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Golf amongst Cairngorms top attractions
February 21, 2012

The experiences take place across the UK's largest National Park and show the visitor the range of new, exciting and interesting activities and attractions to take part in. Why not spring north this year and head for the Cairngorms National Park in 2012? www.visitcairngorms.com

1) Visit the UK's only polar bear  

Walker, the UK's only polar bear, lives at the Highland Wildlife Park in the Cairngorms National Park. His home is the largest polar bear enclosure in Europe and the region is typical of the polar bear's tundra environment. V isitors can watch Walker enjoy his large natural pool set in over four acres of land, where he is often be found enjoying his toys. You can even become a keeper for the day and help out with feeding, cleaning out and!

2) Take a Segway ride through the historic Rothiemurchus Estate

Take a segway ride through one of the UK's most special places - Rothiemurchus. You'll take to the trails and explore the historic estate in the most environmentally friendly forms of transportation available. The segway ride will be both exciting and interesting as you travel through the ancient Caledonian pine forest spotting red squirrels and Scottish deer.

3) Try some baked potato ice cream

Anderson's Restaurant in Boat of Garten is famed for its dedication to using the very best local Scottish produce to make the most mouthwatering of dishes. However, the restaurant is also making a name for itself with a new range of homemade ice cream. Flavours change all the time, but include blueberry meringue pie, chocolate chip and marshmallow, whisky and honey and the most unusual - baked potato flavour.

4) Stay in a Beer Moth

Having liberated this 1956 Conmer Q4 from the Manston Fire Museum in Kent and driven it more than 590 miles back up to Aviemore, the owners of Inshriach House have lovingly created one of the most unusual places to spend the night. With an oak parquet floor rescued from a Tudor mansion, salvaged snooker table slate to make a hearth and a fire escape for a staircase, the Beer Moth now also sports a completely over the top Victorian double bed and a wood-burner. The perfect place to experience a night under the stars in the Cairngorms National Park!

5) Have a go on the UK's only zip slide Park

With over 1km of zip wires to blast around on visitors will start at the top of a beautiful gorge and 'fly' all the way to the bottom going from one zip slide to another under the safety of the G2 instructors. With no better way to see the abundance of wildlife on the Alvie Estate and the stunning local scenery, the Zip Park will give each visitor the feeling of flying through the majestic Scottish pine trees.

The perfect activity for all the family (minimum age is eight years old) and price is £25.00 per person. All kit (a harness and helmet) is provided

6) Canyon down a waterfall

The Falls of Bruar is located a few miles north of Blair Atholl and is an impressively steep canyon has been gouged out from the rock over millions of years. The perfect place to experience the thrills and adrenalin rush of canyoning in Scotland! With fast flowing chutes, cliff jumps, abseils and big drop plunge pools the Falls of Bruar canyoning is one of the most exciting activities for 2012. This activity is best suited to adults groups and confident youths. The activity providers provide all with a wetsuit, canyoning harness and helmet.

7) Visit the home of Europe's only private army

The Atholl Highlanders are Europe's only private army, after being awarded colours in 1845 by Queen Victoria. Blair Castle in Blair Atholl provides the garrison for the army and over the spring and summer month's visitors flock to the stunning whitewashed building to learn more about the history of the castle, it's inhabitants and it's famous army. Be sure to step back in time and enjoy a tour of 30 rooms and the fascinating collections they contain, or enjoy a tour of the attic rooms and see what lies behind normally closed doors.

8) Walk a smuggler's trail at Glenlivet Distillery

Get a flavour of the illicit whisky smuggling past by taking one of three historic walks across the Glenlivet Estate before heading to the world famous Glenlivet Distillery to witness the making of the wee dram. Visitors can choose from three walks in the Glenlivet valley of varying length, from a family walk, to a one day hike to explore the secret smuggling paths of days gone by. Each trail is clearly sign-posted and has its own accompanying leaflet available from the visitors centre at the distillery to bring its history to life.

9) Stay in a Woodman's Hut Eco Cabin

This rustic hideaway for two is a great place to enjoy a romantic getaway in the Cairngorms National Park. I nspired by the 17th and 18th century woodcutters who lived in this area of Strathspey and worked the ancient Caledonian forest, the Woodman's Hut is cosy and something completely different. It has magical feel about it - nestled amongst the ancient Caledonian pine trees and 100 acres of heather moor, the area is teaming with wildlife it is the perfect place to get away from it all. And where else would you boil a copper kettle from the fireside to provide hot water for the open-sky shower a couple of steps from the veranda?

10) Play a round of Golf on the UK's highest course

Improve your swing at the highest golf course in Scotland - Braemar. Follow in the footsteps of Royalty (HRH Prince Andrew is the Patron) and take on this fantastic course 1,200 feet above sea level. The course was founded in 1902 and despite being considered relatively short at 4, 935 of the medal tees it will test golfers of any standard. In addition, you can take a tour of any or all of the ten golf courses situated across the Park.








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