Published: 06/03/2012 11:43 - Updated: 12/01/2015 15:34


Just five minutes from Aviemore stretches stunning Rothiemurchus, named as "one of the most amazing places in the UK" by The Sunday Times in association with Reader's Digest.

The description is not surprising when you discover how many different ways there are to enjoy this remarkable family-run estate.

Nestled in the ancient forest is lovely Loch an Eilein, voted the UK's favourite picnic spot with its island ruined castle, visitor centre, seasonal gallery with local craftwork and beautiful 70km path network – all blessed with breathtaking views of the Cairngorms.

And there is so much else to see and do in Rothiemurchus. The fabulous facilities include the long-established fishery with instruction for beginners and a stream where little people can feed the fish; a clay shooting ground with sporting traps in natural surroundings, all equipment and expert instruction provided; an exciting aerial ropes challenge, swinging through trees with red squirrels; guided quad treks though forest and farmland; a family off-road biking centre; ranger guided experiences; a herd of red deer to feed; wildlife-watching hides; hairy Highland cattle; the Highland pony-trekking centre; and more great outdoor pursuits from April to October such as Segways, river tubing, canoeing, family and white-water rafting, canyoning and gorge walking. There is also a tailor-made service for group bookings.

Your day starts at Rothiemurchus Centre. The friendly staff will help plan and book your activities, or you can browse around the card and gift shop. The Druie café restaurant serves fabulous coffee, cakes and tasty meals using estate-produced Highland beef and venison.

Or you can collect a picnic from the Farm Shop – chosen by The Mail on Sunday as one of the "top farm shops with activities in the UK" – and relish the forest, wildlife and glorious views.

On Land Rover safaris you will discover the best views, hear stories, and have an opportunity to put some questions to the ranger.

Sir David Attenborough, Britain's most respected natural history film-maker, described Rothiemurchus as "one of the glories of wild Scotland". When BBC Springwatch spent a month here, presenter Simon King declared it was "the best place in the world to watch ospreys fishing at close quarters".

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