Things to do around Inverness – the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd

As we approach Christmas in Inverness, a visit to the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is a fun day out for all the family.

Reindeer were re-established in Scotland in 1952, after a long absence. The Cairngorm Mountains provide an ideal habitat, and the reintroduced reindeer have flourished there.

In Glenmore, at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, is the Reindeer House – stocked with everything to do with reindeer, as well as tradiitonal Sami crafts from Sweden. The paddocks are wheelchair accessible, enabling everyone to see the reindeer, even without going on the hill trip.

If you do the hill trip you will be led by an experienced herder, and you will be able to hand feed the reindeer and walk freely amongst them.

Only an hour from Inverness, a visit to the reindeer herd in the Cairngorm National Park is a special day out.

Your Inverness bed & breakfast provider will be able to advise you on the times for hill visits to the herd. If you haven’t yet booked your Inverness accommodation, you will find a selection of the best B&Bs in Inverness by clicking here. For other ideas for fun days out in Inverness see our Attractions page, and the ICA page. If you’re looking for Christmas fun in Inverness see the Winter Festival calendar.


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Walking in the Highlands – autumn in Glen Affric, near Inverness

Loch Affric in autumn

Loch Affric in autumn

Yesterday we spent a beautiful autumn afternoon walking in Glen Affric, one of the most beautiful places in the Highlands. It’s only about a 40 minute drive from Inverness to Glen Affric, but it’s as if one has been transported to another world – a magical world of lochs, waterfalls, mountains, and ancient woodland.

Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, Glen Affric

Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, Glen Affric

Without the slightest of breezes to ruffle the water, the lochs were like glass. The trees were ablaze in their autumn glory, and the scarlet berries of the rowan trees were brilliant in the sunshine.

There are lots of different walks to do in Glen Affric – ranging from short trails along rocks and through woodland, or along forestry commission lanes, to longer hill walking treks. There are waterfalls at both Dog Falls and Plodda Falls.

Mountain views from Glen Affric

Mountain views from Glen Affric

If you are planning a visit to Inverness and enjoy walking, try not to miss the enchantment of Glen Affric. Your Inverness B&B accommodation provider will be happy to give your directions on how to reach Glen Affric. In summer there is a bus service available, running right into the Glen. In winter the bus service goes as far as Cannich.

For anyone walking the glens around Inverness, check out our Inverness bed and breakfast association website for the best places to stay in Inverness.


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