Set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park was first established in 2003. The park covers 1748 square miles and is currently the largest national park in Britain. As well as covering the spectacular landscape of the iconic Cairngorm Mountains, the Cairngorms National Park is home to a diverse range of wildlife and plenty of activities to keep all visitors entertained.
The Cairngorms National Park has an unforgettable landscape with the Cairngorm plateau reaching over 1000 metres; glaciation has carved out deep valleys filled with untouched woodland and craggy Arctic mountains that inspires climbing. The variety contributes to an incredibly rich ecosystem.
For fans of wildlife, the Cairngorms National Park offers the opportunity to spot some of the rare species that call the Cairngorm Mountains their home. Lucky eagle-eyed visitors may spot the elusive pine martins and wild cats. You can also spot ospreys and ptarmigan. Red squirrels, badgers, eagles and deer can also be found in the Cairngorm National Park. As well as the fauna, there is beautiful flora to marvel at too. There is a huge range of wildflowers to discover and the world’s smallest tree to admire.
The best activities in Cairngorm National Park
As well as exploring the natural beauty of this mountainous region, there are plenty of activities for everyone to try. The lochs offer water sports, canoeing and fishing activities while dryland provides incredible safaris and overland quad biking adventures.
For those that enjoy the gentle pace, there are plenty of walks and historical sites to marvel at while thrill seekers can find a range of sports and white-knuckle activities such as white water tubing, rafting, gorge walking and treetop adventure courses.
With a diverse landscape and a range of different activities, Cairngorms National Park is a must visit for all visitors to pursue their favourite interests as well as learning new skills.