Fairytale castle set amidst the magnificent splendour of the Cairngorms. on Royal Deeside. An impressive turreted fortress built in 1628 by the Earl of Mar with star shaped defensive curtain wall, barrel vaulted ceilings and a scary underground prison. Used by Hanovarian troops after Culloden, it was later transformed by the Farquharsons of Invercauld into a home of unusual charm. The Castle is now run by the community of Braemar and is open to the public at weekends from 1100 to 1600 until the end of October.
The Cairngorm Brewery Company, established in 2001, is situated in the village of Aviemore within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. We brew traditional ales with a fresh new edge, by using well established brewing methods, the finest malted and roast barley, hops and crystal clear mountain water. Free daily Tours at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm Monday to Friday. Groups and individuals are very welcome. Pre-booking is advised.
This impressive castle consists of a medieval tower house built in the 16th century surrounded by a massive star-shaped 18th century perimeter wall. Set in the middle of nowhere on the side of a heather moor, the setting adds much to the atmosphere of this remote castle. It was initially used as the fortified home of the Forbeses of Corgaff and witness to the bloody slaughter of 27 including many children as part of a local feud. Later it was turned into a soldiers barracks and used as the base to hunt down Jacobite sympathisers and whisky smugglers.
Experience Scottish wildlife as well as international endangered animals of mountains and tundra in the spectacular setting of the Highland Wildlife Park. Drive around the Main Reserve in your own car and then investigate the walk-round area by foot.
The Highland Wildlife Park was opened in 1972 and is run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain's only herd of reindeer, found free ranging in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland. These extremely tame and friendly animals are a joy to all who come and see them. There is a daily visit to the reindeer, weather permitting, departing from the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre at 11.00 am. Additional visits during the summer. Under the supervision of our trained guides, our visitors can feed and stroke the reindeer. Reindeer can also be visited in paddocks at the information centre. Telephone 01479 861228.
This massive infantry barracks was built in 1719 in response to the first Jacobite rebellion. It was burnt down by Prince Charles Edward Stuart's army in 1746. Today the impressive ruins stand high above Insh Marshes and make a good outing from Kingussie only 1km away.
The true value of a museum is to give an awareness of our roots, enabling us to understand where we are now. Without memory and a sense of belonging, our lives have no meaning. For Grantown, this memory begins in 1765. Grantown Museum tells the story of the town's beginnings and is a source of great pride to the people of Grantown. The museum was awarded 'Commended' in the Scottish Museum of the Year Awards 1999. Temporary exhibitions are also a regular feature.
Royal Lochnagar distillery is situated on the south side of the River Dee close to Balmoral Castle. Age old traditions and craftmanship produce one of Scotland's most exclusive whiskies. A visit to Royal Lochnagar is a timeless experience. You can see the distillers tending to the traditional mashtun and gleaming copper stills. At the tour end your complimentary dram will confirm that Royal Lochnagar is a malt whisky worthy of the 'Royal' prefix to its name.The Distillery Visitor Centre was refurbished in 1998 to incorporate a shop which stocks a large range of single malt whiskies.
The Speyside Centre is an award winning 4-star visitor attraction. The centre welcomes coaches and has access for all with wheelchairs available. There's lots to see, with the Unique Heather Story Exhibition, Wildlife Viewing Stations, Art Gallery, Display Garden and Garden Centre, Gift Shop and Heather Trail amongst much more.
Steam Through The Scottish Highlands with Strathspey Railway. Located in Aviemore, Strathspey Railway takes you on a nostalgic 20 mile round trip, showcasing some spectacular views on board as you steam through the stunning Cairngorms National Park with one of our very special steam engines.
Visitors can make their trip extra special with our unique on board dining options. Whether you would like a full three course Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea with sandwiches, cakes and scones with jam and cream, Light Lunch or simply just a cup of tea and a biscuit, you can add some dining to make your trip all the more enjoyable.
Forest Theme Park in Carrbridge with attractions for all the family. Attractions include the Water Coaster, Skyedive, RopeWorx high wire challenge course. Tree-top Red Squirrel trail explores the Forest, or why not climb the tallest timber tower in the country? Microworld exhibition on the bugs and beasties, and Adventure Land play areas. Restaurant and gift shop on site.
An opportunity to sample the 'Gentle Spirit' of the glen at one of the highest distilleries in the land, Dalwhinnie is a wonderfully full-bodied, smooth and warming malt whisky. Situated high in the Grampian mountains, near the geographical centre of Scotland, Dalwhinnie has for centuries been a meeting place, principally for the cattle drovers travelling down to the markets at Crieff and Falkirk in the south. It is probable that there an illicit still at Dalwhinnie, to meet their needs, as the journey was long and arduous, and required frequent resting periods. Today you can tour the distillery, taste the whisky and browse the visitor centre shop.