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Cairngorms National Park

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The Cairngorms National Park (Scottish Gaelic Pàirc Nàiseanta a' Mhonaidh Ruaidh) is a national park in north east Scotland, established in 2003. It was the second of two national parks established by the Scottish Parliament, after Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, set up in 2002. The park covers the Cairngorms range of mountains, and surrounding hills. Initially the largest national park in the British Isles, there are plans to expand the park into highland Perth and Kinross.


Cairngorms National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)

The Linn of Dee on the River Dee near Braemar. Linn is the Scots word for waterfall.
Location Cairngorms, Scotland, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Highland, Angus, Perth and Kinross
Area 3,800 km²
Established 2003
Governing body National Park Authority

The Cairngorms National Park (Scottish Gaelic Pàirc Nàiseanta a' Mhonaidh Ruaidh) is a national park in north east Scotland, established in 2003. It was the second of two national parks established by the Scottish Parliament, after Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, set up in 2002. The park covers the Cairngorms range of mountains, and surrounding hills. Initially the largest national park in the British Isles, there are plans to expand the park into highland Perth and Kinross.

The Area

The Cairngorms National Park covers an area of 3,800 km² (1,467 sq miles) in Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland and Angus Regions. The Cairngorm Mountains are a spectacular and unique wilderness. Recognised as a Special Area of Conservation, the area is managed to protect the natural environment while encouraging enjoyment through activities and family attractions. Aviemore is the busy and popular holiday destination most people have heard of but Dalwhinnie, Newtonmore and Kingussie are worth spending some time in as you enter the park from the south. Highland Wildlife Park and Dalwhinnie Single Malt lie within the National Park.

National Park Boundary

Before the National Park was established in 2003, Scottish Natural Heritage conducted a consultation exercise, considering the boundary and the powers and structure of the new park authority.[] One option presented for the area included Tomatin, Blair Atholl, Aboyne and Glen Shee, making the park twice as big as the Lake District National Park.[] The area finally chosen was smaller than expected, but still the largest in Britain. It involved the boundary areas of Carrbridge, Laggan, Dalwhinnie, Grantown-on-Spey and Ballater. Many groups and local communities felt that a large area of highland Perth and Kinross should form part of the park and carried out a sustained campaign.[]

On 13 March 2008 Michael Russell announced that the National Park would be extended to take in Blair Atholl and Spittal of Glenshee. There was also controversy surrounding the construction of the funicular Cairngorm Mountain Railway on Cairn Gorm, a scheme supported by the new National Park Authority. Supporters of the scheme claimed that it would bring in valuable tourist income, whilst opponents argued that such a development was unsuitable for a protected area. To reduce erosion, the railway operates a "closed scheme" and only allows skiers (in season) out of the upper Ptarmigan station.[]

Settlements within the national park

The National Park Authority shares statutory planning functions with the four local authorities within the national park boundary.

Aberdeenshire

(All in the Marr committee area.)

Angus

Only the heads of the Angus Glens are within the park: they do not contain any villages. The Glens and only the settlements in the National Park:

Gateway to the Glen: Braemar and Blairgowrie

  • Braemar
  • Spittal of Glenshee (Expected from 2009)

Gateway to Glen: Alyth

  • Auchavan
  • Glenprosen

Gateway to the Glen: Kirriemuir

  • Runtaleave
  • Glen Clova

Gateway to the Glen: Kirriemuir

  • Glen Doll

Gateway to the Glen: Clova

  • Braedownie
  • Glen Lethnot

Gateway to the Glen: Brechin

  • Glen Esk (Northern settlement in the Park)

Gateway to the Glen: Edzell

  • Auchronie

The Angus Settlements in the Cairngorms National Park:

  • Auchavan
  • Runtaleave
  • Clova
  • Wheen
  • Braedownie
  • Auchronie

Highland

(All in the Badenoch and Strathspey committee area, nearly the entire area of which is in the national park.)

Moray

Perth and Kinross

  • Blair Atholl (expected from 2009)
  • Spittal of Glenshee (expected from 2009)

Sights

  • Blair Castle
  • Cairngorms
  • Highland Wildlife Park
  • Aviemore
  • Waltzing Waters
  • Loch Morlich
  • Carrbridge
  • Golf
  • Cairngorm Ski Centre
  • Cairngorm Funicular Railway (Cairngorm Mountain Railway)
  • The Lecht Ski Centre
  • Glenshee Ski Centre
  • Spey Railway Line
  • Ben Macdui
  • Dalwhinnie Single Malt
  • Pass of Drumtocher
  • River Garry
  • Cairngorm
  • Loch Laggan
  • River Spey
  • Monadhliath Mountains
  • Caledonian Forest
  • Red Squirrels
  • Forest of Atholl
  • Loch Ericht
  • Glenmore Forest Park
  • Glenmore Lodge
  • Reindeer
  • Roe Deer
  • Red Deer
  • Sika Deer
  • Ptarmigan
  • Capercaille

See also

  • Blair Castle
  • Caledonian Forest
  • National parks of Scotland
  • Scottish Highlands
  • SEARS (Scotland's Environmental and Rural Services)
  • Tourism in Scotland
  • World Heritage Sites in Scotland

References

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Lufthansa
13 February 2014
A fantastic way to explore the loveliest spots in the Cairngorms National Park is on a mountainbike. More about Scotland in the LH Magazin iPad App (03/2014).
Andy Watson
31 October 2013
Its cold and wet but beautiful all the same
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5 Coylum Road, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Aviemore, Highland PH22 1QG, UK

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Wed 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
Thu 5:00 AM–8:00 AM
Fri 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
Sat Noon–4:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
Mon 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
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