We have many friends and partners in and around the Cairngorm National Park that we work with, along with supporting many business and charities in the Highlands and Scotland. Below is a list of some links that may be of interest when planning your holiday with Crubenbeg Highland Holiday Cottages in the Cairngorm National Park:
Dalwhinnie Shops and Restaurants:
Outdoor Activities and Gear:
About the Area:
Pets and Dogs:
Accommodation and Travel:
Holiday Cottages Scotland - Large luxury holiday homes set in idyllic coastal farmland with panoramic sea views near Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland.
Holiday Village Great Holiday Village in the UK with www.richardsonsholidayvillages.co.uk
Aviemore Highland Resort
The Boat Hotel
Great North Lodges
Hilton Hotel - Coylumbridge
Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board
Highland Folk Museum
Highland Wildlife Park
Loch Insh Watersports
Strathspey Steam Railway
Visit Loch Ness
Hillwalking with Simon Stewart - Simon Stewart's website about Hillwalking in Ireland.
Guidepost UK - Try here for maps and outdoor books on Britain and Ireland
Walking Wild - Joint project between Scotland's Area Tourist Boards and Visit Scotland.
West Highland Way - Full details about The West Highland Way.
Needle Sports - A Specialist Climbing Shop-Supplying All kind of Climbing equipment.
Climber 2 - A website for Hill walkers & Climbers.
Blairgowrie & District Hillwalking Club - A club for people interested in walking in Scotland's hills
High Scotland Website - Adrian Tupper's website about everything to do with walking in Scotland
Northwest Sgcurramblers - Nationwide group since 1975 of mountain walking enthusiasts.
Gavin Shaw's Scotland - Website revealing Gavin Shaw's experience of hill walking in Scotland.
Walking Wild - A great information website about walking in Scotland.
Hikers Corner - Everything you could need for your Hiking Experience.
CNDO Scotland - Walking Holidays and essential outdoor skills & courses website.
Hiking and Backpacking - A quick and easy way to find info on hiking and backpacking.
Hike Scotland - Everything you wanted to know about Hiking in Scotland.
Out Door Gear - Everything you could need for out and about in the countryside.
Amber Response - Going hill walking, make sure you tell Amber Response.
Horizon Camping Gear - Everything you could ever need for your camping holiday.
Outdoor Scotland - Another site with everything for the outdoors.
There are lots of opportunities for skiing, rock and ice climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, etc. in the Cairngorms.
Private tour guides also available. Small groups in a car, minibus or a 50-seater coach can be catered for. Each of the professional guides live and work in the Highlands and are keen to share their local knowledge. Visit Clansandcastles.com to find out how to book your tour in advance.
Whether you have already decided which places you want to visit or if you haven't a clue where to start, Scotland Made Easy will advise and take care of all the planning for you.
This pretty village is 850 feet above sea level. It has a 9-hole golf course and a pony trekking centre. On Station Road there's a good art studio if you are interested in buying pottery or paintings. The famous picturesque bridge over the Dulnain River dates back to 1717. Carrbridge.com has further info. The World Porridge Making Championships take place here every October.
A planned town created by Sir James Grant of Grant in 1766. This is one of the most important centres in the area together with Aviemore. Golf course. More info on www.grantownonspey.com
Highland Games usually take place here on the last Saturday in August. Strathspey in May is a traditional music festival held each year. From here you can drive the scenic route northwards 20 miles to Forres and Nairn which leads you past the entrance to Castle Grant, described by Queen Victoria as "a very plain-looking house, like a factory".
Near there is Speyside Pottery which is open from April to October, daily 10am - 5pm (or by arrangement).
Located on the B970 road between Grantown-on-Spey and Nethy Bridge. Revack Lodge was built as a shooting lodge some time around 1860. Today you can visit parts of the 15,000-acre estate where there are nature trails, adventure playground, plant centre and garden (orchids a speciality), restaurant and gift shop. Open daily. Coaches by appointment only. Tel: 01479 872 234 / Fax: 01479 872 722.
Halfway between Grantown-on-Spey and the Boat of Garten is the multi-award winning Speyside Heather Garden and Visitor Centre at Skye of Curr, Dulnain Bridge. See over 300 varieties of heather in the garden, visit the exhibition on the many uses of the plant, buy some to take home, shop for crafts, jewellery, clothes, garden produce. Restaurant (the famous Scottish Clootie Dumpling pudding is a speciality here). Open daily all year (except Christmas Day). Slightly reduced opening hours during the winter. Telephone 01479 851 359 / fax: 01479 851 396. Visited by 80,000 people a year.
