Aviemore is a village for all seasons. Renowned for its skiing and snowboarding, the area also offers a vast array of all year round activities and outdoor pursuits. There is a local riding centre which offers pony trekking in the surrounding hills and mountain-bike trails, canoeing, sailing and hill walking are all available locally. This area is also famed for its excellent fishing, with the mighty river Spey close to hand. For walkers, the Speyside Way provides over 100 miles of way marked trails through stunning countryside. Unusual places of interest abound. Just 10 minutes drive away is the Cairgorm Reindeer Centre, where visitors can encounter Britain’s only herd of free ranging reindeer. Husky trail rides through the foothills of the mountains also offer a memorable and unique day out. The region is also noted for its birdlife and the nearby RSPB nature reserve at Boat of Garten is famous for its Ospreys which nest locally. There is a steam railway that runs from Aviemore through to the village of Boat of Garten. The Spey valley is also home to some of Scotland’s most famous malts and the "whiskey trail" is always popular with visitors - there is a local distillery also within walking distance that offers tours. With challenging Munros and the superb water sport lochs of Insh and Morlich, the choice of outdoor sports is almost unlimited. For the less energetic there is a funicular railway that runs up the side of the Cairngorm mountain range. Aviemore has an excellent selection of restaurants, bars, cafes and interesting local shops and with Inverness just 30 minutes drive away; it is an ideal location for exploring the heart of the Highlands.