10 Activities to try in Cairngorms National Park

Try something new in Cairngorms National Park 

Spending time away from home means that you’re a little bit outside your comfort zone anyway, so it’s the perfect time to try something new. In the Cairngorms national park there are plenty of activities that you can try out that you may not normally get to experience, and here are a few:

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Rothiemurchus Outdoor Activity Centre

When it comes to family weekends in the Cairngorms, an activity centre is the perfect way to keep everyone entertained while also trying your hand at something new that you’ve always fancied having a go at. At Rothiemurchus you can try out everything from fishing to quad biking and everything in between. You can even saddle up for a pony trek or conquer those fears with a treetop adventure.

Find out more details here http://rothiemurchus.net/


Quad Bike Tours

If you’re up for a bit of exploring during your stay in the Cairngorms but want to see things in a bit of a different way then Quad Bike Tours could be the best way for you. Walking and cycling isn’t for everyone, but you don’t have to miss out on everything the fabulous national park has to offer. With a quad bike tour you’ll be trained on how to drive the vehicles and then taken off into the highlands to see the sights on four wheels.

You can learn more here http://www.quadbiketours.co.uk/


4×4 Land Rover Safaris

Have you ever wanted to do a safari? Well now’s your chance. In the highlands of Scotland you can get into a Land Rover and head off in search of some of the wildlife native to the Cairngorms National Park. These elusive animals include majestic deer that you just can’t find anywhere else, so if you need a break from walking or cycling and fancy having someone else show you around then this is a great day out for the whole family.

You can find out more about it here http://www.braemarhighlandsafaris.co.uk/


Highland Fling Bungee

Just because you’re in a National Park you don’t have to spend your whole time relaxing and being at one with nature.  There are tons of opportunities to get the adrenaline going, and there is no better way than the Highland Fling Bungee. Climb up, take in the sights and then jump from a purpose built platform for a truly unique way to see the Cairngorms! If it’s the kind of experience you thought was only available overseas, think again – it’s right on your doorstep (or at least the porch of your tent!)

Find out more details here https://www.bungeejumpscotland.co.uk/


Strathspey Railway

Train journeys can be relaxing, entertaining and a fantastic way of seeing parts of the world that are usually inaccessible from the road, air or by foot. Take a trip on the Strathspey Railway and travel through the picturesque Scottish Highlands from the comfort of a high class carriage where passengers can even take advantage of a dining experience that ranges from afternoon tea to Sunday dinners. If you and your family or friends are particularly keen on the traditional steam engines there are even packages available to allow you to fire up the engines!

Find out more information here: http://strathspeyrailway.co.uk/


Kayaking and River Spey Canoeing

Outdoor activity centres enable you to try out a range of activities that you’ve always fancied having a go at. Kayaking and canoeing aren’t widely available like other sports and activities are, but at Craggan Outdoors you can take lessons on the River Spey for an adrenaline-fuelled experience out on the water. There are novice sections for beginners along with those designed for more experienced kayakers and canoeists.

Learn more here: http://www.cragganoutdoors.co.uk/


Highland Wildlife Park

A day out at the Highland Wildlife Park is one that you won’t be able to forget in a hurry. Whether you’re visiting as a family, couple or group of friends; you can see a wide range of animals including monkeys, red pandas and even a polar bear! Take your own car through the enclosures or take a walk around the park at your leisure – the choice is yours. There are even gift packages available should you wish to buy passes as a gift for a friend or loved one during your stay.

Find out more here: http://www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk/


Horse-riding at Alvie Stables

With miles and miles of countryside to explore, it can be difficult to see it all during your stay in the Cairngorms. However, you can saddle up at Alvie Stables and right out for a Highland experience like no other. There are thousands of people who enjoy horse riding, and with friendly and trained staff on-hand to take guests out for a ride into the park you can see the local area on horseback and feel like cowboy or cowgirl!

Find out more here: http://www.alvie-estate.co.uk/activities/horse-riding


Glenmore Lodge Orienteering

Think you’re pretty good with a map and navigating your way around? Then why not test yourself and have fun in the process by orienteering around the Cairngorms national park. It’s a great alternative to the more relaxed walks around the various trails and with routes that take you through the heart of the Glenore forest it’s a highly enjoyable adventure whether it’s your first time or your hundredth. Definitely an activity for those who are stable on their feet, but one that the whole family can get involved in.

Find out more details here: https://www.glenmorelodge.org.uk/mountain-biking-other-courses/cat-30-orienteering/


Cairngorm Mountain Ski Area

Ever fancied skiing but not had the opportunity to venture to the Alps so that you can hit the slopes and feel the buzz of skiing or snowboarding down a mountain? Don’t worry, because in the Cairngorms National Park – in Scotland – you can get that thrill without having to leave the UK! It’s something of a secret that during the peak winter season the mountains are coated in snow suitable for skiing, so whether you’re a novice or an expert you’ll love the thrill of skiing in the Cairngorms.

Learn more here: http://www.cairngormskiclub.co.uk/