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Places to Visit

Set in the spectacular scenery of the Cairngorm Mountains in the Highlands of Scotland there is so much to make this a fascinating area for the visitor:

Ardverikie Estate. The BBC TV series ‘Monarch of the Glen’ was been filmed nearby at Ardverikie Estate. Also in this area was filmed the popular Outlander series.

Queen Victoria took her holidays in the Highlands at the grand shooting lodge of Ardverikie on nearby Loch Laggan. Ardverikie Estate was for centuries, a traditional hunting ground of early Scottish Kings and has the reputation for being one of the best deer forests in Scotland.

Castles are a major feature of the Highlands.

  • Nearby is Blair Castle, traditional home of the Dukes of Atholl where the Atholl Highlanders are the only remaining private army in Europe.
  • Ballindalloch, one of the few Scottish Castles still used as the family home.
  • Cawdor, the most romantic fairy tale Castle in the Highlands, linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth.
  • Brodie where you can see the life of a Victorian child displayed in the nursery rooms and the servants in the kitchens and dairy. In the grounds, carpeted with daffodils, visit the pond and glimpse the waterfowl and wildlife that live there, or the wooden fort to be captured and defended!
  • Dunrobin which is the largest house in the Northern Highlands and one of Britain’s oldest inhabited houses dating from the early 1300.Highland Wildlife Park

The Highland Wildlife Park was opened in 1972 and is run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The Wildlife Park has a wide and diverse range of animals. From native species such as the Capercaillie and Scottish Wildcat to those from further afield such as the Amur Tiger and Polar Bear.

  • MARVEL at many of Scotland’s native species as you drive around our huge reserve (walkers will be taken by park staff): herds of beautiful red deer, secretive roe deer, magnificent Highland cattle. You can even meet species now extinct in the wild: enormous bison, ancient breeds of sheep and the wild Przewalski’s horses, once of the world’s rarest animals.
  • EXPLORE the rest of the Park on foot, as you wander around our themed habitats, meeting an amazing variety of Scottish animals including capercaillie, foxes, badgers, pine martens, otters and lynx. You may even be lucky enough to see red squirrels in their secluded feeding station in the Forest Habitat.
  • DISCOVER an amazing variety of native Scottish wildlife in this wild and truly unique attraction. Then step back in time as you meet animals which roamed the earth hundreds, even thousands of years ago. Get closer than you ever thought possible as past meets present in the spectacular setting of the Highland Wildlife Park.
  • BE AMAZED as you enter the world of the wolf. The ‘bid, bad wolf’ has long been part of myth, fairytale and legend. Find out the truth about these fascinating creatures when you visit our exciting new Wolf Territory, with a raised walkway taking you right into the heart of the enclosure.

The Highland Folk Museum, Kingussie and Newtonmore, invites you to enter the World of the Highlander – to see, touch, smell and feel the atmosphere as you walk through the material remains of 400 years of Highland life from clansman to crofter.
Track how Highland people dealt with their environment, creating ingenious solutions to their everyday problems of providing light, heat, shelter, clothing and food.

Alvie Stables offers a lot of horse riding facilities:

  • Adventures on Horseback
  • TRSS approved
  • Superb riding in miles of beautiful countryside
  • Novice and experienced riders welcome
  • Well -mannered and well- schooled horses and ponies
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff
  • Central location just 4 miles south of Aviemore

RSPB nature reserves provide excellent opportunity to watch birds and other wildlife in some of the most beautiful parts of the country. Scotland’s wild beauty supports much of the UK’s most important wildlife. For sheer numbers of birds, such as spectacular seabird colonies in summer or flocks of barnacle geese in winter, our nature reserves in Scotland are special. Our reserves here are also home to rare breeding birds, the corncrake, the osprey and the red-necked phalarope to mention a few. Scotland has some of the UK’s last true wilderness areas: the ptarmigans of the high peaks and the capercaillies of the ancient Caledonian pine forests are so suited to these conditions that they can live nowhere else. The habitats in Scotland are often on a grander scale than in other parts of the UK, and our reserves reflect this.

Landmark Park. Welcome to Landmark Forest Theme Park web site! Here you will discover all you need to plan your next great day out to Landmark. . . enjoy the tour! Season Tickets – Why not buy (or upgrade to on the day of the visit) a season ticket for less than the cost of one extra day visit and you can come every day for a whole calendar year! Unbelievably good value . . .

Sled Dogs. Situated in Aviemore, at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountain Range, The Cairngorm Sleddog Centre offers a wide range of activities for the whole family. From Kennel & Museum Tours to Sleddog Trips and Safaris. Alan Stewart & his family offer a unique opportunity to experience the awesome thrill and power of a top class sleddog team in training for European events & Mountain expeditions. Meet our team and have as much hands-on with the dogs as you want, with spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains and the wildlife in the surrounding area.

Dalwhinnie. A visit to Dalwhinnie, at 1,073 feet above sea level the highest distillery in the land, is an opportunity to sample the ‘Gentle Spirit’ of the glen. Here you can see the distillers at work, harnessing the snow fed waters of the Allt an t’ Sluic, fresh from their journey through moorland heather, producing a full-bodied malt with a surprisingly delicate taste. And as you savour your complimentary dram of Dalwhinnie, the highland representative of the ‘classic malts’ range, you can also enjoy a panorama unchanged since the drovers of old paused to enjoy the view and the local malt. You’ll find the doors of the distillery in the mountains open to visitors all year round with restricted hours in the snowy depths of the highland winter.

House of Bruar. The House of Bruar is Scotland’s most prestigious country store and for many, no trip to Scotland is complete without visiting ‘The Home of Country Clothing’. A treat for anyone who loves to shop for speciality foods and drink, stylish country clothing. Comprehensive colour and understated style is carefully combined with practicality and has resulted in a collection of clothes of superb quality, cut and wearability. Within its unique environment nestling at the side of the famous Bruar Falls, The House of Bruar offers a variety of shopping opportunities rolled into one. If you are unable to visit in person, do browse our online store – here you will find a carefully selected range of our elegant and refined country clothing – just a taste of our Scottish delights.

Strathspey Railway. The Strathspey Railway, located in the Central Highlands of Scotland. With the Cairngorm Mountains at close hand the area is a favourite tourist attraction for its natural beauty and the wide range of outdoor pursuits that such an area can offer. The Strathspey Railway aims to offer the visitor an experience of a Railway of the 1950s to 1960s period. Why not take a trip on the train to re-capture the nostalgia of this era ? Individuals, couples and families alike will enjoy the experience and whether you require a light snack or lunch, our new catering service is here to serve your needs