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Best trails in Cairngorms National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Cairngorms National Park, Highland? AllTrails has 89 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 41 moderate trails in Cairngorms National Park ranging from 0.8 to 50.7 miles and from 429 to 3,753 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Situated around the mountain range by the same name, the Cairngorms National Park is a striking natural landscape. The area is characterized by lakes, rivers, moors, and enormous Munros (mountains above 910 meters in height). Visitors flock to the park for a variety of activities including walking, cycling, mountain biking, climbing, and canoeing. The park contains 9 National Nature Reserves within its boundaries. As with all large natural areas in the UK, visitors here are sure to see a variety of birds and unique vegetation.

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#1 - Glen Clova Mayar and Driesh
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 5 h 29 m
Easy trail to begin with, when you get to the back of Corrie Fee trail can be a little tricky, however afterwards the trail becomes easy once again. The views in Corrie Fee alone are worth the hike but add in the views from both Mayar and Driesh then its a cracking few hours.Show more
#2 - Loch Muick Circular Walk
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 3 h 43 m
NOTE: Remember to bring 4 pounds for parking. This is a great trail that is suitable for all ages. There is a rocky section that can be tricky in wet conditions, so take caution and bring proper footwear.Show more
#3 - Lochnagar Munro's 55, 56, 57 and 58
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 18.1 mi • Est. 10 h 9 m
This trail provides excellent views and good wildlife viewing opportunities. The entire route follows a good path except for the descent to Loch Dubh, which is off trail down a steep slope.Show more
#4 - Ben Macdui
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 6 h 51 m
Ben Macdui is the second highest peak in the UK. This is a well-equipped, yet long and tough hike that features beautiful views.Show more
#5 - Craigellachie
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
This fantastic trail begins in the forest with views of two small lakes and the town of Aviemore. The trail is well-marked with varied terrain, with sections of incline and patches of shade. You can walk to the trailhead from the Aviemore bus stop.Show more
#6 - Meikle Pap, Cac Carn Mor and Lochnagar
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 12.9 mi • Est. 7 h 18 m
This route features panoramic views and a path that is easy to follow. Begin at the car park on Loch Muick Road and pass the Spittal of Glenmuick Visitors Centre. Turn right to take the route counter clockwise.Show more
#7 - Loch an Eilein Circular Walk
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
Note: There is a 1.5 pound/person fee for parking. Free parking is available in Rothiermurchus if you are willing to walk an extra distance. This is a relatively easy trail for hiking, walking, and running. It features great views of the lake and is a fantastic trail for all ages.Show more
#8 - Cairnwell 52, 53 and 54
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
#9 - Mount Keen
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 6 h 23 m
Mount Keen is the most easterly munro. This route is the shortest path to the peak and starts in the Invermark car park in Glen Esk. The views from the top are incredible, especially on a clear day.Show more
#10 - Glen Tanar Short Circular Walk
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Parts of the first section are quite rocky and can be unstable to walk on. However once past that, it opens up into nice wide paths that are easy to walk on. Suitable for all ages and the scenery is beautiful. Lots of other paths to go down if you wish to make the walk longer. £3 parking and a fairly small lot.Show more
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