Glenmore Lodge can be looked as two separate things - the accommodation and the courses.
This is the second course I've been on and both occasions the enthusiasm and quality of the instruction and the facilities provided were absolutely excellent. Learning was at a pace which wasn't so fast that we felt under pressure or had difficulty absorbing what we were being shown/taught, but we still did learn a lot. In the introduction to paddlesports course that became really obvious on the second day when we went onto moving water and all had the confidence to enjoy the day and play about on the water. Again, the skill and enthusiasm of the instructor was no small part of this. Having spoken to people doing other courses, the general feeling ion the instructors is the same – they re the best. Committed, skilled and excellent communicators keen to pass on their experience.
On the accommodation front, the rooms are spacious, comfortable, en suite and well-appointed. The beds are very comfortable and the showers are, well a bit of a blast. Food provided for people on courses is basic but generous helpings and very tasty. The choice is limited and if you don't like what there is, ask nicely and you'll get something from the bar menu. You won't leave feeling hungry. Breakfast is usual b&b stuff, a wide range of cereals, porridge and cooked stuff (no bacon though and the porridge wasn't great). Also packed lunches are provided – a couple of filled rolls, some cake, fruit and a biscuit. All good stuff. Or post adventure relaxing, after the debrief and dinner, there is the bar upstairs. Quite small with a decent range of whiskies covering a range of tastes and a couple of real ales, friendly service, comfy seats and magnificent views of the Cairngorms. All with friendly efficient service – what more could you ask? Not much. Food is available from the upstairs bar and although I never ate g=here, I did see a few meals being delivered and they looked and melt delicious. There's also a gym and sauna but I never used them so can't comment.
And there a pictures of the area hung around the place, some of which will take your breath away.
On top of all this, and I guess Glenmore can't take all the credit for this, the people who use the Lodge tend to be very relaxed and friendly. Both courses I've been on the group have been excellent company for the evening meal and drinks in the bar, but even on the fist night before you meet your coursemates, striking up conversation is the norm, possibly because everyone there has some form of connection with the outdoors, so there's something in common.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are Scotland's National Outdoor Training Centre located in the heart of Cairngorms National Park. Learn, develop or qualify in an adventure sport of your choice. Our goal is to inspire adventure by teaching beginners, coaching intermediate/advanced and delivering training and assessment courses for leaders and instructors.Our role is as a national resource to the outdoor industry and community. Whether you are an individual, company, freelancer or offical body, we are here for you.Unless stated, our UK residential courses are fully inclusive of instruction, accommodation the night before your course commences, full board and accommodation during the course, course transport & equipment. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Glenmore Lodge Aviemore, Scotland