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Utsi Bridge, Cairngorms National Park (Credit: Airborne Lens)
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The Cairngorms are a mountain range in the east Highlands stretching from Speyside in the north to Deeside in the south. This vast area contains five peaks that rise to over 4,000 feet including Ben Macdui, the second highest mountain in the UK, plus some 50 more Munros, that’s mountains over 3,000 feet. The Cairngorms became the focal point for Scotland’s second National Park in 2003, and the area was recently named ‘one of the top 20 places to visit in the world’ by National Geographic Traveller Magazine.

The interior plateau of the Cairngorms is a place of Arctic-like wildness and supreme beauty, and it demands respect from even the most seasoned of hill walkers especially in winter. However, at a lower level, and in the more accessible parts, this extensive National Park offers so much to do from watersports and snowsports to woodland cycling and forest walks. In the many towns and villages that sit in the shadows of the high Cairngorms, from Grantown and Tomintoul to Carrbridge and Kingussie, visitors will find a very warm welcome, where nature and people live and thrive together.

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