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Indulge Your Taste Buds: Top 5 Restaurants in Aviemore after a Day in the Mountains

After an exhilarating day in the Scottish mountains, there's nothing quite like satisfying your hunger with delicious food. Aviemore, nestled amidst stunning landscapes in the Cairngorms National Park, offers a plethora of dining options to refuel and unwind post mountaineering or climbing courses.

Often a day in the mountains, whether you are climbing or mountaineering, can burn 2000 to 3000 extra calories. Adding this to your average calorie needs you could be looking at burning 4000+ calories on your days out. Maintaining a healthy diet is definitely important, but if you are going to indulge then the best time to do it is after a day mountaineering of climbing!

Here are my recommendations for great places to eat in Aviemore, in no particular order:

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Scrambling under blue skies in the Cairngorms

The Old Bridge Inn

Nestled near the River Spey, The Old Bridge Inn is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Its cozy atmosphere and hearty meals make it a perfect post-adventure spot. The menu features a delightful fusion of Scottish cuisine and international flavours alongside wood fired pizzas, complemented by an impressive selection of craft beers and whiskies. They also have live music and a roaring open fire to dry out after a day in the mountains!

The Ryvoan Cafe

Occasionally, the weather doesn't play ball and you may be forced to return early from your day. Not to worry! I have just the place for you to dry out and fuel up for your next mountain adventure. For those seeking a vibrant, welcoming ambiance, The Ryvoan Cafe stands out. Renowned for its cakes, excellent coffee, and comforting lunches, this spot caters perfectly to the hungry climber. Indulge in their diverse menu featuring locally sourced ingredients and vegetarian/vegan options.

La Taverna

Craving Italian cuisine after a day in the mountains? La Taverna is your go-to for a good fill of pizza and pasta. With a warm, inviting setting and authentic Italian dishes ranging from pasta to wood-fired pizzas, it's a fantastic choice for a satisfying meal. They offer a buffet option and cater very well for vegetarians and vegans. Don’t miss out on their delightful desserts to round off your dining experience. This is definitely the place to refuel and carb load before your next day out climbing or hill walking!

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Top day out climbing on beautiful Cairngorm Granite! Time to head for a bite to eat!

The Cairngorm Hotel

This historic hotel boasts a fantastic restaurant offering a mix of traditional Scottish dishes and modern culinary delights. The Cairngorm Hotel's menu showcases fresh seafood, succulent steaks, and a range of vegetarian and vegan options, catering to diverse palates. Their cozy ambiance adds to the post-adventure relaxation. Often they have a live band and a brilliant selection of whiskies!

The Pine Martin Bar

The Pine Marten Bar in Aviemore stands out as a quintessential gathering spot for locals and visitors alike, offering a unique blend of cozy ambiance, delightful drinks, and a touch of Highland charm. The rustic yet modern interior features wooden furnishings, comfortable seating, and a crackling fireplace, creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere—a perfect retreat after a day of outdoor adventures in the Cairngorm mountains. A highlight of the Pine Marten Bar is its impressive selection of beverages. From locally sourced craft beers to a wide array of spirits and whiskies, the bar caters to diverse tastes. Visitors can indulge in a curated selection of Scottish single malts or opt for specialty cocktails crafted with a Highland twist. The menu has some really tasty options and they definitely cater well for vegetarian and vegan customers! A great place to relax after your day in the mountains.

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Climbing high above Aviemore on a beautiful wintery day


Aviemore, with its breathtaking landscapes and adventure-filled mountains, also offers a delightful culinary experience. These spots promise not only delicious meals but also the perfect ambiance to unwind and relish your achievements after a day spent in the Scottish mountains pursuing your passion for climbing or mountaineering.

Whether you crave Scottish specialties, international flavours, or comforting pub fare, Aviemore has something to satisfy every mountaineer or climbers appetite.

Are you planning to explore the Aviemore area and would like some instruction or guiding in the mountains? Check out my courses and experiences below for all abilities!

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