Things to do around Inverness – the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd

As we approach Christmas in Inverness, a visit to the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is a fun day out for all the family.

Reindeer were re-established in Scotland in 1952, after a long absence. The Cairngorm Mountains provide an ideal habitat, and the reintroduced reindeer have flourished there.

In Glenmore, at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, is the Reindeer House – stocked with everything to do with reindeer, as well as tradiitonal Sami crafts from Sweden. The paddocks are wheelchair accessible, enabling everyone to see the reindeer, even without going on the hill trip.

If you do the hill trip you will be led by an experienced herder, and you will be able to hand feed the reindeer and walk freely amongst them.

Only an hour from Inverness, a visit to the reindeer herd in the Cairngorm National Park is a special day out.

Your Inverness bed & breakfast provider will be able to advise you on the times for hill visits to the herd. If you haven’t yet booked your Inverness accommodation, you will find a selection of the best B&Bs in Inverness by clicking here. For other ideas for fun days out in Inverness see our Attractions page, and the ICA page. If you’re looking for Christmas fun in Inverness see the Winter Festival calendar.


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Strathspey Railway – steam train journeys near Inverness

The Strathspey Railway near Inverness offers a wonderful opportunity to take a steam train journey through spectacular Strathspey.

The train sets off from its base at Aviemore, then continues through Boat of Garten and on to Broomhill, on a nostalgic 20 mile journey along part of the original Highland Railway. The beautiful landscape varies from moorland, through woods, and along the sweeping River Spey, with the Cairngorm Mountains providing a majestic backdrop. There is a tea and coffee service and full bar service on the train.

There are special events on the Strathspey Steam Railwaythroughout the year, with the pinnacle for many children being the Santa train, which runs on several dates from mid December. The Santa train is tremendously popular and advance booking is essential. The Mince Pie Specials, running just prior to and just after New Year, are a great way to enjoy a mince pie and festive drink while the train steams through the winter landscape.

There are also regular opportunities to dine in style on board the Strathspey Clansman or the Strathspey Highlander.

Aviemore is an easy 40 minute drive down the A9 from Inverness. Check the Inverness Guest House Association website for a selection of the best accommodation in Inverness, and for more ideas for great things to do in Inverness.


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