Cairngorms National Park Tours

Cairngorms National Park
A wild landscape of granite mountains, heather-covered moors and gentle glens covering 1,500 square miles of the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park was named one of the world’s “Last Great Places” by National Geographic.

Formed 40 million years before the last ice age, the Cairngorms are especially popular among mountain bikers, snowboarders, sea kayakers and hikers. They’re also a hit with the Scottish Queen: she spends every summer there at Balmoral Castle and Estate.

More than 50 of the Cairngorms’ mountains reach over 2,953 feet, and the national park boasts five of the United Kingdom’s six highest mountain summits. Those looking for a challenge can hike up the summit of Cairngorm’s namesake mountain, while the more leisurely crowd can take the much-used mountain railway to the top. Once up there, remember that it’s a Scottish tradition to take a “wee nip” of whisky. Cheers!

The national park is home to 25 percent of the UK’s native woodland, which is vital for endangered birds like the Capercaillies and Scottish Crossbills who breed only in Scotland’s Caledonian Forest. The primeval-looking region contains dozens of rare animals and birds, including 50 reindeer that were reintroduced to the Cairngorms by a Swedish herdsman in the 1950s. Look out for wild cats, pine martens, red squirrels and ospreys, too.

Practical Info

There are regular bus and rail connections from Scotland’s major cities to Aviemore, a busy resort town in the heart of the Cairngorms. Inverness is just half an hour to the north by bus or car, while Edinburgh and Glasgow are about a 2.5-hour drive away. Aviemore is open all year-round, but visitors should check for road closures due to snow in winter.
Address: Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, Glasgow, Scotland
Hours: Open all year-round, but visitors should check for road closures due to snow in winter.
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Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh

Explore the stunning Scottish Highlands on a full-day excursion that includes Glencoe and Loch Ness. Set own from Edinburgh aboard a comfortable coach bus to experience some of the area's top sights and attractions. See Mary Queen of Scots' birthplace, tour Deanston Distillery and sample its whisky, learn the fascinating history of Glencoe—a village made modernly famous as a setting for James Bond and Harry Potter films—and take a boat cruise upon iconic Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the famous 'Nessie' as you go.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Take a personalized tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness on this day trip to the Scottish Highlands. See wooded lochs and tucked-away villages as you journey through spectacular scenery en route to Glencoe, Cairngorms National Park and Fort Augustus. Enjoy an optional boat tour in search of the Loch Ness Monster, marvel at the mountain peaks of Craig Meagaidh and traverse Drummochter Summit to Pitlochry. Travel by minivan in a small group limited to 16 passengers, with a local guide at the helm.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Glasgow

Discover the best of rural Scotland on this adventurous 5-day tour from Glasgow. Travel into the Trossachs National Park with a guide to Kilmartin Glen, and enjoy uninterrupted views over the iconic Loch Lomond. Explore the pretty coastal town of Oban, admire the soaring peaks of Glen Coe and hop aboard the Jacobite Steam Train for a rail journey to remember! Take the ferry to the Isle of Skye to explore Sligachan and the Trotternish Peninsula. Visit the coastal town of Portree and Corrieshalloch Gorge on route back to Glasgow.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

Discover the dramatic beauty, history and mystery of Scotland on this 12-hour trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable mini coach, wind through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Cairngorms National Park and the mysterious Loch Ness – fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie! Spot the famous Stirling Castle on route and hear about legendary warfare like the battles of William Wallace and the massacre of Glen Coe in the 17th century.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Uncover the mysteries of Loch Ness on an exciting day-trip from Edinburgh. Set out north along Scotland's West Coast to experience one of the country's most iconic lochs, best known for the fabled 'monster' said to reside deep within its waters. En route you'll pass some incredible sights, including the ruins of Linlithgow Palace, Ben Nevis―Britain's tallest mountain―and dramatic Highlands landscapes recognizable from films like 'Skyfall.' Your guide will also regale you with stories about the area, making for an exciting, informative―and if you're lucky, truly 'legendary'―trip.
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

Discover the Scottish Highlands on a leisurely 2-day trip from Edinburgh that includes overnight accommodation at a hotel or bed & breakfast. Visit two of Scotland’s most popular spots — Loch Ness and Inverness — during scenic drives among pine forests, dramatic castles and charming villages, with an optional boat ride on Loch Ness. Travel by minivan with a small group limited to 16 passengers for a personalized experience with your informative guide.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

Experience the enchantment of the Scottish Highlands on a small-group, 2-day trip from Edinburgh. As you travel through spectacular scenery, you’ll visit historical highlights like Doune Castle and witness the natural splendor of Loch Ness and Glen Coe. Delve into the history of Culloden battlefield, take a riverside stroll at Dunkeld and recognize Glenfinnian Viaduct, famed for its role in the ‘Harry Potter’ films. B&B or hostel accommodation is reserved but not included in the price. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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8-Day Orkney Skye and Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

Explore Scotland’s rugged peaks and islands on this 8-day Orkney, Skye and Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Travel along Scotland’s west coast with a guide to Skye and enjoy breathtaking views over the soaring Highlands. Visit the Orkney Islands, where puffins, seals and whales thrive. Take in famous Scottish attractions such as Loch Lomond, Glen Coe, the Ring of Brodgar, the Trossachs and the Cairngorm Mountains National Park, and marvel at the country’s awe-inspiring landscapes. Along the way, delve into Scotland’s folklore heritage and see what makes the country tick.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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Cairngorm National Park and Speyside Whisky Day Tour from Inverness

Spend the day exploring Scottish scenery and whisky on a full-day tour from Inverness to Cairngorms National Park and the Glenfiddich Distillery. Join an experienced guide for a trip through the park’s scenic highlights, then learn the secrets of Scottish distilling at a family-owned distillery that makes the best-selling single malt whisky on earth. This 9-hour tour includes round-trip transport from Inverness by a luxurious mini-coach, and it’s limited to sixteen people for a personal experience.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour from Aberdeen

Combine the majestic heights of Royal Deeside with the epic cliff-top site of Dunnottar Castle. For almost 150 years, the British royal family have travelled to the River Dee for their holidays.With almost unlimited cash and resources, why do they always come here?We think there’s an easy answer.This area encapsulates everything everyone loves about Scotland. You find grand castles enclosed by pine forests. You look up at the highest plateau in Britain in the Cairngorms National Park. And there’s enough nearby distilleries to satisfy any royal event.So, who wouldn’t want to escape to the fresh air of this location?On this tour, we combine her Majesty’s favourite holiday spot with a trip to Dunnottar Castle, one of the most historically important and visually arresting sights in Scotland.Hop aboard this tour, see an epic castle, and discover whether you have the same taste as the royals.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Tour 3 días Isla de Skye y Tierras Altas (desde Edimburgo)

Scotland's scenic landscapes are easy to reach from Edinburgh, but you can skip the hassle of driving on this guided three-day tour to the Highlands and Isle of Skye. Led by a Spanish-speaking guide, explore such famed attractions as Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, and Eilean Donan Castle, and spend two nights on the Isle of Skye.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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8-Day Hebrides Skye and Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

Escape the city and discover the majesty of rural Scotland on this 8-day Hebrides, Skye and Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Travel deep into Scotland’s spectacular Loch Lomond National Park with a guide and marvel at the Highland’s rugged beauty. Gaze out over the tranquil waters of Loch Ness on route to Skye, and explore the isles of Lewis and Harris — where puffins, seals and whales splash in the waters. Along the way, hit landmarks and natural attractions including Eilean Donan Castle, Glen Coe, Loch Ness and the Callanish Standing Stones.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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