I should probably start by introducing myself… Hello, I’m Fergus and I’m the first of hopefully many to invade the make it snow blog with guest posts to share our very own adventures!
I run Wee Epics, providing services in video production, photography, design and web services and I’m proud to be based in the very beautiful Cairngorms National Park. So much so that I figured this would be a good place to start.
We really are spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do here in the Cairngorms.
Here is a wee run down of some of my favourite places to visit and activities to enjoy in the area.
Landmark is an incredible attraction and a place that has to be visited to be fully appreciated and understood. Disregard the notion that this is a theme park. It’s not. Landmark combines a massive range of activities with exhibitions and demonstrations related to it’s situation in the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest.
My Favourite Attractions at Landmark
• The WaterCoaster – it really never gets old.
• The Treetop Trail – take to the treetops and watch out for the red squirrels (take the camera too!).
• The Lost Labyrinth – a new addition for 2013 with an incredible tree house in the centre. Suffice to say I think I’ve found the future Wee HQ!
• Runaway Timber Train – don’t be fooled, it’s scarier than it looks.
Rothiemurchus is a Highland Estate located a few minutes from Aviemore at the foot of CairnGorm Mountain (another top place to visit!). The estate really packs a punch with the activities on offer. That said, if activities aren’t your thing then it’s also a brilliant place to walk, bike and explore the stunning surrounding landscape.
I was at the Wildlife Park just yesterday so this experience is still very fresh in my mind. The range of animals in the park is quite something (and no, it’s not just animals from the Highlands!) and the photographic opportunities are incredible too. You don’t have to have a fancy camera with a long lens/big zoom either. Well worth a visit!
Highland Folk Museum
I visited the Highland Folk Museum properly for the first time a few weeks ago – even though I had been there on a few press photo jobs I hadn’t properly explored around. You’ll honestly be taken aback at the exhibits on display here and the fact that it is FREE. Yes, FREE. Well worth a visit – a great day out.
Quad Bike Treks Aviemore
I’m lucky enough to have been quad biking with these guys a few times (and tried in summer and winter!) and have to say that it is an awesome experience. You might think it’s a certain kind of person who decides to go quad biking but their tripadvisor reviews would quickly reassure you that this is an experience for everyone. I was surprised by how informative the treks were too – stops are made every so often at particularly scenic points and information shared about what can be seen.
If activities aren’t your thing then check out the WalkHighlands website for Aviemore & The Cairngorms to find information on many of the brilliant tracks in the area – most of which are perfectly suitable for biking as well as walking!
Hopefully I’ve inspired you to give the Cairngorms a go. Day tripping from Inverness is easy peasy to… so really, there’s no excuse not to get out and enjoy the adventure!