The Cairngorms National Park is a truly unique area. High granite table lands have been carved by glaciers into a remote and rugged tundra-like plateau incised with huge glacial bowls and rivers. The landscape here is one of the few areas of western Europe which has remained largely unchanged since the last ice age, 12,000 years ago. In the lower elevations are large tracts of undisturbed primary forest, remnants of the Great Wood of Caledon which once covered most of the Scottish Highlands. Cairngorms walking under the pines of Rothiemurchus or on Deeside is a primeval experience – one could almost expect to meet dinosaurs! Wildlife abounds here, with reindeer, wild cats, pine martens, and the elusive Capercaillie. The Cairngorms are easily accessible from Edinburgh and only a 40 minute journey from the highland capital of Inverness. The ski village of Aviemore nestles at the foot of the mountains and, along with several other quaint villages on Speyside, makes an ideal base for exploring the area. Nearly a quarter of all Scotch whisky is produced in this region which is home to many famous distilleries, so it’s possible to combine exploring the natural environment with some research into the fascinating subject of Scotland’s national drink. The combination of easy access and wide open wild spaces means that there are many ways to explore the natural environment here – from focusing on it’s unique scenery and wildlife to penetrating the heart of one of Europe’s great wildernesses, home to some of Scotland’s highest peaks. Snow often lingers here longer than in other parts of the highlands, so it’s possible to enjoy wild snow capped scenery at almost any time of year. Whenever you choose to come we’re certain your Cairngorms walking adventure wiith Mountain Freedom will be unforgettable.
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