Karn House





Location

Karn House is the FRCC’s most recent hut. It is situated in Aviemore.

Grid Ref: NH 894133
Address: Karn House, Craig Na Gower Avenue, Aviemore, PH22 1RW

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Approaching from the A9 from the south:

  • Drive through Aviemore, past the shops and straight over the mini roundabout.
  • 100m after the Winking Owl pub turn left on to Craig Na Gower Avenue, following signs for Aviemore Dental Practice.
  • At the end of the road, turn right, still following signs for the dentist.
  • After passing 2 houses on the right you will see a sign ‘Karn House’ at the start of a long gravel drive.
  • Turn right into the drive and the house is at the end.

Nearest Telephone/Mobile Connection

Good mobile reception in and around Aviemore including the hut.

Facilities in the area

Aviemore is the main shopping centre for the area and has a large Tesco and numerous speciality shops, pubs and restaurants, not to mention plenty of outdoor shops and a mountain bike shop.

There is also an indoor climbing wall in Aviemore and a water sports centre at Loch Insh. In addition it is an excellent centre for wildlife spotting with everything from lowland marsh habitats to the highest plateau in the UK and native pine forest in between.

Trains en route between Perth and Inverness and onwards stop in Aviemore, as do nightly sleepers from London. Express coaches en route between Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness also stop in Aviemore.

For local bus information click here.

Climbing and Walking

Karn House forms an ideal base for walking, climbing, skiing and mountain biking, with easy access to the Cairngorms and Creag Meagaidh, as well as being surprisingly close to the north-west for those prepared to have a long day to bag those elusive Munros.

History

Karn House was purchased by the FRCC in January 2002 following a most generous legacy from the estate of non-member Yvonne Campbell-Bruce which included an inheritance from member Mollie Hyde-Parker.

Unlike our other properties this is a modern building and, as its previous use was as a B&B, only required a few alterations which included the installation of a new stair case, drying room and enlarging a couple of the bathrooms.

When the ground floor was ready for use, the hut, retaining its original name of Karn House, was officially opened in September 2002. By the end of the year, the necessary work on the upper floor had been completed and the hut brought into full use.