The Cairngorms National Park Authority aims to provide you with the most important and up to date information, however as we work with many partners across the Park we recommend that you always plan ahead by visiting the relevant websites and social media of the places and locations you wish to visit beforehand to make sure that they are open and able to welcome you back.
Mainland Scotland is now in full lockdown and only essential travel may take place.
Latest Scottish Government guidance
Follow Cairngorms News on Twitter and Facebook to be kept up to date of the latest developments in the Park – click below:
Current Government Guidelines
- Socialising – No in-home socialising (limited exceptions), other indoor public places and outdoors limited to 2 people from a maximum of 2 households, different rules apply to children.
- Hospitality – Closed.
- Accommodation – Essential only, no tourism
- Travel – no non-essential travel
- Shopping – Essential shops only
- Visitor attractions –Closed
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.
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.
Only ESSENTIAL TRAVEL is permitted while in Lockdown.
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.
Click here for information on car parks and click here for information on public toilets 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.
///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 pinpont location that can be passed on to the emergency services (this must be done by you).
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.
What you can do in the Cairngorms National Park
There are many local community paths and trails to explore in the communities across the Cairngorms National Park – visit our Community Paths and Trails page to download maps.
Check out the VISIT CAIRNGORMS official website for more information on local businesses and activities.
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;
Visitor Management Plans
The Visitor Management Plans for the Cairngorms National Park have been developed by the CNPA in partnership with Local Authorities, Police Scotland, Estates, CBP, VisitAberdeenshire, Angus Alive, SNH, FLS, CSML, RSPB and HIE. They have been shared with Community Councils and with other organisations as required for input and feedback. Communications, toilets, litter, car parking and ‘boots on the ground’ are all key issues the group is addressing to try and keep residents, employees and eventually visitors safe and able to have an enjoyable experience.
The Visitor Management Group meets weekly on a Wednesday to wash-up from the previous weekend and plan for the next weekend. The plans are changing every week, are still evolving and information is still being collated. They will be updated as we move through the lifting of COVID 19 restrictions phases and actions change.
Connect with nature virtually
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.
Like Cairngorms Nature on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Please sign up to the Volunteer Cairngorms newsletter to be kept updated of the latest news.
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.
Due to current concerns regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 we have temporarily suspended Health Walks in our area. We will continue to review this situation and will update information as soon as there is a change. You can also visit Paths for All for information about Health Walks across Scotland, and how the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation is being managed: www.pathsforall.org.uk.
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 consistent and comprehensive analysis of the implications of Covid-19 for tourism, to coordinate communications with the tourism industry, ensure close working between key agencies and the private sector, to gather, share, facilitate, interpret and disseminate information and agree 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.
CNPA Staff Contact
The offices of the CNPA will remain closed to the general public. During this time, please do not phone the main office switchboard number (01479 873535) as this will not be answered.
Planning & Development Management and Outdoor Access are statutory functions for the CNPA and these teams can be contacted by email in the first instance:
Download COVID Graphics
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.