Cairngorms National Park
Receiving its National Park status in September 2003, the Cairngorms National Park is Britain's largest at 3800 sq km and offers breathtaking beauty filled with a magnificent array of wildlife. In 2011, the area was selected by the National Geographic Magazine as one of the top 20 places in the world to visit.
Flora and fauna
Mountainous areas of wild land, interspersed with lochs, rivers, woodland and moorland make the Cairngorms a spectacular place to explore.
Scottish Crossbill, Osprey, Capercaillie, Golden Eagle are just a few of the species you might see here. There are also deer, rare red squirrels, wildcats and otters.
From the south there are two main roads that provide access to the Cairngorms. The A9, which traverses north to south, connect Perth and Inverness and is the busiest road in the Scottish Highlands as it provides the fastest route between the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow in the South, to Northern Scotland. This road passes through Newtonmore, Kingussie, and Aviemore. Another road that passes through is the A93 which is south of the A( and goes throught the Cairngorms via Braemar.
Mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, walking, horse-riding, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, golf, clay pigeon shooting, canyoning, gorge walking, orienteering, yoga, shinty, wildlife and birdwatching, tennis, swimming, white water rafting, river tubing, archery, fishing.
Funicular Railway at CairnGorm Mountain 01479 861261  CairnGorm Mountain is home to Scotland’s only funicular railway. This is a unique visitor experience that allows people of all abilities to reach the Top Station where the Ptarmigan Restaurant is located with panoramic views from over 3,500ft. There is also a viewing terrace, exhibition, shop and the highest post box in the British isles.
The Cross at Kingussie .
The Storehouse at CairnGorm Mountain 01479 861261  Visitors to CairnGorm Mountain can enjoy a Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino or a Chai Tea Latte whilst taking in the phenomenal views down to Loch Morlich from over 2,000ft. The Storehouse also boasts a variety of home-made dishes, daily specials and freshly made cakes and pastries made in our in-house bakery.
The Ptarmigan Restaurant at CairnGorm Mountain 01479 861261  The Ptarmigan Restaurant is located at the Top Station of CairnGorm Mountain railway. The highest restaurant in the UK, the Ptarmigan offers great panoramic views down to Loch Morlich and across to Ben Nevis and Ben Hope. You can also make a private booking for the Ptarmigan to celebrate that special occasion.
There are plenty of guest houses, self-catering cottages and hotels throughout the park as well as a couple of Caravan & Camping parks. Why not chek the main Cainrgorms National Park site .
The Cross at Kingussie .
You can camp out in the wilderness if you are in a small group for a couple of nights, although you must stay away from houses and not disturb any livestock.