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Aviemore is a small remote resort town in the Cairngorms National Park, Highlands of Scotland, 30 miles southeast of Inverness, 85 miles northwest of Perth.

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See also a large Click On Map for the area Top Attractions.

Aviemore has turned into a top resort with many outdoor attractions such as mountain hiking, climbing, skiing, water sports, biking and practically every type of outdoor activity you can think of. See the Attractions link above.

The town has a good selection of hotels, B&Bs, self catering, holiday parks, and lodge parks to accommodate the vast numbers of visitors to the area.

The image top is of the Train Station in the centre of town that opened in 1898. Regular trains run between Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, stopping here.

The Strathspey Railway Steam Train runs from Aviemore certain days all year to Boat of Garten 6 miles north, and Broomhill 10 miles north..

The image second top is of the large Macdonald Hotel across the road from the rail station, and below that, the Cairngorm Hotel, also across the road from the station.

Aviemore Main Street / Grampian Road, runs right through the centre of town with a good selection of shops, many for outdoor activities. Large Image.

The image right is of Aviemore Beach at Loch Morlich, 6 miles southeast of Aviemore. Regular buses run between Aviemore and Cairn Gorm Mountain, passing Loch Morlich. The loch has a number of attractions such as a Water Sports Centre, Reindeer Centre, and Glenmore Visitor Centre.

The Reindeer Centre has a number of reindeer at the centre, and many more up in the hills. You can visit the centre, and at times, take tours up into the hills to view or feed the main herd.

The main attraction at Aviemore is the 4,085ft Cairngorm Mountain, 10 miles southeast. The mountain has a train that runs up to a visitor centre at 3,600ft. Regular buses run between Aviemore and the mountain.

The Cairngorm Top Station has a museum, restaurant, shop, and great views in clear days. The mountain is fairly busy during summer with tourists using the train up to the top station. In winter, during the ski season, the mountain can be extremely busy, with the carriages jam packed taking skiers and snow boarders up to the top slopes.

If you want to hike the final 400ft from the top station to Cairn Gorm summit, you have to book a guide through the mountain website. This mountain can be clear one minute, and covered in cloud the next.

This is a vast mountain range with 5 mountains over 4,000ft, including Ben Macdui, second highest mountain in Scotland at 4,294ft. Ben Macdui is east of Cairngorm with a good trail out from Cairngorm.

With the Cairngorms being so vast, and often in cloud, there are a number of local companies offering navigation and survival courses. If you want to start exploring these mountains, courses are a must for beginners. See the Attractions link at the top for a list of companies offering courses.

The car park at Cairn Gorm is about 2,000ft above sea level, so exploring these 4,000ft mountains is fairly easy, as long as you know how to navigate, what gear to take, and how too use it.

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