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Family Days Out in the Aviemore, Badenoch and Strathspey Area of Scotland

Updated on December 30, 2015

A Wolf in Highland Wildlife Park

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Aviemore and the Surrounding Area

Aviemore and its surrounding area offer a fantastic choice for holidays and family days out. With a fantastic forest adventure park, the highest mountain cafe in the UK and the UK's only Polar Bears, it has so much to see.

As a regular visitor to the Highlands over the years, I have had plenty of opportunities to experience the many different attractions in the Aviemore area. It provides a wide choice of accommodation types and a huge choice of exciting ways to spend your precious holiday time.

The accommodation ranges from 5 star luxury to camping within an ancient Pine Forest. The area has a good choice of arranged activities including Archery, Quad Biking, Bush Craft, Wildlife Photography and also Offroad Driving. The Aviemore area has incredible walks, watersports and in season ski-ing. Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor activities. Family or Individual quality time. Whether you want to get back to nature or to languish in luxury the Aviemore area provides it all.


Museum Newtonmore

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The "Baile Gean' Township at the Highland Folk Museum.

The re-created  township at the Highland Folk Museum.
The re-created township at the Highland Folk Museum. | Source

The Highland Folk Museum is Free to Enter

The Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore has been in it's current location since the late 1980s. It is a large outdoor experience which makes history come alive. Covering an area of approximately 80 acres and being approximately one mile long it has plenty of space to preserve the past for future generations. It does seem to be continually expanding and just keeps getting better.

The museum focuses on highland life over the passage of time and is divided into four main areas. Three areas feature a large number of original or recreated period buildings including a garage, post office and even a sawmill. The fourth area is a Highland township recreated to how it would have looked in the 1700's.

There is a working farm which is home to both original and rare scottish breeds. A wartime kitchen and even a church. Children are well catered for with colouring materials in the kitchen, a playpark and off course the farm animals.

Both children and adults are guided into the school building by a period 'teacher' and invited to partake in some school work on traditional slates. Which was an entertaining and also enlighting experience.


The Recreated Buildings at the Highland Folk Museum

The Original buildings have been moved and rebuilt with painstaking care.
The Original buildings have been moved and rebuilt with painstaking care. | Source
Inside the buildings the fixtures and fittings have been matched to the period.
Inside the buildings the fixtures and fittings have been matched to the period. | Source

Why Visit the Highland Folk Museum?

The Highland Folk Museum is fun, educational, and a great interactive way to learn about Scotland's history. Admission is free although donations are welcomed to support the museum's future. There is something for all the family to enjoy and I cannot recommend it enough.

Highland Cottage

A Highland Cottage built with inspiration from a photograph from 1890.
A Highland Cottage built with inspiration from a photograph from 1890. | Source

Essential Clothing - The weather can be very unpredictable.

Daytime
Evening
Outdoors
Shorts/T-shirts/Sunscreen
Usual evening attire
Walking Boots
Layers of Fleeces
 
Ski-wear
Padded Jacket
 
Waterproof Clothing

Walking, Cycling and Ski-ing in the Aviemore Area

A very overcast day at the Cairngorms Mountain range.
A very overcast day at the Cairngorms Mountain range. | Source

The Cairngorms National Park

The Cairngorms National Park houses the Cairngorm Ski Resort. The resort is open over the winter months and has a wide range of slopes suitable for both beginners and advanced skiers. There are 30km in runs and also ample provision for snowboarders.

The unique Funicular Mountain railway is a quick and easy way to travel up the 1100 metres to the Ptarmigan Top Station. The Ptarmigan offer much needed refreshment after a busy day ski-ing and is actually the highest cafe in the UK.

For more outdoor pursuits you don't have to travel far. Watersports including windsurfing are provided by Loch Morlich Watersports. Loch Morlich is very close to Aviemore and a beautiful location to spend the day on the water.

Rothiemurchus Estate also offers a large choice of outdoor pursuits including Archery, Quad Treking and Wildlife Watching.

The whole Aviemore area is rich in beautiful scenery and stunning wildlife and is a real pleasure to walk and cycle through.


