Welcome to The Cairngorms

The park encompasses the highest landmass in Britain – a broad mountain plateau, riven only by the deep valleys of the Lairig Ghru and Loch Avon, with an average altitude of more than 1000m and including five of the six highest summits in the UK. This wild mountain landscape of granite and heather has a sub-Arctic climate and supports rare alpine tundra vegetation and high-altitude bird species, such as snow bunting, ptarmigan and dotterel.

This is prime hill-walking territory, but even couch potatoes can enjoy a taste of the high life by riding the Cairngorm Mountain Railway.

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$9.47 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Landmark Forest Adventure Park Admission Ticket

Visit: Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Carrbridge, Aviemore, Aviemore and the Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWinner of 'The Perfect Family Day Out' Visit Scotland and The Daily Mail, Landmark Forest Adventure Park also won Mumsnet 'Best Outdoor Playground' award. Where else can you twist and turn through the trees on a family friendly roller-coaster, take the plunge down one of three water coasters and even get the chance to walk through an amazing tropical hot-house with hundreds of stunningly beautiful butterflies and exotic flowers!? Be intrigued at the world’s first Bamboozeleum right here in the Cairngorms; you’ll enter a magical gallery of illusions and puzzles to test the sharpest of wits. See infinity rooms, morphing machines, thermal imagery and more that will fascinate the youngest to the wisest of minds. Take an adventure down to the Wonderwood where nothing is as it seems! Here you will find three mind-boggling cabins where the normal rules of physics simply don’t apply. Which one will be your favourite – The Spinning Vortex, Topsy Turvy Room or the Growing-Shrinking Room? For those looking for a real challenge why not take on RopeworX, the first high-ropes course of its kind in the UK. According to scientists you are officially 98% monkey, so now’s your chance to put their theory to the test. Harness up and step up to the plate! For those under 1.5m, the Tarzan Trail offers a great alternative and the Wee Monkey Trail is absolutely ideal for those aged 2-5. Perhaps the mightiest challenge of them all though is Skydive. Skydive is a pure adrenaline experience, just harness up, climb the mast to 50 feet and step off… easy! Just don’t let the nerves get the better of you! The latest addition to the park is the Butterfly house, which is an amazing tropical hot-house with hundreds of stunningly beautiful butterflies and exotic flowers. Watch close-up as they hatch, fly and feed on nectar and fruit. Make sure to look out for the recently added Asian Quail, scuttling through the undergrowth! Are you brave enough to follow in the footsteps of the Lost Explorer to the safety of The Amazing Tree Mansion? Bubbling mud pools, dangerous caverns, dangerous creatures and a magic waterfall gateway are just a few of the challenges that will bring your adventurous family lots of laughs and scares on the way. Don’t forget to take in the beauty and tranquillity of the 10,000 year old forest via the Tree Top Trail. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for some rare, red squirrels on the way! If you enjoy this walkway, then you’ll love the panoramic views from the top of the Forest Tower. Families have been enjoying Landmark Forest Adventure Park for nearly 50 years and with all these great activities on offer, it’s a must-do for any family in the Cairngorms National Park!

$217.72 Private & Custom Tours

Scottish Highlands Private Guided Hiking Tour from Aviemore

There is something uniquely beautiful about the Scottish Highlands. Between the guides, they've all been to many ranges around the world and have seen some incredible peaks. When it comes to shear beauty, however, the Scottish mountains inevitably have the edge. They may not be the highest peaks in the world, but they do offer a fantastic variety of mountain scapes. From the great bulk of the Cairngorms in the East to the Fortressed peaks of Torridon in the west. From the Monoliths of Assynt in the North to the myriad of peaks in the south. The unique blend of wild, rugged mountains, loch, sea, and the soft light of these high latitudes, provides an unrivalled beauty. There is, without a doubt, a lifetime of wonderful sites and adventure.Here's what a typical day looks like for guests who are staying at Fraoch Lodge.Breakfast orders are usually taken the night before to reduce waste and any delays in getting out. All the bread is homemade along with many of the preserves. Over breakfast, the guide will provide an update on any changes to the forecast overnight and hence to the plan for the day. There is, of course, the opportunity to discuss what to wear, etc.After breakfast, there is time to get ready and make a packed lunch for the day. Homemade bread as well as a number of other fillings are available. There is also homemade cake, a chocolate bar, fruit, dried fruit, and peanuts available. Any wet kit from the previous day will be dry having spent the night in an efficiently purposed drying room.Then, head out in the bus for the relatively short journey to the start of the day's route. Dry boots are donned while anticipating some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer. Regular (short) breaks are taken to maintain energy levels. Of course, there will be stops for photos at points of interest along the way. Hiking is usually anywhere from 4-to-8 hours in duration, depending on aspirations and if the hike is being combined with any other activities. Also, there will be a visit to Loch Ness or a visit to a castle or a pint in the pub.Day hikes are available to guests who are staying elsewhere in the area. There are a program of hikes to join or tailor a hike to suit specific abilities.After sorting out the gear, it's 'cake o’clock,' a refreshing mug of tea and some of Rebecca’s delicious homemade cake in the lounge in front of a roaring fire. Lemon drizzle cake, lemon and pistachio cake, chocolate brownies — all to die for.Then, there is plenty of time to have a shower and relax, maybe a glass of wine or a beer before the 2-course evening meal at 8pm. It’s all home prepared using as much home grown or local produce as possible. The day is finished with teas and coffees or a herbal infusion made from homegrown herbs in front of a fire.

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