Winking Owl123 Grampian Rd
The Winking Owl, or "Winky" as it is know locally, is probably one of the oldest hostelries in Aviemore and was originally a farmhouse. It is reported that Robert Burns had breakfast here during his 1787 Highland tour. "Winky" is now run by the nearby Cairngorm Brewery who reopened the doors on 19 November 2014 after a short closure to rewire, replumb and generally modernise the interior. There are six hand pumps which have Cairngorm Tradewinds, Stag and Wildcat, with a fourth used for the Cairngorm "seasonal" brew. Cairngorm Black Gold is available on a font dispense. An innovative "partial" tie with Caledonian allows Deuchars and Flying Scotsman on the other two hand pumps, but occasionally there may be an alternative from the Heinekin stable. The creative all-day menu is designed to please all tastes and appetites, including children. This is the first one in what is anticipated to be small estate of Cairngorm pubs. Re disabled access:- Currently the toilets on the ground floor and the bar on the first, but plans to modernise the ground floor for dining in 2017 with full disabled access. 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.