The Best Place in Scotland to be Outdoors
The image above of Loch Morlich is used with permission. Credit: VisitScotland | Kenny Lam
There is something for everyone, whether you wish to walk locally, travel to climb e.g. munros or walk sections of recognised routes such as the Speyway and Dava Way. There is a network of local walks, with information in the lodge and also at the Nethy Bridge Community Centre. The area around Nethy Bridge is renowned for offering miles of gentle marked footpaths within ancient Caledonian pine forests.
Walking Highlands is a fantastic resource to use to plan your walks; https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk
The area is fantastic for biking whether you wish to MTB trail bike from the lodge, travel to local MTB centres or road bike locally or on National Route 7. Bike hire centres available and local trail centres include:
- Bike Glenlivet
- Laggan Wolftrax Mnt Bike Trail Centre
- Moray Monster Trails
- Learnie Red Rock Trails
- Grantown-on-Spey bike skills trail
Nethy Bridge has a stunning 9 hole golf course which welcomes guests. There are numerous other golf courses within the National Park.
Visitors are welcome to pay and play on the Nethy Bridge tennis courts.
The world famous River Spey flows past Nethy Bridge. Permits can be obtained through the Abernethy and Badenoch angling associations. Families might prefer to fish for trout at the Rochiemurchus fish farm where all equipment can also be hired.
There are local outdoor centres at Craggan Outdoors, Rochiemurchus Estate, Alvie Estate, Loch Morlich and Loch Insh Outdoor Centres as well as numerous outdoor companies that operate from the National Park. Multiple activities offered plus tuition and equipment e.g.:
- Pony trekking
- Canyoning and gorge walking
- Clay pigeon shooting
- Kayaking and canoeing
- White water rafting
- Wind surfing and paddle boarding
- Quad biking and segways
- Zip line park
- High ropes
- Abseiling and climbing
The Lodge is handily situated between the Cairngorm Mountain ski centre and the Lecht ski centre. Equipment, tuition, uplift, cafes available at both centres. Ski touring and mountaineering popular from the Cairngorm Mountain. There are local centres to hire and enjoy cross country skiing. The annual Aviemore sled dog rally is a must to watch if staying in January. Sledging possible from the Lodge or at the Hayfield, Glenmore.
The Lodge is situated on the edge of the RSPB Abernethy Natural Nature Reserve which is home to the largest remaining remnant of caledonian pine forest. This is home to a variety of birds and mammals including the osprey, capercaillie, black grouse, Scottish crossbill, crested tit, red squirrel, red deer and wildcat. There are bird feeding and red squirrel feeding stations within the Nethy Bridge network of paths.
Popular with children is the wildlife park at Kincraig and the reindeer centre at Glenmore.
There is a sandy beach at Loch Morlich enjoyed by many on a hot Summer’s day. Alternatively, an hour away are the beaches of the Morayshire coast e.g. Cullen, Hopeman, Lossiemouth and the Culbin sands at Nairn.