Aviemore and the Cairngorms


The Cairngorms are Britain’s largest National Park, a place where mountains rise in a wilderness of high plateaux, deep corries and empty glens. But the vast tracts of surviving Caledonian 
forest, sparkling lochs, heather moors and tumbling rivers also make it fantastic walking country for those who prefer a gentler pace.

This guide features 40 shorter walks – many ideal for families – stretching from the ancient region of Badenoch and the wildlife-packed upper reaches of the Spey Valley, through the outdoor hub of Aviemore to Grantown and Tomintoul, then over Ballater and Royal Deeside to Braemar.

96 pages / 105mm x 148mm / step inside the guide

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The Cairngorms make up Britain’s largest National Park. Four of the five highest Scottish mountains rise from a vast wilderness of high plateaux, deep corries and empty glens, a place where only the fittest venture. However, this is encircled by equally stunning landscapes – heather moors, marshes and floodplains, lochs and rivers – within the reach of the average rambler. Most celebrated are the pinewoods – the largest fragments of the great Caledonian forest which once cloaked Scotland. It is hardly surprising that the Cairngorms are unrivalled for wildlife: 25 percent of Britain’s most threatened species make their homes here. The range takes its modern name from Cairn Gorm – the best known, though not the highest, of the summits. But to Gaelic speakers, this is Am Monadh Ruadh, ‘the Red Hill Range’, as distinct from Am Monadh Liath, or ‘the Grey Hill Range’, rising on the other side of the Spey.


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