Craigellachie National Nature Reserve

Distance from hotel: 12 miles
Green Award: Silver
Perfect for: Everyone

Craigellachie National Nature Reserve encompasses a fantastic mixture of birch woodland, open glades and tree-fringed lochs, rising to a craggy summit with superb views out across the Cairngorms National Park. Take your pick of one of the four trail routes, one of which is all abilities, and enjoy the unexpected peace and solitude to be found here just minutes from the main road in Aviemore.

A perfect destination for a stroll from Aviemore, the woodland of this reserve, managed by NatureScot, brings together the gentle motion of silver birch trees with the constant activity of countless insects in summer.  The crags loom above the woodland like sleeping grey giants and provide a home for peregrine falcons. The Youth Hostel at the Reserve entrance hosts a visitor hub with information boards and a webcam streaming video footage from a peregrine falcon nest situated high up on the crags at the Reserve.

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