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Cairngorms National Park

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The landscape of the Cairngorms is guaranteed to take your breath away. From lofty mountains, dazzling Lochs and waterways and thick forest woodland, the visitor will be spoilt for choice. Cairngorm National Park is in the north-east of Scotland and covers the Cairngorm range of mountains and surrounding hills. The Park is the biggest in Britain with an area of 4,528 square kilometres.

The Cairngorms are home to five of the six tallest mountains in Scotland.  These mountains are called Munros and there are a further 13 mountains with this classification across the area.  They were formed 40 million years before the last ice age.  The mountains are popular with walkers wanting a physical challenge and pursuing the goal of 'Munro - bagging', which is climbing as many Munros as possible.

With mountainous area come the opportunities for snow sports.  Skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and ski touring are popular.  Three major ski resorts are located here; Glenshee near Braemar, CairnGorm Mountain near Aviemore and the Lecht between Tomintoul and Strathdon and there cater for all levels from beginner to advanced snow enthusiasts.

Cyclists can experience the full range of tracks with quiet roads, forest trails and graded mountain bike tracks. Explore a peaceful ride through nature at your own pace or cycle the high passes and designated cycle paths. There are cycling trail centres at Laggan, Glenlivet and the Lecht.

For a different kind of water activity the visitor could try gorge walking and canyoning.  This is best described as taking a guided route through steep sided gorges and involving yourself in sliding down rapids, climbing beside waterfalls and jumping off ledges into deep pools.  For a more leisurely water experience there are plenty of centres with heated pools to refresh you at...


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