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Cairngorms on a Shoestring

It doesn’t matter how old you are, how fit you are, or how much you have to spend - the Park is for everyone to enjoy. Many things to see and do are completely free - including walking and wildlife watching - mostly provided by nature. There are over 1000km of waymarked trails in the Cairngorms. Some walks are for all abilities which make them ideal for wheelchair users and also for those pushing buggies, and there are also cycle routes linking different places. Organised camp sites, bunkhouses and hostels provide low-cost accommodation.

If you are travelling through wild country, you may choose to wild camp. This means you can camp overnight free of charge, though this brings extra responsibilities - download information on wild camping from the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website.
The independent hostels in the Cairngorms National Park are all working together to try and make your hostelling experience great!  More information can be found at the Cairngorms Hostels website. .  Throughout the Park you will also find bothies which provide very simple accommodation when walking in wild areas. See Mountain Bothies

Many villages produce path leaflets and other booklets and brochures about what to see and do in the Cairngorms National Park, and these are available locally. Monthly Ranger-led activities in the Cairngorms are listed in a download from the Countryside Events page. Many of these are free of charge.


In the Cairngorms Explorer publication, you’ll find walks and activities you can do easily, inexpensively and without a car - saving you some money, and saving the environment too. And for a real taste of Scotland, go to a Highland Games or Show.

Be inspired to visit some fantastic settings in the National Park by viewing these new information sheets which list activities to do on a budget, and highlight various groups’  experiences of locations in the Park including some National Nature Reserves. The CNPA provide on their website a great resource pack 

If you are part of a voluntary or community group and don’t have the equipment or clothing you need for some outdoor activities and camping, you can hire these at very reasonable rates. Contact your local authority or Outdoor Education service for more information. There are also many local businesses where you can hire equipment in the Park too. Click on this link

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