View of Glen Isla, Caenlochan National Nature Reserve
On a Shoestring
If you’re travelling on a budget, there are many things to see and do in the Park that won’t break the bank, and some that are completely free
Places to go and things to do
Explore the Park and some of its special corners on foot for free! There are over 200 miles of way-marked paths around the communities of the Park, as well as numerous upland paths and long distance routes which traverse the Park.
Visit one of the nine National Nature Reserves in and on the edge of the Park, to experience an extra special slice of Cairngorms nature.
Grab your binoculars and go bird or wildlife watching – you might see some outstanding wildlife such as a wild cat, a red squirrel, a golden eagle or even a capercaillie.
Visit some of the free attractions in the Park including visitor centres and ranger bases at Glen Tanar, Blair Atholl, Nethy Bridge and Glen Doll. Delve into the past by visiting the Highland Folk Park in Newtonmore, the old seminary at Scalan in the Braes of Glenlivet, or see some castles and built heritage at Corgarff Castle or Ruthven Barracks.
If you are part of an organized group, you may be eligible for a travel grant to the Park, providing up to £200 or 75% of transport costs.
Or hire a bike from the many outdoor activity providers across the Park.
What you need
Depending on what activity you are planning, you might need special clothing, footwear or equipment. If you are a community or voluntary group looking for items like camping gear, waterproofs, boots, bikes, canoes, climbing gear and/or instruction, try contacting your local authority outdoor education service to hire these at a reasonable rate.
There are also plenty of local businesses in the Park who can supply equipment.
If you are unsure what you need, get some advice from a user group’s website such as