Before the bridge that now crosses the River Spey, a ferry used to take people across the water - hence the name Boat of Garten. The Boat of Garten golf course, established in 1898, includes a bar, restaurant, shop, practice net and tennis courts (tel: 01479 831282).
The Summer Festival is at the end of May and beginning of June each year.
Boatofgarten.com has further info about this and the local area.
The Strathspey Steam Railway runs between the Boat of Garten and Aviemore, which an extension to Broomhill ('Glenbogle' in the BBC TV series Monarch of the Glen). Morning coffee, afternoon tea and lunch can be taken on the train. Special Sunday lunch trips also available. Booking is advisable. Closed November - April (except for some holiday specials including Christmas). Telephone 01479 810725 or freephone 0800 085 7273. Timetables and details of special events on their web site.
Extremely popular mountain resort with many facilities and lots of all-year round activities: winter skiing, dry-ski slope, indoor climbing wall, theatre, Highland Cattle and deer farm, reindeer centre. Bike hire available from several places on Grampian Road. The town is situated on the main road and main railway line between Edinburgh/Perth and Inverness and also has a direct coach service.
Aviemore has its own web site which has all the details.
The Aviemore Mountain Film Festival is in May.
Sled trips, sled-dog museum, kennel tours - booking essential. Tel: 07767 270526. Open all year.
Take the B970 road out of Aviemore and then continue east for 6 miles (heading towards the chairlift). The Reindeer Centre is situated in the Glenmore Forest. Guided visits on foot take you right to the herd and you can touch the reindeer. These leave at 11am every day (and also 2.30pm in summer). At other times of the day you can probably see other reindeer around the centre. Exhibition and shop. Open all year (closed January). Admission charge Telephone 01479 861 228.
Scotland's premier Alpine Plant Nursery is located 4 miles south of Aviemore on the B970. It is open to visitors from 9am - 5pm daily from mid February to mid November. Walk around the gardens and purchase some of the thousands of plants on display. Mail order catalogues available. More details online... Tel: 01540 651287. Holiday cottages also available.
Located at Kincraig almost halfway between Aviemore and Kingussie. The park opens every day (weather permitting) at 10am. Last entry is 2 hours before closing times. April - October 6 pm, June - August 7pm, November - March 4pm. Owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Includes a large drive-through reserve where you can see red deer, bison, wild horses, Highland cattle and ancient breeds of sheep. You can walk around the rest of the park (disabled access is possible) and see alsorts of creatures including red squirrels, pine martens, capercaillie, owls, wolves, reindeer, lynx. Sheepdog trials on certain afternoons. Cafeteria, gift shop, picnic area. Tel: 01540 651 270 / Fax: 01540 651 236. Web site
The name Kingussie (pronounced King - you - sie) comes from the Gaelic equivalent of "the end of the pine wood". Located 764 feet above sea level, this is an excellent walking area. There's also a golf course.
The Badenoch & Strathspey Music Festival takes place in March.
Founded in 1953 and relaunched in 1999, one part is situated in Duke Street, Kingussie and a second venue is located in nearby Newtonmore (2.5 miles away). Open 1 May - 31 August: Monday to Friday 10.30am - 5.30pm. Saturday and Sunday 1pm - 5pm. Also open April, September and October: Monday to Friday for guided tours only - hourly at Kingussie from 10.30am - 4.30 pm, and only 11am and 2pm at Newtonmore. Tel: 01540 661 307 / Fax: 01540 661 631. Picnic area and toilets available. Average time to allow to visit everything is 1.5 hours in Kingussie and 3 hours at the Newtonmore venue. This museum is both indoors and outdoors. You can visit Pitmain Lodge, MacRobert House, the farming museum, a replica of the Isle of Lewis Blackhouse, a horizontal water mill and a Victorian salmon smokehouse. Travel in time from the early 18th century Highland township to the mid-20th century working croft. Many live demonstrations can be seen in July and August featuring things such as baking, spinning, lace-making, dyeing, weaving, pottery, blacksmith skills and music. Visit their web site.
Visit the official Newtonmore web site - it has absolutely everything you need to know about the town and its area including alsorts of information such as driving tours in the region. The Newtonmore Highland Games and Clan MacPherson Rally take place in August.
If you have been watching the BBC TV series entitled 'Monarch of the Glen', you may know that 'Glenbogle House' is in fact Ardverikie Castle on the shores of Loch Laggan, between Newtonmore and Spean Bridge. Please note that it is not open to the public, but self catering accommodation is available on 3 properties on the estate.
Weddings can be arranged here through Highland Wedding Bells and Highland Country Weddings.