Active Outdoor Pursuits – Adventures, Activities, Training and Holidays!

If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, training course or holiday, you’ve come to the right place! Active Outdoor Pursuits were established in 1999 and are one of the most respected outdoor activity providers in Scotland. We have developed our facilities & services to provide a comprehensive and dynamic approach to supporting people and groups of all ages and experience to realise their outdoor adventure dreams and ambitions.

Active provides a wide range of adventurous activities and courses on or in the water, on the mountain, on snow, rock and by mountain bike. Why not get immersed and try out canyoning or gorge scrambling? If you prefer to be on the water then white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking and ducky trips are all available daily from Active Aviemore throughout the year. In winter, the Active snow sports school offers ski and snowboard lessons and rental at Cairngorm Mountain and the Lecht Ski Centres.

If it’s a career in the outdoors you’re thinking of then look no further than Active’s 4 and 5 month Outdoor Instructor Training Courses. For schools, colleges and other groups we provide 2-5 day multi activity courses based at Craigower Lodge Outdoor Centre in Newtonmore, perfectly situated in the magnificent Cairngorms National Park. Further afield, throughout the summer months Active operates a programme of adventure journeys and expeditions throughout the Scottish Highlands by sea kayak, canoe, bike and on foot.

Active are rated a 4 star Visit Scotland Activity Provider. We are an AALA licensed company and are accredited by Adventuremark, LOtC and IOL.. We are an approved BCU paddle sports provider as well as an accredited activities provider (AAP) for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

If you’re looking for a place to stay whilst visiting the Aviemore area or the Cairngorms, we offer groups and individuals accommodation at Craigower Lodge. Newtonmore is an excellent base for hill walking and paddle sports with easy access to the rivers Spey, Spean, Roy and Findhorn. For snowsports, Cairngorm is 20 minutes from Active Aviemore, The Lecht 40 minutes and Nevis Range only 45 minutes from Craigower Lodge. For mountain biking enthusiasts, Lagan Wolftrax is just 15 minutes away and we have access to hundreds of miles of excellent mountain biking trails. Newtonmore is also an excellent base for field trips and to experience cultural and historic Scotland with numerous distilleries, museums, castles & battlefields within an easy drive.

At Active Aviemore you can book onto any of our activity days or outdoor activity courses. The Aviemore Outdoor Centre is staffed by experienced staff and qualified instructors who are happy to advise on what’s available or where to go.

If you need to get kitted out for the outdoors, The Active Outdoor Equipment Shop stocks a wide range of climbing, trekking and paddle sports equipment from top brands like Salewa, Millet, DMM, Black Diamond, Palm, Mad River canoes, Lettman and Werner paddles.

We offer full rental and expedition support services. We can arrange equipment and transfers as well as guided journeys on the River Spey and The Great Glen Canoe Trail. We also hire canoes, kayaks, sea kayaks and mountain bikes. In winter we offer Alpine ski and snowboard rental as well as ski mountaineering equipment rental. Each season our ex-rental equipment goes up for sale at great prices.                       

Upstairs at Active Aviemore we have the Active Cafaidh, a great place to meet up with friends. Our hearty breakfasts and lunches are just the thing to prepare you for a day of adventure.  With splendid views of the Cairngorm Mountains, our Aviemore Cafaidh is also the perfect place to kick back and relax at the end of the day with local ale or some home baking and a cup of our fabulous Bei & Nannini Italian coffee. The Cafaidh is available to rent for private functions and events.