When the winter snow is melting, the mountains and glens take on a new lease of life. The return of the Osprey to the Highlands heralds the arrival of warmer days. Now summer, the heart of the year, with its endless days, everchanging colours and staggering scenery provides a perfect backdrop for many outdoor activities.
The awe-inspiring King of Fish, the Silver Salmon, can be seen making its way to the spawning grounds in the shaded pools at the tribituaries of the River Spey. The wooded river banks and heather clad mountains that dominate the Highlands provide protection and refuge for the herds of majestic Red Deer that can be viewed roaming the locality.
Within the Cairngorm National Park is the mountain region known as the Cairngorms, the highest range of Arctic Mountain landscape in Britain. The highest point is Ben Macdhui at 4300ft. This is wonderful walking and climbing country, with unspoiled wide-open views of outstanding natural beauty. Those who would appreciate the views from the mountain tops, but are unable to make the climb can use the Funicular Railway at Cairngorm mountian which takes you to just below the Cairngorm summit.
The Cairngorm National Park is home to the Golden Eagle, the Red Deer which roam the Glens and around a quarter of Britain’s threatened species. The native woodland around the foothills of the Cairngorms contain many rare and beautiful flowers besides the remains of the original Caledonian pine forest, home to a variety of animals and birds, such as pine martens, red squirrels, wildcats, crossbills, crested tit, and capercaillie.
The Rivers Dee, Don and Spey all run through the Cairngorm National Park and their beautiful valleys contribute to the landscape. The high quality of the river water is important for Salmon fishing and the distillers of Whisky, for which the area is famous.