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Best campsites in the Cairngorms National Park

Here are our expert-recommended campsites and attractions in and around the Cairngorms National Park

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The Cairngorms is a mountainous National Park which covers an area of 1748 square miles in central Scotland. Accessible from Pitlochry and Blair Atholl in the South and Aviemore in the North-west; there are no roads through the heart of the park other than the A93 via Braemar, which provides access to the Glenshee Ski Centre;  and the Old Military Road which leads to the Lecht Ski Centre. The park comprises 55 Munros (peaks over 300ft tall) with Ben Macdui, the highest being the second highest peak in the British Isles (Ben Nevis, the highest isn't in a National Park, but is part of the Ben Nevis and Glen Coe National Scenic Area.) Carirn Gorm itself is only the sixth highest mountain in the UK, but it is bigger than the whole of Luxembourg.

The Cairngorm National Park could be considered to be the heart of Scotland, both geographically and historically. Home to the geographical centre point of this historic nation and the summer residence of the British royal family, the region's geological formation dates back to more than 40 million years before the last ice age. Much of the land is owned by the National Trust for Scotland, the RSPB and other private landowners.

Skiing is a popular winter pastime with runs at the Lecht, Glenshee and Carin Gorm; Access to the slopes above Aviemore was serviced by a funicular built-in 2000/01. This closed for extended repairs in 2018 and is expected to re-open in early 2023; however, you can still access many of the slopes via T-Bar or Poma during the ski season.

Top Cairngorms National Park Attractions

Loch An Eilein - Cairngorms
Loch An Eilein - Cairngorms

The Cairngorms is the largest National Park in the UK and is home to some impressive castles; The impressive 13th century Blair Castle, just outside Blair Atholl is the ancestral home of the Murray Clan and Balmoral needs no introduction as the Scottish residence of the British royal family. Scotland and Whisky are synonymous and the park is home to several distillers; Dalwhinnie and Royal Lochnagar are among the most famous, but if gin is more your thing then a trip to the Balmenach Distillery is worth a visit to pick up a bottle of Caorunn.

As you would expect, the park is home to an abundance of wildlife, but if you're looking for something different then a trip to the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre allows you to meet the UK's only herd of free-ranging reindeer. The park is also home to the geographic centre of Scotland, at a point just outside Newtonmore, the centre itself is a little underwhelming, but is marked with a plaque attached to a large boulder.

Top Cairngorms National Park Campsites

Best campsites in The Cairngorms National Park

Braemar Caravan Park and Camping Pods are the perfect base for walking, hiking, cycling, photography, snow sports, history, arts and crafts and much more. Braemar...

Granton-on-Spey Caravan Park is peacefully situated on the outskirts of the town, with views of the mountains in the distance. There are 125 well-tended gravel...

This site is attractively laid out in a fairly informal style in several adjoining areas connected by narrow, part gravel, part tarmac roads, with access...

Aboyne Loch Caravan Park is in an idyllic setting – peaceful, attractive and natural which has excellent facilities locally. Stay by the calm waters of...

Feughside Caravan Park offers holiday makers the chance to relax in this lovely peaceful area of Scotland. Surrounded by the stunning scenery of Royal Deeside...

This attractive, well kept park is set in the grounds of Blair Castle, the traditional home of the Dukes of Atholl. It has a wonderful...

Faskally Park is a family run site with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere situated amidst spectacular scenery in the heart of Highland Perthshire. The site...

The quite caravan park, Milton of Fonab is located on the banks of the River Tummel, just south of the Highland town of Pitlochry. The...

Tarland by Deeside Camping & Caravanning Club Site is positioned on the east of Scotland just outside the Cairngorms National Park, in an area admired...

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