04 Oct Hiking the Cairngorm Mountains
Day 200 – 205 (20/25 Sept 2013) – Since we have to stay out of the “Schengen area” for 90 days before returning to mainland Europe, we decide to take some down time near Aviemore. What else do we have to do for the next few weeks??!! We find a fabulous campground right outside the village, which makes us feel like we are still wild camping, due to its layout of tent pitches. Also, it is close enough to get supplies in town and to go on several hikes in the area. The Cairngorm Mountain National Park, where Aviemore is located, is the biggest in the UK and consists of the most extensive range of high mountains in the UK.
According to the National Park Website:
The Cairn Gorm itself is only the northernmost high summit on a vast, arctic plateau. This is the snowiest part of Britain; a fragile environment but providing a magnificent wild challenge for the fittest. The lower slopes are clothed with the magnificent Caledonian pinewoods of Rothiemurchus, dotted with jewel-like lochs such as Loch Morlich – with its sandy beach – and Loch an Eilein with its ruined island castle.
Undoubtedly, this has to be the place for us to spend some time to do some awesome hiking!!
The views from the mountains are stunning and make us realize how small we actually are. We also have a chance to see Bonsai trees in their natural habitat and are fascinated by the beautiful surroundings.
Although, the weather kept changing throughout our stay there, and the temperature dropped to below freezing at night once, we still had a wonderful time exploring the area.