Cairngorms National Park - Highland Perthshire, Aviemore, Glenlivet, Royal Deeside

Cairngorms National Park. Welcome to the Cairngorms Park accommodation and holiday blog. On you'll find the widest range of self-catering holiday homes, hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, hostels and caravanning/camp sites situated in the Cairngorms Park, from Blair Atholl to Aviemore, into Glenlivet and Royal Deeside. You'll also find details of all the villages and tourist attractions in the Cairngorms Park, information on active-, water- and snow sports, including every annual event and festival. Look for our definitive guide to the Cairngorms National Park's golf courses, places to eat and drink, the best nightlife, distilleries and other world class visitor attractions. Your Cairngorms Park holiday starts here!

Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Cairngorm mountains and ancient Scots Pine Forests, Aviemore and The Cairngorms National Park remains Scotland's favourite all year round visitor destination. Whether you're skiing, snow boarding, climbing, walking or just touring, you'll be doing it in some of Europe's finest and most spectacular National Park.

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Monday, 29 October 2012

Holiday Accommodation in Aviemore and Cairngorms

Self Catering Holiday Cottages, Cairngorms, Scotland

An ideal place to spend your holiday and ideal accommodation are the Self Catering Cottages and Log Cabins in Cairngorms National Park.  All are superbly equipped with all the modern day items that you need to ensure your self catering holiday is perfect.   With Holiday Cottages throughout Cairngorms National Park there will be something to suite everybody and there will never be a holiday cottage, house or log cabin far away from where you want to go.

Self Catering Holiday Cottages  in Cairngorm National Park, Scotland are perfect if you want to getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and escape to the best and largest national park in the Uk  There are holiday cottages from Aviemore, Ballater and Grantown-on-Spey right through to Dalwhinnie and beyond to Laggan and Blair Atholl.  So if you are looking for high quality self catering accommodation, excellent facilities and much more besides make sure you take a look at .

There are hundreds for you to take a look at and each one has something different too offer.  Whether you are looking for a touch of luxury at a 5 star highland east house or just a lodge to relax in at the end of the day in front of an open fire, there will be something to meet your needs on .

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Full Steam Ahead for Steam Rail

Passengers on the Strathspey Steam Railway are on track to travel further through the Cairngorms National Park thanks to a decision by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) on Friday 14 September 2012.

The CNPA Planning Committee approved plans to extend the railway line - which runs from Aviemore - 100 metres eastwards from Broomhill to a crossing point over the River Dulnain. In time, the Strathspey Railway Company would like to re-open the railway all the way to Grantown on Spey.

Deputy Planning Chairman, Peter Argyle, said: "This is the first step towards seeing the railway line between Aviemore and Grantown on Spey reopened, giving people an easy and enjoyable way to travel along the route and experience the National Park and something we're happy to support. The steam railway is very popular with visitors and this will add to their experience and offer potential benefits to the communities the railway serves."

The bridge over the River Dulnain will be reinstated with new bridge decking using a former Network Rail steel bridge which is currently stored in Boat of Garten.
Part of the original stone abutments will be removed during the work and then rebuilt to their current appearance. Due to ongoing work on the line, local staff and volunteers are already skilled in carrying out this kind of work.

Planning Officer, Katherine Donnachie, said: "Re-using the original stone abutments will keep the original character of the bridge and preserve a piece of local heritage. We welcome the re-use of materials from a former steel bridge. There will be minimal disruption to the natural environment while the work is carried out, including water of the River Dulnain."

Friday, 17 August 2012

Crubenbeg Holiday Cottages Wins Award

Crubenbeg Holiday Cottages, situated in the Cairngorms National Park, has been awarded the 2012 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.


The certificate is awarded to establishments that receive consistent positive feedback from guests. Crubenbeg Holiday Cottages received continual four-and-five-point ratings in reviews from guests.

"I am thrilled that Crubenbeg Holiday Cottages has been awarded with the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2012," says owner Sian McCann. "It is great to know our guests are continually satisfied with their stay at the Cottages and are rating us highly."

