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We are off to Aviemore next week for a week and although I was in the same rough area at Easter I wondered if anyone had some ideas for the best places to visit this time of year? When we were up there at Easter there seemed so many options but not having been before it was trial and error and I know we missed out on several locations. Happy to travel a bit - if able with the weather! I know Loch Garten & Rothiemurchus are close, any other ideas?



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JohnParminter 10 1.3k 14 England
3 Nov 2012 7:56AM
Loch Avon in the Cairngorms. From Aviemore, burn up the ski road, don walking boots and tramp over the dreary Cairn Gorm and down t'other side to get a skek of this view.

puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 9:24AM
If you want to visit some historical buildings, try, Glamis Castle, Scone Palace and Blair Athol. Stunning castles and amazing countryside around them.
Snapper Plus
12 4.3k 3 United States Outlying Islands
3 Nov 2012 10:43AM
A quick look at your portfolio suggests that the Highland Wildlife Park should be on your list.

And if you want to see what the weather is like, there's the Snow Monkey Webcam which shows it's a cracking morning and feeding time is at 1130! Grin
mdpontin 13 6.0k Scotland
3 Nov 2012 11:04AM
A little bit south of Aviemore, but don't forget Ruthven Barracks , near Kingussie. Lots of photographic potential there, particularly around twilight.

I don't need to mention Loch Morlich , I'm sure, but it's a good place for some moody landscapes. (Shameless self-promotion: there's a Loch Morlich photo in my portfolio, too Wink)

Edit: Slightly further afield but perhaps still within range, if you fancy something a bit more industrial you could give Laggan Dam a look. I've never seen it as impressive as in this YouTube clip, but if you're lucky it could be quite impressive:

3 Nov 2012 11:27AM

Quote: ... and although I was in the same rough area at Easter ...


Bit harsh on Aviemore - I was there in September and didn't think it was too rough at all ... Wink
MikeRC Plus
12 3.6k United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 11:31AM
....'fraid I can't help but I hope you have a great trip.
....good luck....Mike
3 Nov 2012 11:35AM
Look out for red squirrels and the elusive created tits in glenmore forest
mdpontin 13 6.0k Scotland
3 Nov 2012 12:34PM
One problem with recommending places to visit in the Highlands is that no matter what you recommend, there's usually something else to see "just a few miles" along the road. Distances soon add up and before you know it you're spending a lot of time on the road, and at this time of year that can mean long journeys back to base in the dark.

That said, if you do travel as far as Loch Laggan, just a few miles further along the road brings you to Spean Bridge, and fantastic views of the Nevis range. Smile
pulsar69 13 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 2:27PM
you are right round the corner from Loch Morlich , which at sunset or sunrise has some amazing views from the sides or the little old iron bridge , I have been there a few times , would also recommend nearby Loch an eilean and Laggan Dam further afield takes you past many stunning viewpoints , theres some shots in my folio from some of these places if you look further back in my pics too

pulsar69 13 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 2:30PM
this is Loch Morlich from the far side


Autumn leaves and snow are a must and you have a great shot then !
kaybee 13 5.5k 25 Scotland
3 Nov 2012 3:58PM
Go to Corpach for the bottom end of the Caladonian Canal ..... and the Gem Museum (Treasures of the earth) if the weather is bad (it is a facinating place and so out of place for its location). Nice views along Loch Eil too

Don't forget to go down Glen Etive when you go through Glen Coe
User_Removed 7 4.6k 1 Scotland
3 Nov 2012 4:50PM
Another vote for the Highland Wildlife Park at Kingussie. They had to kill Mercedes but they have another polar bear now.

I think some of the suggestions above fail to take account of just how huge an area the Highlands is. Many of the places would involve driving for well over an hour from Aviemore. But if you do have free days, you could go west one day, north another, east on a third and maybe do some of PuertoUK's suggestions on your way back down the A9.

Quote: ... and although I was in the same rough area at Easter ...


Bit harsh on Aviemore - I was there in September and didn't think it was too rough at all ... Wink

It's different at Easter. All the Glasgow Keelies go up to re-enact the crucifixion using the teuchters as subjects.

widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
3 Nov 2012 6:23PM
Why did they kill the polar bear ??Sad

mdpontin 13 6.0k Scotland
3 Nov 2012 6:34PM
Chronic health problems (osteoarthritis) , probably at least partly age-related.

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