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Aviemore Community Paths


A well-connected place

Modern-day Aviemore is situated between the A9 and the main Highland railway line. Prior to the arrival of the railways, Aviemore was little more than a farm and an inn. This all changed with the arrival of the railways which brought tourists to enjoy the fresh air, high mountains, and rivers.

Aviemore has grown to become a major Highland holiday resort and all-year-round destination with a wide range of winter and summer activities.

As one of the country’s top ski areas and most popular summer holiday areas in the Highlands, Aviemore is ‘alive’ all year round. The railway also brought changes to the forests of the area – where once logs were floated downstream, they were then loaded onto rail wagons for transport all over the world. The Strathspey Railway continues to preserve this railway heritage and runs a steam train from Aviemore through to Broomhill.

Aviemore has come a long way since its early start as a railway junction in the 19th century and the redevelopment of the resort since the start of the Millennium, has seen both residential and visitor numbers rising strongly again.

As a hub for rail, road and river, Aviemore has everything the modern visitor needs.

“Stand fast Craigellachie”

Once the battle cry of the Clan Grant Craigellachie is a wildlife haven that echoes with the rousing cries of the peregrine falcon and the mewing of buzzards.

A walk to the summit gives you one of the best views in the Park taking in the vast Caledonian pine forest of Rothiemurchus and Glenmore encircled by the deep corries of the northern Cairngorms.



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