A Highland holiday should be at the top of everyone's travel list, and where better than in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland? Nuide Farmhouse is perfect for self-catering with family and friends as it's big enough to sleep ten people in five bedrooms, yet not too large that you'll feel overwhelmed or lost. The holiday home is on the family-run 23,000-acre Railia Estate in the upper Spey Valley, 11 miles from Aviemore. The local area is home to fantastic for walking, mountain biking, salmon fishing, golf, deer stalking, and more. Swim or canoe on beautiful lochs, hunt for Nessie, ski and snowboard, or settle back with a drink and the incredible views.
Sitting in a spectacular position within walking distance of Newtonmore in the Cairngorms National Park, this Highland house provides a warm welcome and an impressive venue for large groups of fifteen. Stunning scenery, incredible outdoor pursuits on the doorstep and the chance to sample a taste of Scottish living.
Weiroch Lodge provides five star highland accommodation. Affording a spectacular position surrounded by stunning Speyside scenery in picturesque Morayshire, this gorgeous Scottish Lodge is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts (including Field Sports enthusiasts) and those seeking peace and tranquility. Right in the heart of The Whisky Trail with the Cairngorms close by, the area has an abundance of attractions. Tourist board rating: 5 Star
A traditional blacksmith's croft within walking distance of Roybridge village centre and pubs. The two-bed holiday cottage is ideal for couples or families, with a sofa-bed in case you want to accommodate two more friends for a few days. The cottage is quiet, with lovely views of the woods and mountains, yet only a short drive or train journey from Fort William where there is a variety of places to eat, drink and shop. Local attractions include Monessie Gorge, Glen Nevis, Glencoe and the Aonach Mor Gondola.
Whatever your reason for visiting the Cairngorms National Park, you'll find a warm welcome at Allt na Braighe. The modern three-bedroom bungalow is in a quiet cul-de-sac just north of the centre of Aviemore, putting you within walking distance of shops, pubs and public transport if you choose to leave the car at home. With skiing, mountain biking, fishing, golf, hiking and white water rafting being just a few of the activities on offer, the kids won't have a chance to say "I'm bored"! Each bedroom can be set up either as a double or twin bedroom and there are two separate living rooms to make Allt na Braighe a comfortably versatile property for couples, families and groups of friends.
Two separate, peaceful cottages in their own gardens high up above the Highland village of Dulnain Bridge with walks from the front doors and panoramic views of the Cairngorm Mountains. Recommended by wildlife photographer Karen Miller, the cottages are surrounded by fields in a haven for birds/wildlife. 4G available at the cottages for Internet access via mobiles. Guests return years after year to enjoy the scenery, tranquility and the cosy cottages.
This welcoming and comfortable holiday cottage is in the Cairngorms National Park, 10 minutes from Kingussie and within easy reach of Ben Macdui, Loch Inch, and the River Spey. It offers a warm Scottish welcome in any season whether you come for the dry mountain bike trails in summer or the exhilarating ski slopes in the winter. Fishing, walking, and golf are just three more of dozens of activities you can enjoy when you book Feshieway Cottage. The spacious detached property has breathtaking views and space for up to six people to sleep in three bedrooms. The layout is ideal for families, who will find the cottage equipped with everything they need for a relaxed self-catering Highlands holiday.
Stay in a Victorian farmhouse in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. Torranbuie Farmhouse dates from the early 1800s and sleeps six people in three bedrooms. It's close to Strathdon, famous for the annual Lonach Highland Gathering, and a short drive from the Lecht Ski Centre, where there is mountain biking and alpine walking in summer and skiing and snowboarding in winter. Fishing, golf, climbing, horse riding and gliding are all popular activities. Day trips can include visiting Balmoral, the Moray Coast and Aberdeen. The holiday cottage is child and dog-friendly and available for bookings all year round.
Tucked away in a tranquil woodland on the outskirts of Drumguish, Porch House is perfect for active families and friends who want to have fun in this Highland playground. Kingussie is three miles away, while Aviemore and Scotland's best ski resorts are not much further. The scope for hiking, mountain biking, river and loch fishing, climbing, skiing and snowboarding is vast, and there are plenty of castles and other historical sites to see as well. There is space for up to six people to sleep in three bedrooms with one and a half acres of garden that attracts birds, red squirrels, rabbits and roe deer.
A quintessential Highland setting, the cherished Cairngorms provide plenty of outdoor pursuits with mountainous treks for the adventurous types and an exciting mountain railway for those who prefer to travel in style. The railway is fully accessible by wheelchair along with a trail to the summit, so nobody need miss out on the chance to climb Britain's highest mountain range.
Once you've reached the summit and worked up an appetite, you can treat yourself to lunch at the Ptarmigan Restaurant – officially the highest restaurant in the UK. You can even get some retail therapy courtesy of the 'shop at the top'.
Though the mountain range is understandably the main attraction, there are plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy and sites to see in the Cairngorms. History fans will will be at home here with the many castles in the area, such as Braemar Castle, which has guided tours from knowledgeable local guides. There are also museums, leisure centres, art venues and beautiful gardens.
The area is home to a number of breweries and distilleries that are well worth a trip, such as the Glenlivet Distillery, offering daily tours that include a complimentary dram of the good stuff. If traditional ales are more your taste, the Cairngorm Brewery also offers tours and a shop full of quality local beers and ales.
A fascinating area that represents the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the Cairngorms is an unforgettably beautiful area to truly get away from it all. Find out more things to do in the Cairngorms.