Holiday Homes (& Aviemore Car hire) Aviemore 48 Invercauld Estate - Holiday Homes Braemar 110 Loch Insh - Self catering chalets Kincraig 38 Loch Rannoch Highland Club Nearby 132 Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 47 Muckrach Castle Dulnain Bridge 77 Old Stables Nearby 129 Pine Bank Chalets Aviemore 48 Railway Cottage Kingussie 34 Royal Deeside Woodland Lodges (Loch Kinord) Dinnet 103 Secret Bothy Killiecrankie 125 Spindrift Tomintoul 93 Springfield House (Old Bridge Inn) Carrbridge 71 Stay Cairngorms Aviemore 47 Strathspey Lodge Carrbridge 71 The Treehouse Boat of Garten 74 Shopping .................................................................................................................................................... Braes O' Mar Braemar 114 Macdonald Aviemore Resort Aviemore 54 Tiso Aviemore 55 Sports & Outdoors ..................................................................................................................................................... Mortimers of Speyside Grantown-on-Spey 90 Timber Supplies .................................................................................................................................................... Russwoods Newtonmore 32 Transport .................................................................................................................................................... B&S Community Transport Company Aviemore 54 Stagecoach North Scotland 13

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Visitor Centres .................................................................................................................................................... Braemar Highland Games Centre Braemar 114 Dalwhinnie Distillery Dalwhinnie 24 Glenlivet Estate Tomintoul 93 Highland Wildlife Park Kincraig 2/40 Rothiemurchus - Visitor Centre Aviemore 54/144 Speyside Centre Dulnain Bridge 77 Tomintoul & Glenlivet Discovery Centre Tomintoul 92 Walking & Climbing/Guided Walks .................................................................................................................................................... CairnGorm Mountain Aviemore 63 Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd Aviemore 68 Watersports .................................................................................................................................................... Craggan Outdoor Activities Ltd Aviemore 66 Loch Insh Outdoor Centre Kincraig 40 Loch Morlich Watersports Aviemore 66 Rothiemurchus - Rothie Canoeing, /Tubing, Rafting & Kayaking Aviemore 66/144 Wildlife Interests .................................................................................................................................................... Balmoral Luxury Landrover Safaris Braemar 113 Cairngorm Reindeer Centre Aviemore 68 Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris Aviemore 68 Highland Wildlife Park Kincraig 2/40 Rothiemurchus - Rothie Safaris/Osprey Watch Aviemore 68/144 Winter Sports/Snowsports .................................................................................................................................................... CairnGorm Mountain Aviemore 63 Glen Shee Ski Centre Braemar 115

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Contacts ARTS & CRAFTS Carrbridge Artists Studio Carrbridge 01479 841 328 / 247 BIKE REPAIR & HIRES Cyclehighlands Ltd www.cyclehighlands.com Ballater 01339 755 864 BUILDERS A W Laing Ltd www.awlaing.co.uk Grantown-on-Spey 01479 872 818

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

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Kingussie Medical Practice Kingussie 01540 661 233

Laggan Parish Church Laggan Sunday service 10am 01540 673 238

Laggan Gergask Surgery Laggan 01528 544 225

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

Rinnes Medical Group Dufftown and Tomintoul 01340 820 888 ELECTRICIANS MacPherson Electrical Ltd Boat of Garten 01479 831 355 07740 588 740 sparkz2000@hotmail.com Robert Orr Electricial www.robertorr.co.uk Aviemore 01479 810 055 07711 458 981

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FUNERAL SERVICES John Ross Funeral Services www.johnrossfuneralservices.com Grantown-on-Spey 01479 872 222

ROOFINGFRAMING & PLANT HIRE PICTURE Aviemore Picture Framer Aviemore 01479 810 743 ROOFING & PLANT HIRE

FURNITURE SERVICES Beale & Pyper www.bealeandpyper.co.uk Grantown-on-Spey 01479 872 203 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 PAINTERS & DECORATORS Ian Rourke Painters Ltd Boat of Garten 01479 831 230

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ROTHIEMURCHUS "one of the glories of wild Scotland" Sir David Attenborough

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