Cairngorms National Park - Photos and Historic Sites
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Natural and Scenic HighlightsThe Cairngorms are a mix of ancient forests, rivers, moorland, farmland and lochs; one of the best-preserved areas of remote mountain and moorland habitat in Britain. There are hundreds of miles of footpaths taking in everything from Caledonian pine forests to high mountain landscapes. Old drove roads like the Lairig Ghru and Lairig an Laoigh are now long distance trails, or you can follow the route taken by smugglers transporting illegal whisky and stolen cattle through the mountains.
Sign-posted long distance trails include the Speyside Way, Deeside Way, and Cateran Trail, and there are a wealth of maps and trail information available from local information points. Most villages have their own community trails as well, so you are always spoilt for choice!
One of our favourite nature areas is the Craigellachie woodland just outside Aviemore. This small woodland and loch are accessed by a footpath from the town centre and offer superb colour in autumn. Another of our favourite walks is at Loch an Eilein on the Rothiemurchus Estate. The name Loch an Eilein means loch of the island, and on a small island in the middle of the loch stand the picturesque ruins of a 13th century castle. The forest here abounds with native red squirrel, and offers superb low-level walking. Loch an Eilein was voted the best picnic spot in Britain in 2010, so bring along your lunch!
About Cairngorms National Park - Photos and Historic Sites
Address: Cairngorms National Park Authority, 14 The Square, Grantown on Spey, Highlands, Highland, Scotland, PH26 3HG
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: Mountain range between Spey valley and Braemar, Highland and Grampian areas
Website: Cairngorms National Park - Photos and Historic Sites
Phone: 1479 873 535
OS: NJ033 279
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Abernethy Forest - 6.9 miles (Countryside)
Loch Garten Osprey Centre - 6.9 miles (Countryside)
Carrbridge Packhorse Bridge - 8.5 miles (Historic Building)
Drumin Castle - 9.5 miles (Castle)
Old Bridge of Avon - 10.5 miles (Historic Building)
Ballindalloch Castle - 10.6 miles (Historic House)
Marionburgh Cairn - 10.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Inveravon Symbol Stones - 11 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Cairngorms National Park - Photos and Historic Sites:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Cairngorms National Park - Photos and Historic Sites. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
7 The Parade
Highlands and Islands
Tel: 01479 810930