If you enjoy a spot of hillwalking or you love staying in an unspoiled natural environment, then you’ll find that a short break in Cairngorms National Park is an exhilarating experience. A self-catering holiday home in this stunning part of Scotland offers plenty of amazing views over the surrounding hills; but if you really want to get the most of this mountainous region, you will need to strap on your walking boots and explore it for yourself. If you are planning to spend a few days in this enchanting region, take a look at some of these top recommended activities.

Cairngorm Mountain

Situated in the very heart of the national park, Cairngorm Mountain rises over 3,500ft, promising the determined climber spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. If you are a keen hill walker, you will want to explore the mountain in the summer season to enjoy one of the many routes that lead to the summit.

Cairngorm Mountain Railway

For visitors who prefer a more relaxed journey up the mountain, Cairngorm Mountain Railway is the easiest way to reach the top. This funicular railway runs every 30 minutes and will drop you off at the Top Station, where there is a viewing platform offering spectacular panoramic views.

Cairngorm Mountain Ski Resort

Summertime is not the only season of the year to have fun on the mountain. If you stay in a holiday home in Scotland during the winter season, there is plenty of opportunity to try your skills on the ski slopes. The ski resort at Cairngorm Mountain is the second largest in Scotland and offers fantastic snow conditions for avid skiers. If you are a total beginner, then you can learn to ski at the on-site Ski School.

Birdwatching

Whether you are a keen ornithologist or just love to see birds in their natural environment, the Cairngorms is an excellent place to do a spot of birdwatching. Get up early and you will have the opportunity to see black grouse at sunrise displaying their ritual mating dance. There are also plenty of guided birdwatching walks that you can book with an RSPB guide.