The Cairngorms is Britain’s largest and wildest National Park. Established in 2003 and covering over 4,500sq.km. the Cairngorms offers nature-lovers and outdoor adventurers endless opportunities. There are trails to be walked, hills to be climbed, tracks to be cycled and views to be relished. This is a natural playground where memories are made and the healing powers of nature recharge and reconnect.
Four of the UK’s five highest mountains can be found in the Cairngorms and nearly half of the Park is considered ‘wild land’. There are 9 National Nature Reserves across the Park and although the Cairngorms covers less than 2% of the UK’s landmass it is home to a remarkable 25 per cent of its threatened animal, insect, fungi and plant species.
But don’t take our word for it, check out this film showcasing the Cairngorms and its natural treasures.
People have a long history in the Cairngorms. Today the Park is home to around 17,000 people accommodated within a patchwork of small villages and towns. Our nearest village is Kincraig on the shores of Loch Insh, and a 20-minute drive will take you to KIngussie or Aviemore, where there is a range of shops, eating places and activity providers. The Highland capital of Inverness is a 45-minute drive north.
CYCLING AND BIKING
One of the best ways to explore the Cairngorms is on two wheels. All types of cycling is catered for from scenic family friendly routes through stunning landscapes, to some of the best and most challenging mountain bike trails in Scotland. Our personal favourite starts from our back door – along the quiet Glenfeshie road into the upper glen through woodlands and alongside the tumbling River Feshie.
Horse riding, gorge walking, kayaking, quad biking, abseiling, archery, clay pigeon shooting, wind surfing, zip wiring, sledging, skiing, sailing, white water rafting, wildlife watching…need we go on?
FOOD AND DRINK
After a day out exploring, you’ll be ready for refuelling. Here are a few of our favourite eating and drinking places:
Andersons Restaurant, Boat of Garten
The Rowan Tree Country Hotel, Kincraig
La Taverna, Aviemore
The Cross, Kingussie
The Old Post Office, Kincraig
Carrbridge Kitchen, Carrbridge
Mountain Café, Aviemore
Route 7, Aviemore
Explorer Café (In Tisos), Aviemore
The Sugar Bowl, Kingussie
The Wheat Flour, Newtonmore
The Druie, Rothiemurchus
Cobbs Café, Glenmore
The Suie Bar, Kincraig
The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
The Cairngorms is a safe, secure and inspiring environment for children of all ages. For families staying in our cottage, there is a large grassy playing area just a minute away and with no busy roads to worry about, you can sit back and relax.
For keen nature photographers, landscape opportunities abound with beautiful lochs, forests and waterfalls within a short walk or drive. Predictably, wildlife requires a more significant investment of time but we have own hides for red squirrel, crested tit (both winter) and woodland birds (all year). We can also advise on the best locations for Highland specialities such as red deer, mountain hare, ptarmigan and osprey.
If you’d like to book a photography guide, we would recommend the following: