Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms National Park Location
Located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms is the UK’s largest National Park encompassing Aviemore, the Angus Glens, the ‘big tree country’ of Atholl and Glenshee and the Royal Deeside and Donside area, famous for its royal connections and Balmoral Castle.
Its mosaic of varied landscape from native forest, high plateaux and moorland to wetlands and tranquil lochs are home to one in four of the UK’s endangered species, including the golden eagle, water vole and red squirrel.
This un-spoilt countryside is the place to come for almost every outdoor pursuit known to man mountain biking, canoeing, cycling, climbing, skiing, fishing, horse riding and shooting.
The Park is renown for its rich cultural heritage too. There are castles, fortified houses and vast estates to explore as well as distilleries producing Scotland’s most famous tipple. And each year the park hosts hundreds of countryside events, outdoor activities, guided walks and talks.
Camping in the Cairngorms National Park
Things to do from the campsite
The village of Tarland is a five-minute walk from the Club campsite. It has shops, a golf course and bowling green. Pull on your walking boots or hop on your bike, the new ten kilometre Tarland Way walking and cycle path runs from the village to Aboyne.
Head south from Tarland campsite to the Muir of Dinnet, Loch Davan and Loch Kinord – this trio of lochs are a hot spot for walking and cycling. There is a nature reserve here too where you could spot osprey and otter. Braemar, west of Tarland campsite is another walking and mountain biking centre, with no less than 30 Munroes within the immediate area around the town. Scotland’s highest 18 hole golf course is here too.
BikeBalmoral in June, Aboyne and Deeside Festival in July and the Highland Games in August, Braemar Gathering in September.
Places to visit
Balmoral Castle and Gardens to the south west of Tarland Club campsite has been the Highland holiday home of the Royal Family since 1852. Explore the grounds and enjoy a guided walk or Land Rover safari. Find out how Scotch whisky is made at the Royal Lochnager Distillery Visitor Centre near Balmoral Castle. Nine miles west of Balmoral is the village of Braemer with its imposing castle and the Braemar Highland Heritage Centre. You’ll find the ruins of Kindrochit Castle here also. Head north to see the striking Corgarff Castle with its star-shaped fortification and the Glenlivet Estate which offers a wide range of visitor attractions and places of interest including the Tomintoul Museum, Glenlivet Distiliery and Blairfindy Castle. There’s also a host of waymarked walking and cycling trails and fishing available.
The Club’s Tarland by Deeside campsite lies just outside the Cairngorms National Park, and shares the same stunning scenery as Balmoral Castle.