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Aviemore Holiday Guide

Visit Scotland and have your Holiday in Aviemore, luxury self catering in Cairngorm National Park. Lochan Mor Lodge gives you easy access to beautiful lochs, glens, mountains, skiing, snow boarding, climbing, hill walking, adventure sports and lots of family days out.

Aviemore is located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands in the Cairngorm National Park.  It has long been one of the best UK holiday destinations – particularly for those interested in the outdoors.  From mountain biking to hill walking, snowboarding to kayaking, quad biking to clay pigeon shooting, golfing to distillery tours, adventure sports to steam trains, the area offers endless activities and attractions in a truly spectacular location.

For full tourist information about the area

Macdonald Highland Resort

Free Family membership to the Spey Valley Leisure Arena is included for Guests staying at Lochan Mor Lodge. The facilities are located in the Macdonald Aviemore Centre and our guests have access to Free Swimming (incluling wave machine and flume, Sauna, Steam Room & Jacuzzi), state-of-art Technogym facilities and the 3 Story Children's Soft Play Area, as Lochan Mor Lodge guests you would also get Discounts on Spa Treatments, Cinema tickets and Purchases in the Shop at the Resort.


With over 280km of footpaths across the area, the Cairngorms and the ancient forests surrounding Aviemore are one of Britain’s most beautiful wild places, with some of the most popular walking terrain in Scotland.  There is a wide variety of designated routes suitable for walkers of all abilities. We have climbed all the Munros and Corbetts in Scotland and would be willing to give advice on any walks in the area.


The National Cycle Network crosses almost the entire area and includes 64km of off road routes.  For a real challenge, Laggan Wolftrax offers 18km of the most exciting and demanding off road routes from Scotland’s Forestry Commission.

Snow Sports

Cairngorm Mountain is 15 minutes drive from the centre of Aviemore and offers winter sports enthusiasts a modern ski area with lessons and equipment hire available.  Even if you are not skiing, you can experience the UK’s highest and fastest funicular railway and enjoy UK’s highest restaurant and bar.

 Watersports and Fishing

Loch Insh and Loch Morlich, both in stunningly beautiful natural surroundings offer sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, river trips, rowing and fishing.
Fishing is available on many lochs,rivers and at specially stocked fisheries.
Brown Trout season 15th March – 30th September
Salmon and Sea Trout season 11th February – 30th September
For Watersports and Fishing

Rafting. A great Highland adventure, rafting on a wild Scottish river with Ace Adventure, Grampian Road, Aviemore, Scotland, PH22 1PT. When you go rafting with Ace you are assured to have a wonderful and memorable day. Trips are run to suit the customers. We have sections of river ideal for young children, youth or school groups while other sections are run for the thrill of the white water experience and come R rated! Ace also run trips for the simple pleasure and scenic feast that a river journey provides.

Canoe Adventures. If you are interested in canoeing visit our friends Dave and Jude at  They are based at Aberfeldy, about an hour south of Aviemore. Dave has told us that he can organise trips locally around Aviemore, as an indication of cost, his guide fee is £130 per day for a group of up to 6 canoeists or kayakers. Equipment costs come in at £35 per person. Lunch can be provided at an additional cost. He could do 1 day sessions on Loch Insh, introduction to whitewater days or nature tours. He also offers multi day expeditions (equipment cost rise to £50 per day as he includes tents, stoves & waterproof barrels) down the river Spey for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days. Maybe something you could do before or after your stay at Lochan Mor Lodge.


The Aviemore area offers an impressive total of 117 holes of golf in a wide variety of settings.  The Aviemore and Cairngorm Golf Pass which is available at 8 local courses for £20 entitles you to a 30% discount.

Family Days Out

Highland Folk Museum, Kingussie
Enter the world of the Highlander, see, touch, smell and feel the atmosphere as you walk through 400 years of Highland Life.

Highland Wildlife Park
Operated by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland this attraction allows visitors to discover Scotland’s wildlife as well as internationally endangered animals of mountain and tundra regions.

McDonald Highland Leisure Arena
The arena houses a 25m pool, wave machine, toddlers’ pool and giant flume, spa, hot tub and sauna along with a state of the art gymnasium.  Daily/weekly memberships available.

Landmark Forest Theme Park, Carrbridge
Where else can you rock climb, flume ride, parachute jump, tackle a high-wire challenge course, meet red squirrels, walk through the tops of tall pine trees, see a steam powered saw mill in action and lots more.  A whole day’s entertainment and educational too!