The complex offers luxury self-catering cottage at some of the most competitive prices in the National Park, along with free to use Mountain Bikes, Trout Fishing, Games room and Wifi access.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Wolf pups born at Highland Wildlife Park, Aviemore, Cairngorms

Wolf Pups Born in Kincraig

Five European grey wolf pups have been born at the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig, near Aviemore.
Now six weeks old, the wolves have still to be sexed by staff at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland site.

Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world's mountains and tundra in our spectacular setting. Drive around the Main Reserve in your own car and then investigate the walk-round area on foot.Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world's mountains and tundra in the spectacular setting of the Highland Wildlife Park.  For a great day out for all the family, the Highland Wildlife Park is a unique safari-style park located in a spectacular setting near Kincraig, just 7 miles south of Aviemore, within the Cairngorms National Park.

The Park was first opened in 1972 and is run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland who also own Edinburgh Zoo. As well as native Scottish wildlife, our animals now include endangered species of the world's mountain and tundra regions. Drive through the Main Reserve looking out for herds of European bison, red deer, yaks, Tibetan wild ass, reindeer and one of the world's rarest mammals, the Przewalski horse. You can then explore the rest of the Park on foot to discover beaver, snow monkeys, red pandas, wolves, wildcats, lynx, Amur tigers and Mercedes and Walker, the polar bears.

Each day, visitors can join feeding talks throughout the walkround area and take the opportunity to find out more about the animals from the expert keepers. Afterwards, visit Antlers café in the Visitor Centre - offering a range of hot and cold dishes and snacks, enjoy the spectacular views over the snow monkey enclosure to the Spey valley beyond. The Wildthings giftshop is also located in the Visitor Centre and stocks a selection of gifts and souvenirs that reflect the ethos and character of the Highland Wildlife Park and the surrounding Highlands of Scotland.

A great day out for everyone!  For more information on Kincraig village check out our Kincraig village page.
Below are just some of the amazing animals and attractions that can be found at the Kincraig Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. park

Opening Times

The Highland Wildlife Park is open every day of the year* apart from the 25th of December.
April to October 10 am to 5 pm (last entry 4 pm)
July to August 10 am to 6 pm (last entry 5 pm)
November to March 10 am to 4 pm (last entry 3 pm)
*Winter opening:
On days with deep snow and ice, please telephone us before starting out on your journey to avoid disappointment (01540 651270).
Dog owners your dog must either be left in the free kennels at the entrance gate or remain in your car for the duration of your visit.
You will need 2-3 hours for a full experience of the Highland Wildlife Park


By Main Road -  Highland Wildlife Park is only 6 miles south of Aviemore. Travelling north on the A9 (Inverness), turn off for Kingussie / Kincraig, and follow the B9152 north. Travelling south on the A9 (Perth), turn off south of Aviemore for Kincraig and follow the B9152 through Kincraig to the Park. Kincraig itself is a small village, but the Highland Folk Museum is sign posted well from the A9 in both directions.

Contact Details

Highland Wildlife Park
Kincraig, Kingussie
Cairngorms National Park
PH21 1NL
Infoline: 01540 651270
Fax: 01540 651236

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Cairngorms National Park Areas and Map

The five area types of the Cairngorms National Park.
The mountains are unique to the Park – and they’re the place with the rarest
habitats too. The high plateaux are more like parts of Greenland than anywhere
else in Scotland. With so much land above 600 metres, the Park is an important
place for species that need such a cold place to live. It’s the most southerly site in
Europe for snow buntings, and for many other species the Cairngorms National Park
is a last outpost.

Magical places of dappled sunlight and the scent of heather, imposing cathedrals of
silent pines, or thin scrub on the mountainside, the great forests of the Park have
evolved from woodland that’s been here for thousands of years. Together, they
make up the largest area of native woodland in Britain and are a key part of the
Park’s character. They’re also home to core populations of wildlife that’s scarce in
the rest of Britain, like red squirrels, crossbills and capercaillie.

If there had been better roads to the hungry towns and cities, the farmland in
the Park might look very different today. But the straths were too far away from
the markets, and the soil was too poor, for them ever to be farmed intensively.
That makes them rare survivors, and vital places for birds such as waders.

