Poppies in the garden
Poppies in the garden
Cairngorm Country Cottage
Cairngorm Country Cottage

101 Things to do in the Cairngorm National Park this winter

101 things to do during your stay in the Cairngorm National Park this winter

  1. Visit and feed the Reindeer following a short trek with a ranger at Cairngorm.
  2. Visit the Polar Bears at the wildlife park and watch them play in their amazing six acre enclosure.
  3. Have lunch on the Strathspey Steam Railway en route to Boat of Garten.
  4. Take a walk around the sculpture park at Feshie Bridge.
  5. Try a whisky and hand made chocolate tasting at Dalwhinnie distillery.
  6. Relax with a treatment at Cairngorm Beauty Treatment and Spa.
  7. Learn to ski or snowboard at Cairngorm.
  8. Take a gondola trip to the top of Anoch Mor, Nevis Range, Fort William, take a short walk or and visit the cafe and viewing area.
  9. Take a scenic train journey to Mallaig over the Glenfinnan viaduct (as filmed in Harry Potter).
  10. Visit the light festival in Pitlochry, the Enchanted Forest.
  11. Take the funicular mountain railway to the top of Cairngorm for hot chocolate and amazing views.
  12. Enjoy coffee and award winning cake at the Potting Shed, watch the Red Squirrels and birds from the viewing gallery.
  13. Have fun doing the Wildcat Experience of Newtonmore; over 100 different brightly coloured ceramic cats around the village to find.
  14. Walk around Loch an Eilein through a beautiful ancient pine forest and see the 13th century castle set in the middle of the loch.
  15. Take a guided Land Rover tour around Rothiemurchus Estate.
  16. Climb a Scottish Munro with a mountain guide.
  17. Play a round of golf on the championship course in Aviemore.
  18. Visit the working sheepdogs at Kincraig.
  19. Learn to Nordic ski at Glenmore.
  20. Shop at the amazing House of Bruar, have lunch in the conservatory and then take a walk up to the falls.
  21. Take a very relaxing and special afternoon tea at Inverlochy Castle.
  22. Take a short walk to the beautiful Green Lochan at Glenmore.
  23. Sample the most amazing home-made scones and shop the unusual at the Pottery Laggan.
  24. Visit the cheese factory and café at Adersier.
  25. Take a trip to the mineral centre Corpach.
  26. Learn to climb on an indoor climbing wall Glenmore.
  27. Visit Route 7 café and Highland Home Store Aviemore and walk along some of the Speyside Way.
  28. Cycle the graded downhill routes at WolfTrax Laggan.
  29. Take a walk to Dun-da-lamh, Laggan, an Iron Age hill fort, sit and enjoy the panoramic views and have a winter picnic.
  30. Visit the stone circle Aviemore and have lunch at the popular Mountain Café .
  31. Go on a Highland Lady Safari to Doune House Rothiemurchus.  
  32. Take a trip to Culloden Battle Field and visitor Centre.
  33. Have lunch at one of the riverside cafes in Inverness.
  34. Learn to map read with Active pursuits.
  35. Take a wildlife walk with a Rothiemurchus ranger.
  36. Enjoy a great coffee at Ralia Café Newtonmore and browse the Hairy Coo Shop.
  37. Drive the North Coast 500.
  38. Walk the Newtonmore orbital path (10km).
  39. Visit the Pattack falls in Laggan.
  40. Walk the beautiful Glen Banchor Newtonmore.
  41. Visit Brodie Castle, shop and tea rooms.Visit the bag pipe playing Santa in his magical grotto in Blair castle (selected dates).
  42. Take a Husky dog sleigh ride at Glenmore.
  43. Try Archery at Loch Insh and have lunch with the most amazing views.
  44. Watch the dolphins at Chanonry point, Moray Firth.
  45. Try the tree top challenge Rothiemurchus.
  46. Go on a Land Rover safari trip through an estate to feed the Red Deer.
  47. Shop at the Macdonald mountain resort in Aviemore.
  48. Learn to ski tour with Active pursuits.
  49. Take a zip line trek at Alvie Estate.
  50. Visit Neptune's staircase Banavie.
  51. Visit Urqhuart Castle located on the shores of Loch Ness.
  52. Go Karting at Grainish near Aviemore.
  53. Visit the ancient stone at the geographical centre of Scotland, Glentruim.
  54. Take a bike tour around the forest tracks at Glenmore.
  55. Walk the Speyside Way from Aviemore to Boat of Garten have lunch and return on the Steam Train.
