We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Aviemore in November?

london
Level Contributor
23 posts
2 reviews
Save Topic
Aviemore in November?

Hello all,

About to book a trip to Aviemore in November. Just wanted to make sure everything will be 'open' as we have 2 little people desperate to see the herd of reindeer in the reindeer park, and go to the top of the mountain via lift ! Any other suggestions for kids warmly welcomed! :)

Have looked at the reindeer and mountain lift websites, but they are a bit vague about happenings in November..?

Loch an Eilein
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water
Cairngorm Reindeer Herd
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Rothiemurchus
Forests, Nature & Wildlife Areas
The Stunning...
Destination Expert
for Scottish Highlands, Crete
Level Contributor
22,146 posts
353 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Aviemore in November?

The Funicular Train does shut down for 2/3 weeks for maintenance (unless the ski season starts early) so I would double check with them. The Landmark Centre in Carrbridge is a great family day out http://www.landmarkpark.co.uk/

Edinburgh...
Level Contributor
5,099 posts
86 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Aviemore in November?

Having skied for years at Cairngorm and Glenshee it's *unlikely* there will be skiing in November :-)

The website doesn't mention maintenance, claiming "We are open daily thoughout the year (except Christmas Day). The journey to the top takes approximately 8 minutes and once you reach the Ptarmigan Station you can weather watch from the viewing terrace. "

www.cairngormmountain.org/mountain-railways

But websites can lie. 01479 861 261 info@cairngormmountain.org

northumberland
Level Contributor
1,602 posts
154 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Aviemore in November?

If your in a car- get the kids to the Highland wildlife park (google it)- fantastic day out for kids!

as said- Landmark centre local too

Have fun!

The Stunning...
Destination Expert
for Scottish Highlands, Crete
Level Contributor
22,146 posts
353 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Aviemore in November?

Derek they are open all year round but the train is taken off for 2/3 weeks normally in November for maintanence unless the ski season starts early which it did in I think it was Nov 2010.......I'll be there next week so will check when the planned maintanence is to take place and post the details.

The Stunning...
Destination Expert
for Scottish Highlands, Crete
Level Contributor
22,146 posts
353 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Aviemore in November?

Just had a quick google and it was 2010 that the ski season started in November (13th) and Cairngorm then went on to have the best skiing season in a long, long time :-)

Perth and Kinross...
Level Contributor
693 posts
126 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Aviemore in November?

Good walks etc around Rothiemurcus estate too http://www.rothiemurchus.net/ Also visit Strathspey Steam Railway strathspeyrailway.co.uk/dnn/en-us/home.aspx

East Neuk of Fife...
Destination Expert
for St Andrews
Level Contributor
10,282 posts
173 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Aviemore in November?

Definitely check out Rothiemurchus Visitor Centre - they do feeding the deer as well as some squirrel walks and things like that which little people would enjoy.

http://www.rothiemurchus.net/

The Reindeer Centre is open all year so even if you can't access the hill because of snow you can go into the centre which is beside Glenmore Visitor centre to see some of the captive reindeer on display.

Highland Wildlife Park and Landmark as well as Strathspey Steam Railway are excellent suggestions already made.

http://visitcairngorms.com/

Once you near the end of October you will be able to pick up the FREE Whats On guide available locally which gives you up to the minute info about what's on - what's open etc. - its excellent.

If money is no object and we have snow you may enjoy a trip to the Sleddog Centre for a ride on a sledge pulled by husky type dogs - but they also run on wheels so it doesn't have to be snowy!

http://www.sled-dogs.co.uk/

If you need more information - just ask

regards

Woody x

Boat of Garten...
Level Contributor
4 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Aviemore in November?

There's plenty to entertain under 5's in this area - especially if they're really into the outdoors &/or wildlife.

It gets dark pretty early at that time of year so it's feasible to take them to any of the local wildlife hides, such as the one run by Speyside Wildlife.

There are a huge number of walks of all lengths including Loch an Eilean, Loch Garten and Craigellachie Nature Reserve.

All the local villages have waymarked trails of all lengths which our son (aged 4) loves to explore on foot and by bike (balance bike or mountain bike).

Reindeer in November are in training for the santa parades but it is still possible to visit the centre. Make sure you dress up warm as it can be really cold looking through the displays and viewing the deer. I could go on but I'm sure you don't want to read and essay.

Child friendly accommodation - see Caingormshostels.co.uk - Fraoch Lodge in Boat of Garten; Ardenbeg in Grantown on Spey; Slochd Mhor Lodge in Carrbridge are all well suited for young families.

If you prefer a hotel - try the Hilton Coylumbridge.

The Stunning...
Destination Expert
for Scottish Highlands, Crete
Level Contributor
22,146 posts
353 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Aviemore in November?

Good news on the funicular up the Cairngroms....due to early snow in the last couple of years, they carried out the main maintanence through the night over the last month, so there will only be minor things still to be done. The train will be off Nov 5th and maybe for a couple of days after.....if I hear anything else I'll post the info.

london
Level Contributor
23 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Aviemore in November?

Thanks so much guys!!! So much excellent info and brilliant advice! - we have booked our tickets now, very excited!!! Can anybody recommend any particular self-catering? can you walk from Silverglades to the town centre?

Get answers to your questions about Aviemore