From the kaleidoscope of landscapes that turns outside the window of a visitor’s
car, moors are probably the one that makes the biggest impression. They also
provoke what may be visitors’ commonest question: ‘What are those funny
patterns in the heather?’ Understanding muirburn (burning heather), and how moorland is managed
for red grouse, can be a key to understanding many other aspects of the Park.

Water, frozen and liquid, has moulded the Park. Thinking of it as one habitat doesn’t
do it justice: it is many. World famous fishing rivers so clean and natural they are
used as benchmarks for UK water quality standards, internationally important
wetlands, high arctic lochans and popular places to paddle – the Park has them all.

Check our free to use copy and print map of the Cairngorms National Park.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Speyside Way Walk gets go ahead to Newtonmore

The long-held aspiration of communities in Badenoch and Strathspey for the Speyside Way to be extended south from Aviemore to Newtonmore is now a step closer. The Minister for the Environment, Stewart Stevenson MSP confirmed the Path Order - a first for Scotland - today (Friday 1 June), which will allow the route to cross Kinrara Estate ground immediately south of Aviemore.

Two rounds of extensive public consultation in 2005 and 2007 over a variety of route options resulted in a route being proposed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and approved in principle by Scottish Ministers in May 2009. Charged with taking the project forward, the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has experienced a good deal of cooperation from land managers generally and agreements are now in place over most of the route.

However, Kinrara Estate continued to have fundamental objections about the route which prompted the CNPA to use its formal powers to place Scotland's first ever Path Order on the land to secure the line of the path. The Estate objected and this led to Ministers appointing a Reporter to hear the arguments for and against the chosen route. The Hearing and site visit took place in August last year.

The Speyside Way currently runs from Buckie on the Moray coast to Aviemore. Investigations into the possible extension of the 84km Long Distant Route to Newtonmore began in 2004 and consultations involved a wide range of groups including farmers, landowners, community councils, accommodation providers and so on, with the consultations being led by the CNPA with support from Highland and Moray Councils.

David Green, Convenor of the CNPA, welcomed the decision and stated: "The CNPA has long recognised the desire from communities along the length of the extension to have the Speyside Way carry on to Newtonmore, so this is fantastic news. The Minister has clearly weighed up all the arguments put forward and has seen the benefits that this new route will bring.

"We rely on a great deal of cooperation from land managers to help people enjoy the Park. We only use our formal powers as a matter of last resort. This is the first time such powers have been used and confirmed by Ministers in Scotland. I hope that we can all now put this chapter in the process behind us and move forward. The hard work will now continue as planning permission is still required and finding funding to implement this project will be challenging."

SNH, who had responsibility for submitting the proposals to Ministers in December 2008, also welcomed the decision. Cattie Anderson, Operations Officer with SNH commented: "Long distance routes promote health and well-being and allow Scotland's people to maintain an interest in our landscapes and species. They also provide social and economic benefits for communities. We worked with partners to put forward the proposed route for consideration by Scottish Ministers as there was clearly demand from local communities for the Speyside Way extension. We recognise that settling on a route which suited all involved was challenging. It is now for the CNPA as outdoor access authority to deliver the route."

Since the Scottish Government's in principle approval of the Speyside Way extension in 2009, the CNPA and the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust have continued to work with landowners along the route to prepare for the implementation of the extensions south to Newtonmore.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Fishing in Aviemore and the Cairngorms

Fishing in Scotland and the Cairngorms

Every human being has a desire to travel to new and famous places all over the world. There are many different types of places to visit and enjoy. Scotland is also a famous place to visit for everyone. Aviemore, Royal Deeside, Glenlivet in the Cairngorms National Park has something for the people who want to get some rest from hustling and bustling in the daily life. Aviemore, Royal Deeside, Glenlivet in the Cairngorms National Park has all that is important for making any visit memorable.

Many people have continued to travel and enjoy the holidays in the Aviemore, Royal Deeside, Glenlivet in the Cairngorms National Park instead of venturing to other places worldwide. The heritage of Scotland is in rich form, and it is not surprising that the holidays are popular in the Aviemore, royal Deeside, Glenlivet in the Cairngorms National Park because there is peace and quiet everywhere you look. Not just that, there is even no language barrier in existence for the travelers explore northward from England. There is something for everyone to enjoy in Aviemore, royal Deeside, Glenlivet in the Cairngorms National Park. The Caravan parks are also one of the best places in the Europe to enjoy the holidays. Anyone can get the wonderful facilities at the remarkable low prices in the Caravan parks.

