the Proposed


National Park

Cairngorms National Park should be the largest in Britain and cater for many activities

One of the priorities for the newly devolved Scottish Parliament has been the formation of important National Parks. Currently two parks have been identified - Loch Lomond / the Trossachs and the Cairngorms. The former is quite small and is already operational. The latter will probably be the largest in Britain and is likely to open in 2003. The Cairngorm/ Grampian ranges of mountains are the most extensive in Scotland and contain most of the highest peaks in Britain. The Cairngorm National Park will contain most of these ranges and some of the beautiful countryside that surrounds them. It will contain three out of the five Scottish ski centres (Glenshee, Cairngorm and the Lecht) as well as the head-waters of two of Scotland's finest salmon rivers, the Dee and the Spey. More or less central to the park is the fine Mar Lodge Estate, recently acquired by the National Trust for Scotland. The royal estate of Balmoral is on the eastern side of the park. The principal towns in the west of the park are Aviemore, Kingussie and Newtonmore and in the East is Ballater. Braemar is just to the east of the centre of the park

Current proposals for the size of the park roughly coincide with the area within the blue line and marked in light yellow.

Note that Braemar is just to the east of the centre of the park.

The size of the proposed park will mean there will be may problems to solve because of the great diversity of interests involved. Much of the area belongs to large estates and is used for sporting activities such as grouse shooting and deer stalking. But this is also some of the finest hill-walking and climbing country in Britain and the needs of the shooting and walking communities do not always coincide. Scottish Natural Heritage have been coordinating and leading the efforts to form the Cairngorms National Park. For further information please contact

Scottish Natural Heritage tel 01224 642863 : e-mail

Cairngorms Partnership tel 01479 873535 ; e-mail


Glenshee is one of three ski centres within the proposed Cairngorm National Park. It is at the southern end while the Cairngorm and Lecht centres are in the north-west and north-east respectively.



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Page written by Mike Franklin, Braemar, 26th January 2002

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