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The Cairngorms is one of the most mountainous landscapes in the UK, characterised by broad granite plateaux, steep sided glens and deep corries.

The animals on the Cairngorms are mountain specialists, and many have adapted to the cold climate.

Cairngorms mountains

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Cairngorms - Visitor Guide

Address:Cairngorms National Park Authority, 14 The Square,
Grantown on Spey.
Postcode PH26 3HG

01479 873535

Reindeer Centre - 01479 861228

Glenlivet Estate Ranger - 01807 580 283


Reindeer Centre:

Glenlivet Estate -

Map:Cairngorms Streetmap
Activities:Rambling (many trails), wildlife watching, mountain biking, camping, horse riding, skiing.
Essential kit:Warm clothing and walking boots. Binoculars.
Nature watching:Reindeer feeding daily - contact the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre at Glenmore who organise trips for a small charge - weather permitting.

Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Access:Limited disabled access to Cairngorms - mountainous areas.
Glenlivet Estate - Some vehicular access to viewpoints and trails for disabled visitors can be arranged to certain areas. Contact ranger staff for more information - 01807 580 283 or email
Getting there:

The main A9 road takes you through the heart of Aviemore and Spey Valley, but there is an alternative - to take the scenic route. The quick route from south is to follow the motorway to Perth, then journey up the A9 passing by the spectacular Grampian Mountains - this will take about two hours. Alternatively, from Glasgow, follow the A82 up the side of Loch Lomond, over Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe to Fort William and on to Spean Bridge. Then go by Glen Spean and Loch Laggan Into Badenoch at Newtonmore and follow the old A9 through the villages of Kingussie and Kincraig to Aviemore.

The Glenlivet Estate is located between the ladder and the Cromdale Hills in the Cairngorms National Park.


The Cairngorm Mountain Railway is located nine miles from Aviemore.

Opening times:All year round.

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