• Food - Homestays - People

    Ravenscraig@Aviemore: A Warm Highland Welcome Awaits

    All of Scotland is too enticing but we had only limited days. To our luck, we chose (after much research) to explore Cairngorms mountains with Aviemore as the base. Different types of stay options are listed in the Official Visitor Guide to the Cairngorms National Park, and we zeroed in on Ravenscraig Guest House, easily walkable from the Aviemore railway station. Brilliant choice it turned out to be! Ravenscraig website says “A Warm Highland Welcome Awaits.” It certainly was! Hosted by Helena and Scott, Ravenscraig Guest House is a well renovated house, originally built in 1903. The main building houses…

  • Adventure - Hikes - Nature's Wonders - Places - Sanctuaries - Treks

    Glenmore Forest Trails

    The welcome and information board at Glenmore Forest Park visitor centre says ‘Ancient forests, high mountains and golden shores’. We had just returned from the not-so-high mountains (Cairngorms Trek) and was now looking forward to a forest trail walk. Glenmore is one of the largest forests within the Cairngorms National Park. Forest parks are well maintained by the ‘Forestry and Land’ division of the Scotland government. And there are many trails for hikes and treks. Scotland, interestingly has the ‘Scottish Access Rights’, which gives the individuals the freedom to go anywhere and enjoy the outdoors in Scotland. This is completely…

  • Adventure - Hikes - Nature's Wonders - Places

    Trekking @Cairngorms Mountains

    “In every walk with nature one receives far more than one seeks” – John Muir John Muir, adventurer, explorer, naturalist, and considered to be the Father of National Parks (his life long efforts are behind the conservation of many a National Park in the United States), was a Scottish national. At the age of 11, in 1849, he migrated from Scotland to Americas along with his parents and siblings. It was a fitting tribute when in 2003 Cairngorms was declared a National Park, it was inaugurated by his great-great-grand daughter, Liz Hanna. “For all its tempestuous nature, the Cairngorms is…

  • Heritage - History - Places

    The Flying Scotsman @ Aviemore

    Aviemore was, without a doubt, the most memorable part of our Scotland trip. Our pre-travel research with Google Maps as the starting point and National Parks as the destination turned out well this time too. Cairngorms National Park covers almost the central part of the Scottish highlands. At over 4,500 sq kms, it is the largest National Park in the United Kingdom and is also rated by National Geographic as one of Top 20 Places to Visit in the World. The Cairngorms National Park website is the best resource that will help anyone planning their trip. It certainly helped us.…