You’ve booked the course, sharpened your crampons and bought the Kendal mint cake…but where are you going to stay? Finding somewhere comfortable and warm is a key part of your winter plans and the list below is designed to give you some ideas. We have only been able to include a selection and there are many other great places around Aviemore so lets start with a few points its worth you considering before you book.
- Your clothing and boots will almost certainly need drying during your course so it’s essential that your accommodation has good drying facilities.
- Having a good breakfast is essential but sometimes we might need an early start to our day as winter daylight hours are short and the mountains are big. Please check that breakfast can be served reasonably early so you won’t have to miss it. Ideally around 7.30am. An obvious alternative to this is to choose somewhere that is self-catering so you can eat at whatever times you want.
- Aviemore centre is the ideal accommodation base. There is a good selection of shops in the town which include a large supermarket, gear shops, bars and restaurants – so it is handy if you choose somewhere that is within walking distance of this metropolis. Having said that, driving into town is easy (and there is lots of parking) if you decide to stay in one of the outlying areas and there are certainly some lovely lodges and B&B's within easy travel distance.
- Aviemore has good internet options if you need to stay connected and many of the accommodation options are now coming on line.
- If you are on one of our courses on your own it is well worth choosing accommodation with a lounge to relax in. Some B&B’s don’t have this facility and the short daylight hours of winter can mean you may be spending a lot of time in your bedroom rather than being able to boast about your achievements to other guests!
Here is a selection of good places to stay. Many of them we have used ourselves and other people have recommended some. We have included options in various price ranges and added some search sites at the bottom just incase the others don’t fit the bill. Many of the bunkhouse options also have private apartments and chalets, which are great for small groups and couples.
Aviemore YHA - A very comfortable hostel in a very central location. Usual YHA features but gets busy so book early. This is where we will meet at the start of your course.
Glenmore YHA - Aviemore has a second YHA based in the forests near Glenmore. It is best for those with a car as it is some distance from the centre but it has good facilities. Another place that gets busy so please do book early. Details can be found again at www.syha.org.uk.
Aviemore Bunkhouse - Cheap and cheerful accommodation in the centre of town and with a pub next door.
Fairwinds Hotel - At the pricier end of the scale but clients who have stayed here have loved it.
High Range Motel - We've had excellent reviews and there are varied accommodation options.
Lazy Duck Hostel - A short drive from Aviemore but a cosy option with different buildings available.
Accommodation Search Sites
These comparison sites are a great way to search lots of options very quickly and with many of them you can book online too. We don’t know how good the accommodation offered is but if you want to check the location of the property before you book we can certainly help you there. Just get in touch.
Visit Aviemore - Aviemore focussed and with very detailed information.
Late Rooms - Lots of bargains if you are booking late.
Visit Scotland - A few thousand more options.
Happy hunting and we look forward to seeing you in Bonny Scotland!