Key natural attractions

  • National Scenic Areas: Deeside and Lochnagar and the Cairngorm Mountains
  • National Nature Reserves such as Muir of Dinnet, Glen Tanar, Corrie Fee, Insh Marshes, Abernethy and Craigellachie
  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) such as the Northern Corries, Creag Meagaidh and Craigendarroch
  • Special Protection Areas, Special Areas of Conservation
  • Visitor Centres including Glenlivet, Rothiemurchus, Loch an Eilein, Glen Muick and the Osprey Centre
  • Geological features such as the Burn o’ Vat near Dinnet and the Glacial Rocks (called Roches Moutonées) at Dulnain Bridge
  • wildlife watching , either independently or with a specialist guide, and wildlife safaris offered by estates and businesses operating on them
  • Paths and waymarked trails in and around each community, and in some places, between communities, and walking at high or low level, either independently or with a guide
  • Other outdoor activities including horse riding, cycling/mountain biking, canoeing, gliding, skiing/ski touring, golf, shooting and angling
  • Courses and hands on conservation activities including the John Muir Award

Interest in these natural attractions is increasing, both in the UK and world wide – ecotourism is one of the fastest-growing special-interest, or “niche” markets.

Other useful links:
VisitScotland - outdoor activities
Cairngorms National Park Authority
Scottish Natural Heritage
National Nature Reserves
John Muir Trust
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
Cairngorms Business Partnership

Some of the estates within the park:
Glen Tanar
Mar Lodge