Best Autumn Hikes in the Cairngorms
Cairngorms National Park is one of the best places to experience Scotland’s majestic Highlands. Within the parks’ 4,528 sq km you can discover breath-taking scenery, vast lochs, majestic Munros and an abundance of wildlife.
One of the best ways to explore the Cairngorms is by foot on one of the area’s many hiking trailing and walking paths. If you’re a walking enthusiast, the best time to visit this stunning National Park is during the autumn when the vibrant foliage transforms the landscape.
If you’re traveling to the Cairngorms this autumn, make the most of your trip with LHH Scotland’s pick of the best routes for hikers.
Dalraddy to Ruthven
This lower level route runs from Dalraddy on the old A9 near Aviemore, to the historic ruins of the Ruthven Barracks just outside of Kingussie. This 10 mile stretch known as the Badenoch Way will take you over moors, alongside lochs and through tranquil forests until you reach these majestic ruins. We recommend stopping to enjoy the view from the barrack’s hilltop perch before continuing on to the picturesque RSPB Nature Reserve at Loch Ruthven to see how many different varieties of birds you can spot.
Kingussie to Newtonmore
This 5 mile route is perfect for those who want the experience the full spectrum of Highland scenery in a day! The route’s recently constructed footpath connects the villages of Kingussie and Newtonmore together, passing the foot of the Monadh Liath mountains and crossing the moors high above Ballochroan on the way. If you are a history enthusiast, look out for a number of ruined settlements that you’ll pass as you travel along this spectacular route.
Once you reach Newtonmore, there are plenty of local cafes and restaurants where you can treat yourself to a well-deserved tea and cake!
Loch Muick Walk
After challenging yourself to some of the longer walks in the region, slow down the pace with a leisurely walk around Loch Muick. As you venture around this loch in the Royal Deeside area within the Cairngorms. The spectacular loch side scenery makes this walk a firm favourite amongst holidaymakers. As you travel around the loch, look out for red deer that can often be seen grazing nearby.
During your walk you will also be treated to impressive views of Glas-allt Shiel house which dates back to the Victorian era when Queen Victoria used while she was staying at Balmoral Castle.
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