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The Great Outdoors

Macdonald Aviemore Resort

AA Rating: 4 Stars

Aviemore, Inverness-shire PH22 1PN
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Telephone: 0344 879 9152 International: +44 1479 815100

Craggan Outdoors

If you’re into outdoor activities this is a great place to go. This award winning outdoor activity centre is about a 20 minute drive away and offers lots of different activities for all ages and abilities. Try some adrenaline sports like gorge walking, rock climbing or high ropes or something a little gentler such as kayaking and mountain biking.

There’s also a 10% discount for our resort guests when you pre-book your activities before you arrive. Find out more.

Watersports

The Cairngorms National Park has some of the cleanest rivers and lochs in Europe coupled with breath-taking views and you’ll find lots of great activities to enjoy on water. There’s more gentle activities including fishing, sailing and windsurfing through to adrenaline filled pursuits to try including white water rafting, gorge walking and river tubing.

You’ll find two dedicated watersports centres, Loch Insh and Loch Morlich both a short drive from the resort.

Wildlife

You can see some incredible wildlife right here in the Cairngorms National Park including eighty per cent of the UK’s population of capercaillie, darting red squirrels all around and soaring ospreys.

There are osprey hides within the resort itself and you can book a tour with Aviemore Ospreys – April to August. You can also visit the UK’s only free-range reindeer herd, go on a sled dog training run as well as visit Highland Wildlife Park home to the UK’s only female polar bear.         

Golf

With some of the most scenic backdrops in the country, the Cairngorms golf courses are not to be missed! 

There’s a great choice of courses, both 9 and 18-holes nearby. This includes our sister resort golf courses a 5 minute drive away at Spey Valley Resort.

This includes a 9-hole academy course together with an 18 hole championship course.  There’s also a river walk and The Clubhouse open to everyone which offers panoramic views of the Cairngorms.

Go off Road

Discover the Cairngorms with a guided tour, 4 x 4 safari or quad bike for a truly incredible day out.

Explore rolling moorland with spectacular views under the supervision of experienced guides.  

Walking 

There are some fantastic walks to experience within easy reach of the resort including a number of different routes to explore at our neighboring Craigellachie Nature Reserve.

A perfect destination for a stroll from Aviemore, the woodland combines the gentle motion of silver birch trees with the frantic activity of countless insects. If you are feeling more adventurous bag yourself a Munro in the Cairngorms – you’ll find a number of these within a short drive of the resort.                               

Cycling 

From riding along the quiet roads to riding in the spectacular mountain landscape, Cairngorms trails offer a cycling adventure suitable for everyone - and it’s not all easy pedaling.

The Cairngorms National Park is home to some of the best mountain bike routes in Scotland - ideal for challenging the adventurer in you.

There are a number of great routes to follow including forest trails to Loch Morlich and Loch an Eilein which we highly recommend. 

Treetop Experiences 

Enjoy exciting aerial challenges including walking tall on balance beams suspended from wires high up in the pine forests or go a little faster by flying through the trees on an exhilarating ride zip ride.       

Historical Attractions 

Visit Ruthven Barracks built after the second Jacobite rising in 1715 or enjoy a day out to the Highland Folk museum an open-air attraction in nearby Newtonmore just a 20 minute drive away. 

Horseriding & Pony Trekking

There are several pony trekking centres in the Cairngorms offering everything from beginners lessons to multi-day treks

Archery & Shooting 

Have a go at something new like archery or clay shooting. We offer archery with our partners in the resort grounds or you’ll find clay shooting nearby.

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