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Hotels Near Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorms National Park is the largest national park in the UK, and one of the best places to see not only the beautiful landscapes of Scotland, but its abundant and diverse wildlife. Some people choose to make a trip to Cairngorms a day trip, driving west from Aberdeen or south from Inverness, but to get the full experience, staying in a hotel close to the park is a must. For photographers, this also gives you a chance to get up early and catch the best light for capturing Scotland’s natural wonders.

Most visitors to the park who stay the night do so in Aviemore, where there are the most hotels as well as shopping and other tourist facilities. But there are great hotels and guesthouses in all the surrounding towns.

Here are a few great hotels that we recommend for stays close to Cairngorms National Park:


Ard-na-Coille 5 Star Guest House

Newtonmore, starting around £60
One of the most popular places to stay in the Cairngorms area, Ard-na-Coille is surprisingly affordable for the level of comfort it provides. Its views out over the park are unrivaled, and fans of the BBC show Monarch of the Glen will recognize it as the set of the show’s fictional Glenbogle Golf Club.


Cairngorm Hotel

Aviemore, starting around £55
Often referred to simply as “The Cairn”, this hotel offers the perfect blend of the natural beauty of the park and the shopping and comforts of a resort town like Aviemore. If you are as much at home on the golf course as the nature trail, this could be your perfect choice.


Arden House

Kingussie, starting around £75
The smallest of our three recommended hotels, Arden House has only five rooms for rent, and gives you the personal touch that can be lacking in a larger hotel. The house is virtually an attraction in itself, at over 130 years old, and a shared fireplace in the lounge is perfect for warming up after a long hike through the Cairngorms.
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