Exploring Cairngorm National Park & Speyside

The Cairngorms National Park, in the heart of our beautiful Scottish Highlands has everything  guests at Bydand could wish for, and with Isobel one hand to make suggestions  and recommendations you will be in for an exciting adventurous stay what ever your interests!

From castles and distilleries to family attractions and endless out door fun The UK’s largest National Park offers masses of things to do  including water sports, snow sports for winter fun, wild life watching, fishing, game shooting, mountain biking, the best of high and low level walking and cycling routes . There are lots of amazing things do do right here on the doorstep of Bydand , so start planning your visit now and remember Isobel will be on hand if you require any information for the perfect day out .

Hiking

Hiking

From taking the easy network of low level paths by Loch Morlich, Loch an Eilean ,The Green Loch or to the extremes of all 4 of Scotland’s top Munros all within easy reach one could easily stay a week or more and never do the same route twice . Winter can sometimes be severe but we also have lovely cold crisp days of blue skies and sunshine , there is no better place to be than in the Cairngorms.

Snow Sports

Snow Sports

With over 19 miles of runs and its own snow school Cairngorm is one of the most popular locations for skiing and snowboarding, soon we can look forward to all year round snow sports with its proposed artificial ski slope. A typical snowsports season at Cairngorm runs from December through to April The slopes can be seen from Bydand.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Aviemore and the Cairngorms has a staggering variety of mountain bike trails, from a family run around the flat paths of Loch an Eileen and access to The Rothiemurchus forest to the extremes of enthusiastic mountain bikers of a trek across the Cairngorm Plateau, starting at the Coire Car cycle over to Glen Derry via Ben Macdui,and Coire Etchachan.

 

Nature

Nature

If a more leisurely break is for you then head up to Glenmore to see Reindeer in their natural environment, on the slopes above Loch Morlich mingle with the 150 strong herd, they are remarkably docile and will eat from your hand. They are the uk’s only free roaming reindeer herd, these lucky animals are immune to the extreme weather in the Cairngorms.

Birds

Birds

Head over to Loch Garten and the Osprey Centre, in the 1950’s the ospreys returned to breed, lucky for us they choose a fantastic site in the foothills of the Cairngorms now very accessible for all to view those magnificent birds of prey. Loch Garten has become one of the Uk’s most popular conservation sites attracting in excess of 2 million visitors. Along with the ospreys at Loch Garten check out by Milton Loch where you may see , mallards, moorhens woodpeckers, dippers to name but a few.

Wildlife at Kincraig

Wildlife at Kincraig

Wildlife at Kincraig saw the first Polar bear to be born in the UK in 25 years. Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world’s mountains and tundra in this spectacular setting. Drive around the Main Reserve in your own car and then investigate the walk-round area on foot. The Wildlife Park has a wide and diverse range of animals. From native species such as the Capercaillie and Scottish Wildcat to those from further afield such as the Amur Tiger and Polar Bear.

Active Outdoor

Active Outdoor

Specialising in delivering the very best in outdoor activity-focused experiences for groups of all types, and within those groups to individuals of all ages and abilities head on over to Craggan Outdoors a 2 minute drive from Bydand B&B . Here you can experience from sedentary golf or archery to extreme Gorge walking or maybe kayaking river rapids.