The Cairngorms

Few National Parks are as epic as the Cairngorms. Not only is it the largest of the National Parks family, it’s also one of the wildest landscapes in Britain. Where else can boast Britain’s highest and largest mountain range, five of the UK’s six highest mountains, 43 Munros and even three ski centres?

But it’s not all about challenging ascents and big summits. While there is obviously plenty on offer for the adventurous hill walker, old drove roads, mountain passes and heather moorland allow for a more relaxed walking experience.

Walkers can step back in time on woodland walks in the Glenmore area and Rothiemurchus Estate, which contain remnants of the Caledonian pine forest that once covered large parts of Scotland or link up with the Speyside Way, one of Scotland’s Great Trails, at Aviemore or Tomintoul or the Dava Way at Grantown-on-Spey.

With all this on offer, there is obviously much for walkers to see and do and it’s no surprise that in this giant of a park – more than twice the size of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs at 4528 square kilometres – walking is by far and away the most popular activity for visitors.