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.

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

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