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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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Clan Macpherson

A celebration of ancestral ties

Attending a Highland Games is a summer highlight for many visitors to the Scottish Highlands. The Cairngorms National Park has a long tradition and history of Highland Games, it being home to some of the most famous gatherings.  Originally Highland Games took place in August to tie in with the shooting season. Today, although many […]

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Mini adventures in Grantown

I travelled up to Grantown on Spey to visit my girlfriend who was on a vet placement in a local veterinary practice and didn’t know what I was in for. What I found was the most epic mini-break area, away from the hustle and bustle of city life with nothing but mini-adventures, view point walks, […]

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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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Month-by-month….the best bits!

It’s not very often that you find somewhere in the UK that for 12 months a year can give you more than a few good reasons to visit. Some places look better in the sunshine, others fair better with a snow-laden landscape, and many come to life when the flowers are in bloom or the […]

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Cairngorms National Park Map

Cairngorms National Park by area

  Breathtaking…if there is one word to sum up the landscape, wildlife, views and experiences of the Cairngorms National Park, then this would be it. The largest of the UK’s national parks, located in the heart of Scotland, the Cairngorms is made up of over 4,500sq km of un-spoilt countryside, five of the UK’s six […]

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Travel essentials – and what to pack

There are many different options for travelling to the Cairngorms National Park. Whether you arrive by car, plane, train or bus, or even by bike or on foot, the UK’s largest National Park is closer than you might think. By Car The main road travelling north, the A9, connects central Scotland with the Cairngorms National […]

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Cairngorm Bothies

Walkers, hill-goers and bothies

A gentle breeze rustles the silver birch as you meander beside a trickling stream; a wooded canopy path zigzags to a hidden loch; an expanse of heather moor opens up to a craggy overhang; catch your breath – and the stunning views – from the peak of a Munro: just some of the scenarios you […]

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Cairngorms Nature

Full of the joys of Spring

Springtime is well and truly here, bringing with it renewed vigour and evidence of nature coming to life: a season of new beginnings, when buds bloom and animals awaken. What an uplifting and inspiring time to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. To give nature enthusiasts a richer, more rewarding experience, the Cairngorms National Park […]

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Cairngorms festivals

A Feast of Festivals

A “Festival” means different things to different people. Whatever your interpretation, there is sure to be something right up your street among the wealth of festivals that take place across the Cairngorms National Park. To illustrate this diversity, What’s On dips into but a few events happening over the coming months. Firstly, a Festival that […]

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Be inspired – outdoors and indoors

As the nights draw in and weekends get shorter, we look at some ideas on things to do this November. November – a time of betwixt and between. Neither autumn but not yet winter – a month with its own unique qualities. The wooded valleys display the last vestiges of rich colour while a glimpse […]

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Don’t miss these autumn events in the Cairngorms

The nights are definitely drawing in, but despite the distinct presence of autumn in the air, things are as lively as ever in the Cairngorms National Park.   This year the area plays host to a variety of events and festivals celebrating the best local food and drink alongside top traditional musicians. So fill your […]

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A Time to Celebrate

The Highland’s biggest birthday party is taking place on your doorstep and it’s a celebration you don’t want to miss. With over 100 events over eight days, ‘Grantown 250: The Strathspey Seven Festivals’ in Grantown-on-Spey is an event to rival all others. From interactive displays, a historical pub crawl, music evenings, buffets, barbecues, tastings and […]

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Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team

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. The wind has whipped up and a gust has just blown you off your feet. You realise you are lost and find your compass isn’t working. Even more dramatic, imagine losing your footing […]

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Festivals and Events – for all seasons

Late summer sees a wealth of festivals and events across the Cairngorms National Park. A vast selection of traditional and innovative experiences are set to delight, educate and entertain. The dilemma is choosing what to do and see! To help you decide, we have highlighted some colourful events to give you just a flavour of […]

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Take a walk on the wild side

The Cairngorms National Park, at 4,528sq km, is the biggest National Park in the UK. The sheer size, scale and remoteness of the Cairngorms make them one of the most dramatic mountain environments in Britain. There’s a reason National Geographic magazine voted it one of the top 20 places to visit in the world. With […]

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Festival Month!

May is one of the busiest months of the year in the Cairngorms in terms of events and festivals. Spring is well under way and summer is fast approaching so What’s On ventured out to bring you a roundup of the Whisky, Biking, Nature and Walking Festivals and the impressive spectacle which is the Atholl […]

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Fall in Love with the Cairngorms

“Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,        The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.”   The iconic words of Robbie Burns are so easy to identify with when you have visited the Cairngorms; the region leaves an imprint on the soul and softens the hardest of hearts! So, with February being the month […]

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Winter’s Top Ten Experiences

With so much to see and do in the Cairngorms National Park this winter, compiling a top ten list has not been easy! However, when visiting, or living in, one of the best parts of the British Isles it’s always good to have a key list of exciting activities and places to visit to choose […]

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Summertime and the living is easy

With the weather warming up and the snow disappearing from the mountain tops, the Cairngorms National Park is the ideal place to spend your family time.   Whether jumping into pools at the bottom of a waterfall, exploring a historic property, climbing a Munro, taking a stroll around a loch by horseback or simply sitting […]

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The Scotland of Your Dreams…Naturally

It seems that not a year goes by without the Cairngorms National Park topping yet another worldwide destination poll. In 2011, National Geographic Traveller had the region in the Top 20 places to visit in the world. In 2012, the Cairngorms National Park was outlined by National Geographic Magazine as one of the world’s top […]

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Be Brave this Summer

“Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it.” Princess Merida, Brave This August, Disney/Pixar’s new 3D animation adventure film, Brave, hits cinema screens across the world. Telling the story of Scottish heroine Merida and her family, it is so clear to see that […]

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