Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner. Facebook Messenger An icon of the facebook messenger app logo. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Facebook Messenger An icon of the Twitter app logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. WhatsApp Messenger An icon of the Whatsapp messenger app logo. Email An icon of an mail envelope. Copy link A decentered black square over a white square.

Get your skates on! Ice rink returns to Aviemore for first time in more than 20 years

The ice rink opens on Saturday after a 20-year absence in the town

For the first time in more than 20 years, residents and visitors will be able to lace up their skates this weekend and take to a dedicated ice rink in Aviemore.

After years of planning and attempts to bring back the loved facility, work has finally paid off.

The 12 metre (39ft) by 20 metre (65ft) natural ice rink is due to open on Saturday.

The rink is also benefiting from the generosity of the Macdonald Aviemore Resort, where it is located.

Bosses have permitted use of the site of the old rink for seven months – free of charge.

Mammoth fundraising efforts

Aviemore and Glenmore Community Trust (A&GCT) have tirelessly fundraised towards the project since March.

More than £110,000 has been gathered.

Duncan Swarbrick, director and chairman of A&GCT, said: “There was an awful lot of people who used to use the old rink.

“It was a really good site – so it was a real loss that it was taken down and not replaced.

“Hopefully if this goes well we can develop it into a full size more permanent rink in the future.”

The rink will open to the community on Saturday

Approximately £60,000 was generated locally through donations from residents and businesses.

Fundraising events have included a children’s initiative for the ice bucket challenge, a quiz, a golf tournament and two raffles.

Significant donations in kind, where services are offered instead of money, have been granted from local businesses, totalling more than £25,000.

Ambition to restore Aviemore ice rink to its former glory

The rink will return initially as a seasonal rink, with the ambition of restoring the facility to its former glory.

It is good news for winter sports enthusiasts who usually descend on the area but have been limited in opportunities whilst the funicular railway to Cairngorm Mountain is out of action.

Those behind the project have stressed that for now, “baby steps” must be taken.

THE FIRST SKATE!Wow the community team have only just gone and done it and made an ice rink 😁😁😁😁👍🏻 Amanda our Ice Manager has the honour of the first skate on real ice in Aviemore for over twenty years followed by the ice hockey loons! 😝😂😂👍🏻⛸🥌 🏒 VisitCairngorms Visit Aviemore VisitScotland#iceaviemore #community together #community ice

Posted by Aviemore Ice Rink on Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Mr Swarbrick added: “With the hill, obviously it is disappointing that the uplift has been delayed, but I think with something like an ice rink gives a different offering.

“My hope is that if we make it a success this winter, then it makes it easier to go to bigger funders in future and say ‘this works and is successful’ then we can start looking more seriously at something bigger.

“At this stage, we are just so focused on setting this up. That is a conversation for later.”

Mike Dearman, Janis Bootle and Duncan Swarbrick on the rink

He continued: “The involvement of so many of the community throughout Badenoch and Strathspey, whether in fundraising, helping with the build, donating, and donating in kind, is what makes this truly special and a privilege to be involved in.

“To me, that is what really gives it that positivity and that feel good factor behind it.”

Locals pull together

Over the past three weeks, more than 40 volunteers have lent their time to put the finishing touches on the rink.

A general manager has been appointed in Amanda Clinton, with recruitment for nine paid roles to take place.

A&GCT have stressed that the roles, a mix of part time and full time, will pay the living wage.

Directors of the Aviemore and Glenmore Community Trust who have set up the facility, Mike Dearman, Duncan Swarbrick, Elee Bissett, Louise Orr and Kirsty Bruce. In the foreground is Janis Bootle.

Director Mike Dearman said: “We started fundraising in anger in March to pay for the rink and marquee and we have raised over £100,000.

“That is just amazing, especially in the current climate.

“It is just brilliant we have been able to do something so quickly and it has been so positive.

“We have had donations from local companies. We have had tradesmen, having worked a full day, coming in and working another shift for us in the evening for nothing.”

‘Winter sports is in our DNA’

Mr Dearman added: “It has been just lovely to see everyone pull together and make it a success.

“Aviemore is a wonderful place but in terms of infrastructure, there is not a huge amount here. I am starting to understand the loss when the ice rink went away.

“Winter sports is in our DNA here – we are a ski town – so it’s one step closer to gaining what we once had.

“It has been a real learning curve for us.”

Exciting to see one of the trusts major projects getting under way, the community have raised significant funds to…

Posted by Aviemore and Glenmore Community Trust on Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Reduced price for local residents

Locals from Dalwhinnie to Cromdale can also benefit from reduced fees.

Adults are able to access the rink for £7.50 and children for £5.

Visitors will be charged the slightly higher rate of £15 per adult and £13 per child.