For those that have never visited Britain and are looking for a place completely different from the rest of the country, a trip to the Scottish Highlands is well advised. Scotland is the only place you can ski in Britain, it only has around five million inhabitants and mostly they are spread around the big cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh in the south.
Once you venture past the densely populated urban areas and head north in Scotland, you will find vast areas of open roads, wilderness and gorgeous scenery. The Cairngorms is in the very heart of the Scottish Highlands and has many fantastic features and attractions, you can find everything from castles to distilleries and majestic landscapes.
Things to Do
The Cairngorms offer just about everything to everybody, there are snow sports, watersports, fantastic fishing, wildlife watching, rock climbing, amazing walks and cycle tracks, horseback riding and of course the famous castles and distilleries.
For family attractions, the great outdoor areas of Royal Deeside, Aviemore, Atholl, Glenlivet and Glenshee will provide more fun and activities than you can find anywhere else in the UK. For the best skiing in Scotland, look no further than Aviemore.
A great day out for the whole family is the Landmark Forest Adventure Park. It is a sort of natural theme park, using the incredible landscape of the Scottish Highlands to thrill and entertain the visitors. There are few places where you can take a roller-coaster through the woods, plunge down three water-coasters and take a walk in an enchanting hot-house filled with exotic plants and butterflies.
Where to Stay
Accommodation is really varied from five-star castle hotels to sleeping under the stars, the Cairngorms offers everything you could possibly wish for. Try some of the excellent boutique hotels or test the hospitality in a local inn and play darts with the inhabitants.
Visiting the Scottish Highlands, a trip to one of the amazing distilleries is a must. The Cairngorms National Park is home to six distilleries, namely: Glenlivet, Dalwhinnie, Royal Lochnagar, Tomintoul, Balmenach and Speyside. Four of these have interesting visitor centers and will be glad to pour a drop of the good stuff that is only made in Scotland.
The Highland Mountains
The Scottish Highlands owe their name to the amazing landscape formed by mountains that is at its very heart. Whatever the season may be, the mountains that form the Cairngorms National Park offer great outdoor pursuits. The Cairngorms has some of the best snow holding records in Scotland and are the perfect place to ski.
Three of Scotland’s five ski centers are based in the Cairngorms. These are CairnGorm Mountain and Aviemore, Glenshee near the Royal Town of Braemar, and Lecht which is situated near Tomintoul. These are modern ski areas and have all the facilities you would expect including lifts, equipment hires, ski schools etc.
Whatever your preferences are for entertainment, the most glorious thing about the Cairngorms National Park is the sheer beauty of the place. Just strapping on a pair of walking boots and taking a good stroll to take in the stunning scenery and wildlife is about as good as it can possibly get.