Aviemore in Aberdeen
Aviemore, Scotland's leading ski resort, is nestled between the Cairngorms and the Monadhliath Mountains. It also serves as a good base for excursions into the surrounding countryside, including the 3 mi Allt Mhor Forest Trail, one of many walks in Glenmore Forest Park.
The Landmark Highland Heritage and Adventure Park is one of Scotland's most popular sightseeing attractions and features a treetop trail, nature center, an operating steam-powered sawmill, Clydesdale horses and a children's adventure playground. Also within walking distance of Aviemore is the Rothiemurchus Forest, a birdwatcher's paradise with Scottish crossbills, crested tits, capercaillie and black grouse.
Loch Garten Reserve, a protected area where extremely rare ospreys breed, can be reached via the superb Strathspey Railway that links Aviemore and Boat of Gardens.