Aviemore (pop. 2,400) is Scotland's leading ski resort. It nestles between the Cairngorms and the Monadhliath Mountains and makes a good base for excursions into the surrounding countryside. But Aviemore can offer more than just hotels, chalets, skating rinks and swimming pools.
The Allt Mhor Forest Trail is only one of the walks in Glenmore Forest Park has several walks. This 3-mile / 4.9-kilometer trail begins at the Heron's Field parking lot. From there you go through the forest, onto a footbridge, then on to join Ryvoan Pass. The trail continues along the road to Glenmore village and then back to the parking lot.
The Landmark Highland Heritage and Adventure Park is one of Scotland's most popular attractions. It features a tree-top trail, a nature center, an operating steam-powered sawmill, Clydesdale horses and a children's adventure playground.
Within walking distance of Aviemore is the Rothiemurchus Forest. Found here are Scottish Crossbills, Crested Tits, Capercaillie and Black Grouse. Birdwatchers will find the best time to visit is early summer.
Loch Garten Reserve, a protected area where extremely rare ospreys breed, can be reached via the Strathspey Railway that links Aviemore and Boat of Garden.