Wild Flowers in CairngormsCairngorms
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. The whole Cairngorm area is famous for its wild-flowers although you have to be careful on Cairngorm mountain itself as it is a protected sensitive area and there is considerable concern regarding permanent environmental damage to permafrost areas at the top of the funicular railway if you wander off the paths.
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