Aviemore resort information & après-ski
Visitors to Aviemore can enjoy great craic (The local term for fun from the Gaellic language) after a day on the slopes. The Winking Owl (tel: +44 1479 812 368; www.thewinkingowl.co) on Grampian Road is the oldest pub in the town (although recently refurbished) and specialises in local real ales and whiskies.
Aviemore also has its own award-winning microbrewery, the Cairngorm Brewery (tel: +44 1479 812222; www.cairngormbrewery.com), which does not have its own bar but you’ll see its famous brews such as ‘Sheepshaggers Gold’ for sale in many local hostelries. 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.
It’s not all Scottish fayre though, La Taverna Pizzeria, Bar and Takeaway (tel: +44 1479 810 683) on the edge of town as you arrive back from the slopes has been run by the Vastano Family for more than 35 years and serves up authentic stone-baked thin based Neapolitan pizza. The Park Guest House (+44 1479 810 941; www.internationalstarters.co.uk), formerly known as International Starters, offers a diverse menu including cuisine from Asia, Spain and Scotland.
On the slopes The Ptarmigan Restaurant (tel: +44 1479 861 336) at the top of the funicular is the United Kingdom's highest restaurant at almost 1,100m (3,600ft) and serves everything from soup to spicy Highland sausage casserole, using local ingredients where possible.