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The Cairngorm National Park
Britain's largest National Park, the Cairngorms are the most extensive range of high mountains in the UK, with a vast, tundra-
To the south is Royal Deeside. Ballater is the main centre here together with the attractive village of Braemar, with Balmoral Castle lying between. To the northeast are the more rolling hills of Glenlivet, famous for its whisky distilleries, and Strathdon.
The Cairngorm National Park is also a real adventure playground for outdoor enthusiasts, with a fantastic range of activities to choose from. Enjoy year round activities in the park’s three ski centres, or head to Loch Morlich for windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and kayaking. Keen anglers can land a catch in the Rivers Don and Dee and experience some of the world’s best salmon fishing on the River Spey.
Back on dry land, try pony trekking and quad biking in areas including the beautiful Rothiemurchus Estate. The park also stretches into Aberdeenshire where you can tour the region’s many castles, such as Braemar, Crathes and Balmoral, or follow the Victorian Heritage Trail.
In the south of the park, enjoy a day in the hills and explore the Angus Glens including Glen Clova and Glen Esk. You can also admire the historic Perthshire landscape such as the wooded gorge of the Pass of Killiecrankie which overlooks the River Garry, or discover 50 miles of waymarked walking and cycle routes and ranger-