This is our top pick for that truly Scottish expedition. Begin your adventure by driving 20 minutes to the Cairngorm Reindeer House just outside Aviemore. Here you meet the very knowledgeable guides and hire some wellies if you like – we did and were very happy as the track can be very muddy on your way to the reindeer. You’ll then jump in your car and drive the 5 minutes to the car park where you start your walk to the herd. The walk itself is beautiful, especially in the summer with the purple heathers blooming and the view of the valley below, just breath-taking. The path winds down to a pretty little bridge over a wee burn, or little stream to those not used to the lingo here. You then continue up the other side of the small hill and out onto the open grassland where the herd roams. The whole walk is around 20 minutes and is lovely in itself. Meeting the herd of reindeer was a very moving experience for us both. Their sheer size and presence is so impressive, yet they are such gentle animals. We even got the chance to feed baby Fergus, with his cute little stumpy antlers starting to grow. The guides are full of fascinating facts about these curious and perfectly adapted creatures. What a way to start your Scottish adventure!
You will absolutely LOVE the quad biking tours here in the Cairngorms! We have been along to both the venues that this company offer. One is just 20 minutes away at the Alvie & Dulraddy Estate in Kincraig near Aviemore. Our excellent guide put those brand new to quad biking at ease and allowed them to grow in confidence and have the most amazing time! The Aviemore course included some hilly, grassy meadows to start us off learning the skills needed. Next it was the twists and turns of the woodland tracks and paths and the 1-hour expedition even included a water section driving along part of the river itself! We enjoyed the trip so much that we booked the other location and took the beautiful drive South along the Spey valley to Alrdverikie Estate near Kingussie. This setting is absolutely out of this world! This estate was the set for the ‘Monarch of the Glen’ series and this tour shows you all that this 47,000-acre slice of wilderness has to offer. Not only do you see the classic manor house for wee photo you drive along the uninterrupted loch side with the mountains and forest in the distance. Our excellent guide Kieron took us up the mountain and showed us spectacular views of the valley and exciting obstacles to have fun overcoming. We even stopped for a quick look at the Laggan river waterfall, felt the spray from the updraft in our faces and saw the power that the river has. It’s the heart of the loch below which we meandered down to. The finale of this 2-hour excursion was driving out onto the beach of the loch and seeing that view. All you needed was Hogwarts pencilled into the scene! This is what Scottish adventures are all about, those moments that leave you breathless. Staying at Firhall bed and breakfast you can be sure to be able to relax after a day of finding your Scottish adventures. I hope that this is one of them.
Steeped in history and interesting insights into the lives and working conditions of the Highlanders and military personnel throughout the ages, this is a vastly interesting day out. The fort is set right on the coast and is cleverly designed to repel attacks. Because of this architectural requirement the flat sloaps surrounding this camp are full of an array of wild flowers in all colours in the Summer months.
With the Scottish Gin Trail quickly becoming world renowned, this local stop is fantastic for the gin enthusiast and laymen alike! Using a huge amount of locally forged botanicals from the picturesque hills behind this distillery, Caorunn offers a truly unique tour for a very reasonable price. Pre-booking is essential as this boutique experience books up early.