Things to do in the area

There is much to see and do in the local area including canoeing, windsurfing, skiing, golf, quad biking, horse riding, bird watching or indeed walking or cycling. If you have a more relaxing break in mind there are castles, gardens and potteries nearby in addition to several distilleries for which this region is renowned.

The Moray Firth Coast is half an hour away and here you will find sandy beaches and colourful harbours. Dolphins and porpoises can often be seen off the coast! In the gardens we get many wild visitors, including roe deer, red squirrels, and birds of prey. One mile from the village of Carrbridge, 7 miles from both Aviemore and Grantown on Spey this really is a central position to enjoy the Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorm National Park


When it comes to an area with just so many outdoor activities to choose from Cairngorm is a mecca for outdoors people with all sorts of sporting activities on offer, on the mountain, down in the valley, on the golf course or on your bike, there is something for everyone. The Cairngorms area has outdoor activities for all levels of experience, just choose what suits you and remember, Your natural adventure starts right here, enjoy!

Skiing and snowsports in the Cairngorms


CairnGorm Mountain has a reputation as one of the most beautiful - and sometimes challenging - places to ski in the UK, as well as boasting Scotland's only funicular railway. It's also Scotland's most popular resort

Whether you're a skier or not, the ride on the train to the Ptarmigan Top Station is a unique experience with an opportunity to take in fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Carrbridge Golf Club
Carrbridge Golf Club

Golf in Strathspey

Scotland is renowned for golf courses and Carrbridge Golf Club, providing a nine-hole golf course with full facilities enjoys this fame. It is a lively, vibrant, dedicated Scottish Golf Club amidst some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever wish to see.

Carrbridge Golf Club is only one of nine beautiful courses in the area.  Don’t forget the area’s newest championship course in Aviemore the Spey Valley course.

Landmark Forest Adventure Park

Where else in the UK can you rock climb, ‘skydive’, flume ride, meet wild red squirrels, walk through the tops of tall pine trees, watch logs being sawn on a steam powered sawmill, explore the hidden microscopic universe and learn all the secrets of Scotland's ancient Pine forest? - And you’ve only just got going! Don’t forget the amazing RopeworX high wire challenge course. Mini cars circuit, remote control truck arena, mini diggers, wild forest maze, and ...

Fishing on the River Spey

 "With The Rivers Spey and Findhorn only a few miles away and The River Dulnain flowing through the village, Carrbridge offers convenient access to some of the best salmon fishing in the country."


"It goes without saying that the surrounding area is a mecca for mountain bikers from around the UK and beyond but the ares is also a good base from which to experience the quieter more peaceful side of road touring. The Sustrans Inverness - Perth cycle route no.7 comes right through Carrbridge, passing right by The Slochd on its way. This is part of the national cycle network for those interested in more adventurous, multi-day excursions"

Loch Ness

Loch Ness is the largest body of fresh water in Britain.
There is more water in Loch Ness than all the other lakes in England, Scotland and Wales put together.
It is around twenty two and a half miles long and between one and one and a half miles wide, a depth of 754 feet with the bottom of the loch being as flat as a bowling green.

They even say there is a monster!


Ryvoan Bothy
Ryvoan Bothy


Britain's largest National Park, the Cairngorms are the most extensive range of high mountains in the UK, with a vast, tundra-like wilderness at the heart of the region. This is encircled by the beautiful valleys of the River Spey and the River Dee, each passing through a beautiful landscape of Caledonian pinewoods rich in wildlife.

Moray Firth dolphins.

Hannah Bird Writes "It is widely believed that you have to travel to far and tropical shores to see whales and dolphins in the wild. Widely believed, but not true. In fact, there is a little bit of pure wilderness from which you can see acrobatic bottlenose dolphins breaching by rugged steep cliffs, and it is right here in Scotland."

Quad Bike Trekking in Aviemore

Whatever the time of year, there is nothing quite like the experience of quad bike trekking in the heart of the magnificent Cairngorms National Park.


With two main centres providing the gateway to several thousand acres of forest and open moorland on both Rothiemurchus Estate found on the Cairngorm Ski Road at Aviemore and Alvie & Dalraddy Estate located on the B9152 just five minutes south of Aviemore.


Both sites are open all year round providing a warm and friendly welcome to individuals, families and groups.


Strathspey Steam Railway 


Whether you remember the days of steam from yesteryear, or your era is "Thomas the Tank", or you simply want a relaxing day in the Highlands, come and enjoy a train journey with a difference in spectacular Strathspey.

The round trip from Aviemore through Boat of Garten to Broomhill takes approximately 1½ hours, or you can shorten your trip by going part of the way. Travel through the spectacular scenery of Strathspey.

Craggan Outdoors


Activities include archery, art &  creativity, clay pigeon shooting, climbing (indoor wall and outside  rock crags), golf, gorge walking, high  ropes, kayaking, massage, mini-quads, mountain biking, paintball, pony trekking,  raft building, River Spey canoe trips, team problem-solving, white water rafting, yoga and a zip wire

Some useful links to other websites

Secret Scotland tours are detailed self drive itineraries.

Painting exhibition in classrooms
Painting exhibition in classrooms