Cairngorms & Strathspey
Aviemore is perhaps the best known tourist centre of the area and is a small town in a lovely setting beneath the Cairngorm itself. Developed from a winter ski resort it now has attractions galore, both organised and scenic, to tempt the year round visitor. Nearby Boat of Garten is famous for its ospreys and just a few miles further is Grantown-on-Spey, beyond which the Strathspey valley offers legendary fishing, walking and, of course, the distilleries for which the area is so famous.
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A Wild, Mountainous Region
Although Aviemore is famous as a ski centre, visitors can enjoy a range of watersports on Loch Morlich and Loch Insh during the warmer weather, and salmon fishing in the Spey and its tributaries.
The Cairngorm mountains (some of them rising to over 1,100 metres) help form a stunning landscape with plenty of wildlife and a variety of flora and fauna.
Strathspey is a country of heather hills and rushing mountain streams that strikes an instant chord with lovers of whisky the world over.
The villages and small towns along the A9 which follows the Spey valley, offer a range of accommodation and activities for visitors. Nearby Loch Morlich is famous for sailing and its outdoor centre, while the surrounding mountains offer superb walking and climbing.
This area is very popular with wildlife lovers as the woodland habitat in the valleys and heather-clad foothills are ideal for rare species such as the pine marten, wildcat, red squirrel, osprey, capercaillie, red and black grouse and crossbill. The higher slopes offer an opportunity to view golden eagles, peregrine falcons, ptarmigan, snow bunting, dotterel and reindeer.