The Cairngorms for non-skiers

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Feeding the reindeer

Feeding the reindeer

For much of January, it seems, snow fell in the Scottish Cairngorms. But if you aren’t a skier, what is there available to see and do at the moment?

The Cairngorms National Park, is perhaps better known for its snow sports but it is also acclaimed for its natural beauty, mountain landscapes and abundant wildlife providing a year-round destination for those who love the outdoors and holidays off the beaten path.

For example, how about taking one of the daily guided hill visit at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in Glenmore? An experienced reindeer herder leads guests up the mountainside to where the centre’s main herd live all year round.  This scenic hill walk is followed by the feeding of the herd which, for many children, is an unforgettable experience.  Reindeer are easy to hand feed – especially this herd which is used to people and the treats that they get from them – and their antlers can be velvety to the touch making them an usual animal for children to see compared to most petting attractions they might visit.

Other wildlife that you might see in the area include Black Grouse, Pine Marten and Red Squirrels.

One of the other non-sporting activities in the area is the Strathspey Steam Railway  which can be found next to the mainline station at Aviemore.  It runs to Boat of Garten and Broomhill. The railway is bringing its vintage diesel engine back on the line, which steam enthusiasts may dislike but the diesel has definite advantages for the visitor because the engine has huge windows providing the ultimate panoramic views of this pretty part of the highlands.  The train also stops at Boat of Garten allowing passengers a walk through Deshar Woods.

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