Advice for Visitors
As of the 3rd of July, the Scottish Government removed the 5-mile travel restriction for outdoor leisure, recreation, and exercise. This means that you can travel to visit the National Park, but please plan ahead, understand guidelines to stay safe, be prepared to be flexible and change your plans, especially if you find your destination crowded and busy, and please be kind when visiting our communities.
Overnight stays are permitted in self-contained accommodation only – where you do not have to share facilities. Please book ahead.
Please refrain from wild camping in the National Park at this time.
You can stay in a campervan or caravan on a formal site (if they are open) we ask that you do not park overnight in existing car parks and follow advice from CAMPA.
Second homeowners (without shared facilities) are now able to visit their residences in the Park.
For the latest information about the National Park under the final phase of Phase Two of Scotland’s transition out of lockdown please visit this page.
The Cairngorms National Park is the largest park in the UK and is situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
You can get to the Park by road, rail, air and even on foot.
Find out here which is the best way for you to get to the Park.
For the latest bus and train information visit Traveline Scotland.
To find out about the latest delays or road closures visit Traffic Scotland.
There are a variety of places and styles of accommodation on offer in the Cairngorms National Park, from B&B’s and hotels, self-catering cottages and log cabins to campsites and hostels.
Find your perfect accommodation with Visit Cairngorms Accommodation Finder.
Whether you’re bringing a tent, camper van or caravan, camping is a fantastic way to experience the Cairngorms. Find the right campsite for you at Visit Cairngorms.
Planning to wild camp? Find out more about camping in the Park and familiarize yourself the Scottish Outdoor Access Code to find out how you can take care of the area you choose to camp in.
If you want to check the weather ahead of your camping trip to the Park visit the Met Office for the latest weather reports.
Things to do
There are hundreds of attractions across the Park. Visit museums and castles, adventure parks and breweries, art venues and garden centres.
Depending on the time of year you choose to visit there will be different events to attend from a Husky Rally to a Whisky Festival.
Of course, there are many activities from winter sports to hill walking, mountain biking to water sports.
Experience some of the world’s most unique and rare wildlife and landscapes with a visit to one or more of the nine National Nature Reserves in the Park.
And be sure to sample the local food and drink at the many restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and pubs throughout the Park.
You can also download our Explore Cairngorms Leaflet which has just a few suggested itineraries if you are travelling by car.
There are many visitor information centres throughout the Park, they are the best place to plan your onward travel, discover and explore the area you’re visiting and pick up leaflets and maps such as the Cairngorms National Park Welcome Leaflet.
Visit Scotland’s Visitor Information Centres can be found in Pitlochry, Ballater and Aviemore.
Also, look out for the Nethy Bridge Visitor Centre, NTS Killiecrankie Visitor Centre, Loch an Eilein Visitor Centre, Glenshee Pottery and Visitor Centre, Glenmore Visitor Centre and the Strathdon Stores Visitor Information Point.
There are also a number of Local Information Centres around the Park in Blair Atholl, Crathie, Dulnain Bridge, Glenshee, Kingussie, Laggan, Nethy Bridge, Tomintoul, Newtonmore and Braemar.
You can download your Map here.
Each part of the Park has its own unique history, character, and culture, to help you to narrow down where you want to visit be sure to check out Visit Cairngorms, Visit Aberdeenshire, Visit Grantown on Spey, Visit Ballater, Braemar Scotland, Visit Glenshee, Carrbridge, Boat of Garten – the Osprey Village, Newtonmore and Kingussie.
There are 10 ranger bases throughout the Park who are there to welcome visitors and help you to discover and appreciate the landscape and nature of the Cairngorms.
You can visit the ranger bases at any time and take part in Ranger events that are run throughout the year. Find out more about the Ranger Bases and the Ranger Events here.
Paths and Trails
There are hundreds of miles of paths and trails to explore throughout the park. Take a stroll alongside a river or climb above the woodlands for stunning views across the park.
Whether you’re looking for a short 15-minute walk or a longer 3-hour trek the paths and trails across the Park offer a mix of nature, heritage, and adventure.
Access for all
If you or a family member are disabled or have accessibility requirements there are plenty of easy access paths to enjoy, accessible activities and attractions to visit as well as accessible facilities and services available to you.
For more information visit Access for All in the Cairngorms National Park.
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.
Find places to go without costing you anything, find low-cost accommodation, save money by using public transport around the Park and find packages for groups that include accommodation, activity equipment, and instruction.