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Aviemore has great ‘craic’ (fun) that can easily match some of the better known après-ski night spots in the Alps. The Winking Owl (Grampian Road; tel: (01479) 810 646; www.thewinkingowl.net), the oldest pub in the town, specialises in local real ales and whiskies. Aviemore also has its own award-winning microbrewery, with a range of creatively named specialities, and the wider Spey Valley is also famous for its whisky.
There is a good choice of more than 20 cafés and restaurants in Aviemore catering for most tastes and budgets. The selection ranges from award-winning fish and chip shops to gourmet restaurants. Be sure to enjoy local cuisine, including salmon, haggis and venison while in and around the resort. The Ptarmigan (tel: (01479) 861 336) restaurant at the top of the funicular is the United Kingdom's highest restaurant at almost 1100m (3,600ft). It serves everything from soup to spicy Highland sausage casserole, sourcing local ingredients where possible.