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At the foot of the Cairngorms, the once-quiet Aviemore now has all the brashness and boxiness of a year-round holiday resort. In the summer months it's filled with walkers, cyclists, and rock-climbers, so it's a convenient place for stocking up on supplies. However, many of the smaller villages nearby are quieter places to stay.
Be forewarned: this region can get very cold above 3,000 feet, and
weather conditions can change rapidly, even in the middle of summer.
Considering its small size, Arisaig, gateway to the Small Isles, offers a surprising choice of high-quality options for dining and lodging...
In the peaceful village of Boat of Garten, the scent of pine trees mingles with an equally evocative smell—that of steam trains. You can take...