Although the Cairngorms are within the Cairngorms National Park, they are only a part of it.
This is looking straight at Coire Cas- the bowl in the centre.
The Cairngorms feature the highest, coldest and snowiest plateaux in the British Isles and are home to five of the six highest mountains in Scotland: Best viewed large
Ben Macdhui (1309 m) :Braeriach (1296 m) :Cairn Toul (1293m): Sgor an Lochain Uaine (1258 m) :Cairn Gorm (1245 m)
These mountains are all Munros, ( mountains over 3000ft) and there are a further 13 mountains with this categorisation across the area, of which another five are among the twenty highest peaks in the country.
After she had climbed to the top of Ben Macdui on 7 October 1859, Queen Victoria wrote: “It had a sublime and solemn effect, so wild, so solitary — no one but ourselves and our little party there . . . I had a little whisky and water, as the people declared pure water would be too chilling.”
The Cairngorms were formed 40 million years before the last ice age,.
A beautiful area so different in Winter and Summer