The Aviemore mountains that surround the village offer a vast playground for snowsports, climbing, mountaineering, hill-walking and mountain biking. 

With some of the best snow holding records in Scotland Aviemore is lucky to have the nearby Cairngorm Mountain snowsports facility!  CairnGorm Mountain near Aviemore has all you would expect from modern ski areas including lessons, uplift, catering and equipment hire. In warmer weathers,take part in mountain biking, walking, maybe ‘bagging’ some munros and watching the unique wildlife on offer.  One word of caution though!  The mountains around Aviemore offer great fun, but they should be respected at all times!  Make sure you leave word of where you’re going, be prepared for EVERY weather eventuality and make sure you have the right tools for the job – suitable footwear, clothing and ‘accessories’ (never forget that ice axe and helmet in the winter!), a proper OS map, a compass and most importantly, knowledge of how to use them!

Don’t always rely on your mobile phone in an emergency either – there are many places in the mountains where there’s no coverage at all. If you’re planning to go out walking between 1st July and 20th October, check if there’s any deer stalking taking place near your proposed route. The Hillphones service provides information to find out where red deer stalking is taking place and to plan routes avoiding stalking operations. Click here to find out more. Another useful tool is the ‘Heading for the Scottish Hills’ web service that highlights where deer stalking is taking place over the busy stag stalking season, click here to visit the website.

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