THINGS TO DO WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF LAGGAN GLAMPING
Highland Folk Museum,Newtonmore
If you want to find out how the Highland people lived back in the day, The Highland Folk Museum is your place. This is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the traditional Highlands that shaped Scotland to be what it is today. A journey through time from the 1700's up until the 1950s! Walk around over 30 historic buildings which have been furnished just like they would have been back in the day.
Interestingly, some of the historic buildings have been moved to the site from other locations and some have been built on-site.
This is a great place to visit for the whole family. Alongside a fantastic mile-long Township featuring 6 houses, there is also a 1930's working croft, a cafe, gift shop and a cracking children's playground. The Highland Folk Museum is located in Newtonmore in the Scottish Highlands surrounded by one of the most fantastic landscapes in the world.
Laggan Coffee Bothy & Gallery
The Cairngorm National Park is one of the most treasured landscapes in Scotland. And, there's great coffee here too! Laggan Coffee Bothy and Gallery is located 8 miles West of Newtonmore on the A86 on the way to Fort William.
Laggan Coffee Bothy and Gallery is a great place to stop and re-charge your batteries. Sit out in the sun and watch the world go by (and the local wildlife) or sit by the log burner on the cooler days while Kara, their own in-house parrot, entertains you with her hilarious personality.
Laggan Wolftrax Mountain Bike Centre
Is adventure calling you? If so, you really need to check out the mountain biking trails at Wolftrax - they are some of the best in Scotland! The tracks are owned and maintained by Forestry Commission Scotland.
The mountain biking trails are open all year round. Sometimes forestry activities or adverse weather conditions may limit access to some areas (this is Scotland after all, sometimes it rains here).
There is a car parking fee when you visit Wolftrax and the money raised is used for maintenance of the trails, but the landscape and the trails are so worth it!
It's not Scotland without whisky. No really. If you haven't tried the Dalwhinnie then you are missing out. Dalwhinnie is one of the most popular drams going so if you're a connoisseur, this is your place. If you fancy trying whisky for the first time, you couldn't pick a better distillery for your first time.
Their tours are very popular so we advise that you book in advance to avoid disappointment (or as it's also known, "no whisky," sad face.
Due to the distilleries wild Highland location, the weather in winter can be severe and frequent road works occurring along the A9 can cause delays. Please allow yourself plenty of time to get there for your visit and if in doubt, phone the visitor centre to ensure they are open.
Young persons aged 8 to 17 will be charged £6 for The Dalwhinnie Tour and will be offered a soft drink and chocolate at the conclusion. A distillery that you can bring the kids to and call it a learning experience - finally!
Ardverikie Estate & Loch Laggan
Nope, it's not a fairy-tale palace, it's Ardverikie estate. And it's just perfection. Ardverikie is one of the most beautiful and stunning private estates in Scotland, nestling in the very heart of the Highlands.
Ardverikie has come a long way since its Victorian roots and has been developed into a commercially successful enterprise, run by the descendants of its original founder, with business activities weddings, filming, forestry, farming, sporting, deer management.
This is a wonderful location to enjoy the unspoilt wilderness, wildlife, dense forestry and sandy lochs where you will feel deeply connected to the Scottish landscape. The wider estate will be familiar to many viewers of film and TV as a much-used location – in particular for BBC TV’s long-running comedy-drama “Monarch of the Glen” which as “Glenbogle” was filmed almost entirely on the Estate – and Ardverikie has also had starring roles in “Mrs Brown”, “Outlander” and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”. What's not to love?!
Highland Quad Bike & 4x4 Tours
Highland All Terrain offers a variety of 4x4 tours and training in some of the most incredible locations in the world. Based in the Cairngorm National Park, at the heart of the Scottish Highlands, their location is easily accessible from Fort William, Aviemore and Inverness.
Their off-road 4x4 & ATV experiences in Scotland provide fun and exciting outdoor activities for all the family set in one of the most spectacular settings in the U.K. With nearly 300,000 acres at our disposal they can offer something for everyone; Scotland with all the adventure and all the adrenaline!
Highland All Terrain has a number of locations in the Cairngorm National Park near Aviemore and as far west as Lochaber and Fort William. They work with a number of Highland Estates to offer a variety of epic off-road experiences.
Highland Wildlife Park
Leave yourself a full day to visit The Highland Wildlife Park, the place is outstanding. Where else in the Scottish Highlands can you see tigers, polar bears and monkeys? The landscape around the park is magic in itself and the animals are just one awesome bonus.
Some of the animals are active at different times of the day so its always worthwhile revisiting an enclosure and you might want to come back before you've even left, which is fine because we at Laggan Glamping would love to have you back!
Their friendly staff and volunteers are on hand to help answer any questions and there are educational talks throughout the day.
Dog owners - please note, with the exception of fully trained guide dogs, pets are not permitted into Highland Wildlife Park, including the car park. For more information, including a list of nearby kennels please click here.
The Park is open every day of the year* apart from the 25th of December.
On days with deep snow and ice, please telephone them before starting out on your journey to avoid disappointment (01540 651270).
Kingussie Golf Club
The 18 Hole course provides something for every keen golfer, whether you're starting out or a seasoned pro! There are a varied mix of generous fairways, natural challenges and rolling undulations. The Course offers a good walk on upland terrain and a buggy is available to hire if required.
The course is surrounded by breathtaking scenery including the abundant local wildlife and the River Gynack. Quite simply, Kingussie Golf Club it is stunning, it provides a challenging game of golf in amongst the most epic Highland surroundings.
Aviemore Zip Wire Park
Fly through the trees on an exhilarating ride through the Scottish Highlands? Their Zip Trek is a guided journey made up of fourteen zip wires along a 2km course flying high over a stunning river gorge, with zips starting gently and get bigger, higher and faster as you go. The last wire stretches for 550m reaching top speeds of 40mph! It takes a brave soul, with a fancy for adventure but what an incredible experience?!
Brand new in 2019, The Zip Adventure is for the more intrepid zipper! Seventeen self-guided wires with a connected safety system let you zig-zag over and across and along the Alvie Gorge. You’ll fly high in the trees, zip over spectacular waterfalls and swoop along rocky cliffs during your adventure. This zip trip is not for the faint-hearted!
Live our Disney's Brave life, as you Pony trek through the beauty of the Cairngorm National Park, on the Rothiemurchus Highland Estate in Aviemore.
The Strathspey Highland Park hardy Highland ponies make for the perfect trekkers due to their natural strength and kind temperament. They also have a wee Shetland and a Dartmoor for the smaller riders. Horsing about, Highlands style!
The dedicated team of ride leaders are approachable and friendly and will do all they can to help you enjoy your ride with them.
Aviemore Kart Raceway
Go-karting in the Highlands; what better way to experience the Scottish air? There's no need to book/pay in advance, just turn up (ideally when they are open) to hit the road/track/ride of your life.
During usual opening times for 'Arrive and Drive' you can show up when it suits you and have as many 10-minute time trials on the track as you like, subject to availability.
Give Aviemore Kart Raceway a call on 01479 812 079 or click on the link below to see when the track is open to the public.