Cairngorms Winter 2013 Featurette - Our Visit FeaturedWritten by Administrator
On Tuesday the 19th of February, we sent our reporter Lori McFarlane and her husband S. (and their baby son) to the Cairngorms of Scotland to feature the area. She stayed in Kingussie and made a point of visiting the Highland Wildlife Park, the CairnGorm Mountain and ate out at 2 local establishments; the Silverfjord Hotel and the Auld Alliance Hotel and Restaurant.
We welcome you to read the following reviews / blogs of her stay. Please note that in both the CairnGorm Mountain and the Highland Wildlife park blogs, she managed to get podcast interviews with members of staff onsite. You can listen to these podcast within each blog review.
We hope that you enjoy this featurette and we would love it if it helped inspire you to visit the area.
CairnGorm Mountain and Funicular Railway (and Podcast)
We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather on the day we decided to visit CairnGorm Mountain. Clear blue skies, cold, crisp air - on a day like that, from the top of the mountain, you can see some 40-80 miles in the distance, and the view was one of the most breathtaking views I’ve ever experienced. The deep snow and fresh cold air may have contributed to the taking-away-of-the-breath, but it was all a part of the experience. It was beautiful.
Highland Wildlife Park Blog (and Podcast)
When I heard there were actual, real-life polar bears at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig (near Aviemore), my inner six-year-old sort of burst out in squeal of glee. I must see these polar bears. Now.
Auld Alliance Hotel Restaurant Blog
As it turns out, Kingussie is full of culinary surprises. In a little village boasting a green grocer, a couple of chippies and a Cantonese takeaway, we certainly did not expect to find the amazing restaurants that are tucked neatly along the side streets off the main road. The Auld Alliance, a French ‘restaurant and rooms’ establishment which incorporates Scottish ingredients and influence into its French cuisine, is - dare I say it – one of the best places I have ever eaten. There. I’ve said it, and I don’t take it back.
Silverfjord Hotel Restaurant Blog
Sometimes the best surprises are found in the places you least expect. Such was our dining experience at the Silverfjord Hotel in Kingussie. From the street, we could have easily passed by it; the outside of the building is unsuspecting and rather plain - in fact, I would have thought it was some kind of sports bar - but inside, we discovered an extraordinary little gem.