Hostels and bunkhouses in Aberdeenshire, the Cairngorms and the Moray Coast
This map of the Cairngorms, Moray Coast and East Scotland show the locations of all the hostels, bunkhouses and bothies that are members of Independent Hostels UK.
The Cairngorms National Park with its native woodland, lochs and high mountains is remarkable accessible part of the Scottish Highlands. In the Cairngorms National Park you will find wild landscapes and isolation only a few hours drive from Edinburgh. Even a drive up the A9 dual carriageway is glance into the wilderness. The ancient Caledonian pine forest and mountains of the Cairngorms provide miles of natural habitat for the Red Squirrel and the Golden Eagle. The mountains of Cairngorm, Lochnagar and many more Munros and Corbetts are ideal for the day walker and climbers. Long distance walks like the Speyside Way, the Deeside Way, the Cateran Trail and the Dava Way give the opportunity for a longer walking holiday. Here you can immerse yourself in the Wilderness experience.
For those interested in touring the Cairngorms National Park by car there are lots of attractions and town to visit. Grantown-on-Spey, the historic capital of Strathspey, is worth a visit as is Aviemore the ski capital of Scotland. You can stop off in Braemar in the heart of Royal Deeside or visit Balmoral Castle. Travel down the Spey valley or Glenmore. Visit Glenshee, Nethybridge or Newtonmore. The Cairngorm National Parks provides an ideal base for year round activities including water sports on the lochs, pony trekking and fishing. In winter there is the skiing and ice climbing. In Spring, Summer and Autumn the ski runs make challenging cycle trails for the adventurous mountain biker. For the family, there are off-road trails such as the Deeside Way and Old Logging Way. The moray coast has attractive fishing villages, still immersed in the fishing trade, wide sandy beaches and interesting coastal geology. There are several long distance paths including The Moray Coast Trail. The Moray Firth is famous for its year round population of bottle-nose dolphins which can often been seen jumping out of the water. All along the coast Otters and many birds can be seen. he more southerly part of this map cover Anugus, a maritime county. Augus is a country of small towns like Forfar, Kirriemuir, Arbroath, and rich fertile farming county with views of the Grampian moutnains. This area of East Scotland is ideal for exploration, why not use the self catering accommodation on the map above to plan your adventure.