Local Area

A place of wonder

Avielochan provides an escape to nature whilst also remaining within a short drive to fantastic eateries and activities.

Eating Out

We are lucky to have some fantastic options for dining in the local area, below is a list of some of our favourites.

Anderson's

BOAT OF GARTEN

Anderson’s is a fantastic family restaurant that prides itself on using local produce. Regular menu plus special pie nights.

The Cairn

CARRBRIDGE

A good pub, The Cairn provides nice bar meals and excellent selection of local beers and whisky. Dogs welcome too.

Cairngorm Hotel

AVIEMORE

With a lively atmosphere the Cairngorm Hotel provides traditional fare at very good value.  Entertainment some nights in the bar.

Rowan Tree

AVIEMORE

The Rowan Tree Restaurant provides fine dining in a traditional inn overlooking Loch Alvie.

Muckrach Lodge

DULNAIN BRIDGE

Muckrach is a beautiful country house hotel in Dulnain Bridge that offers daytime and evening dining.

La Taverna

AVIEMORE

La Taverna Restaurant and pizzeria is family friendly with great views of the Cairngorms.

Wildlife

At Avielochan the wildlife comes to you!  Our wee loch attracts many species including Osprey, Golden Eye and Otters too. Walking in the woods you may encounter roe deer, badger, fox and woodcock. Around the farm our sheds are fine nesting spots for swallows and wagtails and the sandy bank is taken over by the sand martens

Nearby we have:

Abernethy National Nature Reserve

NETHY BRIDGE

Ancient Caledonian pine forest and the World famous Loch Garten Osprey Centre

Insh Marshes

INSH

An important wetland area supporting populations of breeding waders including curlew, lapwing, redshank and snipe

Craigellachie Nature Reserve

AVIEMORE

Superb views above Aviemore, trails through birch woods, rare butterflies and moths, perhaps you will spot a peregrine falcon overhead!

Highland Wildlife Park

NETHY BRIDGE

Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world’s mountains and tundra. Native species such as Capercaillie and Wildcat and those from further afield such as the Amur Tiger and Polar Bear.

Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

GLENMORE

Outdoor Activities

Cycling

The Cairngorms National Park boasts an impressive 64km of off-road cycle routes, read more here

Bike hire is available at Mikes Bikes based in Aviemore

Hiking

There are some lovely walks from Avielochan and great walks on paths around the Cairngorms National Park, read more here.

Snowsports

Avielochan is within easy reach of the Cairngorm Mountain and the Lecht ski centres.

Fishing

Avielochan water is privately leased from Strathspey Estate by Jim Cornfoot. Jim is owner of the Osprey Fishing School and teaches fly fishing.  He can provide friendly advice on fishing throughout the area.  Jim can be contacted on 01479 810632 or jimcornfoot@btopenworld.com

The Rothiemurchus Estate has a trout fishery, stocked lochs and salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Spey call 01479 812345 for more information.

Abernethy Angling Association offer permits for beats on the River Spey call 01479 831274 for more information.

Mortimers of Speyside are located on the High Street in Grantown on Spey provide permits, equipment, clothing, accessories. Call 01479 872684 for more information.  

Strathspey Angling Improvement Association can be found at www.speyfishing-grantown.co.uk

Loch Vaa is leased by Speyside Property Services.  They offer fly fishing at a cost of £30 per person per day.  The loch is stocked with rainbow and brown trout.  Boats are available too.  For more information or to book call 01479 810656.

Outdoor Activity Organisers

Craggan Outdoors Activity Centre – located just outside Grantown on Spey

Active Spirit www.activespirit.co.uk – Located near Aviemore

Family Activities and Places to Visit

The  Snow Roads – a 90-mile journey between the picturesque market town of Blairgowrie to the traditional Highland town of Grantown-on-Spey.   The route traverses the highest public road in Britain taking you through some of the most outstanding landscapes in the eastern Cairngorms. The road links the communities of Braemar, Ballater and Tomintoul with a range of natural and cultural attractions. Three stunning Scenic Route Installations provide new opportunities to stop and explore this wild and beautiful highland countryside.  A Cairngorms photo-post is also located at each installation to allow you to capture changes in the landscape. –

Photography, Art & Galleries

1896 Gallery – Boat of Garten

Hill View Cottage

Large bungalow with stunning views over Avielochan to the mountains

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The Croft

Traditional Croft building with fantastic character 

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Lochside Cottage

Large Cosy Bungalow with open plan kitchen, living & dinging

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The Hide

Modern Caravan comes with every comfort- relax and enjoy the view

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