The Cairngorms National Park
The Cairngorms National Park is the largest in Britain, covering 3,800 kilometres of beautiful and unspoilt countryside. Over 16,000 people live and work in the towns and villages throughout the area and every year thousands of visitors travel here to enjoy the fabulous scenery, from wild moorlands and soaring mountain peaks to spectacular rivers and tranquil lochs.
The Cairngorms National Park has something for everyone - whether it's simply admiring the ever changing views of the spectacular Cairngorm Mountains or walking with a qualified guide learning about the plants and animals in native pine woods of Strathspey.
For the more energetic there are plenty of opportunities to go mountain biking, canoeing or climbing. The Cairngorm National Park also has a rich cultural heritage with castles, fortified houses and estates all happy to welcome visitors. Hundreds of countryside events, outdoor activities, guided walks and talks take place throughout the Park each year.
Am Monadh Ruadh is the Gaelic name for the Cairngorms, meaning the red mountains, a name thought to be from the red glow of the mountains as seen from Strathspey in the setting sun. The 'English' name of Cairngorms has been taken from Cairn Gorm, the 5th highest mountain in the range, but the most prominent from Aviemore.
The Cairngorm National Park is a National Park for all seasons, home to three of Scotland's five Ski Areas, Glenshee, the Lecht and just 9miles from Aviemore, CairnGorm Mountain which is also a popular winter climbing venue, with routes for all ability levels in the Northern Corries and Loch Avon (Loch A'an) Basin.
Walking & Biking in the National Park