What is Rothiemurchus?
Rothiemurchus is the area between the River Spey near Aviemore and the top of the Cairngorm Mountains; within it are thriving communities, farms forestry, lochs rivers, part of the ancient forest of Caledon and it lies at the heart of The Cairngorms National Park. Rothiemurchus has been managed for nature and people by the Grant family for almost 500 years. It is widely recognised for its exceptional scenery and includes a wide range of rare and threated birds, animals and plants, as well as ancient monuments and historic buildings. You can experience Rothiemurchus through many outdoor activities which have been carefully chosen so you can enjoy this special place and help care for the wildlife as well as discover more about the wildlife, the stories, the people, the history and the Cairngorms National Park.
How much does it cost to visit the ‘Park’?
Within both Rothiemurchus and the Cairngorms National Park are some of the most important areas in Europe for rare or threatened species of native birds, animals and plants; visitors are welcomed to walk, run, bike and ride free and responsibly on the varied and extensive network of paths which take you through the most beautiful of these areas. In Rothiemurchus, the paths, car parks, toilets and information are cared for by our visitors and the Grant family business, not the government or National Park. Any surpluses from the huge choice of outdoor activities which help you to enjoy this exceptional area, car parking charges and other commercial activities are used to support the expert teams who welcome visitors as well as those behind the scenes who support them.
Do we need to book activities and how far in advance?
Our activities run in set sessions and it is best to pre-book so you are not disappointed, particularly if you can only come on a certain day or time. The speed in which our sessions fill up is very much dependant on the time of year. See what activities we offer here.
Do you have a campsite?
Yes, we have a superb camping and caravanning site situated at the heart of Rothiemurchus, which is a mere 10-minute stroll from the Rothiemurchus Centre. Set in stunning scenery and with fantastic facilities it’s the perfect place for a holiday with your touring caravan, motor home or tent. See more details about our website including how to book here.
Where can I see Highland Cattle?
Throughout the year our Rangers run a Hairy Coo Safari this gives you the opportunity to meet our cattle and learn more about the traditional breed. If you are unable to come on one of these sessions, please speak to one of our team who will be more than happy to point you in the right direction of some Hairy Coo’s. Book a Hairy Coo Safari now.
Where can I go for a walk?
We have 3 fantastic self-guided walks on Rothiemurchus and these come with the Explorer card which enables you to help care for Rothiemurchus for future generations to enjoy. You can become an Explorer for a week and the money you spend purchasing your Explorer card allows us to continue caring for this unique environment. Your Explorer card will also entitle you to some fantastic discounts and benefits.
Where can I see Ospreys?
We regularly have Ospreys visiting the Rothiemurchus Fishery from March through to August. The Fishery is open 9.30am – 5pm and it stays open until 8pm (Monday to Friday) in July and August. We have 4 spacious hides that are well positioned on the water’s edge of our Osprey Pond allowing Osprey and wildlife viewing opportunities at close quarters. You can gain access to the hide through the Fishery for a charge of £10 per person per half day (non-photographer) or £15 per person per half day for photographers. You may also wish to take part in one of early morning guided Osprey photography sessions and for more information or to book please click here
Can I buy gift vouchers?
Yes, gift vouchers are available to purchase from Rothiemurchus Centre in person or by telephone on 01479 812345.
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