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Cairngorms National Park (Scotland)

Cairngorm Mountains, ScotlandDating back 40 million years before the last ice-age and home to five of the six highest mountains in Scotland, the Cairngorms are one of Britain’s last true remaining areas of wilderness. The Cairngorms ‘ smooth glacial valleys, the ancient woodland and rivers huddling at their bottom and the impressive mountains that flank them present a varied playground for the walker. From mountain challenges and Munro bagging to riverside and forest strolls and scenic cycle routes, there is something for all the family in the Cairngorms. This is remote and wild country though and due consideration should be given to this before venturing out with kids. As with any mountainous areas, the weather can change quickly and dramatically even on the best of days and the Cairngorms are historically home to some of the coldest temperatures on record for Britain as well as some of the fastest wind speeds. Winter walking in the Cairngorms should be undertaken with great care and the correct technical equipment and many routes are unsuitable for younger walkers in the winter due to the extremes of temperature and wind chill as well as the challenge presented by snow-cover. The milder seasons however offer plenty of outdoor activities for all ages and a wonderful scenic background for any family adventure. Below you will find a selection of suggested walks in the Cairngorms that are suitable for families as well as some useful links to other websites with information on walking and outdoor activities in the area that you may find useful.

  • Walkhighlands – this is a great resource for walks across Scotland, including in the Cairngorms National Park. The simple layout of walks by duration, difficulty and distance is really handy with the ‘bog factor’ rating on the walks a personal favourite! No specific information on suitability of walks for pushchairs.  
  • has a good page with online versions of the visitor centre walks leaflets on each area of the Cairngorms. The walks are well detailed with accompanying map and indicate suitability of different walks for different abilities, including those walks accessible for those walking with pushchairs or wheelchairs.

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Dalmunzie Hotel Pushchair Walk

Dalmunzie Hotel Pushchair Walk

Walk Distance: 4.5km

Walk Duration: 1 hour

OS Map:  OS Explorer 387 Glen Shee & Braemar;

               OS Landranger 43 Braemar & Blair Atholl

Suitable for: Pushchairs, babies in backpacks, little legs, all the family.

Walk features: …

Loch Muick, Cairngorms

Loch Muick Walk (including option for all-terrain pushchairs)


Walk Distance: All routes 11km;

Walk Duration: 3 hours (longer in snowy conditions); buggy route slightly less as on a wider and fairly flat track.

OS Map: OS Explorer Map 388 Lochnagar, Loch Muick & Glen Clova; OS Landranger 44 Ballater & Glen Clova;

Suitable for: full circuit suitable for older children – not …

Glenlochsie Lodge & forest walk, Spittal of Glenshee, Cairngorms, Scotland

Glenlochsie Lodge & forest walk

Walk Distance: 11.5km

Walk Duration: 3 1/2 hours (allow an hour longer at times of deep snow)

OS Map: OS Explorer 387 Glen Shee & Braemar; OS Landranger 43 Braemar & Blair Atholl

Suitable for: Older children, babies in backpacks (some short areas of rough walking)

Walk features: Lovely mountain scenery, riverside walking, forests, paddling opportunities, jump off …

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