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Aviemore is a great base camp for our Mont Blanc training weekends as it provides an inspiring location to explore the brilliant mountain walking, scrambling, and climbing in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. It’s also a lively small mountain town with many outdoor activities to enjoy, plenty of accommodation, shops, restaurants, cafés and other amenities.
Aviemore is well signposted with access via the A9 from the North and South, situated between Perth and Inverness. Approximate driving times are 45 minutes from Inverness and two hours 45 minutes from Glasgow.
Aviemore is well serviced with good rail & road links from the South, East and North! Glasgow and Inverness airports are 149 and 32 miles respectively from Aviemore. There are also flights into Edinburgh and Prestwick Airports which are a bit further away. It is also accessible by train from all major Scottish cities as well as the Caledonian Sleepers overnight train service from London Euston.
Bus operators Megabus run services from London, Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, and other cities / airports to and from Aviemore.
Many accommodation options exist in Aviemore from Youth Hostels to comfortable hotels and self-catering houses. Here is a list of suggestions:
Below are some links to the weather forecasts we suggest you use to check conditions before travel.
Traditional Pub near the river with open log fire and often live music. Serves excellent, home-cooked food for lunch and dinner.
Aka “Winky” on the main street serving a selection of award-winning beers, real ales and Scottish cuisine.
On the main street, near the river. Simple Indian food in a friendly atmosphere.
Situated in the Macdonald Aviemore resort, this is a contemporary American-style family diner, serving tasty burgers, burritos, and nachos.
There is further information on places to eat and drink HERE.
If you need to do a bit of shopping prior to the course starting for kit then you have both Tiso, situated in the retail park in town and also Ellis Bringham Mountain Sports on the main street. Both stock a wide range of outdoor clothing and accessories.
If you plan to spend more time in the area then there are plenty of attractions to visit and enjoy. The Strathspey Steam Railway, the Rothiemurchus Estate where you can do many outdoor activities and visit their beautiful farm shop. There is the Highland Wildlife Park and also a Folk Museum in Newtomore.
Further information is available here on the Visit Aviemore website.