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The Top 5 Activities to Do in The Cairngorms This Summer

June 6, 2022

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If you are looking for a fun-filled, picturesque holiday this year, you can be rest assured you will find it in The Cairngorms, Scotland. The Cairngorms has so much to offer in terms of wildlife, hikes, family friendly activities and a variety of delicious eateries.

Whether you are looking for a family holiday, a couples retreat or just a simple getaway in beautiful Scotland, The Cairngorms certainly has something to offer for everyone.

If you are planning your next trip to The Cairngorms and looking for the best activities, you have come to the right place! Check out our top 5 activities to do in The Cairngorms this Summer:

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1.Water Sports

Water sports are one of the most popular activities to try out while holidaying in The Cairngorms. With ‘some of the cleanest rivers and lochs in Europe’, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the top activities among many.

Whether you fancy kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing or wild swimming – The Cairngorms offers it all!

Loch Morlich Water Sports offers all the above as well as lessons too and is located in stunning surroundings in the heart of Cairngorm National Park. You can hire equipment and book lessons online by the click of a button. Refuel after your activities at the onsite Boathouse Café.

If you are looking for something a bit more challenging, check out Gorge Scrambling and White Water Rafting through the River Tay. 

There are many lochs and rivers surrounding The Cairngorms to choose from when it comes to water sports. Wherever and whatever sport you chose to do, we know you’ll have a blast!

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2.Hiking & Walking

There’s nothing better than a good walk or hike on a Summer’s day, especially in the stunning Cairngorms. There’s an abundance of walks and hikes to choose from such as; woodland routes inhabited by local wildlife or picturesque walks by the water. For those looking for a challenge, bag one of The Cairngorms Munros during your visit.

The Falls of Bruar is deemed ‘Perthshire’s greatest walk’  

and for good reason. It boasts two waterfalls set within an idyllic forest. You’ll also come across two bridges while on route and stunning views of the mountains. With it only being 2 miles long, it is ideal for a Summer’s walk in The Cairngorms and suitable for the whole family.

A trip to Loch Uaine is a must if you are after a walk by the water. The beautiful Loch Uaine is known for being the most vibrant shade of turquoise/green thus making it very popular among wild swimmers. It is roughly 6km to complete, an easy walk with exceptional views.

For the Munro baggers, there’s so many choose from depending on how difficult or how easy you want it to be and your level of ability. Check out the best 15 recommended Munros to climb here.

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3.Visit The Highland Wildlife Park

Located within the Cairngorms National Park, The Highland Wildlife Park is a safari park with a variety of animals and attractions. The park features a drive through reserve accessed by your own car. It is open 7 days a week and offers a fantastic day out for you and your family.

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4.Visit The Landmark Forest Adventure Park

The Landmark Forest Adventure Park is an adventure theme park located in Carrbridge with 20+ attractions. The whole family can enjoy adventure trails, exhibits, wild water slides, an outstanding dinosaur kingdom and much more! There are two onsite restaurants and a delicious donut shack. The park also offers regular themed events throughout the year, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any this Summer. Tickets can be booked online through their website.

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5.Enjoy a Fabulous Array of Eateries

After a long day site seeing, hiking or walking, there’s nothing better than tucking into a delicious meal or enjoying an ice-cold beverage. The Cairngorms has a lot to offer in terms of food and drink. Whether you are after a cosy café or some good old soul food, we have the perfect recommendations:

Route 7 Café voted #1 on trip advisor, brings the best brunch and lunch to Aviemore. A real ‘hidden gem’ and family friendly establishment you’ll want to revisit again and again. No need to book, they accept walk ins only.

The Old Bridge Inn sits on the banks of The River Spey and is a rustic converted cottage offering exceptional lunch, dinner and drinks. As well as the fabulous food, you can enjoy live music entertainment and events throughout the year. Be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Smiffy’s Fish and Chips is ideal for those nights you want to chill on the sofa. It is a fast-food takeaway offering the best fish and chips in town! Get your suppers to go, we recommend enjoying them watching over a perfect Summer’s sunset.

There are also a number of dog friendly cafes/restaurants in The Cairngorms, check out our blog for all our furry friendly recommendations here.

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With the variety of activities The Cairngorms has to offer, we know you’ll have a great time vacationing here during this Summer. We’d love to hear if you have any more suggestions, pop them in the comments below!

Looking to book a stay? We have limited dates remaining this Summer, you can book online here.