Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore and the Cairngorms
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The 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 areaThe Cairngorms 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 Hardengervidda 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.
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  • In the winter, it becomes a ski resort area but we got there when the heather had just dried out and fall has arrived. Even then, it was still lovely to see the rolling hills, streams and green pastur...  more »
  • Superb area with a great variety of things to do in all weather. Highland wildlife park, Rothiemurchus estate, walks to Ryvoan bothy, and many more. Go there! 
  • I have been visiting the Cairngorms for 30 years, mostly for walking and camping in the more remote areas in all the seasons. Even though the management is with a number of different owners and intere...  more »
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  • i love doing drugs here!!! its peaceful when i shoot up my heroine needle into my arm. and my dogs like it too
  • All seasons place. Whether it's summer or snowing winter you will find activities in this place .
  • Don't get me wrong, I loved the scenery mainly consisting of cultural landscape (not naturally occurring), but I was stunned to see development, agriculture and what appeared to be logging in the park itself! The towns in the park are quite commercial and I wonder how regulated their growth is not to mention the resulting environmental footprint. Apart from that, there is serious lack of biodiversity in the park and even more seriously outside of the park. Stopping development of any kind in the park would be a first major step and taking more drastic measures to reintroduce species as well as restore some parts of the cultural landscape to their natural state to provide needed habitat would also move things forward. If this was done, then Cairgorns National Park would be able to compare to other more *serene* natural parks.
  • My favourite place for all seasons, never tire of it. Stunning scenery, beautiful forest, wildlife & lochs and a variety of places to visit and things to do 💟
  • Beautiful scenery that gives you plenty to wonder at whilst discretely murdering your ankles....stick to paths if you're into the whole "let's do this sensibly" fassade. Fun note kids: Bring swimming shorts in March....