If you are thinking to travel in Scotland then you are thinking about the right choice because the is the best place to find everything that is must for making a trip joyful. You can also enjoy the fishing hobby in Scotland. There are many types of fishing facilities available like salmon, sea and brown trout, coarse fishing and stocked rainbow trout, but the game fishing is more popular than any other type of fishing. The most participation sport in fishing is angling in the Scotland. The richness of rivers and striking scenery boasts some of the most exciting fishing in Scotland. The professional fishing guide is called a Ghillie.

You can find a large variety of species of fishes in the rivers for fishing and the facility of fishing is offered by Scotland  and Cairngorms throughout the year. You can take the help of the professional fishing guides (Ghillies) because they have the best knowledge about the fishing. There are four main rivers found in Scotland, and they are Dee, Tay, Tweed and Spey. Both the Spey and Dee are in the Cairngorms National Park. The river Tweed is a salmon river, but it is also better for brown and sea trout fishing. The river Tay is famous for salmon fishing, and it is 120 miles long. The river Dee is known for its best fishing of sea trout, especially in the month of June and July. There are many finest and ideally located hotels in Aviemore and the Cairngorms where everyone can enjoy staying and fishing. The sea area of Scotland is fantastic and very quiet so the fishes can be found easily in the deep places of the sea area.  Check for more info. Or

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Cairngorms National Park - Monarch of the Glen

Cairngorms National Park - Monarch of the Glen

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Monarch of the Glen

Monarch of the Glen, set in the Scottish Highlands in fictitious Glenbogle, was largely filmed on location in the Badenoch and Strathspey area of the Cairngorms National Park. Writer Michael Chaplin, who first came to the region way back in 1968, created Monarch of the Glen for Ecosse Films. Exactly 30 years later he returned to research an idea about an impecunious young laird desperately trying to keep his birthright in the face of pressure from an unsympathetic bank and interference from his impossible father. Monarch of the Glen was born and its popularity has raised the profile of the region on a global scale, recognised throughout as Monarch Country.

Monarch of the Glen had many locations in the area, with the Ardverikie Estate, near the small village of Laggan, being the focal point. Ardverikie House, in the middle of the estate, doubled as the MacDonalds' residence - Glenbogle House (or The Big House) in the show. The estate also boasts the croft of the ghillie Golly MacKenzie and the local pub, the Ghillie's Rest. The entrance to the estate, Kinloch Laggan, was often seen in the show, as was the bridge that gives access from Kinloch Laggan to the actual Ardverikie Estate. Loch Laggan surrounds the estate, and its beach was used many a time in the show. Ardverikie opens its gardens on the last Sunday of May each year.

Laggan appeared as the village of Glenbogle, and was home to Glenbogle Primary School, the croft of its headmistress Katrina Finlay, and the village stores. The village of Newtonmore features the funeral directors, post office, and various other minor locations. Kingussie hosts the Glenbogle Town Hall, whilst Carrbridge has the Village Hall, and Broomhill Station in Strathspey doubles as the Glenbogle Station. Some of the river and water fall location were filmed at the the Falls of the Truim at Crubenbeg.

The River Pattack just up from the Ardverikie Estate was used several times for different romantic scenes as well as when family member Paul fell in the river. Shepherdess Iona's croft is just up from the Pattack, while farmer Isobel's farm is just down the from the estate at the village of Moy and the Glenbogle Church is in fact the Cille Choirille Church near Roy Bridge. Lord Kilwillie's Castle is actually Balavil House, off the A86 road near Kingussie, while Ruthven Barracks, Loch an Eilein and Loch na h'Earba appeared during Ewan's stolen-car scenes, where Katrina found her real father, and where the clay-pigeon shooting contest appeared. Meanwhile the shop in Kincraig was the location of the motorcyclists in season one.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Boat of Garten Loo to close!

