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Living in Aviemore: The Local Area Guide

Aviemore was once a small, quiet town nestled in the Cairngorms National Park, but during the 1960s it was transformed into a busy resort for people who wanted to ski on the slopes of the Cairngorm Mountains, and is now the UK’s premier skiing destination. The town is also popular in the summer months with walkers, climbers, and cyclists. One of its most enduring features is a 4000-year old stone circle, which is now surrounded by a housing estate. As would be expected from a popular tourist destination, the town has a great selection of shops, restaurants and bars.

Aviemore is a town that is well suited to people who love the outdoors and the Cairngorms National Park offers plenty of activities such as horse riding, white water rafting, and clay pigeon shooting, It is also a good choice for people who love wildlife: ospreys, reindeer, red squirrels and other rare animals can all be found if you keep your eyes open.


The 2011 census found that the population of Aviemore was 2,386, an increase of almost 11% since the 2001 census. The average age of the population has risen as well, with a large amount of residents being between the age of 55 and 64.

There’s are a mix of professional and non-professional jobs within the town, and its residents are slightly more affluent than other towns of its ilk. Self-employment is prevalent in the town, likely due to the effects of tourism.


Aviemore Primary School has 267 pupils and has been rated as a well-performing school, with the Scottish Literary Report stating that 88% of pupils perform well in reading at a p7 level (age 11).

Kingussie High School is the closest secondary school, a 25-minute drive away. The nearest university is in Aberdeen, though Glasgow, Edinburgh, and St Andrews are all within easy reach.


Aviemore has its own railway station, which is located on the Highland Main line between Perth and Inverness. There are seven trains each weekday to Edinburgh (one of which goes onto London Kings Cross), four to Glasgow and an overnight sleeper to London Euston. Heading north, there are twelve daily departures to Inverness.


Amenities and shopping

Aviemore is, of course, primarily known as a resort, so it’s a wonderful place for those who love skiing or snowboarding, though there are plenty of great summer activities too. Its location very near the Cairngorms National Park puts it right on the doorstep of some of the most stunning scenery in the UK. For railway enthusiasts, there is also the Strashspey Steam Railway, which has its terminus in Aviemore Railway Station.

The town has a great selection of restaurants, pubs, cafes, and takeaways, covering every cuisine from Indian to Italian. There is also the Cairngorm Microbrewery where you can buy some beer or go on a tour. When it comes to shopping, there are a lot of outdoor activity shops and small independent gift shops, as well as a couple of handy food shops such as the Co-op and Tesco Metro.

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