Cairngorms

Cairngorms

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.

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  • Beauty Spots

    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.

    • Birdwatching

      Private House Stays thinks that Insh marshes is the most significant bird-watching location in the Cairngorms

    • Wild Flowers

      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.

    • Tourist Attractions

      Private House Stays recommends the following tourist actractions located within the Cairngorm National Park: There are Scotland's three main ski area, Glenshee, Cairngorm mountain and Lecht; an area of significant heritage sites on the Mar Lodge estate, the Cairngorm Sleddog Adventure Centre and the Cairngorm reindeer centre around Aviemore; Loch Insh watersports (a lovely place to hire a boat for sailing); The Landmark Forest Theme Park and 2 Museums, one at Tomintoul and the other being the Highland Heritage Centre at Braemar.

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