Cairngorms Visitor information
An Introduction to the Cairngorms
The Cairngorms National Park is the largest in Britain, covering 4,528 kilometres of beautiful and unspoilt countryside. Over 17,000 people live and work in the towns and villages throughout the Park. The Cairngorms contain a variety of scenery, from wild moorlands and soaring mountain peaks to rivers and tranquil lochs.
Things to do in the Cairngorms
The Cairngorms are home to many rare species of wildlife, such as ospreys, which can be frequently seen; as well as many areas in which to fish for trout and salmon. On the Lochs you can go sailing, windsurfing, rafting and canoeing or hiking and pony trekking over the mountainous region. It is home to 5 of Scotland's 6 highest peaks. On these peaks you can also participate in winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. It is also recommended to visit at least one of the many Whisky distilleries in the valleys.
Getting to the Cairngorms
Scotrail and East Coast Trains operate train services in the area with railway stations in the west of the National Park at Dalwhinnie, Newtonmore, Kingussie, Aviemore and Carr-Bridge. Trains between London's Kings Cross and Inverness stop at either Kingussie or Aviemore in the National Park. Aberdeen is the nearest railway station to the Royal Deeside area in the east of the National Park.
By Coach and Bus
National Express coaches from London Victoria and all over the country make the journey up through Scotland to the Cairngorms National Park in the west and to nearby Aberdeen in the east. You can also travel with Citylink and Megabus. Local bus timetables are operated by Stagecoach and Maynes Coaches.
The nearest airports to the Cairngorms National Park are at Aberdeen, which is an 1 hour drive to the Royal Deeside area in the east of the National Park and Inverness which is a 30 minute drive to the Badenoch and Strathspey area of the National Park.
The journey from London to the Cairngorms is over 8 hours, via the M6, and the main routes within the region are the A9, A86, A95, A939, A944, A93 and A97.