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Rothiemurchus, Aviemore

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Rothiemurchus Forest is a remnant of the Caledonian Forest at grid reference NH9209 near Aviemore, Badenoch and Strathspey, Highland, Scotland.

The forest is popular for recreation and contains important European wildlife, including the osprey, Scottish crossbill, capercaillie, crested tit and wild cat.

Stretching from the River Spey to the high mountain plateau, Rothiemurchus sits within the Cairngorms National Park.

Much of the forest is within the Rothiemurchus Estate, in the ownership of the Grant family since the 1540. The estate is now owned and managed by Johnnie Grant, 13th Earl of Dysart and 17th Laird of Rothiemurchus, along with his wife Philippa and their family. In 2014, Rothiemurchus Upper Forest - covering 2,300 hectares - was sold to Forestry Commission Scotland, for £7.4 million.
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  • Had the most amazing experience at Rothiemurchus Falconry. Being able to handle five different birds of prey in the stunning location overlooking the Cairngorms you just couldn’t ask for a better... 
    Had the most amazing experience at Rothiemurchus Falconry. Being able to handle five different birds of prey in the stunning location overlooking the Cairngorms you just couldn’t ask for a better...  more »
  • Amazing time clay pigeon shooting, followed by a trip to the visitor centre, a lovely lunch of Cullen Skink and a wander around the beautiful Loch an Eilean 
    Amazing time clay pigeon shooting, followed by a trip to the visitor centre, a lovely lunch of Cullen Skink and a wander around the beautiful Loch an Eilean  more »
  • Yesterday me and my partner had the most fun and enjoyable experience here shooting clays with our instructor John. We laughed and enjoyed the challenges of the wide range of traps they have. Also... 
    Yesterday me and my partner had the most fun and enjoyable experience here shooting clays with our instructor John. We laughed and enjoyed the challenges of the wide range of traps they have. Also...  more »
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  • Fantastic experience. Quad bike trail was amazing especially the trail path. The bike was a bit heavy as compared to my previous experience of ATV and MTV at different locations but it was manageable. The price can be a little less. I paid £54 for one person per trail. My son enjoyed Little Landys ride a lot and the coordinator cum trainer was superb.
  • The Falconry Experience at Rothiemurchus was exceptional! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Johnny and his birds of prey. He shared loads of information and the one-on-one interactions with each bird were super fun and very educational. The birds are very well taken care of and very loved. Highly recommend!!!
  • Not sure why this is showing my wife’s profile but it does not take away from the fact that this was brilliant day out for myself (dad), Eden (daughter) and Jeremy (uncle). The fact that the weather was changeable is just something that we all come to expect in Scotland. I wished at one point my glasses had wipers. The team looking after us were exceptionally polite, very relaxed and had a clear focus on safety as well as fun. The quad bikes are great. I was the slowest of the troop but that didn’t matter. It was exhilarating. The quad bike trek was accomplished over rough terrain, across fields, rivers and lots of twists&turns. I did swallow the occasional fly and handful of midges. I felt sorry for the calves we passed along the way who were covered in flies. The fact they did not blink never mind run away shows how used to humans they are. Highland cattle were a delight for Eden. Very cute. The end of the trek is through a stream. A clever way to end the run. Filmed for each family group we all had something to take away with us to show those who did not come away. This is our second year and was as good as the first year. A wonderful relaxed experience which we will cherish.
  • Stunning ruin and lovely walk. Nice little takeout/gift shop with very friendly staff. Easy parking with attendants and good toilet facilities. Really pleased to have stopped off.on the way down country.
  • One of the best things I’ve ever done, it was so exhilarating. Never actually driven a quad bike before, but this has definitely made me want to do it more. The quads are really easy to use, being automatic. Our guide/instructor, Jamie, was really friendly and knew lots about the surrounding area. We started off with a few laps of the practice area, to get a feel for the bikes, then we went off, through a stream which was fun, and through to the farm area. Got to see some highland coos, and then went into the forest, and saw some deer. Jamie also stopped us at certain points and let us get off and take some pictures and explained the surrounding area. The last part was my favourite, riding down a stream, water going everywhere. The only reason I’m knocking off a ⭐️ is that it was very expensive, we didn’t go too far round the estate, just on a dirt track, and we only went riding for 50 mins, would’ve liked longer, but as a whole, very fun. However, the toilets were a bit on the small side, only 3 of them, one a disabled toilet, and the cleaning product gave off a very pungent chemically smell

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