A Wild Flowers in Cairngorms

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A haven for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts alike, it’s no surprise that Glenmore translates from the Gaelic as the \'big glen\'. You can choose to seek out some of the small but beautiful plants living on the forest floor or just savour the fragrant carpet of needles beneath the ancient granny pines. Woodland specialists like red squirrels, crossbills and crested tit can all be found and the forest is often alive with the sound of bird song.

Best time to visit: All year round

Getting there: Take the B970 from Aviemore towards the Cairngorms and after 6 miles you will be in Glenmore Forest Park. Go through Glenmore Village and cross the bridge over the Abhainn Ruigh-eunachan. The Allt Mor car park is approximately 0.75 mile beyond the bridge on the left hand side of the road (a green Forestry Commission Scotland sign indicates the access point).

Visitor facilities: Glenmore provides opportunities for walking, cycling, orienteering, cross-country skiing and bird-watching in the Forest, watersports, fishing and sailing on Loch Morlich, camping & caravaning or simply relaxing in the peaceful atmosphere of the pinewoods.

Contact: Recreation Ranger 01479 861220


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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.