Cairngorms National Park
Within close proximity the cottages is the Cairngorms National Park, which features the breathtaking Cairngorm Mountains and is one of the most popular natural spots to visit, hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Nearby to the Cairngorms National Park is Aviemore, Ballater, Braemar, Carrbridge, Grantown-on-Spey, Kingussie, Newtonmore and Tomintoul.
Here, you will be able to ski in the winter or enjoy hill walking and climbing during the warmer seasons. In 2011, it was selected by National Geographic Magazine as one of the top 20 places in the world to visit because of the breathtaking scenery and wide range of wildlife. Beyond climbing and skiing, there are activities for everyone, including mountain biking, canoeing, walking, horse-riding, sailing, golf, clay pigeon shooting, orienteering, wildlife and bird watching, swimming, white water rafting, archery and fishing.
Cairngorms National Park was established as Scotland’s second national park in 2003. It is the largest national park in the whole of the UK, featuring 3,800 km² (1,467 square miles). It became a national park due to its unique natural environments and a desire to protect those sensitive and valuable ecosystems. It has the largest area of arctic mountains in the UK, and it is home to 25% of the UK’s threatened bird, animal, and plant population. The park also includes some other imposing features, including four out of the five highest mountains in Scotland. Besides the mountains, there are other unique natural environments to explore, including moorland and forest, rivers, lochs and glens each with its own unique flora and fauna.