  56. Stop in at the Druie café for fabulous home-baking and hot chocolate with the works.
  57. Book onto the Red Squirrel photography 1 day workshop and learn how to get amazing wildlife pictures.
  58. Go and try carriage driving at Carrbridge.
  59. Browse the gifts and delicious deli goods at the old School House Rothiemurchus.
  60. Learn to dig a snow hole with a mountaineering instructor.
  61. Take a picturesque drive up Glen Nevis, the film location of Braveheart and Rob Roy.
  62. Go on a micro-brewery tour at Cairngorm Brewery.
  63. Take a winter sandy beach walk along the stunningly beautiful Loch Morlich with dramatic mountain backdrop of the Cairngorms.
  64. Book a Nordic wood carving workshop in Aviemore with wooden Tom.
  65. Go pony trekking or hacking in Kingussie or Rothiemurchus
  66. Try clay pigeon shooting at Coylumbridge.
  67. Star gazing. The Cairngorm National Park is a dark sky area.
  68. Take a Segway tour in the Glenmore forest.
  69. Walk to a bothy and have a picnic or a sausage sizzle.
  70. Take a ferry trip from Oban to Mull and then on over to the beautiful  island of Iona.
  71. Cycle some of the graded tracks at Nevis Range.
  72. Go on a quad bike tour at Alvie, Rothiemurchus or Ardverikie Estates.
  73. Go on a ranger led photography tour near Aviemore.
  74. Walk along the beautiful sandy beach at Nairn.
  75. Visit Blair Athol Castle and the tea rooms.
  76. Enjoy a Hairy Heilan Coo safari at Rothiemurchus with a knowledgeable and entertaining ranger.
  77. Visit Loch Ness.
  78. Visit the amazing, fun packed Landmark Adventure Park Carrbridge.
  79. Take the well-known “Road to the Isles", explore some of the many beautiful beaches en route, lunch at Mallaig.
  80. Walk some of the East Highland way part of which runs through Laggan, Newtonmore, and Kingussie.
  81. Visit Ruthven Barracks.
  82. Visit the Lochaber Geo Park.
  83. Book a Highland wildlife and birdwatch Safari.
  84. Visit the famous Queens View.
  85. Visit Ben Nevis Distillery and then lunch at the foot of the mountain at the Ben Nevis Inn, Achintee.
  86. Feed the fish at a fish farm in Aviemore.
  87. Drive the famous Snow Road.
  88. Walk along the picturesque River Ness Inverness.
  89. Play a round of golf at Kingussie or Newtonmore, non-members welcome.
  90. Book a breakfast voted the best in Scotland, or a special lunch at Fonab Castle Pitlochry.
  91. Visit Glencoe.
  92. View the gallery and enjoy home-made baking at the 1896 coffee shop and gallery Boat of Garten.
  93. Shop at the well-stocked and interesting Elephant in the Pantry Deli, located in Grantown on Spey.
  94. Book an artisan bread making course at the Auld Alliance Kingussie.
  95. Visit Glen Urquhart Castle Loch Ness.
  96. Go for an indoor ice wall climbing session at Kinlochleven.
  97. Book a gin tour and tasting at Caorunn, Grantown-on-Spey.
  98. Visit Historic Sterling, including the magnificent castle.
  99. Drive or cycle around Loch Rannoch and enjoy a hot chocolate at the River Bank Café.
  100. Take a scrumptious afternoon tea at Muckrach Country House Hotel.
  101. Relax in front of a crackling log fire and enjoy the views from Cairngorm Country Cottage.

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Newtonmore

PH20 1BS

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There are cosy log fires in the sitting room and the lounge There are cosy log fires in the sitting room and the lounge
Our guests love watching the squirrels at the feeders Our guests love watching the squirrels at the feeders
Large sitting room with cosy log fire Large sitting room with cosy log fire
Cairngorm Country Cottage offers comfortable bedrooms with en suite facilities Cairngorm Country Cottage offers comfortable bedrooms with en suite facilities
Colourful well maintained gardens to enjoy Colourful well maintained gardens to enjoy
The beautiful Cairngorm Mountains The beautiful Cairngorm Mountains
The elusive Pine Marten
Perfect self catering for all seasons Perfect self catering for all seasons
View West from the cottage late February 2017
Perfect for Nordic Skiing in Winter
Enjoy a coffee at Ralia cafe
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