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What's the best time of year to go to Aviemore?

Whatever the season, Aviemore is a great place to visit. 

In a good season, skiers have been known to hit the slopes right up until May.

If you prefer water sports, Aviemore offers kayaking, sailing, rowing and even swimming!

Do you have a favourite time to visit?


  • NatbeesFashionNatbeesFashion Member ✭✭
    I absolutely love Aviemore! I think it is great all year around but my favourite season is spring towards summer (maybe May?). It is not that warm or cold, so you can do any sort of activities! Great for children too!
    Follow my trip around Scotland here  :)
    Also ask me any questions on Instagram or Twitter if you are visiting Aberdeen anytime soon and you need recommendations. 
  • VisitScotlandIanVisitScotlandIan Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Aviemore is set in fantastic scenery. Loch Morlich and Rothiemurchus are wonderful to visit during the summer, especially in the evenings.
  • I love Aviemore and would probably visit all year round if I could. We were there a few weeks ago and we had blue skies and beautiful sunshine. I also love it in the autumn as the leaves change colour. I'm from Orkney where trees are in short supply so I have to go 'south' to get my autumn fix! 
  • KatKat Member ✭✭
    It's fantastic at any time of year but l think my favourite time might be October. The Autumnal colours across the country-side are breath-taking. 
  • FofomaFofoma Member ✭✭✭
    I love Aviemore too! I was last there at the beginning of May and we had fabulous weather. The year before we visited in late November and had heavy snow!

    When I took this photo I felt I had been transported to Narnia!

  • Wow that's a stunning photo @Fofoma! I feel like I haven't seen snow like that for a while - we had such a mild winter! 
  • EileanDonanEileanDonan Member ✭✭
    Is there a bad time? ;)
  • OutandaboutElaineOutandaboutElaine Member ✭✭✭
    edited September 2016
    Oh Aviemore! not going to lie I've got a soft spot for Aviemore as it was the first holiday we had with our daughter when she was 3 months old.  We've just returned from a lovely family weekend with our daughter who's now 12!  So why do we love it so much?

    It has so much to offer families.

    Places to eat.
    So many different options to choose from be it hotels or take-away options including; Chinese, Pizza, Indian or fish and chips to name but a few.  There are numerous coffee shops and independent restaurants and bars to choose from.

    Things to do.
    The list is endless if you are more adventurous you can try the Tree Zone at Rothiemurchus an aerial adventure course suitable for ages 7 to 107!
    Or if watersports are more your bag how about Loch Morlich which has plenty of options to choose from; canoeing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing.  If you prefer to stay out the water you can also do; woodland walks, orienteering and mountain biking.  Or if you prefer a slower pace you can simply enjoy the 1km beach, let the children run free in the play area and enjoy refreshments from the Boathouse cafe.
    The Highland Wildlife Park is also worth visiting only 7 miles from Aviemore town centre.  You will meet amazing Amur tigers, snow monkeys, red pandas, Bactrian camels and Walker, our polar bear. 
    Landmark forest adventure park is also very popular with families with a range of different options available from the Butterfly house to the woodland trail and fun slides.
    No trip to Aviemore would be complete without a trip to the top of the Cairngorm mountain  the views are spectacular and if you go in winter you should be able to ski from the top of the mountain down to the car park.  I've included some pictures at the bottom of this post from the top of the mountain in September.
    In Aviemore town center you've got the leisure pool which features a flume and wave machine and off course a coffee shop! The center has a cinema showing the most recent releases and a large retail space selling everything from clothes to whisky, gin and Scottish treats such as tablet and fudge etc. etc. The town center has a reasonable range of retail options from know branding options such as Tesco, Waterstones & Fatface to independent  options selling clothing and specialist food etc.

    Places to stay.
    Aviemore has a range of accommodation from camping/caravaning sites to self catering apartments/cottages to hotels.  We stayed in the Macdonald lodges in Aviemore center which consists of 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, livingroom/kitchen area perfect for the size of group we were holidaying with.

    Places to visit from Aviemore.
    Inverness is only 30 miles from Aviemore and can be easily visited by car, bus or train.  If mountain biking is your thing Laggan Wolftrax is a short drive and offer an adventurous day for mountain bike enthusiasts! 
    Plenty of lovely villages surround Aviemore and are certainly worth exploring, pop into the Aviemore Icentre to get more information on the surrounding area - you will not be disappointed.

    Anytime of year is worth a visit  <3

    Here's some pictures from the Cairngorm Mountain and Loch Morlich.

  • VisitScotlandKimVisitScotlandKim Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I have to agree with @Kat, the Autumn colours are amazing around that area!
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