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Winking Owl

(also known as Winky, formerly Aviemore Inn)

123 Grampian Rd
PH22 1RH

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Opening Times


MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 1.00 am
Saturday11.00 am - 1.00 am
SundayMidday - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

12 - 3 Mon - Sat
12.30 - 3 Sun


Cairngorm Pub Company

About the Pub

Cairngorm Brewery have been making award winning beers in Aviemore since 2001, and “The Winky”, their first pub, was taken on by them on 19 November 2014 under an innovative “partial” tie with Caledonian / Heineken.

Once a farmhouse, the pub, is probably one of the oldest hostelries in Aviemore and Robert Burns is reported to have breakfasted here in 1787.

Just to the right of the steps up to The Winky, the access to “The Bothy Bar” is via the rustic courtyard which uses re-purposed corrugated tin sheet, upcycled wooden pallets and cable drums to form a covered outside seating / smoking area. At night, gently changing “mood” lighting sets a comfy scene.

The addition of the Bothy Bar downstairs in 2018 massively increased its capacity to cater fro thirsty and hungry visitors and locals alike including wheelchair users and those who might find the steps difficult, and those with doggie “best friends”!

The walls of the Bothy are stripped back and there is a section of the floor plan which has a raised dias for the regular musical events.

Upstairs, the roomy Winky bar has commanding views out over the Cairngorm mountain range.

Both bars have six hand pumps which offer four Cairngorm beers, usually Trade Winds, Stag and Wildcat and one seasonal, plus two from Caledonian list such as Flying Scotsman, Deuchars IPA and Fyne Ales Jarl and an array of font beers, including Cairngorm’s award winning “Black Gold”.

Food is available in both with “hearty pub grub” being featured downstairs and international and Scottish themed dishes upstairs.

Well behaved dogs are allowed in the Bothy Bar, but only guide dogs upstairs in the Winky restaurant area.

Well worth a visit is the Cairngorm “brewery tap”, just North about ½ mile away, and has two rotating Cairngorm beers on hand pump, normally a “regular” beer, and the current seasonal, with some available on font.

Please see the “Cairngorm Brewery” WhatPub entry for more details.

There you can take a tour and tutored tasting and stock up on some bottles, or fill up a four pint “growler” to take away.

Please note, some of the images on this page have been supplied by Samantha Faircliff of Cairngorm Brewery who has given permission for them to be used by CAMRA but still may be subject to copyright.

Historic Interest

Robbie Burns (bard) visited regularly.

Regular cask ales

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Changing cask ales

This pub serves 6 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Cairngorm Trade Winds
  • Cairngorm Wildcat
  • Caledonian Deuchars IPA

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme


  • LocAle LocAle Accredited
  • BeerFestival Beer Festivals


  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    The Bothy Bar has full wheelchair access.

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden

    Trestle tables, adn also covered seating.

  • Parking Parking
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Downstairs in the Bothy, guide dogs only upstairs.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Childrens menu and allowed if having a meal up until 22:00

  • Camping Camping Nearby 1600m

    Highrange Touring Park.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • LiveMusic Live Music

    There is a side room from the main Bothy Bar which is used for music and entertainment.

  • Restaurant Restaurant Area

    Upstairs in Winky Bar.

  • SeparateBar Separate Bar
  • Smoking Smoking Area


  • WiFi Wifi

    Just ask for the password.

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Winking Owl

123 Grampian Rd
PH22 1RH

Sat Nav Reference

57.193023, -3.829688

OS Reference



  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (550m)

Stagecoach: 1, 31, 32, 32A, 33, 34, 34X, 38, 39A, 228, 244, 267; Citylink: G10, M90, M91; National Express: 538, 588

Nearby Station (550m)



At north end of village, on left hand side 150m past mini roundabout

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Winking Owl - Aviemore

Winking Owl

123 Grampian Rd
PH22 1RH

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Member Discount Scheme
  • LocAle Accredited
  • Beer Festivals
  • Cask Marque Accredited
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Camping Nearby
  • Function Room
  • Live Music
  • Restaurant Area
  • Separate Bar
  • Smoking Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station

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