Exploring the Highlands
The Cairngorms National Park, in the heart of our beautiful Scottish Highlands has everything guests at Bydand could wish for, and with Isobel one hand to make suggestions and recommendations you will be in for an exciting adventurous stay what ever your interests!
From castles and distilleries to family attractions and endless out door fun The UK’s largest National Park offers masses of things to do including water sports, snow sports for winter fun, wild life watching, fishing, game shooting, mountain biking, the best of high and low level walking and cycling routes . There are lots of amazing things do do right here on the doorstep of Bydand , so start planning your visit now and remember Isobel will be on hand if you require any information for the perfect day out .
From taking the easy network of low level paths by Loch Morlich, Loch an Eilean ,The Green Loch or to the extremes of all 4 of Scotland’s top Munros all within easy reach one could easily stay a week or more and never do the same route twice . Winter can sometimes be severe but we also have lovely cold crisp days of blue skies and sunshine , there is no better place to be than in the Cairngorms.
- Snow Sports
With over 19 miles of runs and its own snow school Cairngorm is one of the most popular locations for skiing and snowboarding , soon we can look forward to all year round snow sports with its proposed artificial ski slope . A typical snowsports season at Cairngorm runs from December through to April The slopes can be seen from Bydand.
- Mountain Biking
Aviemore and the Cairngorms has a staggering variety of mountain bike trails, from a family run around the flat paths of Loch an Eileen and access to The Rothiemurchus forest to the extremes of enthusiastic mountain bikers of a trek across the Cairngorm Plateau, starting at the Coire Car cycle over to Glen Derry via Ben Macdui,and Coire Etchachan.
If a more leisurely break is for you then head up to Glenmore to see Reindeer in their natural environment, on the slopes above Loch Morlich mingle with the 150 strong herd, they are remarkably docile and will eat from your hand. They are the uk’s only free roaming reindeer herd, these lucky animals are immune to the extreme weather in the Cairngorms.
Head over to Loch Garten and the Osprey Centre, in the 1950’s the ospreys returned to breed, lucky for us they choose a fantastic site in the foothills of the Cairngorms now very accessible for all to view those magnificent birds of prey. Loch Garten has become one of the Uk’s most popular conservation sites attracting in excess of 2 million visitors. Along with the ospreys at Loch Garten check out by Milton Loch where you may see , mallards, moorhens woodpeckers, dippers to name but a few.
- Wildlife at Kincraig
Wildlife at Kincraig
Wildlife at Kincraig saw the first Polar bear to be born in the UK in 25 years. Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world’s mountains and tundra in this spectacular setting. Drive around the Main Reserve in your own car and then investigate the walk-round area on foot. The Wildlife Park has a wide and diverse range of animals. From native species such as the Capercaillie and Scottish Wildcat to those from further afield such as the Amur Tiger and Polar Bear.
- Active Outdoor
Specialising in delivering the very best in outdoor activity-focused experiences for groups of all types, and within those groups to individuals of all ages and abilities head on over to Craggan Outdoors a 2 minute drive from Bydand B&B . Here you can experience from sedentary golf or archery to extreme Gorge walking or maybe kayaking river rapids.
- A Less Active Day
A Less Active Day
Celebrate with the Strathspey Steam Railway in 2018 – 40 years of Steam Rail Travel in the Highlands. The Strathspey Railway invites you to step aboard their trains this year and help celebrate forty years of the return of steam travel through the Highlands of Scotland.
Brought back to life in 1978 by a dedicated group of volunteers, this ten mile restored section of the original Highland Railway Line enables you to travel back in time to an era when steam whistles blew, carriage doors slammed shut and there was a familiar click-clack, rhythm of the rails, as the train travelled along the track.
- Enjoy a wee Dram!
Learn about our biggest export – Whisky!
Take a day out from activities to visit a Speyside Malt Whisky Distillery and The Speyside Cooperage with Bygone Drives . Your chauffeur /guide will do the driving whilst you enjoy the drams ! An all inclusive trip up into the wilderness known as Glenlivet Distillery in a vintage Bentley that will take you back to an era when motoring was taken at a slower pace, enjoy the grandeur of old fashioned personal service. Vintage Bentleys are the epitome of pure luxury for touring, sit back relax and enjoy the magnificent and dramatic scenery, as your personal chauffeur /guide ensures you arrive at your destinations relaxed and in style . Special package of Distillery, Cooperage and Lunch – approx 6 hours.
A MAN IN A KILT HOLDS A GLASS OF WHISKY BEHIND HIS BACK.
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