There is easy access to Kingussie – 5 miles, Kincraig – 3 miles, Aviemore – 10, Inverness – 40 miles and Edinburgh 2.5 hours away.
The A9 main trunk road passes through the Valley. The main London – Inverness trains and local Scottish services stop in Kingussie. Inverness airport links the area with regular flights to Gatwick, Luton, Birmingham and Manchester, the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland.
From Insh the Isle of Skye and rugged west coast mountains are a pleasant day’s excursion as is Braemar, Balmoral and the east coast.
There are many attractions within the Spey Valley and you can enjoy walking, cross country ski-ing or mountain biking through the endless forests behind the cabins. Bird watch on the famous RSPB Insh Marshes. This area is renowned for some rare moths (Scotch Argus & Kentish Glory) or take in a round of golf at any of the scenic golf courses in the area. Take advantage of touring the unspoilt Monarch of the Glen countryside and enjoy the stunning colours of the changing seasons.
There is lots to do all the year round including particular events which are mentioned below:
January – Husky Dog Trails end of January (www.siberianhuskyclub.org.uk/aviemore-rally)
February – Visit the Wildlife Park – there is always something happening! Hamish, the polar bear cub is always active!
March – Enjoy watching spring unfold
May – Visit the Wildlife Park and see the new born wildlife (www.highlandwildlifepark.org)
Cairngorm to Coast 25th May (www.outfit.com/cairngorm-to-coast-is-back)
June – Enjoy the stunning scenery at all times of the year and watch deer and squirrel in the garden
July – Corrieyariack Challenge 6th July (www.badaguishevents.org/corrie)
For those interested in moths the Scotch Argus is in this area around this time.
August – Harley Davidson Rally/Thunder in the Glen 3rd August (www.welcometoscotland.com/things-to…/aviemore…/thunder-in-the-glens)
Newtonmore Highland Games 3rd August (www.newtonmorehighlandgames.co.uk)
Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon (Starmannighttri.com) 17th/18th August
September – Cairngorm Cycling Festival (www.visitcairngorms.com/onabike.htm)
Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon (www.triatlonscotland.org/events/cairngorm-adventure-triathlon)
October – Aviemore Half Marathon and 10K (www.halfmarathonlist.co.uk/aviemore-half-marathon.php)
Cairngorm Cycling Festival 13th Occtober (www.visitcairngorms.com/onabike.htm)
November – Enjoy the season and prepare for the ski and winter climbing season
December – Santa Express Steam Engine Rides (www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk)
Cyclelife Aviemore: www.cyclelife.com tel: 01479 810478
Cairngorm Mountain Sports: braemarmountainsports.com tel: 01479 810903