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Explore Aviemore, the Cairngorms and the Highlands

Further afield from Aviemore are some great day trips as you can do whilst enjoying your stay in the area. All day trips listed below are between 30 mins and 2 hours drive from Blaeberry & Manuka Cottages.

Inverness – 30 miles north of Aviemore, the capital city of the Highlands, good for some retail therapy and a few more choices for pubs, restaurants and cafes. On the way up to Inverness is the whisky distillery at Tomatin, just 16 miles from Aviemore. Just before Inverness is Culloden Battlefield and visitor centre.

Loch Ness  – 40 miles or so from Aviemore by heading through Inverness and then taking the road to Fort William, the UK’s largest loch and can be viewed well if you head to Drumnadrochit which is on the west side of the loch. Also at Loch Ness is Glen Urquhart Castle, which is in a wonderful location.

The Black Isle – 35 miles or so north of Aviemore, there are good beaches and bays to explore, farm shops and plenty of fresh produce grown locally as well, with it’s own micro climate the weather can be quite appealing.

Fort George, Nairn and Elgin – Fort George 41 miles, is a large 18th century fortress, that was built to pacify the Scottish Highlands in the aftermath of the Jacobite rising of 1745. Nairn 43 miles and Elgin 66 miles are further along the road that have great beaches and coastlines, in between Nairn and Elgin is Findhorn which is well worth a visit.

Tomintoul 27 miles from Aviemore, Ballater 52 miles and Braemar 60 miles away, by heading towards Grantown-on-Spey and then getting onto the Old Military Road which is the A939 are all great to visit and a lovely drive on a nice day.

In between Ballater and Braemar is Balmoral Estate, the royal residence, which have their gardens, grounds and exhibitions open to view for the public from April through to the end of July.

Off the A9 between Perth and Aviemore are also some worthwhile stops to make if time permits.

The House of Bruar, described as the Harrods of the Highlands is just under 50 miles from Aviemore and 37 miles from Perth. A very good pitstop if your heading in either direction as they have a great range of food and clothing to browse at your leisure.

Blair Atholl – 52 miles from Aviemore and 34 miles from Perth has a fantastic castle which can be seen from the A9.

Pitlochry – 60 miles from Aviemore and 27 miles from Perth, is also a good pit stop if heading in either direction, this is also the base for the Blair Atholl Whisky distillery and just out of town a bit is the Edradour distillery.

Dunkeld – 72 miles from Aviemore and 14 miles from Perth which is a quaint little town definitely well worth a stop.

There really are some lovely places to explore that are not far from Aviemore, making it a great base to explore the Scottish Highlands and the Cairngorms National Park. So whatever you get up to there is plenty on offer and to make the most of your stay. Enjoy!