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Walking is one of the most popular activities in the Cairngorms National Park. Whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll through the forests or you’re wanting to bag a Munro, you’ll find a walk or hike for all abilities right here. Don’t forget your camera!

Recommended Walks in the Cairngorms

CRAIGELLACHIE NATURE RESERVE

This is located adjacent to the resort and can be accessed with a direct walk from the grounds of Macdonald Aviemore Resort. Here you'll find a choice of walks for all abilities with some incredible views to discover. You may also spot some wildlife along the way.

GENTLE WALK AROUND LOCH AN EILEIN

This is well worth experiencing and referred to as loch of the island with its island castle ruin and beautiful landscapes. Head to nearby Rothiemurchus Estate car park to start the walk (3 miles) along a network of trails around the loch. You might even spot red squirrels and ospreys. 

CAIRNGORM MOUNTAIN

The views at the summit are truly incredible and well worth the climb. You’ll need to be fairly fit as this walk takes around 1 ½ hours (2 miles) and is uneven in places. Head to the Cairngorm Mountain car park to start.

CIRCULAR WALK & THE GREEN LOCH

The mystical green loch is a hidden gem and well worth a visit. Take this beautiful trail amongst ancient pines leading to An Lochan Uaine (called The Green Loch). From there a detour with gentle climb leads to the Ryvoan pass. On your return soak up the great views of Loch Morlich and Cairngorm.

Off the beaten track

Hidden away in the pinewoods just off the A95 between Aviemore and Boat of Garten you’ll find the secluded gem of Loch Vaa. This short walk is a straightforward circuit around the loch. You’ll cover 2.25 miles and it will take around an hour. Head to Laggantrygown Cemetery car park to start the walk.

Loch Vaa