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Best Walking Routes in Cairngorms National Park

The Cairngorms National Park is one of the most challenging places to walk or hike in Britain, with its sub-arctic mountain plateau notorious for harsh weather and fierce terrain.

The Cairngorms is home to Britain’s second highest mountain Ben Macdui (1309 metres), plus many more popular hillwalking peaks including Braeriach, Cairn Toul and Cairn Gorm. Snow and ice often linger on the high peaks deep into summer, so anyone walking or hiking in the National Park needs to be kitted out accordingly with good navigation skills.

But the Cairngorms National Park isn’t all about mountains, because this is the Scottish Highlands at its brilliant best. With ancient Caledonian pine forests, lochs, castles, distilleries and diverse wildlife including eagles, ospreys and pine marten, there’s something here for everyone.

Throughout the year you can walk, hike, climb, run, mountain bike, ski and even dog-sled in the Cairngorms National Park, making it one of the most exciting destinations for outdoor enthusiasts anywhere in Britain.

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