Aviemore and the Cairngorms is home to some amazing local artists

We know how easy it is to make a holiday purchase, and what better way to remember your trip, than taking home some locally produced art. Here are our recommendations for art lovers on holiday here in Aviemore and the surrounding villages in the Cairngorms.

  1. The Old Post Office Gallery Cafe, Kincraig

    Here you can actually meet the artist and her family in this family run cafe, nestled close to the shores of Loch Insh.  You will be all the richer for your experience as not only is Ann extremely talented, she is very welcoming and always keen to chat. 

    The cafe displays Ann’s original artworks as well as a selection of prints.  You can also find local exhibitions from other local artists such as Campbell Bryson. 

    Not only does she showcase the landscape through art, Ann and her husband Toni have filled the cafe with the aromas of fine Italian foods and use nothing but fine, local and responsibly sourced ingredients from a range of independent suppliers.  From Alvie strawberries, local honey, freshly baked cakes from Inshriach and sourdough baked just up the road, you will find everything to your liking in this charming and unforgettable place. Kincraig Art Cafe 
  2. The Iona Gallery, Kingussie

    A lovely building in which every local artist has showcased their talents over the years.  Exhibitions include pottery, paintings and photography.  When the season turns to the festive period, there is even a Christmas craft fair which should inspire your gift list.  For a full directory of artists and exhibitions, visit The Iona Gallery
  3. Angus Grant Art

    Angus is based in Grantown and teaches the next generations of budding artists at the local school. His love of fishing and water is reflected in all of his artworks, which are available to buy at various locations and online.  The best bit is that Angus has a wide range, varying from huge commissions to mugs, so there is something for everyone. Angus Grant Art 

    A visit to the many independent shops while in Grantown is also well worth doing, and you can see artworks in Highland Artisans and High Street Merchants.
  4. 1896 Gallery, Boat of Garten

    Situated in a recently restored building,  1896 perfectly showcases the works of local artists such as Rona Kant who has a very vivid style that will look great hanging in your home.  The shop has large pieces and small gifts to take home for your friends.  Complete your visit to Boat of Garten with lunch from Andersons or coffee and cake at The Gashouse. 1896 Gallery
  5. The Snug, Aviemore

    Better known as the place to sample Spey Distillery Whisky and Gin (which we also definitely recommend) but you might not know that The Snug in Aviemore also showcases some fantastic artwork by local artist Joanna McDonough – she takes her inspiration from local wildlife and the landscape surrounding her studio at the Speyside Distillery. The Snug 
  6. June Armstrong

    We are big fans of the work of illustrator June Armstrong. June works with pen and watercolour and creates vibrant colourful illustrations. June is currently working on an online shop but is happy to accept commissions for bespoke cards, stationery and special illustrations via her facebook page – a great gift idea if you are coming to stay for a special birthday. She also has some fab downloadable print outs for your own budding artists to colour in. June Armstrong
  7. The Laundry Gallery, Aviemore

    As the name suggests, this gallery is located above the laundry but makes amazing use of the available roof space. Unfortunately, it is currently closed to visitors but you can find a number of links to more local artists on the gallery’s website. One to keep an eye on for the future – The Laundry Gallery