Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore and the Cairngorms

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Cairngorms National Park is a national park in north east Scotland, established in 2003. It was the second of two national parks established by the Scottish Parliament, after Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, set up in 2002. The park covers the Cairngorms range of mountains, and surrounding hills. Already the largest national park in the British Isles, in 2010 it expanded into Perth and Kinross.The areaCairngorms National Park covers an area of 4,528km2 in Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland, Angus and Perth and Kinross Regions. The Cairngorm Mountains are a spectacular landscape, similar in appearance to the Hardangervidda National Park of Norway in having a large upland plateau. While the Hardangervidda National Park is recognised as a Category 2 national park under the IUCN categories (no activity that has a lasting impact on the natural environment is permitted) the Cairngorm National Park is a Category 5 protected landscape (sustainable development area) that has farmed and managed landscapes in which tourism is encouraged. Aviemore is a busy and popular holiday destination. The Highland Wildlife Park and Dalwhinnie distillery also lie within the National Park. In 2015, 53km of the 132 kV power line in the middle of the park was taken down, while another section along the edge of the park was upgraded to 400 kV.
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  • What a journey back south to glasgow.superb views of mountains covered in snow.driving all the way with jaw dropped.a must see for everyone.  more »
  • Visited near the end of winter. Luckily it had snowed for a couple of days. Visited the Ski resort and the Cairngorm Mountain. Didn't ski but enjoyed a pizza and coffee at the Costa Coffee. The access...  more »
  • A good drive into the forest with the knowledgeable Alph as our ranger who was filled with humorous stories. It was a good two and half hours out and about.  more »

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