A Wild Flowers in Cairngorms
Located in the south of the Cairngorms National Park, this reserve was sculpted thousands of years ago by ice which left behind corries, cliffs, moraines and a meandering river. This breathtaking landscape is a haven for scarce arctic-alpine plants, birds and animals able to cope with the challenges of mountain life. Corrie Fee\'s path is popular all year round with hill walkers and crags here are well-known for winter climbing. Watch out for beautiful alpine flowers, rare mountain willows clinging to the crags, golden eagles and peregrines.
Best time to visit: May to August for wildlife. All year round for the breathtaking scenery.
Getting there: Take the B955 from Kirriemuir to the Ranger Base in Glen Doll at the head of Glen Clova (there is a car park there with a charge). Then walk up 3.5km to the Reserve through Glen Doll Forest. Alternatively you could have a longer walk in from Glenshee ski car park on the A93 road.
Visitor facilities: The Ranger Base in Glen Doll holds information on the surrounding area and the Rangers lead guided walks (contact them on 01575 550233). There are public toilets (open 24hrs) there too.
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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.