Destination guide

Exploring Aviemore holiday cottages

Aviemore, cradled deep in the green and rugged fells of the Cairngorms National Park, is now the main hub of this wonderful Scottish reserve. Hiking trails and adrenaline-pumping mountain bike routes start right on the doorstep of most Aviemore holiday lettings, while outdoorsy shops tout all sorts of boots and thermals along Grampian Road, the beating, pub-fringed artery of the town. In winter, Aviemore also acts as the gateway to the CairnGorm Mountain – certainly the most impressive ski area in the United Kingdom.


Activities and attractions in Aviemore

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit during your stay? Travellers enjoy Aviemore for its golfing, cycling and swimming. Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that Aviemore has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Speyside Wildlife (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (5.4 mi / 8.7 km)
  • CairnGorm Mountain (7 mi / 11.3 km)
  • Highland Wildlife Park (7.5 mi / 12.1 km)
  • Newtonmore Golf Club (13.8 mi / 22.3 km)
  • Lecht Ski Resort (21.3 mi / 34.3 km)
Outdoor activities

The great Scottish outdoors around Aviemore holiday homes

If there's 1 reason that Aviemore holiday homes fill to bursting from spring to autumn, it's the wild natural playground that unfolds all around them. Hiking paths weave and wiggle all throughout the Cairngorms National Park, edging up to peaks like Ben Macdui – the 2nd highest in the UK – and ravine-rented Braeriach – the 3rd highest. Mountain bikers can often be seen whizzing down the muddy, boulder-speckled fells, too. Managed trails for 2-wheelers can be found at the Glenlivet Estate, while wilder routes squeeze through the pines of the Anagach Woods. When the snows fall, the CairnGorm Mountain opens its pistes. It's the largest and busiest ski area in the country, offering T-bar lifts and gully runs in a season that typically has good conditions from December to March.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Aviemore

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Aviemore is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are some of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Craigellachie National Nature Reserve (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Loch an Eilein (2.4 mi / 3.8 km)
  • Loch Morlich (4.4 mi / 7.2 km)
  • Loch Garten Osprey Centre (6.3 mi / 10.2 km)
  • Cairngorms National Park (7 mi / 11.2 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Aviemore

The nearest airport is in Inverness (INV), located 25.9 mi (41.7 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, the main station serving the city is Aviemore Station.

How to get around

Travelling around Aviemore

A range of trains, local coach links and buses means you don't have to have your own wheels to enjoy Aviemore to the fullest. It should be easy to catch a ride out to the base of Cairn Gorm or the trailheads that start the routes up to Ben Macdui. Even if public transport fails, there are 2 separate taxi firms to pick from. Of course, driving here does offer more freedom, especially if you were keen on booking more rustic, off-the-beaten-track Aviemore holiday cottages out in the wild Scottish Highlands – finding bus links to those might be tricky.

Food & drink 

Sample Scottish delicacies near Aviemore holiday rentals

Grab a wee dram of whisky and a platter of hearty haggis, and you can start to make your way through the culinary treats of the Scottish Highlands, in Aviemore. This is a great place to taste the earthy produce that's made in the rugged region. The gastropubs on Grampian Road are the place to go for your hit of the national dish. That's haggis – a spiced mince of sheep innards and veg, usually served with Ayrshire potatoes and a frothy ale. North Sea haddock is matched perfectly with hand-cut chips, too, while a tipple of local malt whisky is a fitting warmer after a day on the pistes – strong, fiery and rich.

Essential info

Facts and tips for those travelling in Aviemore

  • Aviemore sits within the Cairngorms National Park
  • The population of Aviemore is around 2,500
  • You can call 999 and ask for the police and mountain rescue in case of an emergency while out on the hills
  • Inverness Airport is the nearest to Aviemore
  • Book your Aviemore holiday home early, if you want to come for the popular skiing or summer hiking seasons

How many holiday rentals are available around Aviemore?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 345 holiday lettings around Aviemore. From 70 houses to 228 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Aviemore?

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. Take a break from the ordinary and get ready to experience the allure and rustic charm of country living. HomeAway has 87 rural getaway properties in this destination. Of course, that might not work for the whole group. Fortunately, HomeAway has a bunch of other options, including:

  • 70 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 54 mountainside holiday accommodation options.
  • 40 riverside holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Aviemore?

Our house holiday rentals are real properties for real travellers. With plenty of space to spread out, they're perfect for those who want to experience life like a local. There are 186 houses available on HomeAway. Prices start at £80 per night. If that doesn't fit with your crew's taste, we've got a number of different self-catering accommodation options to choose from, such as:

  • Cottage: 120 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £62 per night.
  • Lodge: 28 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £75 per night.
  • Bungalow: 25 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £82 per night.

Can I stay in Aviemore in a large group?

It can be difficult finding time to meet up with close friends and family. A group holiday is a wonderful opportunity to get together. If you were hoping to kick back together, HomeAway has places for you. House holiday rentals are the leading option here for large groups of travellers. Our extensive database presently has 47 available. In and around the area, the rental properties that can accommodate large groups of guests include:

  • If yours is a group of 6, we have 198 holiday rentals perfect for that size. Book a night from just £64.
  • If you've got 8 in your party, you'll be pleased to hear that there are 79 rental properties that are suitable. Prices begin at just £100 per night.
  • On a trip away with 5 guests? We've got 45 holiday rentals that match your requirements. Prices start from £63 per night.

So don't fret! When you travel with us you can bring your aunt, your cousin and all your friends to Aviemore.