Walking the CairngormsAmble, stroll and hike your way around the UK’s largest National Park
The Highlands on foot
Renowned for its spectacular and staggeringly diverse landscapes, the Cairngorms National Park is a true walker’s paradise.
Walking boots at the ready – here are some of our favourite tried-and-tested routes for exploring what this incredible region has to offer.
This circular route begins by crossing the River Dee to the gateway into Balmoral Castle. Discover cairns and monuments on your route – including Prince Albert’s huge pyramidal memorial – as you take in the stunning grounds of this famous Royal favourite.
Discover an island castle surrounded by ancient pines and backdropped by breathtaking mountains on this beautiful walk around Loch an Eilein. This route is rich in history – the castle was built by John Comryn II in the 13th century to guard against cattle stealing.
This challenging route crossing the high flank of Ben Rinnes is one for the mountain lovers. Starting at Ballindalloch Station, this hike traverses the region’s wonderfully patchwork landscape over Carnacay and the Hill of Deskie, finishing up in Glenlivet.
The Pass of Ryvoan has all the characteristics of a classic Cairngorm through-route. Five miles in total, this walk takes in the end of the Thieves’ Road as well as Lochan Uaine – meaning ‘Green Loch’ – said to be so-coloured because of the Highland Fairies washing their green garments.