The Cairngorms National Park in north east Scotland, established in 2003. It was the second of two national parks established in Scotland. The park covers the Cairngorms range of mountains, and surrounding hills and covers an area of 1,748 sq miles. Five of Scotland's Six highest mountains are within the Park, there are 55 summits over 900 metres.
There are traces of people who were here 7,000 years ago, and amazingly, you can still see the remains from prehistoric, Celtic and Pictish times.
Initially the largest national park in the British Isles, in 2010 it expanded into Highland Perth and Kinross. The National Park is home to 25 per cent of the UK's threatened bird, animal and plant species.
Things to do
Walking is by far the most popular activity in the Cairngorms National Park, and probably the most varied not just in terms of length and difficulty but also in terms of surroundings.
Its quiet and peaceful, the roads arent busy so whether you want to indulge your passion for cycling and take an entire holiday on wheels or you just fancy a day out, lots of fresh air and the best exercise you can think of, cycling or mountain biking in the Cairngorms National Park gives you every opportunity to enjoy your own experience.
The Park boasts two dedicated water sports centres, Loch Insh and Loch Morlich. Each has its own individual character and features but both are unsurpassed by the stunning beauty of their natural surroundings.