Cairngorms National Park
Receiving its National Park status in September 2003, the Cairngorms National Park is Britain's largest at 3800 km2 and offers breathtaking beauty filled with a magnificent array of wildlife. In 2011, the area was selected by the National Geographic Magazine as one of the top 20 places in the world to visit.
Flora and fauna
Mountainous areas of wild land, interspersed with lochs, rivers, woodland and moorland make the Cairngorms a spectacular place to explore.
Scottish Crossbill, Osprey, Capercaillie, Golden Eagle are just a few of the species you might see here. There are also deer, rare red squirrels, wildcats and otters.
Mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, walking, horse-riding, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, golf, clay pigeon shooting, canyoning, gorge walking, orienteering, yoga, shinty, wildlife and birdwatching, tennis, swimming, white water rafting, river tubing, archery, fishing.
There are plenty of guest houses, self-catering cottages and hotels throughout the park as well as a couple of Caravan & Camping parks.
You can camp out in the wilderness if you are in a small group for a couple of nights, although you must stay away from houses and not disturb any livestock.