This post card from the early 20th century shows the Pot Luck Tea Rooms in Aviemore, now a takeaway and restaurant.
Aviemore has existed since the 1600s but consisted of just a scattering of houses and an inn until the coming of the railway in 1862. By 1892, with lines to Inverness, Perth and Forres, it had become an important junction. It grew rapidly, first to accommodate people working on the railway and then for the wealthy seeking hunting, shooting and fishing. This quiet highland village saw another upsurge in development in the 1960s. Aviemore flourished with the opening of the Cairn Gorm ski area, 8 miles away, in 1961 and a purpose built holiday centre opened in 1964. However the concrete buildings, so loved by architects then, have not stood the test of time and the centre is now undergoing a refurbishment.
Today the area caters for holidaymakers all year round with a wide range of outdoor activities. The Cairngorms, Britain's largest national park, is a special and unique place with arctic mountain landscape, remnants of the ancient Caledonian pine forest, rivers, loch and glens, and is home to many of our threatened birds, animals and plants.
This photograph is featured in Then and Now