Aviemore, Rothiemurchus & the Northern Cairngorms


This is the best known part of the Cairngorms National Park, including the modern resort of Aviemore, and it is one of the most popular areas of Scotland for outdoor activities.

Cairn Gorm itself is only the northernmost high summit on a vast, arctic plateau. This is the snowiest part of Britain; a fragile environment but providing a magnificent wild challenge for the fittest. The lower slopes are clothed with the magnificent Caledonian pinewoods of Rothiemurchus, dotted with jewel-like lochs such as Loch Morlich - with its sandy beach - and Loch an Eilein with its ruined island castle. Undoubtably this is one of the finest areas of Scotland for easier, lower level forest walks. The wildlife-watching opportunities too are simply superlative; this is the stronghold of the Red Squirrel as well as the elusive Capercaillie, crested tits and Scottish crossbill.

We have separate sections to cover walks in the Grantown, Nethy Bridge and Boat of Garten area to the east (which includes Abernethy Forest), and the Newtonmore and Kingussie area to the west.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Uath Lochans easy circuit 2.5km 1 hour
Riverside Walk, Kincraig 2.7km 1 hour
Farleitter Crag and Uath Lochans 4km 1 - 1.5 hours
Ellan Wood and the river, Carrbridge 4.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Lower Glen Feshie & the Sculpture Trail 4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Loch Morlich 6km 1.5 - 2 hours
Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus 7km 2 hours
Rothiemurchus Forest and the Iron Bridge 7.5km 2 hours
Slochd to Carrbridge via Sluggan Bridge 9km 1.5 - 2 hours
Craigellachie, Aviemore 5km 2.5 - 3 hours
Torr Alvie and the Duke of Gordon Monument 5.25km 2 hours
Coire an t-Sneachda 6km 2 - 3 hours
Carrbridge and Docharn circuit 7.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Ryvoan and Lochan Uaine circuit 10km 2 - 3 hours
Upper Glen Feshie & Ruigh Aiteachain 12.5km 3.5 - 4 hours
Ryvoan Pass - Glenmore to Nethy Bridge 14.5km 4.5 - 5 hours
Badenoch Way 17.5km 5 - 6 hours
Coire an Lochain 7km 2.5 - 4 hours
Geal-charn Mor, from Lynwilg 12.5km 3 - 4.5 hours
Meall a' Bhuachaille and Creagan Gorm 16km 5 - 7 hours
Cairn Gorm and the northern corries 11km 5 - 6 hours
Sgor Gaoith, from Glen Feshie 14km 6 - 7 hours
Ben Macdui and Cairngorm 17.5km 6 - 8 hours
Beinn Mheadhoin via the Shelter Stone 19km 8 - 9 hours
Bynack More from Glenmore 22.5km 6.5 - 7.5 hours
Mullach Clach a Bhlair 22.5km 7 - 8 hours
Braeriach, circuit from Whitewell 26km 8 - 10 hours
Lairig an Laoigh 29km 8 - 10 hours
Beinn Bhrotain and Monadh Mor, from Glen Feshie 29km 9 - 11 hours
Creag Mhor and Loch Avon, from Glenmore 29.25km 8 - 10 hours
Lairig Ghru 30.5km 8 - 10 hours
Leathad an Taobhain and Carn Dearg Mor 33.5km 9 - 10 hours
Cairn Toul - Braeriach traverse 36km 13 hours or 2 Days
The Speyside Way 107km 6 stages
The East Highland Way 134km 7 stages

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