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The Wildlife Native to Cairngorm Mountain

From the high plateau to the forest edge, the Cairngorms is home to some of Britain’s most extraordinary wildlife, both resilient and vulnerable. Any weather is possible at any month here and to survive on the high ground demands adaptation to these variable and extreme conditions.

Cairngorm Reindeer Herd

A Versatile Scottish Habitat

The Cairngorm Mountains are special in so many ways. These magnificent hills and the surrounding area a to 25% of the most threatened species in the U.K and they survive in some of the most hostile weather experienced in the British Isles.

Visitors come from all over the UK and further afield to experience this versatile habitat with the hope of making some rare sightings.

Our Ranger Guided Walk in particular is a fascinating way to explore the natural surroundings and catch a glimpse of the local wildlife.

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Iconic Mountain Species

The Cairngorms are teeming with all manner of wildlife. Iconic mountain bird species, mammals, insects, invertebrates make their home here for all or part of the year.

When summer arrives, the corries are brought to life with the beautiful bird song of the ring ouzel, meadow pipit, willow warbler, snow bunting, the quiet chirps of the dipper and dotterel and the famous croaking calls of the ptarmigan & red grouse. In the winter many of these species migrate but you can still find many of the natives hiding from the cold weather.

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Rare Sightings

The Cairngorm Mountain Ranger Base displays what wildlife has been recently seen & recorded in and around the Northern Corries and general guidance on path routes, where some of the wildlife can be seen.

Have you spotted any rare or unusual wildlife during your visit to Cairngorm Mountain?

If you have made any rare, or regular, sightings whilst out in the Cairngorms we would love to hear about them. Get in touch or drop into the Ranger Base when your next passing.

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Book Your Cairngorm Mountain Experience

We recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment, especially during busy holiday periods. 

Tubing Park

Open during school holidays and weekends. Book tickets online or choose a gift voucher, valid for 12 months. 


Mountain Biking

Open during school holidays and weekends. Choose from morning, afternoon or full day tickets.


Mountain Carting

Our new carting experience is open during school holidays and weekends. Book tickets online.


Motorhome Site

Book an overnight stay or longer with stunning views down to Loch Morlich. Open May – October.


Guided Walks

Experience a spectacular half day guided walk on the mountain. Book tickets online.