A joyful and heart-warming family day out, meet 150 free-roaming reindeer upon glorious mountainside landscapes. A 5-minute walk from the Glenmore Campsite, step into the magical world of tame and friendly reindeer and behold the beauty of these incredible creatures, close-up.
On the slopes of the Cairngorm Mountains, come face to face with 150 reindeer that wander 10,000 acres of magnificent mountainside. Since 1952, reindeer have roamed free in Cairngorms National Park, delighting visitors and touching hearts for decades.
The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd Centre is open from the February half-term holiday right through until early January the following year. With daily guided Hill Trips and Paddock Visits, it’s an experience the entire family can enjoy.
The reindeer love to be hand-fed, and their endearing, friendly characters will have you captivated, while their soft velvet noses will have you utterly charmed.
An incredible adventure awaits you as you encounter the reindeer herd surrounded by a stunning landscape. A short drive is followed by a 20 – 40 minute walk, ascending glorious mountain slopes and descending into deep valleys before beholding the heart-warming sight of magnificent reindeer, roaming free.
Suitable for all ages, the Hill Trip tour runs from February half-term throughout the year. The trek will take you across rough, snowy and icy terrain, so appropriate footwear and clothing is advised.
Once the herd has been tracked down, you can walk among the reindeer, hand-feeding them, stroking them and taking pictures. The entire trip lasts around 90 minutes (weather permitting).
The Paddock Visit is perfect for children, parents with pushchairs and wheelchair users, with complete accessibility for all. An alternative to the Hill Trip, relish the opportunity to meet a select few reindeer who have journeyed down from the mountainside to see you!
The family can experience the magic of Christmas all-year-round with a visit to Santa’s Bothy and the Elves’ House. Kids will enjoy exploring and discovering the answers to the Paddock Visit Quiz.
Every December weekend, the Paddocks come alive with the spirit of the season, with the launch of ‘Christmas Fun.’ Get the whole family involved in Christmas craft activities and pay Santa a visit surrounded by his reindeer.
The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd paddocks are open daily from 10am – 5pm, from Easter up until the New Year.
On the doorstep of the Glenmore Campsite, you are minutes away from this magical attraction surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery. A joyous and charming day out, the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd experience is unforgettable and will be a highlight of your Aviemore camping adventure.
Address: Reindeer House, Glenmore, Aviemore, PH22 1QU.
Getting there: http://www.cairngormreindeer.co.uk/how-to-find-us/
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