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Things to do in Aviemore for families

Open all year round, Cairngorm Mountain is one of Aviemore’s biggest family attractions. In winter it is well known for exhilarating snowsports, whilst in the summer there are exciting activities for the whole family, including mountain tubing, mountain biking or simply discovering the local wildlife.

Girl on guided walk at Cairngorm Mountain

Easily accessed by car, train and the Aviemore Adventurer bus, Cairngorm Mountain is the perfect place for quality time with the kids.

We have you covered, with kid-friendly food and drink options to please even the fussiest eaters, and baby changing facilities, so even the smallest family members don’t have to miss out on the fun.

Enjoying the great outdoors, trying out snowsports in winter, and exploring the Scottish wilderness means Cairngorm Mountain is perfect for your next family adventure.

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Our top 6 suggestions of things to do for families when visiting Aviemore

Snowboarder on beginners slope at Cairngorm Mountain

1. Snowsports

The best thing to do in Aviemore over winter with kids is to experience snowsports at Scotland’s favourite ski resort – Cairngorm Mountain.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or want to brush up on your skills, we offer snowsports lessons with friendly instructors from our partner ski schools. With 30km of family-friendly runs, our dedicated beginner zone with ‘magic carpet’ conveyor belts and on-site equipment rental, children as young as three can get on the slopes safely and confidently.

Child on Tubing Slide

2. Enjoy the great outdoors

If you’re looking for things to do with kids in Aviemore then look no further than Cairngorm Mountain.

Children over two can enjoy mountain tubing with brilliant views over Loch Morlich and the Spey Valley. Adults can also join in the fun, making it a great family experience.

3. Ride a mountain bike

In summer, the ski slopes transform into 3km of mountain biking trails and children can take the ‘magic carpet’ conveyor belts to the beginner trails.

Perfect for families looking for activities in Aviemore, we offer on-site bike hire, including small balance bikes, adult sizes, and electric bikes.

Children looking at Mountain Garden

4. Explore the wilderness

Kids can learn about the local wildlife at our Mountain Garden and take home a prize for completing our quiz. They can even make a call at the highest phone box in the UK or spot Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer roaming around Cairngorm Mountain!

Hot Chocolates and cakes by the fire

5. Refuel with cosy treats

Head to the Cairngorm Café or the Cas Bar in the Day Lodge for a quick bite or a filling lunch, including soups, sandwiches and cakes. After a long day on the slopes, kids can warm up with an indulgent hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream.

6. Take a memory home

Our gift shop is a great way to remember your fun-filled family trip to Cairngorm Mountain. Surprise the family with a gift from our wide range of children’s books, toys, and clothing, or kids can spend their pocket money on a souvenir.


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Book Your Cairngorm Mountain Experience

We recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment, especially during busy holiday periods. 

Tubing Park

Open during school holidays and weekends. Book tickets online or choose a gift voucher, valid for 12 months. 


Mountain Biking

Open during school holidays and weekends. Choose from morning, afternoon or full day tickets.


Mountain Carting

Our new carting experience is open during school holidays and weekends. Book tickets online.


Motorhome Site

Book an overnight stay or longer with stunning views down to Loch Morlich. Open May – October.


Guided Walks

Experience a spectacular half day guided walk on the mountain. Book tickets online.