Explore the Cairngroms

 

The Cairngorms National Park is a natural playground, covering 2790 sqmiles You don’t have to look far to find something to do within the Cairngorms, it is a haven for the outdoor explor

McInnes House Hotel, Kingussie provides a base camp at the heart of the national park.

 

Regular transport links pass through Kingussie throughout the day, and sits a couple of miles from the A9 road.

 

 

The Cairngorms National Park is a fantastic place to perfect your climbing and mountaineering skills, it contains four of the five highest mountains in the UK;

  • Cairn Toul 4,236 feet (1,291m)

  • Ben Macdui 4,295 feet (1,309m)

  • Cairn Gorm 4,081 feet (1,244m)

  • Braeriach 4,252 feet (1,296m)

 

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 Munros, some of them 

 

Please be careful!! regardless of how experienced you are  at exploring munros and mountains, you should always leave word with the hotel of your route and expected time to arrive back.

 

 

Cycling

 

The hotel sits on the doorstep of NCR7.  Running from Inverness to Carlisle. 

We offer secure bike stoargae if your staying with us, or park your bike up as you enjoy our outdoor terrance area


 

Skiing

Cairngorm Mountain near Aviemore is the best known of the ski and snowboard areas in the National Park.  It is also the highest and holds the snow well throughout the season.  There is lots of variety at Cairngorm Mountain and the terrain park’s, kickers and rails have attracted some of Britain’s best snowboarders and skiers to the area.

The Lecht lies on the A939 between Tomintoul and Strathdon and has something for everyone.  It is particularly good for families and beginners with excellent nursery slopes and even a magic carpet to help get you started!  The Lecht also has a great park for skiers and snowboarders who wish to test their skills on the jumps and rails.

Glenshee lies on the A93 near Braemar on the road from Blairgowrie.  Glenshee is the largest ski and snowboard area in Scotland and home to the infamous Tiger, one of the most challenging black runs around.  Glenshee also has lots of terrain – both natural and manmade - to keep all abilities happy with endless gullies, bowls, jumps and hits to explore.  On a clear day the views across the Cairngorms National Park are a sight to behold. 

 

Walking

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.

There is plenty to do for all ages, keeping the children entertained is easy with countless activates and tourist attractions in the area

 

For more information on local walks please visit Walk highlands.

 

 

On the water

The Cairngorms National Park has some of the cleanest rivers and lochs in Europe, and what better way to enjoy them than by messing about in them!

Fishing, sailing, windsurfing, paddlesports, rafting,
swiming or the excitement of gorge walking are all within easy reach of many of the towns and villages in the Cairngorms National Park including the Aviemore, Angus Glens, Royal Deeside, Glenlivet, Atholl and Glenshee areas.

The Park boasts two dedicated watersports centres, Loch Insh and Loch Morlich. Each has its own individual character and features but both are unsurpassed by the stunning beauty of their natural surroundings.
 
Viewing wildlife from the water is a great experience, whether from the intimacy of an open canoe or the comfort of a specialist craft. Loch Insh near Kincraig and Loch Morlich near Aviemore are ideal places to see many types of wildlife in their natural environment.
 
The majestic rivers Spey and Dee flow through the National Park on their way to the sea and are two of the finest salmon and sea trout rivers in Scotland, if not the world.  And remember, it's the water from these very special rivers and their tributaries that goes into making some of the finest
whisky
in the world!

 

Horses

Pony trekking is said to have started in the Cairngorms, with the sturdy Highland ponies that work alongside stalkers, carrying deer off the hill.  Today there are several pony trekking centres in the Cairngorms National Park, offering everything from beginners lessons to multi-day treks.

 

Bungee Jumping

The bridge over the River Garry in Perthshire is the first permanent bridge based bungee jump in the UK.
Bungee jumping from the perfectly sound structure that is the bridge over the River Garry, plummeting
head long to the shallow waters below is the ultimate adrenaline rush! You can speeds of over 50 mph on a rapid 130 foot descent. While you wait on the deck suspended beneath the bridge to be secured by an experienced and qualified jump master the scenery at Killiecrankie is awesome, allow around an hour for the total experience, plenty of time for the nerves to build up!

 

Wildlife

The National Park is a hotspot for British wildlife and is home to 25 per cent of Britain's threatened species. The high mountains, ancient forests, fields and moorlands are nationally and internationally important. There are wildcats, capercaillie, squirrels and pine martens in the woods, ospreys fishing the lochs and deer, badgers and golden eagles to be seen too.

Go Karting

Go Karting has returned to the Cairngorms at Aviemore 12 years after the original track at the Aviemore centre closed

 

High ropes

There are some fantastic high ropes and aerial adventure courses in the Cairngorms National Park. Test your bravery and above all have lots of fun!

 

Biking
From riding along the quiet roads to riding in the spectacular mountain landscape, Cairngorms trails offer a cycling adventure suitable for everyone - and it’s not all easy
pedalling. The Cairngorms National Park is home to some of the best mountain bike routes in Scotland - ideal for challenging the adventurer in you. From discovering the thrill and excitement of biking in the Highlands to braving some of the park’s dynamic tracks, every trip to the Cairngorms packs plenty of adrenaline.

 

Boasting an impressive 64km of off-road cycle routes, the National Cycle Network allows you to enjoy a peaceful ride through nature at your own pace. From mountain bike trails to on-the-road cycling routes, cycling in Scotland offers you an opportunity to embrace the sights, sounds and smells of this lush landscape. Whether you’re looking for a cliff-top challenge or a quiet day out in the countryside, the Cairngorms National Park has a cycle route suitable for everyone.

For cycling in Glenlivet, the eagerly awaited Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre is now open for business and boasts plenty of routes guaranteed to make your cycling holiday as action-packed as possible. If you’re looking for a convenient place to stay, there are plenty of accommodation options in the area that are a part of the Visit Scotland Cyclists Welcome Scheme - which means they’re equipped to cater for all of your biking holiday needs.

 

 

Golfing

With some of the most scenic backdrops in the country, the Cairngorms golf courses are not to be missed!  The National Park has a great choice of 12 courses of both 9 and 18-holes. The cairns courses will test any handicup, be prepared to play golf in the most stunning views and challenging course

  • Boat of Garten Golf and Tennis Club

  • Newtonmore Golf Club

  • Kingussie Golf Club

  • Braemar Golf Club

  • Macdonald Spey Valley Championship Golf Course

  • Dalmunzie Golf Course

  • Grantown on Spey Golf Club

  • Craggan Golf Course

  • Ballater Golf Club

  • Abernethy Golf Club, Nethy Bridge

  • Carrbridge Golf Club

  • Craggan disc golf course

 

Fishing

The Cairngorms National Park has some of the best of what Scottish country sports has to offer, wonderful salmon fishing on the world famous Rivers Spey, Dee and Findhorn, plus extensive trout fishing on lochs and rivers and it is one of the classic grouse shooting areas and stag stalking areas in the country including the Aviemore area, Angus Glens, Royal Deeside, Glenlivet, Atholl and Glenshee areas

 

Hit the road

The Snow Roads Scenic Route is a 90-mile journey which takes you from the picturesque market town of Blairgowrie to the traditional Highland town of Grantown-on-Spey.   The route traverses the highest public road in Britain taking you through some of the most outstanding landscapes in the eastern Cairngorms. The road links the communities of Braemar, Ballater and is also located at each installation to allow you to capture changes in the landscape. photo-post Tomintoul with a range of natural and cultural attractions. Three stunning Scenic Route Installations provide new opportunities to stop and explore this wild and beautiful highland countryside.  A Cairngorms