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Glenmore Cairngorms National Park Visitors Information

Accommodation in the Cairngorms National Park area are linked by cycle routes great for a day out with lots of fresh air and good exercise with the family or for the experienced mountain biking. Camping and Caravanning in the Cairngorms National Park is very popular with stunning sites right across the Park, but if you are planning to camp or caravan during peak periods it is very important to book in advance, this area has some of the best mountain bike trails in Scotland. At the heart of is Loch Morlich about a 1,000 feet above sea level with sandy beaches fringed with old Caledonia pines descendants of ancient Caledonia forests and surrounded by imminence mountain scenery for you to enjoy, Here the area is good for walking, orienteering, cross-country skiing and bird-watching in the forest while water sports, fishing and sailing are also available to suite all levels from novices to experienced with trainers and guides on hand for you to get the best from the sport or activity you and your family and friends wish to try.

  • Glenmore Geolocation Longitude 57.153896° N Latitude -3.6810153° E
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Glenmore a place to visit National park found in the Cairngorms

The four aims set out in the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000

1. To conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the area

2. To promote sustainable use of the natural resources of the area

3. To promote understanding and enjoyment (including enjoyment in the form of recreation) of the special qualities of the area by the public

4. To promote sustainable economic and social development of the area’s communities Scottish National Parks differ from many other national parks around the world in that they have a social and economic development aim alongside the aims of conservation, understanding and enjoyment of the countryside. This is an explicit recognition of those who live and work in the Park.

To get here by car the route is via the A9 trunk road, which runs from Dunblane off the M9 and runs right through to Inverness and then up to Wick, This is a truly stunning journey passing through some of the most breath taking scenery you will wish to find in Scotland. By train, the town is located on the Edinburgh – Inverness route, The Airport is located nine miles east of the City of Inverness, just off the main A96 trunk road, this is the closest airport to Aviemore being just over an hours’ journey by road, this is the air gateway for the Highlands & Islands.

From Aviemore follow the signs for Rothiemurchus, Glenmore and the Cairn Mountain Railway, continue through Rothiemurchus Estate and on to Glenmore village, There is a superb, safe bike route that runs for 3½ miles between Aviemore and the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre. Glenmore translates from the Gaelic as the ‘big glen'. It is national park found in the Cairngorms, with the highest, coldest and snowiest plateaux in the British Isle and are home to five of the six highest mountains in Scotland, it is also a National nature reserve run by Camping in the Forest, in partnership with the Forestry commission and encompasses Glenmore Forest Park. There is a forest of pine and spruce and 9,200 acres of mountain side the red squirrel, cross-bills and crested tit can all be found plants include the twin flower and one-flowered wintergreen as well as the fragrant carpet of needles beneath the ancient granny pines. For the outdoor enthusiasts there are peaceful roads with the national cycle network crossing almost the entire area and includes 64km of off road routes.

A foot path connects the park with Aviemore and Nethy Bridge. On the east side of Loch Morlich is the Glenmore youth hostel and the Glenmore Lodge a training centre, the Lodge is Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre the aim is to offer world class training in outdoor adventure sports and encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors more often. This is both through personal skills courses, providing individuals with the confidence to enjoy their sport themselves, as well as through qualification courses. Visit the reindeer centre and watch Britain’s only reindeer herd roaming freely against the stunning background of Glenmore. Learn the history of the Cairngorm reindeer herd and meet the reindeer themselves, impress your friends and have your own Christmas reindeer, you can adopt one.

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