Things to See & Do in Cairngorms and Moray

Now you’ve chosen to visit this particular area, you just have to decide what to do! Of course, Moray offer distilleries, amazing coastal villages, cycling and walking as well as fascinating castles and small museums.

The Cairngorm region is a playground for the active types. Snow sports, water sports, zip wires, climbing, mountaineering – it’s exhausting just listing them! On top of that you have castles and the south of the Cairngorm region takes in Ballater and Braemar which are famous fishing areas.

Highland Perthshire is teeming with attractions and wildlife is a big draw for this area.

Check out the list below for a few ideas for your next adventure!


Hunter Mountaineering – Mountain Guide – Scottish Highlands

Private Guiding, Instruction, Coaching and Courses for beginners to experienced

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Find out more about Hunter Mountaineering – Mountain Guide

Offering Private Guiding, Instruction, Coaching and Courses, let Max Hunter take you to the limit! With summer and winter courses ranging from walking up Ben Nevis, to climbing classic rock or ice climbs, to mountain navigation and safety, there is something for the beginner to the experienced.

Be secure in the knowledge that your guide is a highly qualified professional, offering years of experience and enthusiasm to ensure your day out is truly memorable.

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The Highland Mountain Company – Mountain Guides – Scottish Highlands

Instruction, Coaching and Guiding for individuals, groups and families

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Find out more about The Highland Mountain Company – Mountain Guides

We deliver instruction, coaching and guiding for individuals, groups and families, in both summer and winter.

Ranging from Ben Nevis ascents via the Pony track, CMD arête or the North Face, walking and scrambling up the Munros in Lochaber and Glen Coe. To introductory sessions in climbing and abseiling and low level environmental walks to Steall Falls. There is something for everyone!

Our aim is to deliver a professional and complete service that gives you confidence and reassurance in our ability both on and off the hill. We provide more than just a guide who gets you safely from A to B, for us that is the absolute minimum requirement. Our guides are always local to the area who have great knowledge and enthusiasm in the mountains and they cannot wait to take you there.

In winter we also offer: winter skills training from 1 day to 3 days, guided winter walks, Ben Nevis ascents. Crampons, ice axes and helmets are available for use or hire.

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ACE Adventures & Hideaways – Moray

Cool Camping & Adventurous Activities

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Find out more about ACE Adventures & Hideaways

Based in Moray in the Findhorn Valley, ACE have a mission to be the best adventure holiday destination in the UK.

Camping Pitches, Bell Tents that Sleep 7 & Luxurious Glamping Shepherds Huts. Pets welcome, campfires welcome

UK leading white water rafting
canoeing & kayaking
disc golf
river tubing

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Gordon Castle Walled Garden – Fochabers

Gardens, Shop & Play Area

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Find out more about Gordon Castle Walled Garden

If you’re looking for a magical day out in North-East Scotland, visit our Walled Garden at Gordon Castle which is being lovingly restored to its former glory. Over two hundred years old, it is one of Britain’s largest and oldest working kitchen gardens. Complete with rare and heritage plants, the garden produces a huge range of fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and herbs for use in our café and products. At an impressive 6.8 acres, it has been re-designed by award-winning designer Arne Maynard to allow a modern twist on a traditional design making the garden as beautiful as it is productive. In addition, the recently restored Victorian Mackenzie & Moncur glasshouse displays an impressive collection of delicious tomatoes and cucumbers in the summer months. Watch our dedicated team of gardeners at work as this magical garden evolves with the seasons and bears fruit for our café visitors ensuring quality home-grown food served all day.

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RDTRIP – Cairngorms

Road Trip Planning & Sporty Modern Classic Car Hire

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Find out more about RDTRIP

RDTRIP hires sporty modern classic cars to help you make the most of exploring the Highlands.
We are more than a car hire business. We are an experience business.

Why just tour the roads of the Highlands when you can do it in a convertible sports car. Why simply travel down those roads when you can tap into local knowledge and experience the best of what this region has to offer. In addition to car hire, RDTRIP offers trip planning services to clients. This can take the form of a few recommendations through to fully planning and booking clients itineraries

In other words, we make your RDTRIP!

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anagach woods

Anagach Woods Walk

From Grantown follow the waymarked trails through the beautiful forest of Scots pinewood.

ruthven barracks

Ruthven Barracks

A spectacularly located infantry barracks erected after the Jacobite rising of 1715.

highland folk museum

Highland Folk Museum

An award winning visitor attraction, the Museum not only examines Highland life from the 1700s to the present day, but offers an opportunity to explore a beautiful natural setting, home to red squirrels and tree creepers. A great day out for everyone.

clan macpherson museum

Clan Macpherson Museum

A huge collection of artefacts that tell the story of the Clan and the history of the area.

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AA Box 472

Just outside Ballater lies this little piece of motoring history, a fully restored AA box that is now a mini museum that will transport you back to those nostalgic motoring days.


Iona Gallery

In the centre of Kingussie is this public art gallery run by a community group whose aims are to promote art and access to art for residents and visitors alike.

