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Cairngorms celebrates National Parks Week

21st July 2014

National Parks Week kicks off on 28th July and where better to celebrate than the UK’s largest National Park – the Cairngorms!

At 1,748 sq miles / 4,528 sq km and with 13 ranger services, there is something for everyone in the Cairngorms National Park.

During National Parks Week, there is a wide range of organised events courtesy of the Cairngorms National Park’s ranger services so it’s a great chance to get out and explore this very special place and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Among the events happening during National Parks Week are:

  • Caledonian Pine Woodland Celebration Walk with the rangers at Balmoral Estate
  • Moths in the Morning at the Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve with Aberdeen Council’s Ranger Service
  • Squirrel Scampers at Blair Atholl with the Atholl Estates Ranger Service
  • And on the very last day there is the Cairngorms Futurescape Treefest, a family fun day organised by the RSPB at the Abernethy National Nature Reserve.

National Parks Week is an annual celebration of the amazing places, people, and things to be found within the boundaries of the 15 members of the UK’s National Parks family. It runs from Monday 28th July to Sunday 3rd August.

Pete Crane, the Cairngorms National Park Authority’s (CNPA) Head of Visitor Services said: “National Parks are very important assets. They not only offer some of the most beautiful and dramatic landscapes in the country but they are also home to important habitats and wildlife so it’s great to celebrate National Parks in this way.

“The Cairngorms National Park is particularly special in that it is the best place to see some of the UK’s rarest species and the concentration of activities is immense – from walking, watersports and wildlife watching to castles, culture and cycling. I would encourage everyone to join in and to discover why the Cairngorms National Park isn’t just the biggest, but the best!”

So celebrate National Parks Week in the Cairngorms National Park with a ranger or get out and do your own thing – it’s entirely up to you. For more information on ranger events please visit the CNPA website: or you can follow us on Twitter ( for daily updates and suggestions on what to do and where.