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A September 2003 trip to Aviemore by Re Carroll

Cairngorm Guest House Photo, Aviemore, Scotland More Photos
Quote: Elegant Georgian buildings, heather covered fields, the majestic Cairngorms, and the winding Spey River combine to make Aviemore a place worth visiting. Aviemore is the largest town in the Cairngorm mountain range, and we used it as our base for exploring the highlands.

Cairngorm Guest House

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Cairngorm Guest House Photo, Aviemore, Scotland
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Even during mid week in September, Aviemore is a busy place and many of the B&Bs were full. We were lucky to get the only room left at Cairngorm Guest House, located just a few blocks away from the railway station. Owned by Peter and Gail Conn, the guest house is rated 3 stars by the Scottish Tourist Board meaning Very Good. The original part of the house was built at the turn of the 19th century, but the guest house has become so popular that a large extension was recently added. After checking in, we went to unload the car and came back to homemade hazelnut cake waiting outside our room--a nice touch. Although Cairngorm is located on the main road in town, our room overlooked ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2003

Cairngorm Guest House
Main Road
Aviemore, Scotland
(014) 79 810-630

Cairngorm Hotel

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Restaurant

Cairngorm Hotel Photo, Aviemore, Scotland
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The buffet at Cairngorm Hotel was recommended by our B&B host. We arrived without a reservation and were only able to get a table because we promised to be out by 7:30 pm. The hotel reminded me of an old hunting lodge, with lots of thick stone blocks and corner turrets. That image continued inside with tartan carpets, leaded glass windows, and dark, heavy furniture. The restaurant had a large wood burning fire place and the walls were decorated with thick, heavy picture frames and mirrors and a multitude of stag horns. Their menu featured steaks, seafood, and Scottish specialties, but it seemed that most diners were here for the buffet featuring traditional Scottish food. We started w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2003

Cairngorm Hotel
Grampian Road
Aviemore, Scotland
(01479) 810-233

Strathspey Steam Railway

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Strathspey Steam Railway Photo, Aviemore, Scotland
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Aviemore's rail line was opened in 1863 as part of a main route that ran from Perth to Inverness, and Aviemore was one of the largest stations on this route. In 1893, a more direct route to Inverness was built, but Aviemore continued as a secondary line until it was closed in 1965. Thankfully, the Strathspey Railway Company reopened it in 1978 for tourist excursions, and they haven't looked back. The coal burning steam powered locomotive runs several times daily from Aviemore to Broomhill, and I took the last journey of the day. Aviemore's station has been restored to its original state and has the appearance of a 19th century train yard. Other than a modern housing subdivision near the Aviemore s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2003

Strathspey Steam Railway
Grampian Road
Aviemore, Scotland

Speyside Heather Centre

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Speyside Heather Centre Photo, Aviemore, Scotland
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I'd read about the Heather Centre in a number of books, and the Scottish Tourist Board rated it 4 out of 5 stars, so I wanted to check it out. After all, what could be more Scottish than heather? I was initially disappointed to find out that it was only a garden centre, but once we got inside, it soon became apparent that it's not just anything. One area contained a Heather Exhibition explaining the historical and/or current uses of heather. I learned it was used in dye, weaving of ropes, thatched roofs, and doormats. Edible uses included medicinal products as well as flavouring for tea, honey, ale, wine and whisky. Heather was considered a good luck charm, and even now, many brides carry a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 9, 2003

Speyside Heather Centre
Skye of Curr
Aviemore, Scotland

Edradour Distillery

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Edradour Distillery Photo, Pitlochry, Scotland
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Between Aviemore and the very pretty little village of Pitlochry is Edradour, the smallest commercial distillery in Scotland. Originally established in 1825, the whitewashed stone buildings, picket fences, and tiny bridge over a stream have a whimsical quality - almost like a movie set for elves or leprechauns.Free guided tours are offered throughout the day, so we took advantage of one to learn about the distillery. Edradour is a free spirit compared to many of its competitors, and even the tour process was a reversal of ones we'd been on at the larger distilleries. Tasting is done first here and the tour comes later.Our kilt-clad guide led us to the Malt Barn, where we were given a ge...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2003

Edradour Distillery
PH16 5JP
Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland
01796 472 095