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.
|Loch Vaa, near Aviemore||3.5km||1 hour|
|Ellan Wood and the river, Carrbridge||4.5km||1 - 1.5 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|
|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 hours|
|Ryvoan and Lochan Uaine circuit||10km||2 - 3 hours|
|Ryvoan Pass - Glenmore to Nethy Bridge||14.5km||4.5 - 5 hours|
|Meall a' Bhuachaille circuit, Glenmore||8.5km||3.5 - 4.5 hours|
|Geal-charn Mòr , from Lynwilg||12.5km||3 - 4.5 hours|
|Chalamain Gap circuit||18km||6 - 7 hours|
|Cairn Gorm and the northern corries||11km||5 - 6 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|
|Braeriach, circuit from Whitewell||26km||8 - 10 hours|
|Lairig an Laoigh||29km||8 - 10 hours|
|Creag Mhòr and Loch Avon, from Glenmore||29.25km||8 - 10 hours|
|Lairig Ghru||30.5km||8 - 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|
Fiona Russell introduces the town of Aviemore, one of Scotland's most important centres for outdoor activities.
"In the 25 years that I have been visiting Aviemore, the size of the Scottish Highlands town and the volume of people that stroll the streets has vastly increased..."
Aviemore’s premier specialist for Outdoor clothing, footwear, camping, cycling, skiing, watersports & climbing equipment. Qualified boot fitters, bike and ski servicing technicians as well as equipment hire available. The on-site Explorer Café is the perfect place to refuel before or after a great day outdoors. Fully licensed, serving up well-known classics and healthy options alongside fantastic ‘Cairngorm Brewery’ craft ales. Also featuring a children’s play area, disabled changing facilities and FREE parking, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome, when you pop in during your visit to Aviemore.
Ben Dolphin discovers the lives of the Cairngorm reindeer.
"Last week I was standing under a blue sky in a bleakly beautiful landscape. It was vivid with an unlikely marriage of green and orange, the brief surge of summer growth giving way to the rustiness of autumn..."