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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Why You Should Escape the City for the Cairngorms
Eat & Drink
Best outdoor spaces to drink or dine in (whatever the weather)
15 More of the Best Munros to climb in the Cairngorms National Park
8 of the most adventurous ways to see the Cairngorms
Fiona Outdoor’s 5 great Mountain Bike Routes in the Cairngorms National Park
Businesses and Experiences featured in our content
Persie Distillery at Auchenflower
Old Military Road, Bridge of Cally, PH10 7LQ
Atholl Estates Walking & Cycling
Estate Office, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH18 5TH
Blair Castle and Gardens
Atholl Estates, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH18 5TL
Glenshee Ski Centre – Skiing & Snowboarding
Cairnwell, Spittal of Glenshee, AB35 5XU
Cranford Guest House
15 Glenshee Road, Braemar AB35 5YQ
The Fife Arms Hotel
Mar Road, AB35 5YN
Discover Mar Lodge Estate
Mar Lodge, AB35 5YJ
Kingussie Camanachd Club
Wild Thinking Ltd
Fernville, Spey Street, PH21 1JQ
Wild Thinking Limited
Fernville, Spey Street, PH21 1JQ
The Cross at Kingussie
Tweed Mill Brae, Ardbroilach Road, PH21 1LB
Cairngorm Mountain – Skiing and Snowboarding
Cairngorm Ski Area, PH22 1RB
Lecht Ski Centre – Winter Activities Skiing & Snowboarding
Lecht Ski Centre, Corgarff, AB36 8YP
Wilderness Scotland, Photography (Small Group)
Dalfaber Drive, PH22 1ST
Rothiemurchus Quad Bike Trekking
Rothiemurchus Centre, Inverdruie, PH22 1QH
Glenmore Lodge-Climbing and Mountaineering
Glenmore Lodge, Glenmore Lodge, PH22 1QU
Macdonald Highlands Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort
Macdonald Aviemore Resort, PH22 1PN
Ravenscraig Guest House – Mountain Bike Friendly
141 Grampian Road, PH22 1RP
Highland Wildscapes – Photography Workshops
Highland Wildscapes – Guided Adventures
Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trails
The Crown Estate, AB37 9EX
Tomintoul & Glenlivet Discovery Centre
43 The Square, AB37 9ET
The Mole Catchers Cottage
Station Road, PH23 3AL
Grant Arms Hotel
25-27 The Square , PH26 3HF