Aberdeenshire is the eastern gateway to the UK’s largest National Park – the Cairngorms National Park. In this article, you will find top ten reasons why you should visit the Cairngorms National Park in Aberdeenshire right now.
Established in 2003, Cairngorms National Park is a national park in the northeast of Scotland. It was the second national park established by the Scottish Parliament, after Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The park covers the Cairngorms range of mountains along with surrounding hills. It is the largest national park in the UK and was expanded into Perth and Kinross in 2010.
Immerse yourself in the local wildlife
The Cairngorm National Park is home to an impressively large collection of wildlife. Look for herds of red squirrels, pine marten, red deer, and capercaillie there. While you will likely encounter some local wildlife on your expeditions hiking, going on a highland safari trip with an experienced local guide is also a great way to see more of the local wildlife.
If you are hiking the Lairig Ghru, don’t forget to check out the Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie to visit the UK’s only polar bear cub.
Visit the Pixies
Also known as The Green Loch, Lochan Uaine is mystical with the green water from pixies washing their clothes in the loch. Others believe that the color comes from trees. Visit it for yourself and decide what to believe.
Take on the Lairig Ghru
The Lairig Ghru is the most famous mountain pass of Scotland with its 19 miles of outstanding natural beauty, spreading from Braemar to Aviemore.
Bag a Munro
Aberdeenshire is home to more than 30 Munros and Corbetts. Your breath will be taken away if you have a look out over some of the most striking landscapes in Scotland. Aberdeenshire is also home to four highest mountains in the UK, including Braeriach, Cairn Toul, Sgor an Lochain Uaine, Ben Macdui, and Lochnagar.