Aviemore, Rothiemurchus & the Northern Cairngorms

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
Loch Vaa, near Aviemore grade3.5km 1 hour
Ellan Wood and the river, Carrbridge grade4.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Loch Morlich grade6km 1.5 - 2 hours
Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus grade7km 2 hours
Rothiemurchus Forest and the Iron Bridge grade7.5km 2 hours
Craigellachie, Aviemore gradegrade5km 2.5 - 3 hours
Torr Alvie and the Duke of Gordon Monument gradegrade5.25km 2 hours
Coire an t-Sneachda gradegrade6km 2 - 3 hours
Carrbridge and Docharn circuit gradegrade7.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Ryvoan and Lochan Uaine circuit gradegrade10km 2 - 3 hours
Ryvoan Pass - Glenmore to Nethy Bridge gradegrade14.5km 4.5 - 5 hours
Coire an Lochain gradegradegrade7km 2.5 - 4 hours
Meall a' Bhuachaille circuit gradegradegrade8.5km 3.5 - 4.5 hours
Geal-charn Mor, from Lynwilg gradegradegrade12.5km 3 - 4.5 hours
Cairn Gorm and the northern corries gradegradegradegrade11km 5 - 6 hours
Ben Macdui and Cairngorm gradegradegradegrade17.5km 6 - 8 hours
Beinn Mheadhoin via the Shelter Stone gradegradegradegrade19km 8 - 9 hours
Bynack More from Glenmore gradegradegradegrade22.5km 6.5 - 7.5 hours
Braeriach, circuit from Whitewell gradegradegradegrade26km 8 - 10 hours
Lairig an Laoigh gradegradegradegrade29km 8 - 10 hours
Creag Mhor and Loch Avon, from Glenmore gradegradegradegrade29.25km 8 - 10 hours
Lairig Ghru gradegradegradegrade30.5km 8 - 10 hours
Cairn Toul - Braeriach traverse gradegradegradegradegrade36km 13 hours or 2 Days
The Speyside Way 107km 6 stages
The East Highland Way 134km 7 stages

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