Walks in Aviemore

Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Thu, 2009-12-17

No matter what type of walker of walker you are this particularly beautiful part of Inverness-shire will accommodate you.

The managed forests at Glenmore, along the edge of Loch Morlich, Boat of Garten, and Carr-Bridge offer a variety of short walks on well kept pathways, many are suitable for wheelchair users too!

Rothiemurchus Estate offers a variety of marked routes (maps can be obtained from the Visitor Centre). There are three maps available:

  • The Quiet Walk – 1.5 to 6km depending on the route taken
  • The Lochs Walk – up to 4 miles again dependent on your chosen route
  • Views of Mountains Walk 5.6 miles (approx 2.5 to 3 hours) and this walk takes you past the Bronze Age Hut Circle.

Glenmore Forest Park runs along the shores of Loch Morlich, known for it’s wonderful Sandy Beach. Be aware however, that each car-park has a meter and a charge of £1 is requested for using the facilities. Public Toilets are available opposite the Caravan and Camping site.

The park is riddled with pathways. If you are a Hill Walker then ask at the Visitor Centre about Shepherd’s Hill, Ryvoan Pass and Serpent’s Loch Trails.

The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre offers a more unusual walk! The centre visits the herd every day at 11am (from May to September visits are also made at 2:30pm). There is a short drive followed by a 20 minute (ish) walk over the hill. Transport can be provided for the drive.

The Badenoch Way offers from 16km to 38km if you walk all of the tributary routes as well. The route starts out at either Dalraddy Holiday Park or the RSPB Car Park at the Insh Marshes Reserve. The walks encompass mountain views, glens, rivers, lochs, woodlands and much more. Be prepared to see Scottish wildlife such as Osprey’s, deer, squirrel and swans.

Loch Morlich and the sandy beach

Loch Morlich view of the Cairngorms

Forest Walk

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