Recently, this part of the Highlands has become known as Monarch of The Glen Country, thanks to the publicity it has received from the BBC series filmed there. However, as you'll discover, it's much more than a spectacular filmset...
Aviemore, which is within the Badenoch & Strathspey region, really does have something for everyone. Despite being easily reached from the north or south by road or rail, the area gives one a true feel for the wilderness and spectacular scenery that the Highlands are so well known for.
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The Caingorm Mountains, which lie within the recently established Cairngorm National Park dominate the area and are the setting for a huge range of outdoor activities. Aviemore is the main resort town for the Cairngorms Skiing Area, which boasts Britain's fastest and highest mountain railway. Aside from the skiing, hillwalking, mountain biking, summer & winter climbing, windsurfing, canoeing and sailing, fishing and golf are all popular pastimes for visitors to the area.
If you are looking for some slightly less "active" activities, there is plenty for you too.The Strathspey Steam Railway is a popular attraction and many people come to the area to visit some of the many distilleries along the Speyside Whisky Trail
Strathspey Steam Railway
Below the mountains, much of Scotland's remaining ancient Caledonian Pine forests can be found. Marshland and lochs are also features of the area. Such a wide range of landscapes mean that the area is also home to a varied array of wildlife. Red deer, reindeer, osprey, eagles, otters and pine martens can all be found in the area. If you're not lucky enough to spot the animals yourself, or you just want to do it the easy way, a trip to the Higland Wildlife Park is an excellent way to spend a day.
Please have a look at The Cairngorms Chamber of Commerce Website for more ideas of what there is to see and do in the area.
If you want to tour a little further afield in the Highlands, you'll find Eriskay a good base to start from: Inverness, Fort William, The Isle of Skye and Loch Ness are just a few of the well know sights that you can reach.