Stunning Scenery in the Aviemore Area

A paradise for walkers and cyclists.
A paradise for walkers and cyclists. | Source

Why Visit Aviemore and the Cairngorms?

A area rich in natural beauty with a stunning mountain backdrop. Surrounded by ancient pine forests, with it's own beaches and natural lochs.

The location is perfect for a huge range of outdoor activities with the bonus of incredible scenery.

Landmark Ancient Pine with Lightning Scar

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Landmark Forest Adventure Park

Landmark Forest Adventure Park is situation in Carrbridge. It provides a huge range of activities within a natural forest environment.

There is a rollercoaster, watercoaster and also a huge playpark area with slides. Apart from these attractions the park also has high rope works to balance right up in the trees.

There is an ancient pine forest within the park where if you are lucky you can spot red squirrels and also some rare birds. The forest walk around the pines has information points throughout, which provide interesting and fun facts about our natural habitat and it's wildlife. The pine tree which was struck, survived and is now scarred by lightning is an awe inspiring sight.

A large wildlife feeding area exsists where there are a multitude of different birds to spot and also the occasional appearance of a red squirrel.

There is also an excellent maze and a very interesting scientific building called Bamboozle with multiple hands on activities to try.

They even have a steam powered working saw mill with it's own Clydesdale horse. The engine in the saw mill has been replicated to the kind originally used within the Highlands in the 1800's.

The park really does has something for everyone.


The Ancient Forest at Landmark

This photograph doesn't do justice to the haunting beauty of the forest which has stood for so long and seen so much change.
This photograph doesn't do justice to the haunting beauty of the forest which has stood for so long and seen so much change. | Source

Why Visit Landmark Forest Adventure Park?

Landmark provides a great range of activities in a natural environment. You can walk high amongst the trees, splash down on one of the water slides or hunt for red squirrels.

It is excellent value for money and definitely a place which you will revist. again and again.

Wolf Wood at the Highland Wildlife Park

The large woodland area at the Wildlife Park allows incredible views of the wolves behaviour.
The large woodland area at the Wildlife Park allows incredible views of the wolves behaviour. | Source

The Highland Wildlife Park

Owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and spreading over approximately 260 acres. The Highland Wildlife Park gives the rare opportunity to view a wide variety of animals up close.

There is a focus on Scottish native wildlife but there is also a lot of other incredible creatures within the park. The park consists of a drive round area and also an area where you can walk around and view the animals.

It hosts a number of endangered species and hopes to play it's part in helping to ensure their survival.

I found the Wolf Wood within the park an amazing experience. Within a large woodland area a pack of wolves continue with their lives and display such incredible behaviour, that it really is mesmorising.

Polar Bears at Play within the Highland Wildlife Park

Splashing around at the Highland Wildlife Park
Splashing around at the Highland Wildlife Park | Source

Why Visit the Highland Wildlife Park?

The Highland Wildlife Park is a large natural environment which allows the viewing of some incredible animals. It is also seems to be a place where the animals feel at home.

Step Back in Time with the Highland Folk Museum

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How Would You Rate the Aviemore Area as a Holiday Destination?

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of The Aviemore area in the Scottish Highlands

Aviemore the Perfect Highland Base

I hope my article was helpful and showcased some of the many highlights of the Aviemore area. It really is a superb location and if you go once, you will keep going back.


(All opinions expressed in this article are purely the author's thoughts and are in no way connected to any of the businesses or attractions mentioned).

Look Back to Days Gone By

One of the reconstructed buildings at the  Highland Folk Museum.
One of the reconstructed buildings at the Highland Folk Museum. | Source

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh how I'd love to visit your country some day. Thank you for a brief tour and for making me even more determined to get over there one fine day.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I can understand why you go back there; there are so many things to see and to explore! I can't vote to your pole because I would like to explore different activities!

      The Highland Folk Museum must be so interesting. We have a village of the same type about an hour away from Ottawa and we have been there many times with different family members and friends. It's always a great success. There are so many things to learn in those type of villages!