Highland Council is to shut 14 public toilets and restrict opening times at others to help it save more than £320,000 over the next two years. Boat of Garten in the Cairngorms National Park will shut.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Fire damages Blair Castle clock tower

Fire crews are investigating the cause of a blaze which damaged part of a 13th Century Scottish castle in the Cairngorms National Park. The fire, which broke out at about 2035 GMT on Thursday evening, ripped through the clock tower at Blair Castle near Blair Atholl, Cairngorms National Park. Firefighters contained the blaze and prevented it from spreading to the rest of the building.  Blair Castle is the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and dates back about 740 years. Seven fire crews battled to extinguish the blaze at the height of the blaze and three fire engines are still at the scene. A Tayside Police spokesman said there was a "significant amount of damage" to the clock tower.  He said no-one was injured and the cause of the fire had not yet been determined. A spokeswoman for Tayside Fire and Rescue Service said the roof and second floor of the clock tower had collapsed into the first floor.




Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Self-build in the park just got more expensive!

Guidance on the amount of affordable housing developers will be expected to contribute when building in the Cairngorms National Park has been officially adopted.


Meeting in Nethy Bridge on Friday 4 March 2011, the Planning Committee of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) welcomed this as a step to getting more housing in the Park that is affordable for people on modest incomes.


CNPA Strategic Policy Officer, Alison Lax, said: "Research shows there is a lack of affordable housing in the Park. We highlighted this as a priority in the National Park Plan 2007-2012 and it led to a specific policy in the Local Plan to address it. This guidance is for developers to use and for Local Authorities and us as planning authority to deliver so we can work towards addressing the problem."


It means that for every house built within the Park that can be sold on the open market, a contribution must be made towards the provision of affordable housing:


Developments of three or more dwellings will be required to incorporate a proportion of the total number of units as affordable housing.

Development solely for affordable housing will be favourably considered.

Where public funding is available to help provide affordable housing, between 25% and 40% of all units will be expected to be affordable.

Where less than one third of the total cost of the development is available through public funding, the developer will be required to provide 25% affordable housing on a site.

If it can be demonstrated that an off-site contribution would better meet a community's housing needs, then an alternative solution will be negotiated with the developer. This may include a cash payment towards the provision of affordable housing at another location. The guide for this financial contribution is currently £25,000 per unit for developments of three or more houses.

Proposals for one and two open market dwellings will also be required to make a contribution towards affordable housing. This will be a cash payment towards the meeting of housing need in the local area and the guide is £1,250 for one house and £2,500 for two houses.

Proposals for off-site contributions will be considered where community needs assessments, or similar assessments, support this as a better way of meeting the housing needs of the community.


Planning Committee Chairman, Duncan Bryden, added: "Planning is about community building. High house prices and developer activity in new build and renovations over past years reflect that for many people from across the UK, the Cairngorms National Park is a very desirable place to live and visit. But, we have a responsibility to people who want to work and raise families in Park communities. We must do what we can to enable affordable housing to be provided in the right places.


"240 affordable houses have been built in the Park since it was established and until quite recently housing developers and trades benefited from a growing market. For the sake of local employment and the Park economy it is important that they can continue to operate with reasonable profit margins. Equally, as the economic climate has now put the squeeze on access to mortgages and finance, the need for affordable housing in the Park is even more pressing. Developer contributions from 'open market projects' will help towards building essential levels of quality, affordable housing for local people working in important services and helping our communities thrive."


The Planning Committee has also approved draft Supplementary Planning Guidance to support the Cairngorms National Park Local Plan on:


    * Wildness

    * Carbon Emissions

    * Developer Contributions


These will be available for public consultation from 21 March to 29 April 2011 during which copies and details of how to comment will be available on our website or by contacting the CNPA office in Grantown-on-Spey or Ballater.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Co-Op Growth Plans in the Cairngorms National Park

Anonymous sources say that the Co-Op may be considering a significant growth plan in the Cairngorms National Park.  Plans may be afoot to open a larger “supermarket” type facility in Badenoch and Strathspey.  Newtonmore village is scheduled to have significant new housing growth on plots in the south end of the village.  Major housing developments are also planned in neighbouring Kingussie.  It is possible that the Co-Op in Newtonmore and perhaps Kingussie may relocate to one larger premises in Newtonmore.  The dated Waltzing Waters attraction in Newtonmore may be one location they may consider!

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