For the true adventurer, there is one place in Britain that is completely unrivalled for wilderness, mountains and rugged landscape: the Cairngorms National Park.
Twice the size of the Lake District, the Cairngorms has more mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs and wildlife hotspots than any other national park in the UK.
In fact, five of the UK's six highest mountains lie inside the Cairngorms National Park and there are 55 Munros, Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet (914 meters) tall, of which there are 277.
Added to that, the national park is home to one quarter of Scotland's native forest; one-third of the UK land above 600 meters; has more breeding waders than the whole of Wales and is home to a quarter of the rare and endangered species in the UK.
In this Collection, we explore the Cairngorms from the town of Aviemore, which is near to many of the headliners. While far from an exhaustive list of what to see in this vast national park, the routes detailed here are a great introduction to this wild part of the world.
In these routes, we take on the mammoth of Ben Macdui, the second highest mountain in Britain and the highest in the Cairngorms National Park. We also hike up one of the most iconic mountains in Scotland—-and namesake to the entire national park—Cairn Gorm. We bag a fair few Munros (four in one route alone) and venture into some true wilderness.
The Cairngorms are not exclusively about grueling mountain hikes and this collection reflects that with some shorter, leisurely strolls around some magical lochs and forests—suitable for all ages and abilities.
The vibrant little town of Aviemore is a great base to explore these routes. With a good choice of places to stay and a fantastic selection of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, it is a popular town that is perfectly placed for Highland adventures.
Aviemore is easy to get to by road, rail, plane or bike. The town’s train station is linked to Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh and offers direct services to London. Sleeper train services from London stop at Aviemore and a new sleeper bus service with Megabus links the it with London.
For more information about Aviemore, visit: visitaviemore.com
For train timetables and information, visit: thetrainline.com
For information about Megabus services, visit: uk.megabus.com.
This challenging hike tackles the second highest mountain in Britain and the highest in the Cairngorms National Park: Ben Macdui.
Situated amid a vast expanse of wilderness, this route takes …
Cairn Gorm is one of the best known summits in Scotland. Despite not being the tallest, it is the namesake of the entire mountain range—and national park.
While the slopes …
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