Cairngorms National Park

The snowy mountains of Cairngorms

Culture & Heritage

Separated by the great bulk of the mountains, different areas of the Park have their own distinct identity and cultural traditions, but they share deep connections to the same environments. You can explore the past at our castles and other historical sites such as the open air Highland Folk Museum, but this culture of the area also lives on today in music, ceilidhs and the Gaelic place names of the Park.

GAELIC PLACE NAMES 2015coverThe 2015 GAELIC PLACE NAMES leaflet is an introduction to the background, meanings and pronunciation of a selection of the place names in the Cairngorms National Park including some of the settlements, hills, woodlands, rivers and lochs in the Angus Glens, Strathdon, Deeside, Glen Avon, Glen Livet and Badenoch and Strathspey areas of the Park.

The whole of the national Park is divided into landscape character areas. You can look at our interactive map to find out more here.





You can find out more about the Park’s individual cultural heritage at various local community web sites around the Park. Some examples are listed below.


Aviemore, Ballater, Blair Atholl, Boat of Garten, Braemar, 

Carr- Bridge, Dalwhinnie, Dulnain Bridge, Grantown-on-Spey,

Kincraig, Kingussie, Laggan, Nethy Bridge, Newtonmore,

Spittal of Glenshee, Strathdon, Tomintoul & Glenlivet.


2017 is the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, you can find out more about whats happening in the coming year here.