The Cairngorms National Park

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Covering 3,800km, the Cairngorms National Park is the largest in Britain. Visitors can enjoy some of the most beautiful and dramatic views in the country, ranging from tranquil lochs to spectacular mountain peaks.

It stretches from Grantown on Spey in the north to the Pass of Drumochter in the south and the town of Ballater in the east. As well as being a refuge for a host of wildlife, the park is also steeped in history reflected by the folk museums, heritage centres and castles of the area.

Thousands of visitors are attracted to the park every year, not just by the sheer beauty of the area but also the wealth of outdoor activities on offer, from walking to skiing.

Facts about the Cairngorms National Park
  • The Cairngorms National Park is Britain’s largest and newest national park.
  • The Cairngorms has the finest collection of different landforms outside Arctic Canada — from granite tors to heavings and leavings from ice age glaciers.
  • Whisky making is one of the area’s most important industries and there are a number of distilleries that lie within the park, including Dalwhinnie — the highest distillery in Scotland.
  • Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home of the Royal family, is located within the park. It was bought by Queen Victoria in 1852.