Attractions & Adventures
Ruthven House is an ideal base for the vast number of outdoor activities and sports in the area, especially golf, fishing, walking and cycling.
Please see below a selection of highlights and links to websites for more information. Visit Cairngorms also has a wealth of information. We would be delighted to make recommendations for you for local attractions, also for dining too.
Please do let us know if you have any special requirements too, we are only too happy to help.
Highland Wildlife Park
New for 2018! Have you been to the Highland Wildlife Park only 4 miles from Ruthven House?! You are in for a treat! New on their Website
"Look who’s just emerged at our Highland Wildlife Park! After spending two and a half months cosy in the cubbing den, the first polar bear cub to be born in the UK for 25 years has ventured outside with mum Victoria for the first time. Mother and cub are currently not visible to the public, however these first steps were caught on motion-sensitive cameras positioned near the den for an exclusive documentary coming to Channel 4 later this month" Find out more in our full polar bear cub update: http://socsi.in/yrOFF
Aviemore Sled Dog Rally
Every year, mushers from throughout the UK gather in the forests around Aviemore for the biggest event in the British husky calendar - always hoping for plenty of the white stuff to make it a real arctic experience.
Sled dog enthusiasts continue a racing tradition, which is now almost a century old. Around 200 teams of dogs from all over the country compete annually in the Aviemore area. With competitors ranging in age from just eight to 60, there's something for all the family to see at this great spectator event, which has grown from just a dozen teams in 1984, to more than 200 in recent years.
Organised by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain the rally is run on tracks around Loch Morlich in the shadow of the Cairngorms. The event is the biggest gathering of its kind in the UK for dogs, which were first bred to pull sleds in Arctic conditions hundreds of years ago. The rally features teams of between two and eight dogs running at up to 20 miles an hour over a gruelling, four-mile track. Along with the Siberian huskies, rally dogs include Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Greenland Dogs and Canadian Eskimo Dogs. And, even if there's no snow at ground level for the event, the races will still go on with mushers using a three-wheeled rig that looks like a bike without a seat. Sled dogs come from as far as the Isle of Wight and Devon for one of the most challenging and prestigious of the British Siberian Husky Club's series of rallies.
Also in the area you can let yourselves in for a real treat by going to watch Neil Ross and his working sheepdog display at Leault Farm, just 10 minutes north of here. Alternatively why not try your hand at Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Gliding, and 4x4 Off Road driving. Beauty treatments? There are some superb local therapists. We would be delighted to help out and arrange any of these activity ideas for you, as you can see there really is a wealth of activities to suit all. If you need any further assistance for ideas, please let us know.
Fiona & Colin