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Hilton Coylumbridge Resort Hotel

Child friendly hotel, Highlands – Coylumbridge, Aviemore, Inverness-shire

Holiday summary

Rooms sleep 0 – 4
Prices (Weekly) £TBC
Short breaks
Pet friendly
Mobility friendly

About Hilton Coylumbridge Resort Hotel

A fantastic base to enjoy the fabulous Cairngorms - outdoors at it's best!

The Hilton Coylumbridge hotel, a family-friendly Highland resort, is set in a 65-acre woodland estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park in Aviemore. Coylumbridge provides for a fantastic Scottish break for the active, outward bound family or for those wanting to explore the beauty of the stunning Cairngorms National Park and the delights of picturesque Aviemore. And it’s a perfect family friendly hotel – you’d expect nothing less from a hotel that organises its own Toddler Breaks for families with under-5s – and has loads of child-friendly facilities indoor and outdoor facilities including indoor swimming pools, The Fun House, children's playground, a games arcade and an on-site activity park. .

The Hilton Coylumbridge sits amidst a 65 acre woodland estate, a perfect base to explore the beautiful Cairngorms National Park and the Highlands of Scotland. The motel exterior belies the welcoming and comfortable interior. You will find the spacious and warm lounge area with many sofas and chairs to relax on throughout the day - or listen to live music at night - a friendly bar, as well as a coffee shop to providea boost, a conference room used for amongst other things early evening movie-shows for the children, magic shows and other kids entertainment, several friendly places to eat, an indoor heated pool, well-maintained outdoor play area and a big indoor soft play den (extra cost); you pretty much have all you need for an easy family holiday base.


The family rooms are spacious enough with two queen size beds that comfortably sleep a young family of 4, a desk, flat screen tv with movies to buy after a busy day (£10.20 per film), wardrobe/storage and family bathroom with shower over the bath. We had two interconnecting rooms, perfect for the girls to enjoy their own space - an extra bathroom is always a bonus too, otherwise we would have had a very cramped time of it. Larger family suites are also available comprising a queen-sized bed with a separate bedroom with bunk-beds for the children along with their own TV. Self-catering lodges are on site offering the freedom to come and go as you please with full access to the hotel's facilities - the lodges sleep up to 8.

It can be difficult finding somewhere suitable for the kids to just play indoors - the conference room is a massive open space and the girls happily travelled back and forth to the lounge playing various games whilst we sat and had a drink - the lounge is very comfortable and toddlers are free to roam! After 8pm the literature states it's adults only but many kids quietly sat and listened to the live music and all was well with the world!


Breakfast is buffet style offering cereals, fruit, full-cooked breakfast choices and freshly made waffles that were a huge hit with Eve and Lottie - Lottie ate two stating she'd burn them off during her post-breakfast swim; I know it's not sensible!

Book dinner when you check in - or else book over the phone when on your way as it can get very busy. The Foyer Lounge and Bar offers a children's menu designed by Annabel Karmel and grown up contemporary food from 5:30 including light snacks, pasta, pizza, soup, salads and sandwiches.

The Grant Restaurant serves both breakfast (from 7:30) and dinner (from 6:00). The buffet style breakfast offers a choice of cereals, cooked items and fresh fruit. Once seated there is no waiting involved for any kids meals - it's been well-thought out so that children can be fed immediately. In the evening the kids buffet area is laid with a choice of roast meat, vegetables, fish and chips, pasta with a choice of sauce, cooked meats, bread and salad, fresh fruit and desserts. The fussiest of fuss pots will find some-thing to nosh - the girls loved the independence of fetching their own and subsequently ate it. A microwave is available to heat up baby food/milk.

Adults chose from a traditional menu - three courses, well-cooked and presented. It's not a flamboyant menu - it is a menu that will ensure you sleep well or are ready for a night's orienteering! The huge and varied breakfast buffet will fuel you for any day-light activity you may have in mind.

Outdoor Facilities

The outdoor play area offers enough space and equipment for a good age range - Aggie at 3 had as much fun as Eve 9. There is an outdoor activity centre on site offering all kinds of things including ski-ing, snowboarding, high boinging trampolines, bike hire, climbing walls etc. for all ages. The Woodshed Bar located there is an alternative to the restaurant or Brasserie on site - children welcome to 8.

Of course you are bang in the middle of the Cairngorms with beautiful forests, buzzing little towns and tourist attractions coming out of its proverbial ears!

Stunning walks either challenging or sedate, adrenalin pumping outdoor activities, comrpising everything you might think of to challenge your senses in every which way. It is a challenge to decide where to start.

The Tourist Information offices come into their own with very authoritative staff and heaps of advice of what to do and where to go. We opted for a gentle stroll around the Glemore Forest Park - a flat and easy path in the woodland alongside the river with perfect stop offs for Pooh sticks and skimming stones to eventually reach the beach of the Loch. It took about an hour with many stop offs - I guess a normal pace would half that!

Lunch time we ate at a fabulous café on Rothiemurcus Estate along the road back to Aviemore - I ordered a huge fresh and healthy salad with cheese sourced from the estate, Bob had delicious fish cakes, Eve beans on toast (order it - French bread with cheese and beans - a big hit) and fresh tomato soup with freshly baked delicious bread for Lotts and Aggie that tasted fantastic. Bit steep on the cost of a can of pop front but the food is very worth the visit. We didn't have room to try the cakes but I suggest it would be worth a mid-day coffee and cake trip!

Overall Hotel Coylumbridge is not pretty outside but is pretty inside (sic Lottie) - it's an easy-going and welcoming hotel in a fabulous area offering good facilities for families - whatever the season.

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