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Young Family friendly activities

The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer found in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland. These tame and friendly animals are a joy to all who come and see them. Reindeer are not just for Christmas! Book here

There are currently around 150 reindeer in the herd, mostly ranging on the Cairngorm Mountains with the remainder on the Glenlivet Estate, the locations being some 30 miles apart. 

For the thrill seekers there are many opportunities to pursue outdoor activities, with many amazing outdoor activity providers in the Cairngorm National Park and within a short distance of The Hollies Highland Lodges. Choose from gorge walking, rock climbing, canoe trips, paint balling, mountain biking, pony-trekking, quad trekking, kayaking, wildlife safaris, tree top adventures, fishing, clay shooting and much more.

Craggan OutdoorsFull on AdventureRothiemurchusCairngorm Mountain and Loch Morlich Watersports are local activity businesses to the hotel and all of them are quality, friendly experiences.  

Rothiemarcus offers beginners and childrens fishing in their small stocked Lochs. No need for equipment or booking, turn up and have a great family time! See more

When thinking of Scotland’s exquisite natural beauty, we all tend to think of craggy mountains and sweeping forests – and they’re justifiably famous.

But we often forget about the magnificent sandy beaches which dot the coastline, the equal of anything you’ll find in the Seychelles or Maldives – and what they lack in temperature, they make up for in tranquility and unspoilt charm.

With the added benefit of Loch Morlich beach offering a sheltered and non-tidal watersports arena you really are spoilt for choice.

Landmark Forest Adventure Park offers a variety of exciting family adventures. From Labyrinths, roller coasters, dinosaurs and rope trails there is something for everyone; See More

The Highland Wildlife Park offers an experience like no other. See Polar Bears, Snow Leopards, Lynx, Snow Moneys and much more just 30 minutes from your accommodation. Infomration on opening times and booking can be found here; Highland Wildlife Park

for the bigger boys and girls

Within a short distance of The Hollies Highland Lodges, there is a choice of several beautifully positioned golf courses.  Choose from a Links course, a championship golf course, a James Braid designed course, 18 hole and 9 hole courses, all set with the Scottish Highlands as their backdrop.

The Cairngorms Golf Pass is available to experience any or all of eleven golf courses in the Cairngorms National Park.  It allows you to play on any of the eleven golf courses.  The pass is available at all eleven of our golf courses for just £20.  It entitles you to 30% discount at any of these great courses valid for the year. Each course can be played once (18 holes) over the year. The Golf Pass can be purchased at any of the eleven courses.  

The Malt whisky trail is the only trail of its kind in the world.

The quest for knowledge may take you along parts of the Whisky trail, 2 of the largest distilleries; Glenlivet and Glenfiddich are 22 and 30 miles, respectively. The tours are inspiring and tasty, even if you’re not a whisky drinker, you will find yourself in awe of the history and production process.

Our lodges sit at the start of the whisky trail, the perfect base to start your adventure.

Walking high & low. Cycling on tracks & mountains.

Walking – There are so many walks for you to choose; from the famous Speyside Way to gentle strolls around lochs or hikes in the mountains. The walks available vary in length and difficulty and surroundings. With 43 munros to choose from and five of the six highest mountains in Britain, there are plenty of opportunities to test your equipment out. On the Glenmore and Rothiemurchus estates have great pathways through ancient Caledonian pine forest and stunning scenery. Within a short distance there are many walks to enjoy, Walk Highlands provides details of levels of difficulty and timings.

Cycling – The cycle network covers 64km of the Cairngorm National Park, offering mountain bike mountain descents (Cairngorm Mountain), bike trails (Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail) and cycle paths around the park for a much easier pedalling. Bike hire is available from Aviemores Bikes at Rothiemurcus who will deliver & collect bikes from your lodge; See more

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