The Cairngorms National Park
Strathallan bed and breakfast in Grantown-on-Spey is situated at the northern end of the Cairngorms National Park. National Geographic has voted the Cairngorms Park one of the top 20 Places to Visit in the World and there are many reasons to visit.
With a diversity of scenery you can enjoy lochs, ancient pine forests, mountain ranges, rivers and moorlands. There are many walks in the area. So whether you are after a 20 mile hike up a mountain or a stroll through some forests, there is something to suit any level of fitness. If you would like more information on walking routes and maps you can visit Walk Highlands and the Visit Scotland website for more details.
Loch en Eilein – You could visit and walk the beautiful shores of Loch en Eilein in the stunning Rothiemurchus Estate. This circular walk takes in some lovely pine forests and views of the mountains too.
Loch Morlich – This beautiful loch, just outside Aviemore offers another lovely circular walk, taking in the beauty of the forests and mountain views.
Cairngorm Mountain – During the spring and summer months you can go on ranger led walks around the top of the Mountain. Taking in all of the abundant flora and fauna that live up there. You must book these walks in advance though, so please book ahead of time.
Anagach Woods – The endangered Capercaillie breed in the local area of Grantown-on-Spey and the Anagach woods offer some lovely walks and cycle routes. These woodland walks start on the outskirts of Grantown and you can choose a path based on how far you would like to explore.
There is also the Dava Way and Speyside Way routes to explore.
Dava Way – This route links the historic towns of Forres and Grantown on Spey and covers 24 miles through some lovely landscapes. You can also spot some amazing wildlife including deer, pine martins, Eagles and much more.
Speyside Way – This route runs from Spey Bay all the way through Grantown on Spey and into Aviemore. It also takes you through the whisky territories of Aberlour and Ballindalloch too.
The Cairngorm National Park is home to a vast array of flora and fauna. Whether you are into birds, deer, sleddogs, wildcats or dolphins, there is always something new for you to discover in this wonderfully diverse environment.
Loch Garten – You could visit Loch Garten RSPB nature reserve and see the Ospreys that return to nest here every year. Or you could take part in one of the many events they have including ranger led walks in this beautiful reserve.
A9 Bird Tours – For tailor made tours to suit your needs why not book a day or evening with Mike and Karen. They know the area very well and can take you places that others will not know about. Perfect if you want a specialised tour just for you.
Cairngorm Reindeer Herd – For something magical why don’t you plan a visit to the only free ranging herd of Reindeer in the UK. Your experienced guide will take you on a beautiful walk to track down the herd, where you will find out how they live and get the opportunity to feed them too.
Sleddog Centre – It doesn’t matter if the snow is here or if it is a spring or summers day, you can experience the exhilliration of a sleddog ride through the Cairngorms any time of the year. This amazing family run business offers group or tailor made sleddog rides to suit your needs. You can also meet the dogs, learn more about their training and visit the family museum too.
Highland Wildlife Park – A visit to this wonderful wildlife park is a must if you fancy seeing something a little different. With red pandas, polar bears, wolves and monkeys this place offers a slice of the exotic in the Highlands. They also have a wildcat breeding programme to try to help reintroduce these beautiful animals back into the wilds of Scotland.