Cairngorms National Park
The Cairngorms National Park officially opened on the 1st September 2003 and is the UK's largest at 3800 square km (1400 square miles). Stretching from Grantown-on-Spey in the north to the heads of the Angus Glens in the south and from Ballater in the east to Dalwhinnie and Laggan in the west the park covers roughly 10% of Scotland. It is home to a quarter of Scotland's native woodland and is a refuge for a host of rare plants and creatures, including 25% of the UK's threatened species.
The National Park takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes in Britain, from the wild tundra of the high mountain tops to the wind-rocked seclusion of the ancient pinewoods. Heather moor, vivid with summer colour, and grand glens, haunt of red deer and golden eagle, are just some of the other habitats within the park.
Just as important, there are friendly little towns and villages, each with their own sense of community, so that visitors can discover not only spectacular wildlife, but also a rich cultural heritage and a whole range of places to visit and things to do.
Landscape and people, conservation and development, all are important for the Cairngorms National Park.
By way of safeguarding the area for the future, the Park's aims are:
- To conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the area.
- To promote sustainable use of the natural resources of the area.
- To promote understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area.
- To promote sustainable economic and social development of the area's communities.