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Cairngorms family friendly walks

Five Family Walks in the National Park by Cameron McNeish

A father of two sons and grandfather of two girls Cameron McNeish has always been on the lookout for good family walks. Here he recommends five great family outings. ONE of the great joys of the Cairngorms National Park is that there is something for everyone, from long mountaineering expeditions to summer low level strolls. […]

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Cairngorms walks with Cameron McNeish: Spring-time on the Great Moss

MY son Gregor met me for a Sunday stroll having managed to get some leave from paternal duties. He  wanted a walk that would give some height but wouldn’t be too hard on unused muscles. I was happy enough to wander over the Moine Mhor. Although not much lower in elevation than the great plateaux […]

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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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wee walks in the Cairngorms

5 more wee walks in the Cairngorms

There are some fantastic walks in the Cairngorms National Park. Here we highlight 5 “wee walks” in celebration of “Wee Walks Week” 9th-15th September.   1. River Tilt Walk, Blair Atholl | 1.5 miles This circular walk meanders through the woods alongside the River Tilt. As you journey along look out for the Wishing Well and […]

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Wee walks in the Cairngorms

5 wee walks in the Cairngorms

There are some fantastic walks in the Cairngorms National Park. Here we choose 5 “wee walks” in celebration of “Wee Walks Week” 9th-15th September.   1.Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, Feshiebridge | 1 mile (1.6km) This is a short, flat route with a sculpture at every turn and meanders into an old walled garden alongside the […]

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Cairngorms walks

Fiona Outdoor’s six great walks for beginners and families

The Cairngorms National Park is home to some of the UK’s most impressive landscapes, including mountains, hills, moorland, ancient Caledonian pine forest, straths, lochs and rivers. So, it’s no wonder that many walkers visit the park to enjoy a huge variety of walking routes. Here we pick six of the best walks for people looking […]

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October Holidays in the Cairngorms

Our top picks for your tattie (October) holidays in the Cairngorms

In Scotland we call the October half-term the ‘tattie holidays’ because, in the past, this was the time when pupils were let off school to go out and help pick the annual potato yield in the fields. Luckily for them, tattie holidays are much less about hard work and much more about having fun these […]

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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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Summer Overnight Adventures in the Cairngorms

Spending a night under the stars on an adventure with your friends or family is the stuff of magical childhood (and adulthood!) memories. The Cairngorms offers some of the best wild camping spots in the world, due to Scotland’s progressive access laws, which mean you are allowed to wild camp responsibly on most unenclosed land. […]

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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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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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Lochs of the Cairngorms

My Top 5 Fairy Sites of the Cairngorms by the Faery Folklorist

I love researching and visiting fairy sites all over Scotland, and on my recent holiday to the Cairngorms I couldn’t resist tracking down a few fairy sites and paying them a visit. Many years ago some Scottish folk had a real belief in the fairies, and they weren’t the cute Tinkerbells we think of today, […]

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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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Snow Roads. Image Laura Taylor-min

10 reasons to drive the Snow Roads in winter

The Snow Roads Scenic Route is a 90-mile journey which takes you from the picturesque market town of Blairgowrie to the traditional Highland town of Grantown-on-Spey. The route traverses the highest public road in Britain taking you through some of the most outstanding landscapes in the eastern Cairngorms, linking the communities of Braemar, Ballater and Tomintoul. We […]

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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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Cairngorm Mountain Rescue

Friends in High Places

You’ve been enjoying a day’s walking in the mountains but now with darkness closing in you find yourself separated from your group and your lost.  How reassuring then to know that a team of experienced mountaineers are on their way to search for you and take you safely off the mountain. What’s On caught up […]

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'Still' one of the installations along the Snow Roads scenic route

10 reasons to drive the Snow Roads

The Snow Roads Scenic Route is a 90-mile journey which takes you from the picturesque market town of Blairgowrie to the traditional Highland town of Grantown-on-Spey. The route traverses the highest public road in Britain taking you through some of the most outstanding landscapes in the eastern Cairngorms, linking the communities of Braemar, Ballater and […]

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Lochs of the Cairngorms

Lochs of the Cairngorms

One of our favourite things about the Cairngorms is the beautiful lochs. There is nothing better than sitting lochside in the sunshine taking in the stunning views. Here are a few of our favourites: 1.Loch an Eilein Known for being ‘Loch of the Island’ with it’s 13th century island castle this is a truly unique […]

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Cairngorms Festivals

A Feast of Festivals in the Cairngorms!

The Cairngorms National Park is a natural when it comes to festivals, hosting an abundance of events that cater for all tastes and interests. Surrounded by inspiring, breath-taking scenery, it is an ideal setting for festivals that celebrate the great outdoors. Add to the mix, culture and heritage, and you have the makings of a […]

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Long distance walks in the Cairngorms

Take a longer walk in the Cairngorms National Park

We have revealed some of the best shorter walks in the park  but perhaps you have more time or energy for a longer hike. There is a  huge network of paths, trails and waymarked routes that cross-cross the different Cairngorm regions with a wealth of easily accessible choices. Here we help you to discover five […]

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Groove Cairngorm

You don’t have to ski to Groove!

Groove CairnGorm: the UK’s first resort based snowsports festival returns to Aviemore, Scotland 24th & 25th February 2017. In partnership with Cairngorm Mountain & Badaguish Outdoor Centre.   You don’t have to ski to groove!  There are lots of other fun things to create amazing memories and blow away the hangover in the fresh air that […]

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Cairngorms Escape

Embrace Autumn with a Unique Cairngorms Escape

As the sun takes a step back, thoughts turn to Autumn and Winter, cosy jumpers, long walks and log fires.  This is the perfect time for a trip to the Cairngorms to give your spirits that much-needed boost, with its plethora of unique and quirky places to stay. So, escape the daily grind, jump on […]

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What to do in the Cairngorms when you can't ski or snowboard

Top things to do when the ski centres are closed

We can’t wait for our winter ski fix but when the conditions don’t allow, and the weather gods won’t play ball, thoughts turn to what to do in the Cairngorms when you can’t ski or snowboard. So far we have had a winter of hard frosts and temperatures of -10 with the most amazing sunrises […]

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Royal Deeside

Royal Deeside – a genuine royal gem

It is no surprise that Royal Deeside is referred to as Scotland’s crowning glory, celebrated for its magnificence and diversity. Little wonder that it attracts visitors from around the world, enticed by the area’s royal heritage, stunning scenery and array of attractions. Steeped in centuries of history, Royal Deeside is an established destination for people […]

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