The CairnGorm Mountain Centre is an essential part of any visit to the park, no matter what time of year...
CairnGorm Mountain car park is 9 miles south east of Aviemore. From Aviemore, take the B970 and follow the signs to CairnGorm Mountain past Glenmore.
In the winter season, CairnGorm Mountain is Scotland’s most popular ski resort and offers a variety of runs for skiing, snowboarding and sledging. You can check out the snowboard park or ski down the seven green, six blue and eight red runs or test your skills on the black piste.
Getting to the top of the mountain couldn’t be easier. A funicular railway runs to the Top Station just 400 m from the summit, from where visitors can walk to the top of the mountain from the car park or join a guided walk (please book in advance).
To warm yourself up, pop into the Cas Bar at the summit and try a reviving hot chocolate or grab something to eat in 1097, formerly the Ptarmigan Restaurant, which at 1,097 m above sea level is the UK’s highest restaurant.
There are also plenty other ways to enjoy the great outdoors within Cairngorms National Park, so be sure to have your camera at the ready and look out for many fascinating and rare animals including capercaillies, mountain hares and pine martins along the way.
Set amid the picturesque Alvie estate south of Aviemore and near the village of Kincraig, Alvie Stables offers a programme of horse riding and trekking for all ages and abilities. Take a lesson, or simply enjoy rides or hacks of up to an hour and a half.
A short distance away, another popular Highland estate, Rothiemurchus, is home to a multi-activity centre where you can try your hand at everything from clay pigeon shooting and archery to 4x4 driving, gorge walking and white-water rafting.
If you're looking for more active adventures, the Glenlivet estate near Tomintoul covers 90 sq m and offers great fishing opportunities and many miles of waymarked walking and cycle trails.