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Characters of the Cairngorms

Characters of the Cairngorms

If you’re reading this page, you’re probably someone who wants to experience the Cairngorms at a deeper level, through the eyes and stories of the communities who live, play and care for the National Park.


Perhaps you’ve seen our videos and photography telling the story of the landscape through its local characters? (For more content about the Cairngorms characters scroll down).

Knowing the stories behind a landscape can make your experience of that landscape much deeper, richer and more memorable – that’s why we’ve created a home, on this page, to tell the tales of the different communities, distinct cultures, special characters and spectacular wildlife, who all live within the Park’s boundaries in harmony, all connected by the land. 

Discover Badenoch the Storylands and reveal the tales behind these lands, listen to the stories and songs from colourful characters in the community, from past and present.

You’ll also find the details of local businesses and experiences that you can access when you visit the National Park, which can provide you with a deeper, richer experience. Click on the content below to hear locals tell the story of the land they love, and call home.  

We’re confident that through these memorable visitor experiences, which forge deeper connections, you’ll leave with a greater love for the landscape and feeling like you’re at home within it, too.


Cairngorms Characters’ Podcast

Bringing the UK’s largest National Park to life through the voices of our communities.

Cameron Angus Mackay takes you to meet some of these people in this four-part series.



Video Content

The Wanderer

Hear from Lesley McKenna of Wandering Workshops who has grown up skiing and snowboarding here in the Scottish mountains and feels a deep, strong connection to the Cairngorms and wants to help more people get into the backcountry to gain perspective, meaning and connection to the environment and adventure.

The Stargazer

Hear from David Russell of Highland Wildscapes as he ventures out into the night and takes in the beauty of our dark skies and the aurora here in the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Dark Skies Park area of the Cairngorms National Park.

The Musicians

Hear local musician Hamish Napier based in Grantown-on-Spey share his story of how the landscape and nature can influence music. Discover the many experiences in the Cairngorms which help you connect with our landscape and nature.

The Atholl Highlander

Hear from Sandy at Blair Castle reflect on his time in the surrounding hills and the historic connections to the Men of Atholl, the last private army in Europe. Explore historic sites from around the Cairngorms and hear their stories.

The Conservationist

Explore the Caledonian pinewood with Shaila at Mar Lodge in Royal Deeside and hear about what the landscape can provide. Enjoy the wonderful experiences which help you connect with the food and drink found in the Cairngorms.

Some inspiration for your visit


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