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The Cairngorms is Britains second largest mountain range. The main focus of the area is the tourist resort of Aviemore, a name synonymous with winter sports. Aviemore is surrounded by towering peaks, lochs, rivers and forests of native Caledonian pine. The ski area, nine miles southeast of Aviemore, remains Scotland's largest ski area. There is a funicular railway that runs all year to the Cairngorm plateau. In the winter its priority is quick ascent for skiers but it slows down in the summer to allow sightseers to savour the rare environment of the plateau from the glass sided carriages.
The Cairngorms National Nature Reserve is really a suite of nature reserves that are accessed from five different areas: North-West from Angus to access Glen Clova, Corrie Fee and Glen Doll; North from Blairgowrie or Pitlochry on the A93 to access Glenshee and Braemar; East from Aviemore and Highland Perthshire to access Craigellachie, Insh Marshes, Cairngorm mountain and the funicular railway; South from Grantown-on-Spey to access, Lecht ski area and Tomintoul; or West from Deeside or Donside to access, Ballater, Balmoral and Glen Muick. Being such a considerable area, there are many beauty spots and the Queen Victoria trail identifies many round the Balmoral and North Cairngorms area. In addition to the areas marked for Bird-watching and Wild-flowers, Private House Stays has also identified the following as being worthy of mention: Ailnack Gorge, Bridge of Carr, Falls of Pattack, Garva Bridge, Glen Doll and The Rothiemurchus Estate.
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