Visiting the Cairngorms

Visiting the Cairngorms

Planning your visit for STARMAN Night Triathlon 2021

Some of you are planning on travelling some distance to make the start of STARMAN 2021, and making a trip of it. Obviously, we are in difficult circumstances right now, but we are full-steam ahead with our planning, and we are assuming travel will be less restricted in August (as it was in August 2020).

Here are some things to consider when looking for accommodation

–       Aviemore gets very busy over the summer months and books up quickly. Even during the summer of 2020, most accommodation booked up as soon as lockdown was eased. 

–       Scottish schools return the week before STARMAN so it will be quieter, although English and Welsh tourists may well still be visiting.

–       Most accommodation providers are offering refunds in the case of coronavirus cancellations, but check before you book.

STARMAN Night Tri starts and ends at Loch Morlich, which is around 7 miles outside of Aviemore, at Glenmore. Assuming you have a car, it is very easy to get around and you can look at places like Glenmore, Rothiemurchus, Aviemore itself, Boat of Garten, Dalnain Bridge, and Kingussie. 

Accommodation Ideas


Glenmore Campsite, which is beside the start line.

Pine Martin Bar Glenmore Glamping and Treehouse, which is also beside the start line.

Glenmore Lodge, which is close to the start and just off the run route.


Premier Inn Aviemore, which is about 7 miles from the start in Aviemore

Macdonald Highlands Hotel, Macdonald Morlich Hotel, MacDonald Aviemore Hotel, Macdonald Woodland Lodges – all part of the MacDonald resort and have a number of facilities, including a swimming pool, spa and large playground, and a variety of accommodation options, from hotel rooms to lodges, at the higher end of the price scale. 

There are thousands of properties on a variety of websites across the Aviemore region, so get looking! 


There are lots of places to eat in the area. STARMAN Athletes will always be offered breakfast from The Boathouse Café on Loch Morlich itself.

For other times of the day, the Pine Martin Bar serves food and drink close by.

If you want to venture further afield, there are lots of places to eat in Aviemore itself and the surrounding areas, including a lovely pub and inn at Boat of Garten

For more ideas of places to eat, see Visit Aviemore

Family Ideas

There is plenty to do in the area, as you can imagine! 

Loch Morlich Watersports hire out fun things like paddle boards and kayaks. 

Cairngorm Reindeer Herd – you might be lucky enough to spot a reindeer from the run route but, if not, you can visit them at the centre in Glenmore. They also organise hill walks to go and see the herd.

Landmark Forest Adventure Park – fun for all the family, from tree top walkways to giant dinosaurs!

Highland Wildlife Park – meet wolves, snow monkeys and, of course, the Polar Bear family. 

Rothiemurchus Centre – Treezone, Segways, Archery, Pony Trekking, Quad Trekking and more – there is something for everyone at Rothiemurchus!

All you need to know and more can be found here.  

Aviemore and the Cairngorms is really a wonderful destination to visit and relies on tourism. As you can imagine, many local businesses and charities have been significantly affected by Covid-19, as we all have. We hope you are able to make the most of your visit and enjoy what Aviemore and the surrounding area has to offer, when you are recovering from your overnight adventure!