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Cairngorm Country Cottage is equidistant between Cairngorm and Nevis Range
Cairngorm Country Cottage offers luxurious self catering in the Cairngorm National Park where you can enjoy a wealth of activities and visits. There's a great choice of walks of all levels from gentle riverside and loch side trails to more serious mountain days. The popular East Highland Way passes through Newtonmore. Also on offer are climbing, skiing, kayaking, sailing, wind surfing, horse riding, tree top adventure courses, zip wire courses, canyoning, gorge walking, river rafting, archery, paint balling, funyaking, shooting, fishing, off road driving, quad biking, Reindeer treks, wild life safaris, tennis, swimming and bowling. There is a relatively new Forestry Commission sponsored mountain bike centre just a short drive away, and Newtonmore is part of the national cycling network of designated cycle paths. For golfers there is an excellent 18 hole course in the village and several other courses just a short drive away. Team building events are also organised locally. With Cairngortm CAountry Cottage being only 1km from the geographical centre of Scotland it is ideally placed to visit any Scottish location.
The Reindeer herd Cairngorm. This is a truly unique and special experience which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. After booking in at the Reindeer center, a short guided walk will take you to the herd where you can stroke and hand feed the Reindeer. Their soft velvet noses and gentle nature make this a very enjoyable visit. Plenty of time and opportunity for fabulous photographs.
Kayaking For guided descents down the famous River Spey, or for basic instruction on one of our picturesque lochs or rivers contact Active Sports of Newtonmore, or Loch Insh Water Sports.
Mountain Biking and Cycle Touring. For mountain biking there are endless forests and great off road trails across the hills to choose from but Wolf Trax Laggan offers colour coded designated mountain bike trails with uplift if required. For more gentle longer tours through the beautiful Caledonian pine forest Rothiemurchus visitor centre at the Old School House offers trail maps and guidance. Hire is available from both of these locations. For guided tours contact Active Sports.
White Sandy Beaches The local area offers both inland and coastal white sandy beaches. Beautiful Loch Morlich, an inland natural sandy beach is one of the areas best kept secrets with the backdrop of the stunning Caledonian pine forest and the dramatic Cairngorm Mountain Range it has to be one of the most picturesque beaches in the UK. Here you can swim or kayak or sail and equipment along with instruction is available if required. The cottage is just a short drive from some outstanding coastal beaches with crystal clear water and white sands.
Cairngorm Country Cottage is equidistant between Cairngorm and Nevis Range
Cairngorm Funicular Railway It is one of Scotland top ten attractions and for good reason, you can take a scenic journey on the UK's highest funicular railway and enjoy the fabulous panoramic views and visit the Ptarmigan Restaurant located at just over 3,500 feet. A range of snow sports are available during the winter months but non-skiers are welcome both summer and winter.
Castles There are many fine Highland castles within a short drive of the cottage and Blair Castle is no exception. Dating back to 1269, the castle has been transformed through the ages, from its cold medieval beginnings in a strategic position during political struggles to become a fine Georgian mansion and finally a Victorian castle in the baronial style. These influences can still be seen today across the 30 rooms on full display.
The Wild Life Park at Kincraig, 7 miles south of Aviemore, is a great day out for all ages. Here you can discover the amazing variety of wildlife found in present day Scotland, such as the pine marten, wildcat and red deer - then step back in time and meet the creatures of Scotland's past -wolves, lynx, beavers and wild horses. You can also see polar bears, artic monkeys and tigers. There is a drive round section and a walk round section, café and visitor centre.
The Landmark Forest Adventure Park. Children of all ages and adults alike will love this park with its bamboozelum science centre, tree top adventure course, tree top trail, wonder wood, lost labyrinth, water flumes, rollercoaster train ride, ant city play area, climbing towers, squirrel walk, viewing tower and more. There are cafes, a restaurant shop a great picnic area and lots more for the whole family to see and do.
The centre of Scotland is only 1km away from Cairngorm Country Cottage. Newtonmore is the village that is closest to the Centre of Scotland and you can easily visit the site to see for yourself. You'll find it a little over a mile (2 kms) west of the A9, along the Glen Truim Road. The actual site is marked by a cross etched on a stone in the dry stone wall on the north side of the road.
