There are so many ways to make your journey to our beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. How will you reach your Handpicked Lodge this year?
If you prefer to travel a little slower, the Caledonian Sleeper is a wonderful way to arrive direct to the centre of Aviemore. Or take a daytime train to sit back and enjoy the scenery along the way – regular daily trains run north to Inverness and south to Edinburgh and Glasgow (and connecting beyond: Trains to Aviemore).
Regular daily buses stop in the centre of Aviemore on their way north from Edinburgh and Glasgow, and on their way south from Inverness (Citylink and Megabus). For the local bus service around Badenoch and Strathspey, you can find timetables and information on the Stagecoach website.
Having a car will really help you make the most of exploring our wonderful area during your time here. If you are arriving in Aviemore by train or bus, take a look at the great service provided by Aviemore Car and Van Hire. You’ll need your Drivers Licence, proof of address, passport (if non-UK resident), to have been driving for 2 years and aged between 23 and 75 years. They are open 9am to 5pm but for £30 extra they can be available for you outside these times if you’d like your car waiting at the station for your arrival.
If you are driving your own car, the Traffic Scotland website is a good source of up-to-date traffic information, journey times, roadworks, road traffic incidents and weather affecting routes. You can expect to be driving for around 2.5-3 hours from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Aviemore, 2 hours from Aberdeen, 30-40 minutes from Inverness.
All that hard work will be worth it when you reach the luxury of your Handpicked Lodge!