Coylumbridge Fun House
Cyril’s Tree House soft play area, adventure mini golf, 10 pin bowling, family games room and diner.

Strathspey Railway
Steam train service from Aviemore to Boat of Garten and Broomhill.  The journey takes you across heather moors and alongside the winding River Spey providing magnificent views of the Cairngorm Mountain range.

Rothiemurchus Estate
A living Highland Estate which provides a fun place for families to be active or relaxed together with many activities eg: walking, quad and pony trekking, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, Land Rover tours, mountain biking, wildlife watching, canoeing, archery, visiting reindeer herd and sled dogs.

Bird Watching

Visit the Ospreys at Loch Garten LIVE Nest Pictures

TESCO Voucher Exchange Deals in the Aviemore area

I thought that this may help you plan your holiday and get some good value days out.

If you collect Tesco Vouchers you can use the X4 exchange to purchase days out in the Aviemore area, but you need to know about this in advance to make the most of it. Here are some links for you -

Tesco Clubcard Offers in Inverness-shire (Please check all current prices with the attraction as these can vary and prices here should only be taken as indicative))

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Funicular Prices

Ticket Prices       

  Day Ticket Annual Ticket Downhill Ticket
Adult £10.30 £16.40 £7.70
Junior (16 & under) £6.60 £10.75 £3.10
Senior (over 65) £9.30 £16.40 £6.65
Student (i.d. required) £9.30 £16.40 £6.65
Family (2+2) £30.90 £37.70 £23.00
Family (1+2) £21.50 £32.30 £16.10

I think that you can only purchase Day tickets with the Vouchers, however, when you come back down you can upgrade the day ticket to an annual ticket.


Terms & Conditions Weekly Tickets

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Day ticket (family rate)                                         £13.55        £11.30

Week Ticket (Family rate)                                   £20.55       £18.30

Terms & Conditions – Season Memberships

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Day ticket (family rate)                                          £13.55           £11.30

Season Ticket (Family rate)                                £24.55         £22.30

Unfortunately, the Tesco Vouchers cannot be used to purchase Weekly or Season Tickets (that would be just too good) but they are great value for a day visit, the only problem might be that the kids would want to go back. However, on leaving you can upgrade Day tickets to Season tickets.

From Landmark Website -


Tesco Days Out Tokens may be used as full or part payment of  full price individual day tickets . Tokens can not be used in conjunction with any discounted family rates, weekly tickets, season memberships, group bookings or in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.  Tokens cannot be used in food outlets or gift shops.

Still, £10 in Vouchers, exchanged, I think would mean that you only had another £9.70 to pay for a family of 4 for the day. Or just find and take in another kid for £15 exchanged and pay a £1.

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We haven't been ourselves yet but we have had good feedback and I think I will exchange some Vouchers myself for this.

From their Website -

Ticket  Price
Adult £12.00
Child (3 - 15 yrs) £8.00
Concession £9.50
Family (2+2) £39.00
Family (2+3) £47.00

Again £10 in Vouchers, exchanged gives 2 adults and 2 children Access to the park.

I hope that some of this made some sense.

This may give you some ideas for your holiday, we are sure that you will have a great time at Lochan Mor Lodge and will enjoy lots of the things the area has to offer, for lots you don't have to spend anything, the mountains, lochs and countryside are all Free (Tip: try the Highland Folk Museum It's Free and a good afternoon out, why not take a picnic) and for things you have to spend money on, hopefully, these hints, and Tesco, will help you.

Remember when you stay at Lochan Mor Lodge you have complementary Family Membership to the McDonald Leisure Centre in Aviemore with it's swimming pool, gym and soft play area, as well.

I just thought that advance warning of the Tesco Deals might help some people. (If you don't do Tesco, maybe you know someone who does that you could blag some vouchers off).

Other Activities

Have a look around Aviemore at  and around other places in Scotland and further south at

Check out great pictures in the scottish highlands and on the ski slopes         

The Songs of Robert Burns.

Enjoy the Songs of Robert Burns the Great Scottish Bard, Poet, Socialist, Observer, Womaniser and lots more. A Great Scot. Songs Sung by Eddie Reader.

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So, whether your sense of adventure tends towards the exhilarating or the relaxing, Aviemore in the spectacular Cairngorms National Park is THE perfect place. Make Lochan Mor Lodge your ideal luxury self catering holiday base. Go on spoil yourself.

Last updated by allan on 30/06/2014