Discover Adventure in Aviemore: Outdoor Activities for all in Scotland

Are you itching for your next adrenaline rush? Look no further than the breathtaking landscapes of Aviemore, Scotland, where adventure awaits at every turn. Nestled amidst the majestic Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore boasts an abundance of outdoor pursuits sure to get your heart racing and your spirits soaring. In this guide, we will explore the thrilling array of activities offered by Active Outdoor Pursuits, your gateway to excitement in the heart of Scotland.

Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit in Aviemore & The Cairngorms National Park

Aviemore’s story is one steeped in the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Once a quiet Highland village, it has evolved into a bustling hub for outdoor enthusiasts, drawing visitors from far and wide to experience its breathtaking vistas and escapades. From its growth from a humble railway junction serving the Speyside region to its transformation into a thriving adventure destination, Aviemore has remained a beacon of exploration and discovery. The landscape offers the perfect location for a number of outdoor adventures.

White Water rafting Aviemore & the Cairngorms

Ride the Rapids of the Highlands: White Water Activities in Aviemore

Dive into the exhilarating world of white water rafting as you navigate the swirling waters of the River Spey. Feel the adrenaline surge through your veins as you tackle challenging rapids and experience the raw power of nature. Whether you are a seasoned rafter or a first-time adventurer, our expert guides at Active Outdoor Pursuits will ensure a safe and unforgettable journey down the river.

Canyoning in the Highlands

Embark on a thrilling descent into the hidden gems of Aviemore’s rugged landscape with a canyoning trip. Traverse through narrow gorges, plunge into crystal-clear pools, and abseil down sheer rock faces as you explore the untamed beauty of the Scottish Highlands. With our experienced instructors leading the way, you will embark on an adventure unlike any other.

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Shred the Slopes of the Famous Cairngorm Mountains

Experience the ultimate winter thrill by skiing in the Cairngorms, home to some of Scotland’s best slopes. Whether you are a seasoned skier or a novice hitting the snow for the first time, Aviemore offers great conditions and breathtaking views for an unforgettable skiing experience. At Active Outdoor Pursuits, we cater to all skill levels with our comprehensive range of ski and snow sports lessons, available at premier Scottish locations. Our primary focus rests on the Lecht, renowned as Scotland’s best learning hub for skiing, ensuring an optimal environment for honing your skills and mastering the slopes in the Cairngorms.

While the above only gives a taste of the outdoor activities you can expect to enjoy in the Aviemore area, there is so much more to discover:

  • Canoeing: Join our introductory or coaching days to learn canoeing skills amidst the scenic Aviemore & Cairngorms area. Progress from flat water to rivers safely. Additionally, experience the thrill of a canoe river trip, perfect for those seeking to advance their skills from flat water to moving water environments.
  • Kayaking: Begin with our introductory sessions on flat water, then advance to gentle river journeys. Coaching is also available for those with experience who want to further develop their skills, whether on flat or moving water.
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP): Experience the waters of Aviemore and Cairngorms with SUP, suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Relax, enjoy, and develop new skills while surrounded by stunning scenery.
  • Rock Climbing and Abseiling: At Active Outdoor Pursuits we have something for everyone, from beginners to those who want to give lead climbing or multi pitch climbing a go, in one of the country’s best climbing environments.
  • Hillwalking: Explore the Cairngorms on foot with various hillwalking activities, including the incredible Cairngorm 4000ers Hillwalking Challenge. Embark on an adventure to summit the five highest mountains in the Cairngorms National Park and experience the beauty of Scotland’s remote landscapes.
  • Ducky River Trips: Enjoy family-friendly fun on smaller inflatable rafts along the River Spey from our Aviemore base throughout the year. Perfect for families and young adventurers, this grade 2+ river trip offers bounce and splash amidst breathtaking surroundings.
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Our experienced guides can help you select an outdoor activity or trip that best suits your abilities and preferences.

Accommodation for Outdoor Activities in Aviemore

If you’re seeking both accommodation and thrilling outdoor adventures for your group, look no further than Craigower Outdoor Lodge Centre, situated in Newtonmore, just 16 miles from Aviemore, within the breathtaking Cairngorms National Park.

Nestled amidst the natural splendour of the park, this lodge offers the ideal base for year-round outdoor pursuits, including mountain, water, and snow sports. With an array of low and high-level walks and cycle routes on its doorstep, as well as enchanting nature trails and riverside paths, there is no shortage of exploration opportunities for wildlife and nature enthusiasts.

In addition to the exhilarating activities provided by Active Outdoor Pursuits, guests staying at Craigower Lodge can delve into the rich cultural tapestry of the area. Discover the Highland Folk Museum, offering a fascinating glimpse into Highland life spanning centuries, with the added allure of being a filming location for the renowned series Outlander. Witness the prowess of Newtonmore Camanachd Club, the most successful shinty team in Scottish history, by catching a home match at the Eilean. And don’t miss the chance to explore the 10km waymarked Wild Cat Nature Trail, encircling the village, while challenging yourself to spot as many wild cats as you can along the way.

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Accommodating up to 71 people comfortably, Craigower Lodge can be divided into two groups, each enjoying their own dedicated accommodation, lounges, and kitchens. Whether you are planning a school trip, corporate retreat, or family reunion, this versatile lodge provides the perfect setting for groups of all kinds to come together and create lasting memories amidst the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.

Outdoor Activities for Groups in Aviemore

From Craigower Lodge, there is so much opportunity on your doorstep with activities to suit groups of all sizes. Take a look at what’s on offer for groups at Active Outdoor Pursuits:

School Residential Trips: Inspire the Next Generation

Give your students a taste of adventure with a school residential trip in Aviemore. From team-building challenges to outdoor skills workshops, we offer tailored programmes designed to foster confidence, resilience, and a love for the great outdoors. Engaging in outdoor education offers children a myriad of benefits, nurturing both their physical and mental well-being.

Stag and Hen Parties: Celebrate in Style

Want to do something different to celebrate your upcoming nuptials with the people who matter most to you? Make your special day truly memorable with an adrenaline-fuelled stag or hen party in Aviemore. Whether you are seeking high-octane thrills or laid-back outdoor fun, a bespoke adventure experience to suit your group’s preferences can be created. From white water rafting to canyoning, and even a luxury whisky and chocolate experience, let Active Outdoor Pursuits kick-start your celebration with an unforgettable outdoor adventure.

Corporate Away Days: Team-Building with a Twist

Elevate your team-building activities with a corporate away day in the heart of Scotland. Break away from the boardroom and immerse your team in the natural beauty of the Cairngorms with our tailored adventure experiences. From team-building activities such as white water rafting and canyoning to heart-pumping abseiling and adventure races, Active Outdoor Pursuits will help strengthen bonds, foster collaboration, and inspire creativity in your team.

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Expert Guidance from Active Outdoor Pursuits

Aviemore is a haven for thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts alike, with Craigower Outdoor Lodge Centre serving as your premier destination for unforgettable outdoor experiences. From white water rafting to skiing, school trips to stag parties, there is something for everyone in this outdoor paradise.

Whether you are seeking exciting and amazing thrills or scenic tranquillity, we offer a range of activities to suit every taste and skill level. Contact us today to book your adventure and experience the best of outdoor Scotland.

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