Explore The Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorm Mountains

The Cairngorm Mountains offer some of the most spectacular and magical scenery in the UK. Located just 30 minutes from Inverness, Cairngorms National Park is home to some of Britain’s highest mountains. It also has the largest unbroken stretch of native forests in the country. Making it a dream destination for anyone who loves outdoor adventures.


Cairngorms National Park was established in 2003 and spans 4,528 sq km of unspoilt wilderness, just waiting to be explored. Home to 25% of the UK’s threatened wildlife. It’s a great place to spot beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. So keep your eyes peeled for curious red squirrels and grand ospreys. The whole area is an unbeatable place for enjoying the fresh air and admiring Scottish nature.


Thrill seekers can enjoy climbing, mountain biking and white water rafting in this magnificent natural setting. In the winter months, snowfall on the mountain allows for great skiing and snowboarding too.


If walking isn’t your thing, then you can choose to see the mountains on a guided bike tour that descends almost 3,000 feet from ridge to river trail. Participants and their bikes ascend on the funicular railway to take in the spectacular views from the summit. Before testing their skills on a thrilling downhill ride past some of the most dramatic scenery in Scotland. Not for the faint hearted!


The area has borne witness to many formative events in Scottish history and remains an important cultural centre to this day. The Cairngorms are dotted with ruined crofts, traditional villages, battle sites and lonely castles, all brooding under wide skies and seemingly endless expanses of moorland and forest.


The area is home to a number of breweries and distilleries. To the south-west of Inverness, visitors will find the Cairngorm Brewery and Dalwhinnie Distillery. To the north, the Glenlivet and Tomintoul Distillery await you, and to the south-east, Royal Lochnagar. All the distilleries feature visitor centres and offer tours of their facilities where you can sample a few of their products – and maybe bring a bottle or two home with you. Check out our whisky distilleries page for more information on tours.


Whether you love the invigorating fresh air of the mountains or prefer a roof over your head, you will find plenty to catch your interest in the Cairngorms.

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Book a stay with us at The Kingsmills and you are under an hour away from spending a day exploring the jewel of the Scottish Highlands. After an invigorating day in the hills, you can head back to enjoy the very best from Scotland’s larder, a warming hot toddy and a good night’s sleep, snug under our thick duvets. Give us a call on 01463 257 100 for more information.

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