These posts were just going to be galleries of the images I took in the Cairngorms National Park but I thought it would be useful to put together a little “things to do.” Mostly because SEO and content and secondly because, why miss out on an opportunity to share some fun things to do.
I love, love, love Scotland. Always have, always will. Most won’t know but I was actually born in Aberdeen and my family are all local to the North East coast. This means that I always get that comforting feeling when there and it certainly always feels like home.
The Cairngorms are home to some rather large mountains in the heart of the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland. There are so many things to see and do though so don’t be misled. It’s not all baron and empty.
Fun fact.The Cairngorms National Park is the largest in the UK at more then twice the size of the Lake District.
If you’re a climber, you’re in for a treat. This part of the UK is fantastic for mountains so you’ll be in the right place. With the Cairn Gorm which the national park is named after at 1,245 metres above sea level you’ve got a good challenge on your hands.
Of course let’s not forget Ben Nevis, but that’s on the Western side not in the National Park. Although here you’ve also got Ben Macdui which sits at a reasonably high 1,309 metres above sea level. So also worth a go if you’re in the area.
Wild camping in Scotland is a popular thing. The main rule is leave no trace behind. According to a family member from the area, you should also try to stay clear of and not visible from the road.
Due to access rights Scotland is the only country in the UK that you are allowed to wild camp on unenclosed land, although there are a few bylaws in certain popular areas it’s still pretty unrestricted.
So if you’re into tents and wilderness I’d highly recommend the Cairngorm National Park as the views are incredible. There are quite a few posts recommending wild camping spots in the area so a quick google will help you.
Landmark Adventure Park
A good one for the kiddies. Or adults if you like red squirrels, tree top trails and massive slides. Obviously you don’t see red squirrels all that often. Mainly due to the fact that grey squirrels invaded the UK and almost drove them to extinction.
Landmark however, found in the region has a red squirrel nature trail so you can get up close and see them for yourself. You’ve also got the rest of the park, zip wire, bungee jumps, massive slides and more.
Check out this Landmark Adventure Park in 10 seconds video on Youtube.
Castles, historic sites and visitor centres
You can find hundreds of historic sites, monuments and ancient castles across the UK. That’s the beauty of living somewhere with such a rich history. The one’s found in Scotland are no different.
You can visit numerous castles in the area including, Balmoral Castle, Braemar Castle and Ballindollach too.
Another attraction to the area is visiting the distillery’s, you can even book special tours of them and follow a route around Scotland trying out the different whisky’s on offer.
The Cairngorm National Park is a hive of activity when it comes to wildlife. I’ve seen reindeer, hares, rabbits, birds of prey and I’m sure if you spend more time there looking you’ll see a whole host more.
The park is also home to 25 per cent of Britain’s endangered species. You can regularly see osprey’s, pine martins, wild cats and other rare animals on your travels.
Highland cows (Heilan Coo’s) are a fun sighting too. Especially if you manage to catch a glimpse of their babies. They’re just like little teddy bears. Cute.
There has even been talk of releasing wolves back in to the Highlands for a number of years now and while nothing has happened yet, I think it would bring a sense of balance and restoration back to the land.
Question for discussion…What do you think about the release of wolves into the Highlands, I’d love your thoughts and opinions!
~ Emma Allen ~
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