Hello! I'm in the final stages of planning our trip to Scotland and need a base for exploring the Caringorm area.
We're a couple in our mid-20s interesting in doing quite a bit of hiking and exploring the region--not sure what yet, though. Night life is not important to us, but touring some distilleries is! We will be coming from Aberdeen and heading to Edinburgh, so somewhere along the "route" would be great.
The two options for hotels I've found are: the Garth Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey, and the Hilton Coylumbridge in Aviemore. Both are fine from reviews, availability and price. Obviously the Garth will be a little more "independent" and in a smaller town. My indecisive nature is really acting up and I can't form an opinion on which would be better. Any locals with advice?
Also, while we would be in Grantown-on-Spey I noticed there will be a Scottish Games going on...a deal-breaker or a deal-maker? We're fairly familiar with the (US version) of the games--I was a highland dancer in my youth.