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Where Winter Comes To Life…Let’s Make It Playful

Welcome to our The Cairngorms Where Winter Comes to Life series – a celebration of the Cairngorms through the winter.  Choose a winter break full of adventure or a winter recharge…the Cairngorms is the perfect backdrop. 

Winter in the Cairngorms is like no other – the magical moments captured in the softer light of winter, wrapped in those extra layers and knowing that there is a cosy fire waiting for us at the end of the day make everything that little bit more special.

There are generations who’s favourite memories are encased in the mountains, lochs and cosy nooks of the National Park…and there are so many more moments to capture this winter.  

The Cairngorms is the UK’s original winter destination and it will bring your winter to life, this winter break visit the Cairngorms National Park and make yours PLAYFUL

The Lecht, Glenshee and Cairngorm Mountain 

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Snowboarding at Cairngorm Mountain. Image: Ed Smith Photography

We are a lucky bunch in the Cairngorms with three ski centres on our doorstep.  The Lecht, Glenshee and Cairngorm Mountain are magnificent and awe inspiring cloaked in snow. Those who love to get on their skis or snowboard, are in their element when the snow comes in, especially on those bluebird days of clear skies, fresh snow and adventures waiting to unfold. All ages and stages are welcome to experience a day on the slopes. Come and play on the wonderful slopes of the Cairngorms.  

Aviemore Community Ice Rink

Aviemore Ice Rink

The sliding adventure carries on in the centre of Aviemore with the Aviemore Community Ice Rink – you can get your skates on or have a crack at curling.  This community venture has fun and good times at its core – come and get stuck (or slide!) in.

The Zip Park

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Zip Park at G2 Adventure Park at Alvie Estate near Aviemore

The Zip Park will let you see the Cairngorms from a whole new perspective.  Suspended in the trees of the Alvie Gorge you will have the chance to embrace the treetops as you speed through the forest zip trails – with guided or unguided options.  This is playful at full throttle!

Rothiemurchus – Winter Quad Biking 

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Quad Biking at Rothiemurchus. Image: Ed Smith Photography

Rothiemurchus is an iconic Cairngorms destination who love and care for their little corner of the National Park and are 100% dedicated to bringing a bit of playful magic to its visitors.  Jumping on a quad bike to adventure through the trails of the forest is the perfect combination of exhilaration and adventure whilst surrounded by the beauty of the forest canopy.  Your smiles will be wide, your cheeks rosy and hearts full.  

Loch Insh Outdoor Center

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The Glice Rink at Loch Insh

The possibilities for winter fun at Loch Insh Outdoor Center are endless – there is archery, an ice rink with the most spectacular view but we are here to talk about the tubing…which is FABULOUS!  Perfect for the competitive and great across the generations…let the kids race granny down the hill…we think she might surprise you!

Landmark Forest Adventure Park

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Networx up in the trees at Landmark Forest Adventure Park

Networx is Scotland’s first aerial net challenge – it is a perfect combination that will have every generation bouncing, laughing and getting out of puff!  This new adventure is a fabulous addition to Landmark Park – an iconic attraction in the Cairngorms which opened in 1970…these guys know how to bring some playful magic to your stay.

Snow + Sledge = Fun 

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Sledging fun

We can’t talk about a playful winter in the Cairngorms without mentioning the magic of a sledging session followed by a good old snowball fight.  Tuck in behind your sledge, get your snowballs made and choose your team…strategic ambush, revenge attacks and belly laughs are the name of the game…take no prisoners…playful just got serious!

This is just a snapshot of the playful fun you can have in the Cairngorms…there is a winter full of fun, laughs and magic.  Let the National Park fill your heart with fun and your soul with memories. Read our other blogs from the series to learn why this is where winter comes to life.

We are so lucky to be able to offer so much to do here in the Cairngorms during the winter season. Check opening hours with local businesses on the links above to make sure they fit with your plans.

Read our other blogs in the Where Winter Comes to Life Series

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