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The local area guide to living in Aviemore

Up until the 1960s, Aviemore was a quiet little town hidden away in the wilds of the Cairngorms National Park. However, a boom in the popularity of skiing in the UK saw it transformed into the UK’s leading ski destination, with people flocking from all over the country to test the hills of the Cairngorm Mountains. Aviemore isn’t just popular during the winter months either; cyclists, walkers, and climbers visit throughout the year to make the most of the gorgeous scenery and rugged hills. The popularity of Aviemore as a tourist destination has brought a plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes to the town, as well as some good employment opportunities.

The town is perfect for those who love nature, being surrounded by some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery, and offers lots of outdoors entertainment in the form of clay pigeon shooting, white water rafting, horse riding, mountain biking and much more. It’s also wonderful for wildlife fans: red squirrels, ospreys, reindeer, and other exotic creatures can often be seen.

Information about the local residents

At the last count in 2011, Aviemore’s population was 2,836, which was up nearly 11% from the count in 2001. The average age of people living in the town has gone up as well, with the largest proportion of residents being aged between 55 and 64.

There’s a mix of professional and non-professional jobs available in the town. Self-employment is also very important to the local economy, likely due to the prominence of the tourism industry.

Nearby schools

The area has one primary school called Aviemore Primary School, which has 276 students. The Scottish Literary report regards it as a good school, with 88% of students performing well in reading at age 11.

The closest secondary school is Kingussie High School, which is a 25-minute journey away by bus or car. Aberdeen is the closest university town, though St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow are all within reasonable drives.

Getting around

Aviemore railway station sits between Inverness and Perth on the Highland Main Line. Daily, there are seven trains to Edinburgh, four to Glasgow, one to London Kings Cross and an sleeper service to London Euston. There are also twelve departures every day to Inverness in the north.

It lies on the B9152, which was formerly known as the A9. It runs onwards to Inverness, and Perth, with some coaches available to those destinations, and others, in the area.

Local shops

Being a ski resort, Aviemore is perfect for people who love to be on the slopes in winter, but there are all sorts of other activities going on throughout the rest of the year too, and its location on the edge of the Cairngorm Mountains means it is within sight of some of the most beautiful scenery within the British Isles. It is also a draw for railway fans, as it is the home of the Strashspey Steam Railway, which has its home at Aviemore railway station.

The town has a varied selection of shops, covering all needs, from outdoor equipment to small independent gift shops, to everyday food shopping needs, and has both a Tesco Metro and a Co-op. A recent addition to the town is the Cairngorm Microbrewery, where you can enjoy a tour of the premises as well as stock up on beer. As you’d expect from a tourist destination, there are plenty of pubs, cafes and takeaways, as well as a selection of good quality restaurants serving all sorts of cuisine.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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