Local people making their corner of rural Britain unique
Saturday 22nd December
Bethan Bell visits Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands, where visitor numbers are falling alongside fewer snowfalls.
Snowy days in Aviemore are getting rarer - and if the snow doesn't come, then nor do the skiiers. At the foot of Cairngorm Mountain in the Scottish highlands, the town was little but a railway station until the 1950s, when bulldozers moved in and created ski-runs. A tourist resort was created overnight - and until a few years ago, it was thriving. But snow is getting less predictable while the prices of foreign skiing holidays fall - and winter sports enthusiasts want to go where the weather is guaranteed. So what else can Aviemore offer?