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Cairngorm & Glenmore Future Direction

Cairngorm and Glenmore are central to the identity, economy and conservation value of the Cairngorms National Park. This is an opportunity to collaborate on the long term direction for this land in public ownership at the heart of the National Park.

Consultation Period: 1 December 2015 - 8 March 2016

People enjoying water sports at Loch Morlich

Cairngorm and Glenmore is a really important place for nature being a home to many of our rare and endangered plants and animals.

The landscape of loch, native woodland and high mountains defines the Cairngorms. It is also the most popular part of the Cairngorms National Park receiving over one million visits per year. And, it’s vital to the local visitor economy and a great location for informal recreation and outdoor learning.

The new lease at Cairngorm Mountain with Natural Retreats and the increase in Forest Enterprise ownership in Glenmore offer exciting potential for change.

It is essential that we plan for the future of this area to enhance both the natural environment and the visitor experience.


Five public sector partners (Forest Enterprise Scotland, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Natural Heritage) have come together to develop a strategy for the future management of this area. Over the last 18 months we have worked with local businesses, community groups and others with an interest in the area to suggest the key improvements that can be made to ensure that this area continues to thrive for both people and nature.

A consultation, which is now finished, saught your views on the future direction of Cairngorm and Glenmore so that we could improve on this initial work. This was based on the following documents:


What happens next?

The partnership will use the consultation responses to refine and improve the long term strategy for Cairngorm and Glenmore. We have produced a response to the consultation which you can download below.


To ensure that it does not have any significant adverse effects on the environment we have carried out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) on the Cairngorm and Glenmore Strategy. Documents relating to the SEA can be accessed via the following links:

Environmental Report (December 2015)
Scoping Report (September 2015)