Restaurants and Cafes
There is no shortage of great places to eat locally; in fact, you will be spoilt for choice.
For a great lunch with home-made soups and fabulous scones try the Wild Flour in Newtonmore.
Similarly, for great coffee, home-made soups, fabulous baking and an excellent shop full of quality clothing, house-hold goods, gifts and cards the Pottery at Laggan is a must. If the sun is shining there is an option to eat outside in the pretty steading courtyard with excellent views down the Spey Valley.
Ralia self service café serves excellent freshly roasted coffee and the food they produce is all sourced locally. Try the ice cream which is sourced from the Dairy in Perthshire, it's very good. Next to the café you will find the Hairy Coo Shop which stocks a carefully selected range of high quality, predominantly Scottish, gifts and accessories.
The award winning rustic Potting Shed at Inshriach serves the most amazing Scandinavian style cakes. You can watch the birds and the antics of the Red Squirrels at the feeders from the viewing gallery. It's said to be one of the best cake shops in Britain and because of growing popularity they have had to resort to bookings only. That said, you are welcome to make your booking on the day.
In Kingussie you will find the Sugar Bowl cafe which serves fabulous breakfast rolls, good home baking, home-made soups and great coffee in a happy relaxed atmosphere. There are also a few gifts and crafts for sale.
The Mountain Cafe in Aviemore always has a queue for tables at lunch time and for good reason, as the food and coffee is excellent. If you find yourself there and wonder if it is worth the wait ...it most certainly is!
You will always get a good lunch or evening meal at the Cairngorm Hotel in Aviemore. It's always busy but they cope well and you never have to wait too long for service. The menu is quite varied and prices are very reasonable.
Route 7 Aviemore. Here virtually every item you see is on the menu, including the crockery! This is a quirky combination of cafe and lifestyle shopping experience where you can purchase anything from hot tubs to tea spoons. The cafe element serves great breakfasts until lunch time, light and substantial lunch options, good coffee and home baking.
The Druie, Rothiemurchus, Aviemore offers home baking and lunch options served indoors or outside. Here you can also browse the adjoining deli and gift shop. There is also a booking/information facility for the wealth of activities on offer at Rothiemurchus.
1864 in Boat of Garten is a gallery and coffee shop combination. They serve light lunch options and home baking and you can enjoy the local artwork while you eat and drink.
For evening meals the Glen Hotel, Newtonmore serves reasonably priced bar meals and the Letter Box restaurant, also located in Newtonmore, though only a little more expensive is excellent.
The High Street Merchants in Grantown on Spey is another cafe/gallery combination that works well. Local artworks are on offer along with excellent coffee, home baking and soups along with other light lunch options.
La Taverna in Aviemore is a great family option for lunch or an evening meal offering restaurant pizzeria and bar. You can choose to eat from the buffet serving a fresh selection of pizzas, salads and pasta along with deserts, or to choose from the extensive al a carte menu.
If you find yourself over Fort William way then try the Ben Nevis Inn at Achintee for fabulous lunch or evening meal options. You are best to book as its great food is very popular. On a good day you can sit out and enjoy the views, it's located at the very foot of Ben Nevis.
Inverness has a number of good restaurants along the banks of the River Ness and they all offer pre theatre (early evening) menus and so you can catch an early meal in a restaurant at a great price. Riva, Rocpool, the Mustard Seed and the Kitchen are just a few. You can be lucky to just walk in but it's always best to book, even just a few hours before. The early evening menus are usually on offer around 5.30 to 7p.m.
If you are looking for somewhere more special, perhaps for a celebration, then the Auld Alliance or the Cross in Kingussie are very good choices.
Steam Train Journeys. The Strathspey Railway offers short journeys from Aviemore with afternoon tea or lunch options and you can enjoy picturesque views of the Spey Valley on route. For Harry Potter fans the Jacobite steam rail journey is a must and for non-fans it is said to be one of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world. It crosses the impressive Glenfinnan viaduct as featured in the Harry Potter Films.