The Cairngorms National Park: Voted one of the top 20 places to visit in the World by National Geographic Traveller Magazine. The Cairngorms National Park, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, has everything from castles and distilleries to family attractions and endless outdoor fun. The UK’s largest National Park offers masses of things to do including watersports, snow sports, wildlife watching, and some incredible high and low level walking and cycling routes. There are lots of amazing places to go and things to do in the UK, so start planning your visit right now. This is why we love the Cairngorms – all this on our doorstep!
Countryfile Magazine confirms the Cairngorms are a fantastic, magical, year-round destination for kids! With oodles of family-oriented activities – from mountain biking to pony riding to kayaking and sailing, not to mention miles upon miles of hiking trails through unspoiled forest and mountain scenery it is simply an amazing Mountain Playground for kids of all ages. Check out the Highland Wildlife Park which has recently celebrated births in the lynx, wildcat, wolves & wolverine enclosures or take a trip on the steam railway – always a great day out.
First snow of the season has arrived just as the Grantown Christmas lights were switched on last Friday. Snow covered hills and forest paths means wildlife and their tracks are easier to spot. Just across the road from Ardconnel House you can often see deer, golden eye, dippers, red squirrels and if you are very lucky Capercaillie!
Don’t miss this year’s Cairngorms Nature Festival on 16 & 17 May 2015! With lots of free events for all ages and interests check the programme to see what takes your fancy – there are over 70 events to choose from with many just 30 minutes drive from Grantown-on-Spey. And on our door step The Bookmark has invited 5 nature writers to talk about their latest books: Chris Townsend, Jim Crumley, Neil MacGregor, Fi Martynoga and Sir John Lister-Kaye.