Coronavirus/COVID-19 – Latest Updates
We must all continue to take action to stop the spread of Covid-19/Coronavirus. Please respect the Park and follow the guidance set out by the Scottish Government
Cairngorms National Park Information & Advice
Safety is our first priority for the people who live and work in the National Park, COVID-19 has not gone away. Please plan ahead if you intend to visit areas within the Park, check websites in advance and take care when you travel.
The Cairngorms National Park is for everyone to enjoy, a place rich in wildlife, culture and vibrant communities. Become part of the #CairngormsTogether community and help take care of the environment by following the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and these simple steps.Watch video on YouTube
- Check relevant websites for the areas or places you intend to visit for the latest information.
- Check your travel route for any disruptions.
- Take your rubbish home with you.
- ‘Go before you go’ – some public toilet facilities are opening but always be prepared for closures.
- Please do not light fires or BBQs in public outdoor areas at the present time.
- Be mindful of local residents and communities who live and work in the areas you are visiting, please be kind.
Scottish Local Authorities COVID Protection Levels
Frequently Asked Questions
- From Monday 17 May, the majority of the Cairngorms National Park will move into Level Two of the Covid-19 Protection Levels as set out by Scottish Government, while Moray will be in Level Three. Travel will also be permitted anywhere in Scotland for the purpose of outdoor socialising, recreation or exercise.
- Socialising – For those in Level 2, six people from three households can meet inside and stay overnight. For those in Level 3, groups of six from six households can meet outdoors, but there is no indoor visits to private homes. There are different rules that apply to children – please check the link above for more information.
- Travel – travel anywhere in Scotland to meet others for the above purpose – but you must not travel into a council area with Level 3 restrictions (at this stage Moray).
- Hospitality and Tourism Businesses – Please check https://status.visitcairngorms.com to see what is open.
- Accommodation – Essential only, no tourism
- Shopping – Essential shops only
- From Friday 16 April, current travel restrictions will be lifted for mainland Scotland. Please familiarise yourself with the latest national guidance.
- Overnight stays outside your local authority are also not yet permitted.
- Before you travel, please consider the advice issued by Transport Scotland and remember, wearing a mask is mandatory on public transport. Consider walking or cycling, if you can. Plan your journey, and leave additional time due to temporary restrictions or changes to timetables. Pay for your journey in advance online if you can to reduce cash handling.
- Information on car parks and available public toilets will be updated regularly across the National Park.
- For road and travel updates, we recommend you follow Transport Scotland on Twitter, Facebook or visit their website for traffic management updates.
- To see the improvements that have been made around the Park in preparation for the return of visitors please visit our Managing for Visitors page.
- ///what3words – Emergency Location Information
Being the largest National Park in the UK, the Cairngorms is a vast wilderness that is easy to get lost in. Although we would always advise using a map and a pre-prepared route, the what3words system can help you in an emergency situation where you may need urgent assistance.Once you have the app on your phone prior to your trip, if needed it will generate a totally unique three-word pinpoint location that can be passed on to the emergency services (this must be done by you). View more information
- Tread Lightly in the Park
Please ensure you enjoy the outdoors responsibly and follow any on-site advice and adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. For more information please visit our Outdoor Access Advice page here.
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- There are many local community paths and trails to explore in the communities across the Cairngorms National Park. Once restrictions have lifted, please visit the What’s Open website here to find out which attractions, activities, camping and caravan sites, retail and food and drink facilities are open.
- National Park Facilities & Operations
We recommend you check ahead with the specific businesses, areas, or places you plan to visit to ensure they are open and ready to receive visitors. Please visit;
- Scotland’s National Nature Reserves, NatureScot
- Forestry Land Scotland
- Crown Estate Scotland
- National Trust for Scotland
- The Lecht Ski Centre
- Cairngorm Mountain – winter sports
- Glen Shee Ski Centre
- Scottish Mountain Rescue
- Cairngorm Mountain Ranger Service
- Glenmore Ranger Service
- Rothiemurchus Ranger Service
- Glen Tanar Ranger Service
- Balmoral Estate Ranger Service
- Angus Glen Ranger Service
- Atholl Estates Ranger Service
- Mountain Bothies Association
If you cannot leave your home or travel to the Cairngorms National Park you can still connect to the Nature of the Park through our social media channels, eNewsletters, our Nature from your Home campaign and all the 10 BIG Days of Nature (at home) virtual events.
At the present time, there are limited opportunities to volunteer in the Park. Please sign up to the Volunteer Cairngorms newsletter to be kept updated on the latest news or one of our other newsletters.
If you would like to contribute to volunteering efforts please visit Ready Scotland. Local community groups have organised COVID response groups to meet local requirements. Please keep an eye on local social media channels and community websites for further details to volunteer or to obtain assistance.
Local information about how to help can be found at:
For the latest information on emergency funding and resources to help you, your organisation and your communities stay safe and healthy, visit the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations Third Sector Information Hub.
- For the latest government advice for businesses during this time, please visit the Business Support page on the Scottish Government website. For guidance and advice for the tourism industry, please go to Visit Scotland here. For updates from Highlands and Islands Enterprise on support for businesses and communities, visit their Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice page. Scottish Enterprise is also providing information on business support on their website here.
- Cairngorms Tourism Emergency Response Group (CTERG)
The group has been set up to provide a consistent and comprehensive analysis of the implications of Covid-19 for tourism by coordinating communications with the tourism industry. The group encourages close working between key agencies and the private sector, to gather, share, facilitate, interpret, disseminate information and to agree on relevant actions and delivery plans. Membership consists of; Cairngorms Business Partnership, VisitAberdeenshire, MoraySpeyside, VisitScotland, Aberdeenshire Council, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and CNPA (Chair).
- View details of CTERG meetings here
CNPA Planning Service
The CNPA planning service has continued to operate during the COVID-19 lockdown. Our website is operating as normal with access to Planning Committee agendas, papers and minutes as well as normal public access to the detail on planning applications. The CNPA offices remain closed and staff will not meet applicants or members of the public. CNPA planning staff can be contacted by phone and email. Planning Committee meetings will continue to be by video and teleconference between members. The meetings can be viewed on a live video stream with details of how to watch on the CNPA website.
The Planning Committee will continue to consider requests from applicants, supporters and objectors to present to the Planning Committee meeting. For Planning Committee meetings in July, that can be done either by video call to the meeting with details provided by the CNPA planning service, or by providing a statement to be read to the Planning Committee by a CNPA officer.
The Planning Committee will not undertake site visits while the COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Decisions by the committee will be based on the information supplied with an application and presented to them in reports, representations and other presentations.
Latest COVID-19 News
Resources For Businesses and Local Community Groups
We want to ensure we all communicate the same messages and ensure that our communities and landscapes stay safe and protected. Below are links to downloads you can use in your social media, website or print off and use around your community, or at your business premises.