13 things to do in Aviemore and the Cairngorms when you can’t ski
1. Mountain biking:
there are trails all round the area plus several centres with purpose-built tracks like Laggan Wolftrax and Glenlivet Bike Trails. Bikes can be hired from Mikes Bikes or Bothy Bikes in Aviemore.
2. Dog sledding:
3. Be crafty:
visit Smarty Art or take a half day work shop with Three Bags Wool in Aberlour (try knitting, crochet, needle felting, thrug making …)
4. Walk a section of the Speyside Way:
you could take the public bus to Boat of Garten (5 miles) or Nethybridge (8 miles) and walk back to Aviemore stopping in the Old Bridge Inn for a pint on your return.
5. Hire a Canadian canoe
and paddle the Spey;
canoe with the Moray Firth dolphins or kayak/canoe on Loch Ness.
6. Take a tour to Loch Ness.
7. Head up to Findhorn
and check out the Findhorn Foundation or visit the Kimberley Inn for lunch and walk along the white sands of the beach.
8. Visit the ice rink in Inverness
and try out ice skating.
9. Take a swim at Inverness Aquadome.
unfortunately the Aviemore pool at the Macdonald’s resort is not currently available to the public for swimming.
10. Visit Speyside
and tour a distillery plus visit the Cooperage and round of the day with a visit to the Smokehouse by Grantown on Spey where you can observe the workers preparing the smoked salmon to be shipped all over the country to supermarkets and restaurants all over the place. Some of the salmon is smoked over the shavings from the whisky barrels to add extra flavour.
11. Take a detour to Knockando Wool Mill
or Johnston’s wool mill in Elgin if Knockando is closed. Tours are every hour until 3 or 4pm and are free of charge.
where you can experience the whole wool story from shorn fleece to completed material.
12. Visit the reindeer centre at Glenmore.
13. Visit the Highland Wildlife Park
and/or the Highland Folk Museum
New website for the Cairngorms National park highlighting selected experiences within the park – cairngormsnationalpark.co.uk