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Spring in the Cairngorms: Top 5 Things to Do

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 by Rupert Shanks

Spring in the Cairngorms means a welcome relief for many! As the days lengthen, life starts to bloom. It’s a fantastic time to visit the area.

We’re lucky enough to live and work within the Cairngorms National Park. So we’d like to share our Top 5 favourite things to do as Spring arrives…

  1. Welcome home the Wildlife

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The mighty Osprey back in the Cairngorms catching breakfast


Each year, usually around early April, the migrating Ospreys make their long journey home to the Cairngorms. These magnificent birds spend most of the year here and return to the same nests.

  • Where to see the Osprey – visit the Loch Garten Osprey centre for an up-close view of the resident Osprey nest by video feed. Alternatively, visit the Rothiemurchus estate where you can wait in a wildlife hide to watch the Ospreys fishing for breakfast.

Video: Watch Scottish Ospreys diving for fish

Meet a host of Scottish creatures on your own Scottish Wildlife adventure

2. Get your hiking boots on

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One of our favourite walks, Loch an Eilean.


As the snow gradually recedes, the hills open up for accessible walking. The Cairngorms offers a range of incredible low-level and high mountain hikes.

Top 5 Walking Routes in the Cairngorms

> See our range of guided Cairngorms walking holidays

3. Chase the light: Landscape Photography

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A popular photography spot, Loch Morlich with views up to Cairngorm Mountain


As the seasons change it can be a fantastic time to get the camera out. Morning light during Spring can mean low-lying mist across the valley as the sun burns through from above. Snow-capped peaks with colourful glens. Dark nights during the New Moon phase offer great opportunities to capture the Aurora.

Capturing the Northern Lights: Aurora Photography Guide

4. Get on yer bike!

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Rolling through the Caledonian forest.


For those hardy souls who ride their bike all year round, Spring must feel like a blessing. For those of us whose bikes hibernate throughout the winter months, Spring is an exciting time to get our wheels out.

Mountain Biking in the Cairngorm: Our Favourite Routes

5. Toast with a tipple

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Let the tastebuds go wild with a whisky tasting session.


One of Scotland’s most iconic whisky centres, there are 6 fantastic distilleries within the Cairngorms. Three of these have visitor centres; Royal Lochnagar, Dalwhinnie and Glenlivet. For a few hours downtime why not pop along for a wee dram or two. We can also highly recommend the Cairngorm Brewery for a guided tour with character and an extremely generous tasting session!

FILM: Watch the Cairngorms come to life

Click here for our Cairngorms gallery

About the author

Rupert Shanks

After a spell in the corporate world in London Rupert decided to find a more rewarding way of life involving a closer connection to the outdoors and to his camera! Rupert produces a lot of the photography and video for Wilderness Scotland and works within the Marketing team.

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