The Cairngorms National Park is Britain’s largest national park situated in north east Scotland. The 1,748 square miles park was established in 2003 and falls in the boundary of Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland, Angus, Perth and Kinross regions. The Park is a living, working landscape with wild land at its center. It offers nonpareil range of outdoor activities and attractions for the visitors to enjoy in a compact and easily accessible area.
The Terrain, Cairngorms National Park
The Cairngorms are famous for their extensive walking, climbing and skiing opportunities. The area is encircled by a series of long, level valleys. These valleys have been used to connect the surrounding villages for hundreds of years; the use bicycle has been regular since the 1930’s. Connecting these valleys together into a circuit is the fundament of this superb route. The only major climb on the route is the Bealach Dearg into Braemar. Glens Feshie, Tilt, Tromie and Avon contain some of the best riding in Scotland; however, due to the extreme length of these valleys it is usually impossible to devise circular day rides. The tour of the Cairngorms provides an ideal opportunity to experience these superb tracks by connecting some of these valleys into a multi-day route.
Extreme Weather, Cairngorms National Park
The Cairngorms also have a reputation for their brutally savage weather conditions. They are also almost devoid of any sort of shelter, apart from the occasional bothy, so visitors must take plenty of clothing.
Activities in the Cairngorms National Park
The park is a mecca for adventure loving people with all sorts of sporting activities on offer, on the mountain, down in the valley, on the golf course or on your bike, there is something for everyone. The mountains that make up the Cairngorms National Park offer exhilarating sporting opportunities. Mountain activities include climbing, snowboarding, skiing and low and high ground walks. The area has some of the best snow holding records in Scotland, so it’s no wonder that three out of five Scottish Ski Centers are in the park.
The park also has an array of water sports activities on offer; it has some of the cleanest rivers and lochs in Europe. White water rafting, canoeing, sailing, canyoning and river tubing are some of the popular water sporting activities among the tourists.
Getting to Cairngorms National Park
The Cairngorms National Park is easy to reach by road, rail, plane or even by bike. The park has a train link to Inverness, Glasgow, and Edinburgh and has a direct service from London and the south to Aviemore and Aberdeen.
There is a great selection to choose from in the Park, from hotels, self-catering, guest houses, bunk houses to camping, chalets, lodges and group cabins. Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Darroch Learg Hotel, Tigh na Sgiath Country House Hotel and Braemar Lodge Hotel are some of the most popular hotels of the area.