A major reason why holiday-makers love the Cairngorms, and return year after year, is for its scenery and landscape. But another popular reason is for adventure. 

Why not combine the two and choose an adventurous mode of transport in order to take in the stunning scenery?

Here are some ideas.

By Canoe/Kayak

Seeing the Cairngorms from the water gives you a whole new perspective. You’ll be immersed in nature and able to witness wonderful wildlife, like jumping salmon and paddling otters, if you’re lucky. 

A range of activity providers, such as Craggan Outdoors and Loch Insh Watersports Centre, offer guided day trips along the River Spey. If you want to add an even greater sense of adventure, then why not add whisky into the experience with the Spirit of the Spey’s trips which ‘blend’ canoeing and a stop at a distillery?

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Very happy and thankful to scoop the Winner of the @lovegreatbritain 'Home of Amazing Moments' Award as part of the @takeaview Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017, as well as taking runner-up of the ‘Live the View’ category. Many congratulations to fellow entrants and winners; honoured to be considered amongst such talent. See them here: https://www.take-a-view.co.uk/2017-award-winners/ The image will feature in the 11th edition of the book and be on exhibition in Waterloo Station, London from November to February – if you’re passing by. It’s also on the front page of today’s @thescotsman Newspaper and in the Metro Newspaper (17th October 2017). The image ‘Dawn Patrol’ was taken on a magic Autumn morning with my favourite adventure companions and shipmates, @The_Third_Aye, Tosh and Vorlich. Incredible Autumn glow, still and silent enough to hear roaring stags and snoring dogs, it was soul medicine at its best! Taken in Abernethy, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. Technical details: Nikon D750 with Nikkor 16-35mm lens, Exposure – 1/400 sec, Aperture- f/4.0, ISO – 100, handheld.

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By Paddle Board

Some of the day canoe trip routes are also possible by paddle board like, for example, the river trip from Kingussie to Loch Insh, which can be organised for you by Loch Insh Watersports Centre. Paddle boards can also be hired at Loch Morlich Waterspots Centre (opens from 1st April). For those of you that want a core work-out, this activity is perfect!


By Segway

Segways are two-wheeled machines which you stand on, holding a handle. They give you a buzz of excitement as you whizz along, with the added bonus that they produce virtually no emissions and noise. 

If you jump on one at Rothiemurchus, you’ll have a familiarisation period in a field before heading out into the heathered moors. By the end, you’ll be so confident you’ll be zooming up and down the hills! Just remember, in the excitement, to enjoy the view, too…


By Ranger-Driven Landrover Defender

These ‘Landrover Safari’ tours, provided by the likes of Rothiemurchus and Atholl, are great ways to see behind the scenes of a Cairngorms estate. From the friendly ranger, you’ll hear stories of the characters and history of the estate, as well as how it operates today. It’s a fun (albeit sometimes bumpy!) ride during which you’re bound to witness wonderful views and a few of the locals, like the heilan coos and red deer! 

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Experience the breathtaking winter surroundings on a off road Land Rover Safari ❄️🏔⁣ ⁣ Spot wildlife, including red deer, mountain hares, birds of prey and you may even see a Highland pony or three! 🐴🦌⁣ ⁣ To book your off road Safari, visit our website www.atholl-Estates.co.uk or call us today on 01796 481355 📞⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ #perthshire #visitperthshire #scotland #visitscotland #cairngorms #visitcairngorms #cairngormsnationalpark #blaircastle #athollestates #castlesofscotland #historiccastle #gardensofscotland #nationalpark #athollhighlanders #offroading #landroverdefender #landroversafari #offroadsafari #offroad4x4 #offroadscotland #scotlandadventures #offroadadventure

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In Chaffeur-Driven Luxury

It seems only fitting, if exploring Royal Deeside, that you do it in style and, indeed, a popular way to peruse this side of the Park is in comfort, via luxury Landrover Discovery or, even, Morgan sports car. For instance, characterful guides at Yellow Welly Tours and Braemar Highland Experience can tailor tours to suit your interests, taking in the scenery, as well as the history, culture, local characters and Royal connections.

Additionally, if it’s whisky you love, as well as the landscape, then why not take a high end chaffeur guided tour of the distilleries in Speyside via Speyside Whisky Tours?

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A well-known local character often to be found in yellow wellies with his two chocolate cocker spaniels – Rosie & Peggy – in tow, Simon is originally from Northumberland, just south of the Scottish Border. Having spent many happy summer childhood holidays stalking the Scottish hills with his parents, grandparents and siblings Simon always knew he wanted to live here full time. For over 21 years he managed Invercauld estate (the large estate by Braemar, stretching from south of Glenshee to east of Ballater and north towards Strathdon) until his retirement 4 years ago. More recently Simon has been found stalking the corridors (sometimes in Jacobean or other disguises) and entertaining visitors at Braemar Castle, Scotland’s first community run castle and he is chair of Braemar Community Ltd who are responsible for the castle’s management as well as many other projects around the village. An Elder at Crathie Kirk, Simon can tell you many behind the scenes stories as well as showing you the grave of Queen Victoria’s favourite, John Brown, in the old kirk yard. Simon has unparalleled knowledge of the locality and its traditions, is a Braemar Local History Group guide and sits on the board of VisitAberdeenshire, the destination organisation covering the north east of Scotland. A tour with him will leave you informed, entertained, well versed in local folklore and can show you some of our local hidden gem. ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ #braemar #royaldeeside #tourthehighlands #guidedtours #scotland #highlands #mountaintours #localknowledge #aberdeenshire #tours #toursofdeeside #deeside #chauffeurdriventours #localpassion #snowroad #visitcairngorms #cairngormsnationalpark #visitaberdeenshire #fifearmshotel #braemarcastle #balmoralcastle

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By Touring Ski

Ski touring, or ‘back country skiing’ as it’s also called, is a unique, free way to explore the Cairngorms, allowing you to quickly get out into the mountainous wilderness. Best done with a guide, you can access courses for all levels at providers such as Glenmore Lodge, Active Outdoor Pursuits and G2 Outdoor.


By Horseback

Experiencing the Cairngorms landscapes by horseback will make you feel like you’re stepping back in time and you’ll be able to almost feel the history seeping from the land (especially if you’ve watched Outlaw King or Outlander recently!). You can even hire a horse and carriage to get around from some providers, like Highland Horse Fun!

There are many tracks across the moors and high passes that are used for horse riding hacks today, taking you into the less beaten tracks of Badenoch and Strathspey. 

There are a range of providers in the valley who cater for every rider from beginner to expert. For a full list, see here.


By Quad Bike 

If you like your adrenaline pumping, then bumping along the moorland tracks on a quad bike is the perfect way to see the Cairngorms scenery. You can even pretend you’re James Bond when quad biking on Laggan Beach with award winning Highland All Terrain, as the latest Bond film No Time To Die shot some scenes here, on Ardverikie Estate.

For a list of providers, see here.


By E-Bike

Electric bikes enable you to stay out a lot longer and cover a lot more ground than on an ordinary bike. They’re also more inclusive as they accommodate for less fit members of your group. E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular in the Cairngorms as they’re an environmentally friendly, fun way to get around.

You can hire e-bikes from Mike’s Bikes in Aviemore and guided trips are also available.



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