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National Park Partnership Plan

The National Park Partnership Plan is the management plan for the Cairngorms National Park, which has been approved by Scottish Ministers

Read the final draft of the next National Park Partnership Plan 2022-2027

Every five years we create a plan that sets out the key priorities for the Cairngorms National Park. It is vital that we get opinions and thoughts from all the people, groups, businesses and organisations that live and work here to ensure we focus on the issues that matter to you.

The plan will cover all areas of life and work within the National Park, from conservation to land management, local communities and the economy to tourism and recreation. The next plan (starting in 2022) is currently being developed and although the public consultation is now over, you can still contact us with any comments or questions about the Partnership Plan at [email protected]

Download the Plan here

Statistics showing response to Park Plan consultationUnprecedented response to consultation

There was a record 1,453 responses to our formal public consultation which represents an 367% increase in response to the previous plan. More statistics include:

  • Over half of all responses came from Park residents
  • Over 50 organisations responded to the formal phase of the consultation
  • 12,163 postcards were sent to Park residents
  • More than 500 people attended physical events in the Park
  • 16 interviews were held with key groups within the Park

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View Our Responses To Some Of The Frequently Asked Questions

View our new Heatmap

You can view responses to our public consultation on our heatmap here. (Please note it will take you to a new webpage).

Annual Review 2018/2019 (PDF | 4MB)

The Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan is the overarching management plan for the Cairngorms National Park. It sets out how all those with a responsibility for the Park will coordinate their work to tackle the most important issues over the next five years.

The long term vision for the Cairngorms National Park is:

“An outstanding National Park, where nature and people thrive together”

National Park Outcomes

The Partnership Plan will deliver the following long term outcomes for the National Park:


A special place for people and nature with natural and cultural heritage enhanced


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People enjoying the Park through outstanding visitor and learning experiences


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A sustainable economy supporting thriving businesses and communities


Hierarchy of National Park Strategies and Plans

The Partnership Plan provides strategic direction for five key strategies and plans which support its delivery and are developed through close partnership working with different sectors. The delivery of all these plans is dependent on the work undertaken by businesses, land managers, communities, charities and the public sector in mutual support.

Supporting Documents

We have carried out various assessments to support the development of the Partnership Plan. These can be accessed below:


The Partnership Plan has been finalised following a period of extensive public consultation, where views were sought on nine key issues – the Big 9. These have evolved into nine priorities in the final Partnership Plan. You can view the consultation documents below:

Our plans & strategies that support the National Park Partnership Plan

Local Development Plan
Local Development Plan 
Outdoor Access Strategy
Outdoor Access Strategy 
Economic Action Plan 2019-2022
Economic Action Plan 2019-2022 

For more information


[email protected]

01479 873535