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TITLE
Aviemore, Strathspey
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0288
PLACENAME
Aviemore
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32192
KEYWORDS
tourism
ski resort
Cairn Gorm
railways
postcards
Cairngorm
Cairngorms
skiing
villages
Aviemore, Strathspey

This postcard shows the main road in the village of Aviemore. The Cairngorm Hotel is on the left.

Aviemore has existed since the 1600s but consisted of just a scattering of houses and an inn until the coming of the railway in 1862. By 1892, with lines to Inverness, Perth and Forres, it had become an important junction. It grew rapidly, first to accommodate people working on the railway and then for the wealthy seeking hunting, shooting and fishing.

This once quiet Highland village saw another upsurge in development in the 1960s. Aviemore flourished with the opening of the Cairn Gorm ski area, 8 miles away, in 1961 and a purpose built holiday centre opened in 1966. However the concrete buildings, so loved by architects then, did not stand the test of time and the centre has since undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Today the area caters for holidaymakers all year round with a wide range of outdoor activities. The Cairngorms, Britain's largest national park, is a special and unique place with arctic mountain landscape, remnants of the ancient Caledonian pine forest, rivers, loch and glens, and is home to many of our threatened birds, animals and plants.

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Aviemore, Strathspey

INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus

1910s

tourism; ski resort; Cairn Gorm; railways; postcards; Cairngorm; Cairngorms; skiing; villages

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows the main road in the village of Aviemore. The Cairngorm Hotel is on the left.<br /> <br /> Aviemore has existed since the 1600s but consisted of just a scattering of houses and an inn until the coming of the railway in 1862. By 1892, with lines to Inverness, Perth and Forres, it had become an important junction. It grew rapidly, first to accommodate people working on the railway and then for the wealthy seeking hunting, shooting and fishing. <br /> <br /> This once quiet Highland village saw another upsurge in development in the 1960s. Aviemore flourished with the opening of the Cairn Gorm ski area, 8 miles away, in 1961 and a purpose built holiday centre opened in 1966. However the concrete buildings, so loved by architects then, did not stand the test of time and the centre has since undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment.<br /> <br /> Today the area caters for holidaymakers all year round with a wide range of outdoor activities. The Cairngorms, Britain's largest national park, is a special and unique place with arctic mountain landscape, remnants of the ancient Caledonian pine forest, rivers, loch and glens, and is home to many of our threatened birds, animals and plants.