Come for an event…stay for an adventure!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Cairngorms National Park…

You will not find a better back drop for an event – the landscape, heritage, communities and folk of the Cairngorms make this a truly special place.

Make the most of your time here – whether its fun with the kids, time with your favourite person, or a quiet escape and solitude just for you…there is so much to do.

Take a squizz below for some pointers on travel, where to stay, what to do and what to eat.

Stay a bit longer and do loads more…eat, drink, relax and recharge.

There is never enough time…to do all this awesome stuff!

The Cairngorms National Park simply has LOADS going on. You can take a trip on the SnowRoads, take in the dark night skies, delve into the delicious world of whisky, wander the Speyside Way, jump on your bike and journey through some of the Cairngorms iconic gravel routes (check out our film Home is Where the Trail Takes You with Markus Stitz), take in the heritage of this passionate and culture rich land with Badenoch the Storylands the perfect place to discover our history. 

Take the time to see more.  To do more.  To feel more.  The Cairngorms will touch your soul.

Who are you bringing on your Cairngorms escape?!

Turn your event into a mini adventure, or even your big holiday for the year. Pile the kids in the car or jump on the train with your buddy, maybe the grandparents are going to come along too.

This is one of National Geographics Top 20 Places to Visit in the world, so make the most of it, make it memorable.

Travelling with little people…check out,  Landmark Forest Adventure Park and Highland Wildlife Park. Enjoy the sandy shores of Loch Morlich, hire a bike and trailer to tow your precious cargo along some easy stretches of the Speyside Way.

Travelling with tweens and teens…check out Cairngorms Activities, Loch Insh Outdoor Centre, G2 Outdoors and Aviemore Ice Rink to name but a few.

Travelling with your favourite person…check out The Dark Sky Park, Blair Castle & Gardens, Dalwhinnie Distillery and Highland Quietlife

Travelling with all the generations…Rothiemurchus, Balmoral Castle and Alvie Estates are all awesome options.

These are just snippets…there are mountains and cracking munros to conquer, lochs and rivers for paddling and sitting beside, woodlands to wander, beer, whisky and wonderful food to fill your evenings.

Whatever your budget, and whatever you love, the Cairngorms National Park will calm your mind and fill your soul.

So, stay a bit longer and do loads more – it will make your event experience the best yet.

Make it delicious

There are lots of delicious things going on in the Cairngorms National Park.  Alvie Forest Food rivals the very best street food offerings, Bothy Bakery is famous for knock out sarnies and sweet treats (a Bothy Bakery picnic besides the Spey? – yes please!), while The Old Post Office Cafe and Gallery is the kind of place you will remember for all the very best reasons.  

If you are looking for pub lunch you are truly spoilt for choice – The Cairngorm Hotel, The Old Bridge Inn and The Balavoulin are all in Aviemore and the perfect spot for a pint and a refuel.  

Head to The Boat Hotel or Anderson’s Restaurant in the Boat of Garten, or The Cairn Hotel in Carrbridge if you fancy leaving the buzz of Aviemore for a slightly more chilled vibe.  The Grant Arms or The Grantown Diner are lovely spots in Grantown too.

For some really posh nosh – The Fife Arms is truly special. The Braemar Chocolate Shop is just about as indulgent as it comes, and Hazelnut Patisserie (open Easter to the end of October) is a little nugget of perfection.

What are we trying to say?!  The Cairngorms National Park has great coffee, lovely lunches and delicious spots for dinner in abundance.  Whatever you fancy – the lovely businesses and communities will have you covered.  Check out VisitCairngorms for loads more inspiration.

Finding the perfect pad

There are awesome places to STAY, from bothies and bunkhouses to hotels, B&B’s and superb self catering options. 

Go to our stay page, you can tailor your search to find the perfect pad in the perfect place – whether you looking for a frugal escape or a blow the budget treat!

Check out our Campervan Guide here too for some insider tips for the ultimate Cairngorms Campervan adventure.

Rail, road, pedal power or air…how are you getting here?

We may be way up north but there are LOADS of options for getting to the Cairngorms National Park.  

Jumping on the train is an excellent choice and there are a few options – day or night.  There are six mainline train stations across the National Park Blair Atholl, Dalwhinnie, Newtonmore, Kingussie, Aviemore and Carrbridge. so planning your route will be easier than you think.

Check out the bus network for pocket friendly and low hassle options, and driving is super scenic, especially as you enter the National Park – car sharing with fellow event attendees could be a great idea to reduce costs, make a buddy and reduce the number of cars making the beautiful journey north!

Depending on your starting point – cycling might even be an option. National Cycle Route 7 runs from Glasgow to Inverness, passing through the west of the Cairngorms National Park.  The Deeside Way runs from Aberdeen on the east coast to Ballater. The Speyside Way runs from Buckie on the Moray Coast to Aviemore and links the communities in the Badenoch & Strathspey area of the Park.

With two airports just outside the Cairngorms National Park you can get here quickly.  Inverness is 40 minutes to the north, and Aberdeen Airport is an hour to the east of the National Park.

Want to keep up to speed on our wonderful National Park? Join our mailing list – link below – to keep up to speed on what is going on, occasional event round ups (lets plan your adventure next year!), competitions and lots more.

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