Nuide House is located within the beautiful Cairngorms National Park where there is no shortage of things to see and do, it has even been voted one of the top 20 places to visit in the world. The Park is the biggest in the UK and is home to four of the five highest mountains in the United Kingdom offering countless walks and beauty spots.
Cairngorm Mountain Range is home to Scotland’s only funicular railway, the highest in the UK. This once in a lifetime experience allows you to go far up the mountain where the 1097 restaurant is located at 3,500 ft. and enjoys panoramic views. The top of the mountain is also home to a viewing platform, shop and exhibition, as well as the highest post office in the UK.
Set at the bottom of the Cairngorm Mountain Range, Cairngorm Sleddog Centre offers an excellent range of activities for the whole family, including sleddog trips during the day and night, kennel and museum tours, and safaris for everyone aged 12 and over. Get hands on with the some of the 30 dogs that live here at the only daily working sleddog centre in the UK.
The Highland Wildlife park is home to many beautiful and endangered species from all over the world, including arctic foxes, camels, tigers, red panda, the only female polar bear in the UK and many other beautiful creatures. If you bring your car, drive around the enclosures and see the elk, reindeer, bison and yak, or if you don’t want to brave the car, walk around the other enclosures, or even become a keeper for the day.
Surrounded by forests with far reaching views of the snow-capped Scottish peaks, Loch Morlich is a popular spot for anybody who wants to admire the scenery, take a walk around the Loch or relax on the sandy edges of the water. The beach has a kilometre of natural sand, water sports, its own café and has previously won a ‘sea side’ award for its clean beach and water quality. If you crave peace and quiet, you can hire a Canadian canoe and row yourself to the other end of the loch where you might spot a deer coming out of the forest to sip the water. The café, which overlooks the beautiful loch, a perfect place to refuel during your day, serving light lunches and delicious home baked goodies.
Search the depths of Loch Ness for the famous monster using the on-board sonar equipment, or sit back and enjoy the views of the spectacular landscape and the Urquhart Castle on one of many cruises available across the famous Loch. If you’re looking for something slightly more exhilarating but still want to experience the wonders of Loch Ness, then the half day thrill ride is the trip for you. Feel the wind in your hair as you arrive at Urquhart Castle in record speed and spend as long as you like exploring the castle, then carry on to experience the full length of Loch Ness, stopping as often or as little as you like while enjoying the comfort of the leather seated cabin.
The perfect place to learn about the history of Loch Ness is at the nearby exhibition centre, The centre opened more than 30 years ago and features a multi-media presentation to lead you through 500 million years of history using lasers, digital projection and special effects. The exhibition displays the history of the monster in relation to Scotland’s geological history and the various expeditions and projects that have taken place on the Loch.
Loch an Eilein (meaning ‘Loch of the island’) is a hidden gem in the forest of Rothiemurchus and was recently voted as Britain’s best picnic spot. Experience some of the best low level walking in Scotland as you admire the dramatic and mysterious view of the highland castle in the middle of the loch, or try and spot some of the local forest wildlife, such as the Scottish crossbills and red squirrels, or simply sit at the loch’s edge and admire the reflections of the glorious forest in the water.
The Ralia Estate, where Nuide House is located, is family run and located within the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. The estate, which is on the banks of the River Spey, covers 23,000 acres and offers a range of shooting including red deer stalking, pheasants, grouse and partridges. Activities available on the estate out of shooting hours include fishing in the river or the on-site loch, or golf.
Experience the challenge of stalking in the Scottish Highlands guided by a highly experienced team of game keepers. Dunmhor offers a variety of hunting and shooting packages ranging from one day to five days.
The Scottish Highlands are the perfect location for lovers of fishing, with the river Spey being very near Nuide House and offering trout and salmon fishing along the thirteen-mile stretch of river. The Spey starts its path at Loch Spey and descends 1,000ft to its mouth at Spey Bay, the massive descent creating a good current all season, which provides excellent fly fishing. The season starts in early March and runs through until September.
Based in Newtonmore, the riding centre is perfect for visitors looking to spend some time around the horses, either riding them, having lessons or helping out. Children are welcome at any age, and the centre offers Shetland pony rides for the smaller clients. For those who aren’t confident enough actually getting on a horse, horse and carriage rides are available. Pony trekking is very popular here as it allows you to enjoy some of the fantastic Scottish countryside from horseback; there is also hacking available for the more experienced riders.
An exciting range of water sports are available at Loch Insh Outdoor Centre, such as sailing, paddle boarding, fishing, raft building and rowing. If you are shy of water there is archery, a dry ski-slope and play parks, as well as stunning walks and scenery to enjoy for the less thrill seeking. Loch Insh is also home to The Boathouse Restaurant, which boasts excellent food and has one of the best five restaurant views in Europe.
