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“Best in Aviemore”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Active Cafaidh

Active Cafaidh
Ranked #29 of 61 Restaurants in Aviemore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $13
Cuisines: Cafe, British, Scottish, International, Soups
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
Description: Active Cafaidh (Gaelic for Cafe) is the unique place in Aviemore to meet, eat & relax. Experience a friendly relaxed atmosphere and outstanding mountain views. Our food is all freshly prepared using the finest quality Scottish produce. Menu options include delicious savoury crepes, venison burgers, daring omelettes and hearty mountain platters with fresh soups prepared daily and superb coffee & home baking. We always have selections for people with special diets. Take time to browse our bookshop and Scottish music collection. The cafaidh has free Wi-Fi and 2 public access computers. We are available for private functions and are fully licensed offering a range of drinks including local beers, whisky cocktails & wines.Relax and enjoy the Active Cafaidh experience!
Brujas, Rhone-Alpes, France
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“Best in Aviemore”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Awesome food, portions fit for a king. Freshly made cakes every day.
Staff are lovely, very friendly and are full of information on the area.
Highly recommend filling up before a day of adventure! (and to re-fuel after!)


Stunning views of the Cairngorms and a crakin' atmosphere. What else could you possibly ask for?

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Amanda B
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Active A, Manager at Active Cafaidh, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
We at Active Cafaidh would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind comments
and review. As ever we take all reviews on board and as you say try to be the "best",
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

Found this hidden gem after finding long queues at other well known restaurants on our 4 hour road trip to Inverness. When we tasted the food, we couldn't believe how quiet this café was. The food is outstanding. The butternut squash, chilli and coconut soup was FAB and the brown crusty bread served with it was delicious.

Staff friendly and nothing was a problem to them. Had a very relaxing lunch with beautiful views and pleasant background music.

Don't be put off by the surrounding area. This café is a MUST!!!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Barbara R
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Active A, Manager at Active Cafaidh, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
We are so glad you found us! Thank you for the great feedback come see us again soon!
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great place to eat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

Pleasant staff, good food. Huge portions. Good atmosphere, slightly continental feel to it.
Has a relaxed atmosphere and usually no problems getting a table.
Service prompt. A regular destination for us.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Ann B
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Active A, Manager at Active Cafaidh, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a review. We hope to see you again soon.
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Varied menu, relaxed surroundings, good value, excellent bookshop, free parking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

Good hearty dishes with a continental flavour, heavy on calories rather than cuisine, but good value just the same. My advice: choose 2 dishes and share. Good veggie selection and fantastic coffee in a tourist location renowned for the average. Great mountaineering bookshop and trad music selection for sale. Ask for your discount if you're a member of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. Head here rather than the queues at the Mountain Cafe in the middle of town.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank munrotop
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Active A, Manager at Active Cafaidh, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Wow - thanks guys. Come back soon ... Please
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Aberlour, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“great ambience, good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

We have been using this cafe for 3 or 4 years and it keeps getting better. There is always a good range of interesting and varied food. The coffee is excellent. The ambience is relaxing with a range of music playing, from traditional to jazz. There are lovely sofas to sink in to and a good range of books and maps, especially for outdoor pursuits. The staff are friendly and efficient.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Jennifer P
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Active A, Manager at Active Cafaidh, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
So delighted that you come back time and time again and get the service, atmosphere, food and value you have learned to trust. Thanks so much for visiting and reviewing us.
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