Aviemore is one of the best places in Scotland for a family break away. Set in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore is surrounded by some fantastic family friendly attractions. With guaranteed family fun and entertainment at every turn, you’ll find everything you need here for a memorable and hassle free holiday. Aviemore and the Cairngorms is waiting to become your family’s special playground.
6 Family friendly things to do around Aviemore
Landmark is one big family adventure! A unique place to visit with some amazing attractions. Think wild water coasters, a family friendly roller coaster, a tropical butterfly house with parakeets and exotic flowers, the mind boggling ‘Wonderwood’, High Ropes Trails and a Skydive. Dare you take on the maze with bubbling mud pools, dangerous caverns, dangerous creatures and a magic waterfall gateway? A weekly or season ticket is a must here as one visit is never enough.
Cairngorm Mountain is a favourite destination for hill walkers, families and snowsports enthusiasts and home to the highest postbox….postcards at the ready! If you are an adventurous family take a guided walk to the top of Cairngorm Mountain and explore the arctic landscape on the plateau. Or, at the base station, enjoy a shot on the tubing slides or adventure playground. In winter you can ski or snowboard and there are snowsports schools to help you get started or improve your technique.
Rothiemurchus is a special place at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park on the edge of Aviemore. You can enjoy a relaxing visit here in stunning scenery with wildlife such as red squirrels and deer for company. Rothiemurchus is a magical place to visit with lots of opportunities for adventures. There is something for all ages here and you can enjoy all sorts of activities such as Feeding the Deer, a Hairy Coo Safari, Treezone Aerial Adventure Park, Fishing, Quad Bike Treks, Pony Treks, Paddle Boarding the River Spey and Family Rafting to name but a few. After all that fresh air you can enjoy a good slice of cake in the Barn Cafe or some retail therapy at the Rothiemurchus Centre.
The Aviemore Ice Rink opened in September 2021 after a huge community effort. Open 7 days a week, the Ice Rink is a brilliant all weather facility where you can learn to skate, hone your skills, enjoy the evening Ice Discos, Neon Nights and Snow Parties.
The Highland Folk Museum is Britain’s first open air museum and sits on a site a mile long. A museum that lives and breathes and lets you journey into the past. The kids will love the play park and township houses and you can bribe them with a trip to the old fashioned sweetie shop. If you are a fan of the books and TV series Outlander which has a cult following, you have come to the right place. In 2014 the 1700s Highland Township was used as a filming location for the TV series.
At the Highland Wildlife Park you will find Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world’s mountains and tundra in a beautiful Highland setting. Home to the UK’s first polar bear cub for 25 years, it is an exciting time at the Park. When you enter the Park you can drive around the main reserve and then check out the walk around area on foot. The Park is home to native species such as the Scottish Wildcat and Capercaillie as well as Amur Tigers, Snow Leopards, Polar Bears, Northern Lynx, European Grey Wolf and Japanese Macaque. We highly recommend taking the guided land rover trip round the main reserve or attending the daily talks. At no extra cost to your entry ticket this is a great way to get insight from the animal keepers as you drive around.
These are just some of the brilliant things to do around Aviemore.