The Summit Walk begins at 3,600ft at Ptarmigan Station and takes you to the summit of Cairngorm. If you choose a day with good weather you will experience the breath-taking 360 degree views over the Cairngorm Mountain Range, Lochnagar, the Moray Coast and Strath. You will be accompanied by an expert guide who will be able to inform you about the history and stories of the areas, information on the views as well as telling you all about the local plants and wildlife. The walk is a 90-minute circular route and takes place daily between May and October starting at 10:30am and 1:30pm. See if you can spot dotterel, ptarmigan, reindeer or maybe even an eagle.
Join a ranger for a walk in the Northern Corries of Cairngorm. Mainly walking on mountain trails, search for alpine-arctic species and explore the glaciated uplands. This walk runs from May to October and starts at 10am on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Take a walk with one of the world’s leading landscape photographers, Colin Prior, and capture some amazing moments in the ancient landscape of Assynt, the great wilderness of Knoydart, or the mysterious and beautiful Isle of Skye. Colin’s spectacular panoramic photography captures some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Active Outdoor Pursuits offer tailored walks for all abilities. Trek across the Scottish hills and mountains, famous for their tranquillity and isolation; or if you like the ocean, they also offer lowland coastal walks. Operating all year round, Active Outdoor Pursuits have expert guides to help you develop your hill walking skills, offering mountain craft and leadership courses, as well as transport to the walking venue from Aviemore for groups.
While holidaying in Newtonmore, it is a must to see if you can spot some of the beautifully painted wildcat sculptures that are carefully placed all over the 10k circular trail. A peaceful yet slightly hilly walk, the trail can be divided into manageable sections for all ages and abilities. A map can be purchased at the wildcat centre for a clearer idea of where you’re going.
Visit the Highland Folk Museum to get a taste of how people lived and worked from the 1700’s until the 1960’s. The site is the UK’s first open air museum and is a mile long with a 1700’s township at one end, going through to a 1930’s working croft at the other. The Museum also features a café, gift shop and a children’s playground and is located in Newtonmore amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the world. It is also free to get in!
Legend has it that a donkey, laden with gold, sat down to rest under the shade of a holly tree and this is where the thane of Cawdor chose to build his castle. Experience the extravagant interior as you discover Cawdor Castle, the surrounding perfectly manicured gardens, the wood and the 9-hole golf course. The tree can still be seen deep in the dungeons of the castle.
If you’re heading up the mountain for some skiing and you first fancy a bite to eat, the Storehouse restaurant is the perfect place to have a hot drink and food while admiring the breath-taking views across the national park. The Storehouse boasts a wonderful selection of homemade dishes to warm you up after a day of skiing, or freshly baked cakes as a snack to keep you going.
Voted one of the best five views from a restaurant in Europe, The Boathouse Restaurant is a must while visiting the Cairngorms, with a large glass balcony so you can really make the most of the beautiful scenery at breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu boasts a magnificent selection, from mussels to wild boar. See if you can spot the resident osprey fishing in the Loch!
1097, previously known as the Ptarmigan Restaurant, holds the title of ‘Highest restaurant in the UK’ and features on ’25 things to do before you die’. Serving hot and cold meals for any occasion, 1097 (named after how many feet it is from sea level) offers panoramic views as far as Ben Nevis and Loch Morlich. Enjoy the freshly prepared local produce in one of the most stunning spots in the UK; the restaurant is family friendly, open all day and provides WiFi for its visitors.
Serving a selection of local classics such as highland beef, venison and rainbow trout, along with a selection of delicious homemade cakes and coffee, The Druie is open from 9:30 - 5pm every day. The walls are adorned with beautiful artwork specially selected from the Loch an Eilein Gallery, and there’s also a gift shop with treats and trinkets for any occasion.
The Winking Owl serves a delicious variety of food, from tasty light bites to full hearty meals; the menu has even received a Visit Scotland ‘Taste our Best award’! Providing excellent service and delicious food with a Scottish twist, the pub is open from 11am to 1am.
For an authentic Italian meal and a friendly and informal atmosphere, La Taverna is the place to visit. Offering both a menu and buffet of pizza, pasta, continental salad and dessert, you can eat to your heart’s content! La Taverna also has its own private party room, perfect for any special event in this beautiful location.
Royal Tandoori has an excellent reputation for its homemade aromatic dishes and authentic Indian cuisine, and also has a kid’s menu for the little ones. See if you can brave the ‘rooflifter’ curry; not for the faint hearted!