Yesterday was a tourist day with my nephew Scott and Beth his daughter who are up for the weekend in Aviemore and we had a ball.
The first visit was to the Reindeer Centre and a visit to the herd on Cairngorm.
“The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer found in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland. These tame and friendly animals are a joy to all who come and see them. Reindeer are not just for Christmas.
There are currently around 150 reindeer in the herd, mostly ranging on the Cairngorm Mountains with the remainder on the Glenlivet Estate, the locations being some 30 miles apart.
There is a daily guided visit to the reindeer, departing from Reindeer House at 11.00 am. There are additional afternoon visits during the Summer months. During the Winter, the visit may be dependent on whether we can find the herd. We said they’re free-ranging and we mean it!” From their website
We met at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre had a short visit and then a short drive in convoy from there to the main Cairngorm Car park we met our enthusiastic guides Abbey and Sarah. It was dreich, misty and drizzling but that did not spoil the day. The girls explained a bit of Health and Safety and made it interesting and that these were still wild animals and should be treated carefully lots of the kids seemed excited.
There was a fair few people with us but we got a great insight in the Reindeer herd in the Cairngorms. The girls you can tell love their job and gave us a great brief and after a 20 minute walk we reached the herd. They were so enthusiastic and it was a lovely way to spend a few hours. There chat was great fun and everyone enjoyed it I had done this wee trip many years ago but I really enjoyed this trip and the short wander.
There were many kids in the group of all ages and even the short walk in was made an adventure for everyone. I loved it and meeting the herd was a great fun, each animal has name and the girls know each one. The kids and adults were so informed by the talk and meeting those lovely animals and those who look after them in this wild place.
I cannot wait to take Lexi and Ellie Skye, my granddaughters as Beth loved it and got so much confidence as did the others of seeing those beautiful animals close up in their environment. The love of these animals and care is present in our two young guides and the care and love of the Cairngorms and enthusiasm and artic environment was great to see.
The sun even came out of the mist and rain making it a special morning. Beth gave it 10 out of 10! a must visit and when I meet these lovely animals on my treks in the Cairngorms for over 40 years meeting them in many places on the plateau and I have a lot more knowledge of their story and those who love and care for them.In summer they range far and wide and it is important that you keep any dogs close to you or an a lead when on the hill and respect the wild life.
Thanks to Sarah and Abbey for a great morning and your patience and care! After this we took the train up to the Ptarmigan Restaurant as Beth had not been before it was a bit of fun and there was a lot more snow than I thought there would be. The sun came out and we got great views there were still big Cornices in the Corries and on the plateau. It was back to the Glenmore cafe and a great bacon roll Beth again gave it 10 out of 10 and then off to Loch Morlich in the sun. Two crazy people went in for a dip, not us!
Time was moving on and we had tea at the Italian a lovely meal and then I left Scott and Beth and headed home. I hope to get out and maybe get a winter walk/climb tomorrow as winter look still here. I had met two pals in Aviemore John and Mary and John has bought new boots and wants to try them out, so we will go out tomorrow.
In all a great day and a reminder of how lovely a place the Cairngorms are and how lucky we are to live nearby. I am sure Beth will be back as she seems to love this area as her Dad does and has already a love of nature and these wild places..
Thanks for a fun day.