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Named for the mountain Cairn Gorm, the Cairngorm National Park in North East Scotland was established in 2003 and is Britain’s largest. Twice as big as the Lake District, it covers a diverse area of 1748 square miles (4,528 sq kilometres), which includes spectacular landscapes, wild mountains, moorland, forests, rivers and farmland. There are 43 mountains over 3000 feet (914 metres); the highest point is Ben Macdui at 4294 feet (1309 metres). So, this is challenging walking and climbing territory – and remote. The forests are part of the ancient Caledonian Forest that covered much of northern Scotland thousands of years ago. The Park is also home to some of Britain’s rarest animals, including the golden eagle, red squirrel and Scottish wildcat.
All of Scotland’s traditional wild creatures can be seen at the amazing Highland Wildlife Park and there’s a herd of reindeer that can be visited on the slopes of Cairngorm. The Cairngorm National Park experiences some of Britain’s coldest weather. It is one of the few places in Britain to offer the prospect of skiing on real snow – Aviemore being a favourite destination for this. You can also bungee-jump and play golf (but not at the same time).
There are castles and country estates, like Blair Castle and Balmoral, one of the Royal Family’s favourite homes (parts of the Balmoral Estate are open to the public at specified times, but not during the summer). The National Park has at least 6 whisky distilleries within its boundaries – and while you’re about it, why not attend one of the several Highland Games held at places like Braemar or Tomintoul.
Principal settlements in the Cairngorm National Park include: Aviemore, Ballater, Braemar, Grantown-on-Spey, Kingussie, Newtonmore, and Tomintoul.
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