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Cairngorms National Park all set to welcome visitors back

13th April 2021

The Cairngorms National Park is preparing for visitors to return this weekend as restrictions on travel are eased.  However, the Park Authority is urging people to continue to follow all the Scottish Government’s advice in relation to Covid-19 as well as adhering to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC).

From this Friday (16 April) restrictions will be relaxed to allow people to travel within Scotland to visit family and friends, or for recreation purposes, although hospitality venues and non-essential retail will remain closed for another week.

Grant Moir, Chief Executive of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) said: “I am sure many people will be looking forward to getting out into the Scottish countryside after a long winter. We want visitors to be able to come and enjoy the Park in a responsible way, whilst respecting the communities who live and work here. The most important message we want to share ahead of this weekend is – please plan ahead.

“We are all familiar with social distancing guidelines now but when visiting a location we are asking visitors to plan their day, behave responsibly and be prepared to adapt those plans – if they arrive somewhere and it is busy, have a ‘Plan B’ ready, there is no shortage of spectacular places to spend the day in the National Park!”

Al Smith, the CNPA’s Outdoor Learning and Engagement Manager, said: “Ranger Services across the Park are in place to welcome people back to the National Park. Their key role is to be there to offer a warm welcome to visitors to the Cairngorms National Park, and ensure people have all the necessary information to have an enjoyable and safe time.”

The CNPA has a COVID information and advice webpage for visitors which is updated regularly.