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photographing wildlife in the Cairngorms

10 Top Tips for Photographing Wildlife in the Cairngorms National Park

With today’s mobile phone technology, anyone can capture amazing wildlife moments on camera. But often the trickiest challenge is spotting the wildlife in the first place and so, to up your chances, it’s a good idea to have an expert on hand (see this blog for why you might hire a wildlife guide). In May, […]

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Wildlife guide in the Cairngorms

Why Get A Wildlife Guide?

Hundreds of visitors flock to the Cairngorms National Park every year hoping to spot some of the spectacular, rare wildlife that make a home here. The Park, for instance, boasts more breeding farmland waders than the whole of Wales, eight per cent of the UK’s total capercaillie population and 25 per cent of the UK’s […]

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wildlife spotting in the Cairngorms in Summer

Wild about Wildlife – how and what wildlife to spot in the Spring

As the Park celebrates its fantastically diverse nature at the ‘BIG Weekend’ event on 10-12 May, we asked local Cairngorms wildlife experts for their top spotting tips in May/June. Nesting Birds The summer migrants are back so nesting birds, such as the visiting Ring Ouzel, Snow Bunting, Ptarmigan and the Dotterel, can be found in […]

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Spotting Wildlife In The Cairngorms

After a long cold winter, Spring has sprung in the Cairngorms National Park!  Along with the warmer weather, leaves have started to grow on the trees and the snowdrops and crocuses are finally out! Not only is it us humans who realise there’s a change, the wildlife do too and with over 25% of the […]

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Itinerary: Wildlife Watching

If you’re looking for the special flora and fauna of Scotland, then the Cairngorms National Park is the place to come. Be it herds of Red Deer sweeping across the skyline, intimate encounters with Black Grouse and Pine Marten, majestic Golden Eagles, the delicate Twinflower, or just the ability to experience a huge variety of […]

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Top 25 History Picks In The Cairngorms

The Badenoch Valley is a hotbed of history and, to showcase many of the points of interest in the Cairngorms, this month sees the launch of our first heritage festival on 6-22 September (see more below). “There’s real buzz around Badenoch when it comes to history at the moment,” says Oliver O’Grady, project officer for […]

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7 of the Best Family-Friendly Hill Walks in the Cairngorms

It’s official! According to new scientific research, being in nature makes kids happier and healthier, particularly when it comes to their mental health. But we knew that anyway, didn’t we? Teacher and author of The Mountains Are Calling: Running in the High Places of Scotland, Jonny Muir, says family walks are a great way to build […]

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15 of the best runs in the Cairngorms National Park

Maybe you’ve signed up to a sporting challenge and need to train while you’re on holiday in the Cairngorms, or maybe you’re just a running enthusiast and looking for an insider’s guide on where to run. Either way, the National Park is arguably the trail running capital of the UK, with routes to suit every […]

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Trace Robert Burns’ Footsteps In The Highlands

Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns loved the Scottish Highlands so much that he penned a poem about them in which he professes “my heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go”. While he’s been a long time dead (330 years, to be exact, aged just 37 at death) the memory of this larger than life character […]

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15 Things To Do In the Snow in the Cairngorms

The snow has arrived in the Cairngorms – whoop, whoop! To mark its arrival, we’ve compiled a list of snow-inspired activities for you, in addition to traditional snowsports. 1)   Make a snow angel – particularly fun if you jump out of a hot tub into the snow to do this! To find a luxury lodge […]

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Cairngorms 2019 things to do

Top 19 in ’19

To celebrate the arrival of the new year and intentions for a prosperous year ahead, we’re celebrating the wealth of riches here in the magical Cairngorms by compiling our bucket-list inspired top 19 things to do in 2019. After all, who needs far-flung destinations and long, expensive flights to satisfy a craving to live your […]

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Cairngorms Winter Activities

10 of the best things to do in the Cairngorms this Winter

Forget about commercialised, so-called ‘Magic Kingdoms’, there is truly no more enchanting, beautiful a place to spend winter than the bewitching Cairngorms. Whatever the weather, with so many things to do for all the family, this wonderland will soon have you under its (cold) spell. Our top 10 picks: 1.Walking: feel like you’re in Narnia […]

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Santa and his reindeer in the Cairngorms

Christmas: Best places to see Santa and his Reindeer

Why would you schlep to Lapland, when you have a Highland winter wonderland on your UK doorstep? That’s the question on many a visitor’s lips after a Christmas break in the Cairngorms. Besides, everyone knows that Santa and his reindeer have a second home here, which is why there are so many magical opportunities to […]

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Lights, Camera, Action! in the Cairngorms

The dramatic landscape of the Cairngorms National Park provides an ideal backdrop for the camera. You may be surprised to discover that some of the biggest movies and dramas have been filmed here… The latest film to hit the big screen is Mary Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. You can walk in their […]

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boutique places to stay in the Cairngorms

7 Boutique Places to stay in the Cairngorms National Park

The Cairngorms National Park is a fantastic place to visit. Be good to yourself or treat a loved one to an escape to the Highlands of Scotland and stay in a beautiful boutique gem. Here is a small selection of some of the best boutique places to stay in the Cairngorms National Park. 1. Killiecrankie […]

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How much do you know about the Cairngorms National Park?

That it is Scotland’s largest National Park; that just under 50% of the Park is designated nature conservation sites of international significance; that National Geographic Traveller voted Cairngorms National Park as one of the ‘Top 20’ places to visit in the world! Covering six percent of Scotland, the Cairngorms National Park (CNP) is pretty big! […]

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Glen Clova in the Cairngorms

6 reasons to visit Glen Clova in the Angus Glens

Recently we took a trip along the snow roads and out of the Cairngorms into the very different countryside between Blairgowrie and Kirriemuir, (flatter, lush, green, rolling, berry growing country) and then back in to the Cairngorms National Park into the Angus Glens and Glen Clova, another completely different landscape. So far removed from the […]

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Family Friendly things to do around Aviemore

6 of the best family friendly things to do around Aviemore

Aviemore is one of the best places in Scotland for a family break away. Set in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore is surrounded by some fantastic family friendly attractions. With guaranteed family fun and entertainment at every turn, you’ll find everything you need here for a memorable and hassle free holiday. Aviemore and the Cairngorms is waiting […]

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Top things to do in the Easter holidays

The Easter holidays are here and many local attractions have just reopened their doors for the summer season so we thought we would help you discover some of the best things to do in the UK’s largest National Park as a family! Visit a Castle – Blair Castle, Braemar Castle and Balmoral Castle all reopen […]

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mother's day in the cairngorms

Mother’s Day Ideas in the Cairngorms National Park

With Mother’s Day fast approaching we have some ideas of things to do to treat your mum. It is great to spoil her but it is also the perfect opportunity to spend quality time together in the beautiful playground that is the Cairngorms National Park. Here is a small selection of some great things to […]

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10 of the Best Cosy Cottages in the Cairngorms with a view

The Cairngorms National Park is filled with many beautiful places to stay including, traditional cottages and wee but ‘n’ bens. Here we share a small selection of some of the best cosy cottages that come with the extra bonus of a picturesque view in the Cairngorms…   1. Railway Cottage – Kincraig Railway Cottage is […]

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Pet friendly holidays in the Cairngorms

For many people taking their pets on holiday with them is really important but sometimes it can be difficult to find places to stay or things to do where dogs are allowed. Here we explore pet friendly places to stay, eat and things to do in the Cairngorms National Park with your four legged friends… […]

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