The Cairngorms National Park is the largest in the UK with its dramatic mountains, huge forests of ancient trees, indigenous birds, varied wildlife and flowing waterfalls to boot.
Aviemore – This resort is a bustling little town at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountain and offers an array of eateries, shops and outdoor pursuits. Ski from here at this popular Winter Ski destination or in the Summer months take a walk around the breath taking Loch Morlich.
Hiking & Walking – This is the place to come for walking and hiking, there are endless possibilities for variation in landscape for every level of hiker. From a gentle wander around the forest trails to climbing the mountain faces and those in between, you’ll find stunning views and paths less travelled all over this amazing landscape.
The Speyside Way – One of four official long distance routes in Scotland with over 65 miles to explore. Experience the diverse landscapes along the way either in full over a number of days or in part for an hour or so. You can join this route not far from where Firhall is positioned. The route meanders along the Spey valley all the way from the coast at Buckie to Aviemore, right through Grantown on Spey!
The Dava Way – This route takes you 24 miles from Forres to Grantown in its entirety, mostly following the old railway line. As you enter the town of Grantown on Spey you’ll pass the gate house which was used as a train station when Queen Victoria visited Castle Grant.
Loch Morlich – A spectacular circular walk with views of sand beaches and imposing mountains whilst remaining a low level route. There are numerous pathways and picnic spots providing spectacular views. A 3.5 mile walk with a 200 feet steady ascent and descent graded ‘easy’ by Walking Britain, a lovely family walk.
Anagach Woods – 3 minutes’ walk form the doors of Firhall Guest House are the enchanting Anagach woods and their hidden wildlife treasures. These woods are teaming with wildlife in all shapes and sizes. Deer are frequent inhabitants that can be seen wondering through the pine trees and over the heathers. There are short 20 minute routes for the quick stroll or those needing wheelchair friendly routes and hour long trek for those walkers wanting to get a little more ‘lost in nature’.
Golf – Firhall B&B guests are perfectly situated to take in a few rounds of golf at the Grantown Golf Club. Set before the backdrop of the imposing mountains this course really is something special. Golfers travel from all over the world to play here and one look at the incredible course will show you why that is.
Cycling in the Cairngorms – The hills and valleys, moors and forests of the Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands are the most amazing place to bike through. With routes across the length and breadth of the area you really are spoilt for choice. The Cairngorms National Park is home to some of the best mountain bike routes in the whole of Scotland. Whether it’s the thrill of road cycling or exploring the mountain tracks there is adrenalin fuelled action for all levels or rider in the Cairngorms. Here at Firhall Guest House we can keep your bikes dry in our garage for you, ready for your day of exploration. Or if you’d rather hire bikes there are plenty of hire shops nearby to get out on a cycling adventure. For something a little different why not try the Electric Bike Network. Whatever way you decide to travel we can keep you fuelled and ready to go with one of our packed lunches. Perfect for the long days on the trail, just contact us for details.
Water sports and more with Craggan Outdoors – With so much water flowing off all of the mountains the Cairngorms are an excellent location for all kinds of fun on the endless rivers and lochs. Craggen Outdoors offer a range of craft and expeditions both on the Findhorn and Spey Rivers. These rivers are also the inspiration for our two premium rooms here at Firhall Highland Bed and Breakfast. They share their names with these mesmerising rivers offering beautiful views and enticing waters. Now you can jump in too! Leap into the ever awesome fun of white water rafting or maybe try smaller craft including canoes – which are absolutely hilarious fun and great for teamwork too. With pony trekking, gorge walking, abseiling and a huge list of adventures in between these are THE people to talk to to make your trip extra exciting!
Rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing and snowboarding are all available, subject to the weather of course. For the full information on these activities check out the official website for Visit Cairngorms.