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Walking Routes in the Cairngorms National Park area

There are some great walks on local path networks around the National Park......          

There are leaflets available on local path networks around the National Park.
Ranger Services throughout the National Park run many guided walks and events.

Walk Highlands
 is a very useful resource detailing many different walks for different abilities throughout the Park.

The East Highland Way connects Fort William with Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park.

Read our Fiona Outdoors blog on six great walks for beginners and families in the Cairngorms


Walking is by far the most popular activity in the Cairngorms National Park, and probably the most varied - not just in terms of length and difficulty but also in terms of surroundings. The sheer size, scale and remoteness of the Cairngorms make them one of the most dramatic and harsh mountain environments in Britain, a challenge to even the most seasoned hillwalkers. However, you don't need to undertake a serious expedition to enjoy the hills of the Cairngorms. Many of the 43 Munros, including five of the six highest mountains in Britain, can be tackled in a day with basic equipment and navigation experience. And by following the old drove roads and passes, the wild heart of the National Park can be experienced without trekking over summits.

The Glenmore area and Rothiemurchus Estate have a great selection of paths that take you through the ancient and mysterious Caledonian pine forests and some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland.

The Speyside Way starts at Aviemore and follows the majestic Spey all the way to Spey Bay in the Moray Firth some 65 miles away. If you have a passion for walking The Cairngorms explorer is a must read for you, pick up a copy at the start of your stay. There are several outdoor activity providers who provide guided summer and winter walks and expeditions in the area. You can also take the opportunity during your stay to enhance your mountain craft, survival and navigation skills by booking yourself onto a course. If you don't fancy walking take a pony trek and enjoy the views.

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