Cairngorms National Park is a stunning destination for motorhome enthusiasts, offering breathtaking landscapes, outdoor activities, and a variety of accommodation options. Here’s a detailed guide on places to go, things to do, and places to stay during your trip to Cairngorms National Park with your Easicampers motorhome:
Start your adventure in Aviemore, a popular base for exploring Cairngorms National Park. Here, you can visit Cairngorm Mountain, where you can take a funicular railway to the summit for panoramic views. The mountain also offers skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and mountain biking, depending on the season. You can also explore the Rothiemurchus Estate, which features scenic trails, wildlife watching, and water activities like canoeing or paddleboarding on Loch an Eilein.
Cairngorm Mountain: Take the Cairngorm Mountain funicular railway to the summit for stunning views of the park. In winter, enjoy skiing and snowboarding, and in summer, explore hiking and mountain biking trails.
Rothiemurchus Estate: Discover the beauty of this estate with its ancient pine forests, lochs, and wildlife. Enjoy activities like canoeing, paddleboarding, fishing, and guided walks.
Recommended Motorhome Campsite: Glenmore Campsite offers spacious pitches with stunning views of Loch Morlich and the Cairngorms. Facilities include showers, toilets, electric hook-ups, and a shop.
Head to the charming village of Braemar, known for its picturesque setting and outdoor pursuits. Explore the stunning Braemar Castle, a well-preserved fortress with an intriguing history. Don’t miss the Royal Deeside and Glenmuick trails, which offer excellent hiking and cycling opportunities. If you’re visiting during September, you can witness the famous Braemar Gathering, a Highland Games event that attracts participants from around the world.
Braemar Castle: Explore this 17th-century castle and learn about its history through interactive exhibitions and guided tours.
Royal Deeside and Glenmuick Trails: Embark on scenic hikes or bike rides through picturesque landscapes, taking in stunning vistas and spotting local wildlife.
Braemar Gathering: If you’re visiting in September, don’t miss the Braemar Gathering, one of Scotland’s most famous Highland Games, featuring traditional sports, music, and dancing.
Recommended Motorhome Campsite: Invercauld Caravan Club Site offers well-maintained facilities, including showers, toilets, electric hook-ups, and a children’s play area.
Continue your journey to Balmoral Castle, the Scottish residence of the Royal Family. Explore the magnificent gardens, stroll along the trails, and visit the exhibitions to learn about the history of the castle. Please note that Balmoral Castle has specific opening times and restrictions, so it’s advisable to check their website for visitor information.
Balmoral Castle: Visit the Scottish residence of the Royal Family. Explore the gardens, exhibitions, and grounds, and learn about the castle’s royal history and traditions.
Recommended Motorhome Campsite: Ballater Caravan Park is located near Balmoral Castle and provides modern facilities, electric hook-ups, and is within walking distance of the village.
Make your way to Tomintoul, the highest village in the Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy the scenic drive through the Lecht Pass, taking in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Tomintoul offers access to several hiking trails, including the Glenlivet Estate, where you can explore ancient woodlands, spot wildlife, and enjoy a dram of whisky at the Glenlivet Distillery.
Lecht Pass: Enjoy a scenic drive through the Lecht Pass, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Glenlivet Estate: Explore the Glenlivet Estate, where you can hike through ancient woodlands, spot wildlife, and visit the Glenlivet Distillery for a whisky tasting.
Recommended Motorhome Campsite: Tomintoul Camping and Caravanning Club Site offers a peaceful setting with beautiful views, electric hook-ups, showers, toilets, and a laundry room.
Loch Morlich and Loch an Eilein
Return to Aviemore and spend some time exploring the beautiful Loch Morlich and Loch an Eilein. Loch Morlich is a scenic freshwater lake surrounded by sandy beaches and forests. It’s a great spot for water sports like kayaking, paddleboarding, or simply relaxing by the shore. Loch an Eilein is another picturesque lake with a 13th-century castle ruin on an island in the middle. Take a leisurely walk around the loch and enjoy the tranquility of the area.
Loch Morlich: Relax on the sandy beaches, go for a swim, or indulge in water sports such as kayaking, paddleboarding, or sailing.
Loch an Eilein: Take a leisurely walk around the loch, enjoying the scenic beauty and the castle ruin on the island in the middle.
Recommended Motorhome Campsite: Glenmore Campsite (mentioned earlier) is well-positioned for exploring both Loch Morlich and Loch an Eilein.
Remember to plan your itinerary in advance, check opening hours, and adhere to any guidelines or restrictions in place for motorhome camping and outdoor activities within Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy your motorhome adventure in this beautiful part of Scotland!
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