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Biblical Garden

This peaceful garden located just next to Elgin Cathedral uses the Bible as its reference point and displays many of the one hundred and ten plants mentioned in the scriptures.

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Findhorn Heritage Centre and Icehouse

The Icehouse has fascinating underground chambers built over 150 years ago to store ice for packing salmon en route to London. In the Centre, you will discover the secrets of the Sands of Findhorn and the history of the area.

auchindoun castle

Auchindoun Castle

An impressive castle with a bloody past just two miles south of Dufftown. A superb location, the ruin is surrounded by fields and moorland and is a good destination for children.

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Culbin Forest

Discover Culbin Forest’s fascinating history as you walk through a network of paths. Head for Hill 99 Viewpoint, which takes you up through tree level to outstanding views in all directions – particularly across the Moray Firth. The well-marked trails point out flora and fauna. There are many points of interest including; the buried tree, the dragonfly pool and the otter pool (no guarantees!). Culbin sands at the edge of the forest affords excellent seabird spotting opportunities.  The relatively flat trails are ideal for walking, mountain biking and horse riding.  A detailed leaflet/map is available from the Welhill car park.

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Duffus Castle

One of the finest examples of a 12th-century motte and bailey castle in Scotland with a very fine early 14th-century stone hall house and curtain wall.  It is the original seat of the Moray family.  Take a walk around the outer Moat and look out for the privvy in the stone keep. There is onsite parking available and strong footwear is recommended.

fochabers museum

Fochabers Museum

The Focabers heritage museum was opened in 1984 and houses a collection of gigs and carriages, and an eclectic array of everyday objects showing the way of life and traditions of the north east of Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Located in the high street, Fochabers, seasonal opening applies.

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Glenlivet Distillery Tour

Glenlivet Distillery offer a free 45 minute tour which includes a guided tour of the distillery, a visit to one of our bonded warehouses and complimentary dram of The Glenlivet.  Open from mid March to mid November. Check their website for tour times.

elgin museum

Elgin Museum

Elgin museum is Scotland’s oldest independent museum.  The museum is a grade 2 listed building at the east end of the high street. Here you will find objects displayed from all around the world, but especially from Moray, dating from before the dinosaurs to the present day.

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Glenlivet Bike Trails

Glenlivet Estate has 2 purpose built mountain biking trails. There is an introductory 9km blue trail and a longer 22km challenging red trail. Both trails start together from the visitor centre.  There is a cafe too, open 10-4, Tuesday to Friday.

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Glenlivet Estate Adventure Playground

The Glenlivet Adventure playground is situated opposite the Glenlivet Information Centre, at the end of the main street, in Tomintoul.  Suitable for age 3 and above, there are balance beams, a chain walk, burma bridge, shuffle bars, a rocking log, ‘The Ledge’ climbing faces, intertwined logs, swinging steps, and much more.  There is also a snail maze and a small woodland hide.

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Glenlivet Smuggler’s Trail

Visitors can choose from three clearly signposted self-guided walks in the Glenlivet valley to explore the secret smuggling paths of days gone by.  An accompanying leaflet is available from the Visitor Centre.   There is an easy walking 6km path from the river Livit to Drumin Castle, a challenging 11km trail leading to Carn Daimh via the old Glenlivet distillery, and a difficult 10.5km trail starting at East Auchavaich car park and circuiting the Braes of Glenlivet.

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Pluscarden Abbey

Pluscarden Abbey is situated in a peaceful setting 6 miles south west of Elgin. It is the home of a community of Catholic Benedictine monks.  It is the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited by monks and being used for its original purpose.  Visit the Abbey website for a daily timetable of services.

buckie heritage centre

Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre

Make a visit to the Fishing heritage centre to discover the unique fishing history of the Moray Firth.   This small centre is packed with over 8000 photographs, artefacts and a collection of model boats.  The Heritage Centre exists to preserve the rich fishing heritage of Buckie and District and to provide assistance to research and gather information on the past, present and future history of this area.

sueno's stone

Sueno’s Stone

Sueno’s Stone stands over 6.5 metres high and is the largest known Picto-Scottish Class III standing stone on the north-easterly edge of Forres.  The stone dates back to the end of the first millennium AD, and is now covered in a protective glass enclosure.  On one side is a large cross. On the other side are scenes of fighting and killing, dead and decapitated bodies…almost a hundred figures in all.

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Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail

A collection of some fascinating wooden carved sculptures along an easily-navigated woodland walk. Driving between Loch Insh and Feshiebridge, look out for the Forestry Commission sign and follow it to the car park.


Loch an Eilein

A 2 hour walk leads you along picturesque woodland paths circling around Loch an Eilein, with its castle perched on a tiny island. Keep an eye out up high for red squirrels!


Spot an ants’ nest

These tiny creatures build nests up to two meters diameter and wear paths through the woods! Keep an eye  out especially along the forestry tracks behind Boat of Garten – there are several right by the path!


Glenmore Forest Park

Ancient woodland, lochs, mountains and a lochside sandy beach – Glenmore has endless walks of all levels.