      The wildlife park must be a great place to see all kind of animals.

      Walk in the forest must be great; hear nature, either the birds singing or the wind in the leaves.

      The scenery must be incredible for what I can see in your pictures!

      All around it just sound just awesome for holidays!

      Thanks for sharing this, Anna!

      Voted up, interesting and awesome!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Bill. I am sure you would like it :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you kidscrafts for reading and the votes :)

      It is a great location and you really are spoilt for choice.

      I would love to visit the village near you. History always comes alive when you can walk through it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Anna, I get to travel and see places I've never seen every time I read one of your hubs. You have a friendly style of writing and you offer so much information not to mention awesome photos of the wonderful places you've visited. Thanx for today's trip!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Magical, incredile, wonderful any word would fit.. thank you sharing Family Days out with us bless you Anna...:)

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      What a wonderful write! Anna, I enjoyed your hub and the pictures very much.

      Were you inside with the wolves? It looks like you took the picture stand right behind the wolf. How incredible!

      The tree with the lightening scar is unbelievable. How has it survived since the lightening ran the entire length of the tree?

      The countryside is amazingly beautiful. Like you mentioned,

      so much history must walk those dark woodlands at night.

      You have written an interesting hub that would entice anyone

      to want to visit you homeland. Amazing job!!

      Thank you for sharing this with us.

      DJ.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      The village not to far from Ottawa is called Upper Canada Village. This is link toward a map of the village : http://bit.ly/13nYGeY

      I love the roofs of the houses in the Highland Folk Museum! I went to Ireland beginning of July and there were a few of them but I was told t's less than before because of the risk of fire.

      Those roofs are so unique! I think they remind me of painting of older times I find them really beautiful!

      I hope one day I can go to Scotland and visit :-)

      Enjoy your evening!

      Joelle

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      A brilliant article Anna - love the rugged outdoors, and you've made your review of The Highland Wildlife park really appealing, and Aviemore looks great.Sharing, and have a wonderful evening.

      Kind Regards,

      R.Q.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Bravewarrior.

      I am glad you enjoyed Aviemore.

      Also thank you for saying I had a friendly narrative style. I thought that for anyone going to the area it would be easier to find it all on one page.

      As always I really appreciate your support and feedback.

      Anna :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Frank for reading and for your very generous comment.

      Anna :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi DJ

      The wolves had a large enclosure which had see through areas along the fence. They didn't seem to notice us that much and continued with their own agenda. I was spellbound and had to dragged away. It really was incredible.

      I don't know how the tree survived, the scar runs right down the trunk.

      The ancient trees look much more haunting in real life; the picture doesn't really do it justice.

      Thank you very much for reading and for your great comment.

      Anna :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Joelle

      I looked at the website. It looks similar to the Folk Museum here. Except you have freshly baked bread with the smell wafting through the village.....a big plus!

      I would definitely visit the Village if it wasn't so far away. It looks brilliant.

      The traditional roofs are amazing, so well crafted and real food for the imagination.

      Thank you again.

      Anna :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi RQ

      Thank you very much. The great outdoors is brilliant up there as there is so much to do.

      I love the Wildlife Park, but I won't start going on about the Wolf Wood again. Thank you for reading and sharing.

      I hope your night was a good one as well.

      Anna :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wow, this really sounds like a place where I could get some much needed rest and a great deal of enjoyment.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Aviannovice. It has a great choice for all.

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      LKMore01 3 years ago

      Anna,

      One day I hope to visit all of the attractions you so beautifully described. My vote was for the Highland Wildlife Park but ideally I would love to see all of it. Thanks to you and your brilliant photography we have been given a magical glimpse of Scotland. Thank you!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Lisa

      Thank you very much. I like the Highland Wildlife Park the best as well :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      These are enchanting Scottish attractions. I had the chance to visit your lovely country and would have loved to visit some of these places, especially the wildlife park.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      It is a very different type of place, where the animal have large areas to roam free. Thank you very much for reading and commenting FlourishAnyway :)

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