A Birdwatching in Cairngorms
Around half of all British goldeneyes nest here in spring. You ae also likely to see lapwings, redshanks and curlews, as well as oystercatchers, snipe and wigeon.
The marshes flood in winter and provide roosting and feeding for flocks of whooper swans and greylag geese.
Best time to visit: November to June.
Getting there: Mile and a half from Kingussie on the B970 road. Frequent rail and bus services from Inverness and Perth stop in Kingussie.
Visitor facilities: Parking, picnic area, information point, birdwatching hides and two nature trails.
Contact: RSPB Insh Marshes Nature Reserve Tel: 01540 661518 or visit www.rspb.org.uk/scotland
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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.