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Hiking in Cairngorms, Scotland

If you love hiking and are looking for a suitable destination, then you could have many reasons to pick the Cairngorms National Park. It’s possibly the best national park in Scotland for those of us who love hiking. The Cairngorms is the largest national park in the United Kingdom.

Spread over 4,500 square kilometers, it has quite a few fascinating places for hikers to explore, including peaks that an adventurous mountaineer would most certainly love tackling.

However, it calls for the right planning and understanding of the topography and terrain before going in for a hike in the Cairngorms.

Here’s a quick guide.

Look For Passes And Peaks

The best way to enjoy hiking in the Cairngorms is to identify a few passes and peaks while planning your adventure. This will give you a clearer idea about the area you’re planning to traverse.

Among the many such options available, Ryvoan Pass is a place worth having a closer look. It can be reached from the National Outdoor Training Centre near Glenmore Lodge. Ryvoan Pass is a two-mile pass and you will be able to experience and enjoy the green Ryvoan Loch, The local faeries perhaps wash their clothes here and that is why it is green and colourful!

Kingussie To Newtonmore

Another great way to enjoy the Cairngorms is to hike from Kingussie to Newtonmore. The route links the two Badenoch Villages, which are separated only by three miles of land. These villages have a rivalry which is more than a century old.

The five-mile route ends when you follow the Newtonmore’s Trail straight into the village. You will come across quite a few cafes, where you can pick up buns, snacks and other treats.

A Few Things To Keep In Mind

These are two examples of the easier options which the Cairngorms has to offer. One thing to keep in mind is if you’re planning on hiking in winter make sure you have an ice axe, in case you need to climb up a slippery surface.

A visit to the Cairngorms is an experience of a lifetime. The beauty and the variety of flora and fauna are something that will remain etched in your memory for years to come.

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