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Cairngorms National Park, Visitor & Tourism Guide



Largest National Park
At nearly twice the size of the Lake District National Park, England's largest National Park, the Cairngorms offers something extraordinary for every type of visitor. From mountains to historical buildings, wildlife to whisky, the Park excels. In the region of 1.5 million people enjoy it every year.

To the north and east of Scotland. Aberdeenís to the east, Inverness the north, Edinburgh a distance south. The Park lies within the unitary authorities of Highland, Moray, Aberdeenshire and Angus.

One of two National Parks in Scotland, the other being Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park (note, there are plans to create Scotlandís first Coastal and Marine National Park).

National Scenic Areas in a Park
The Park covers two of Scotland's National Scenic Areas, The Cairngorm Mountains NSA and Deeside Lochnagar NSA.

Places in which to base yourself
The obvious destination is Aviemore. Try also Ballater, Braemar, Grantown-on-Spey, Kingussie, Newtonmore and Tomintoul.

Many of the highest mountains in the UK
The Park protects the largest area of mountain landscape and artic wilderness in the UK. Home to five of the six highest mountains in the UK: Ben Macdhui (1309 m), Braeriach (1296 m), Cairn Toul (1293 m), Sgor an Lochain Uaine (1258 m), Cairn Gorm (1245 m). It's after Cairn Gorm that this National Park and the The Cairngorm Mountains NSA get their name.

The Cairngorms are part of the Grampians, a mountain range running between the Highland Boundary Fault (Arran to Stonehaven) and Great Glen Fault (Fort William to Inverness).

Major rivers running through the Park include the Spey (hence Speyside), Dee (Desside) and Don.

Wildlife and forest
The Cairngorms National Park is noted for its wildlife which includes golden eagles and the only wild herd of reindeer in the UK. Try also Kincraig Highland Wildlife Park by Kincraig with its European bison and wolves, artic fox and polar bear!

The Park's Caledonian Forest is one of the last old growth or virgin forests in the UK. To explore the forests, try Glenmore Forest Park just east of Aviemore or Abernethy Forest National Nature Reserve on the shore of Loch Garten. Here you'll experience what remains of the vast native Caledonian Pine Forest that once covered this area.

Historical buildings
Try Corgarff Castle, Ruthven Barracks and Balmoral Castle.

The River Spey and Whiskey
Last, flowing from Loch Spey (to the west of the Park below Loch Ness and above Loch Laggan), you'll find the River Spey which runs through Speyside with its world famous distilleries and salmon fishing. On the western border of the Park, visit the Glenlivet Distillery. Head north east to the coast around Spey Bay and you'll find, among others, Glenfarclas Distillery, Glenfiddich Distillery and Glem Moray Distillery.

If whisky isn't your thing, walk the Speyside Way within the National Park.

External Links
www.cairngorms.co.uk
highlandwildlifepark.org
www.cairngormreindeer.co.uk

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Ben Macdui, Highland

Located in Aviemore, Highland, The Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Approximately 4.7 miles away.

Scotland's second highest mountain behind Ben Nevis...

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Loch Garten

Located in Kinveachy, Highland, The Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Approximately 8.1 miles away.

To the south east of Inverness, Loch Garten is famous for its RSPB Nature Reserve. Their membership booklet reads: 'When ospreys returned to breed in Scotland, this ancient Caledonian pinewood is where they chose to come...

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Corgarff Castle

Located in Corgarff, Aberdeenshire, The Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Approximately 14.9 miles away.

Built during the sixteenth century. Located in Aberdeenshire, east Scotland. Converted into barracks in 1748 after the 1745 Jacobite uprising. Briefly a farmhouse from 1802. Restored and managed by Historic Scotland...

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Stag Lodge
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Approximately 3.9 miles away.

Rates: £360 - £717 Per Week

Set in the Cairngorm National Park close to the Speyside way and with excellent walking from the doorstep this newly built and very comfortably appointed property sits just 1 mile from the heart of the bustling Aviemore...

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Croftside House, Allt Mor Cottages
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Approximately 7.4 miles away.

Rates: £615 - £2,000 Per Week

Set on the fringes of Aviemore village a wonderful location for enjoying the great outdoors in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park these superbly appointed and beautifully furnished properties offer a very high degr...

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Coire Cas, Allt Mor Cottages
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Approximately 7.4 miles away.

Rates: £519 - £1,498 Per Week

Set on the fringes of Aviemore village a wonderful location for enjoying the great outdoors in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park these superbly appointed and beautifully furnished properties offer a very high degr...

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