The Cairngorms National Park has excellent road links to all of the UK, however it's wise to check on local road conditions as these can dramatically affect the roads in the park. We also recommend a few essentials to take in the car with you especially in winter when the likelihood of heavy snow is high: phone, shovel, rugs, torch, full fuel tank, water and food. Many roads are single track with passing places, usually a small stretch of road slightly wider than the single track and just wide enough to allow two vehicles alongside each other for passing or overtaking. Please drive with care, better late than "DEAD" on time.
A41 to M1, M6 to Carlisle, A74 & M74 to M80 Stirling, A9 Perth to A82, B865 Inverness
530 miles approx, 8 hours 20 mins drive
M8, M8 for Stirling, M9 & A9 for Perth to A82 for Inverness & Fort William
140 miles approx, 2.5 hours drive
A9 for South and Aviemore and the Cairngorms
40 miles approx ,45 mins drive
Banchory, Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar are roughly, 20, 30, 40 and 60 miles respectively west of Aberdeen on the A93.
60 miles approx, 1 hours drive
|Buses from London Victoria, and all over the country make the journey up through Scotland to Aviemore and the Cairngorms. Bus stops at all main Cairngorms Park villages. (coaches from London (12 hrs) Edinburgh 2 1/2 hrs) & Glasgow 3 hrs). Several companies run local buses around the towns and villages of the Cairngorms park. In some areas the Postbus which carries passengers with the mail may be the only public transport available. Planning is essential, especially if travelling to remote areas using public transport. Bus timetable information for all buses and public transport services in the Highlands & Islands is available from Traveline Scotland and the Highland Council.|
|Inverness town and railway stations is a busy hub for the Highlands & Islands. Intercity trains run to Aberdeen, Perth and Edinburgh, linking to London King's Cross, the rest of Scotland and England. The Caledonian sleeper trains run a popular overnight sleeping car service. Within the region Scotrail run trains to Aviemore, Dalwhinnie, Newtonmore, Kingussie, Boat of Garten, Carrbridge, Kyle of Lochalsh (for Skye) and Perth. Aviemore main line railway station is in the centre of the Cairngorms park with direct services from London Kings Cross, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness etc.|
|Inverness Airport is the main airport for the Cairngorms National Park for local flights and connecting to hub airports for transatlantic and worldwide destinations. Located on the Scottish mainland with flights to London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow plus regional services within the Highlands & Islands. Helicopters, charter and business flights also use the airport. This is one part of Britain where the easiest, sometimes only way to travel is by plane. From Inverness you can explore further afield with flights on Logan Air to, Barra, Benbecula and Stornoway in the Western Isles, Sumburgh at the southern tip of the Shetland Islands, Kirkwall in Orkney for inter-island flights.|
|Hitchhiking is a great way to travel that allows you to really get to know the locals. Many people prefer hitching to other forms of transport because you can get dropped off anywhere, allowing you to discover places you may never have dreamed of visiting. Scotland is still classed as one of the safest places to hitch hike in Europe. It is possibly the Cairngorms greenest method of transport, so why not give it a go!|