There are so many brilliant things to do in Spey Valley, you are are going to need a longer holiday to fit it all in. There are championship golf courses and world renowned salmon fishing. Snowboarding, skiing and mountainbiking. Wind surfing, canoeing and sailing on Loch Morlich and Loch An Eilann.
The car driver pulls the short straw when you hit the Malt Whisky trail with distilleries such as Glenfiddich and Macallan within a 30 mins drive.
For the children, the beaches of the Moray Firth are within a 45 minute drive. Who knows, you might even spot a dolphin. There are various fantastic adventure play areas at Coylumbridge (indoor) and Landmark at Carrbridge. The Aviemore Centre has a large public swimming pool and indoor sports centre.
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At the centre of Nethy Bridge, also known as the Forest Village, there is a football pitch (where the Highland Games are held every year), tennis courts, Spar grocer and an award winning butchers. The journey is an easy 10 minute stroll by the river or by country road.
The River Nethy
The River Nethy rises at the Garbh Allt between Cairngorm and Al Choinneach on the northern slopes of the Cairngorms and flows through Strath Nethy into the Abernethy Forest and enters the Spey at Broomhill just west of the village. The River Nethy is an important tributary of the River Spey which is an internationally renowned salmon fishing river. During the summer of 2012, whilst casting from the riverbank at the Smithy, we caught an 18 inch long European eel.
The Abernethy Forest which abuts Nethy Bridge contains remnants of the original Caledonian Pine Forest. These are the descendants of the first pines to arrive in the area almost 9,000 years ago after the last ice age. Abernethy Forest is home to pine martens, red squirels, badgers, wildcats, water voles and otters. The River Spey and its tributaries are home to freshwater pearl mussel colonies, salmon, trout and lampreys.
Cairngorm National Park
The Cairngrom National Park is the largest area of arctic mountain landscape in the UK and is home to four of Scotlands highest mountain peaks. Many consider the Cairngorms to provide the finest collection of different landscapes outside Canada.
The Cairngorm National Park is home to 25% of of the UK's threatened bird, animal and plant life. It is the best place to see the Scottish crossbill which is the only bird unique to Britain. Keen bird watchers can also spot golden eagles, dotterell, capercaillie and crested tit. At Loch Garten, there is an RSPB Osprey sanctuary where breeding pairs come to breed from May to August.