Images taken at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre hill trip. April 2017.
This was one of the visits I’d most been looking forward to on our recent trip to Scotland, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The Cairngorm reindeer herd is Britain’s only free-ranging herd and was introduced to the Cairngorms from Sweden in 1952, the sub-arctic qualities of the mountains being an ideal home for the reindeer. The trip began at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in Glenmore, from here we drove in convoy for around one mile, followed by a 30 minute walk up to where some of the reindeer were gathered.
The guides were very knowledgeable and spoke at length about the history of the herd at various points along the walk. The walk was very picturesque although in parts it was steep and hard going and was also incredibly cold and windy the further up the mountainside we went. After the obligatory H&S warning about pointy antlers and such like (although most of last year’s antlers had already fallen off), some food was put down on the ground for the reindeer and we were then able to approach them, hand feed them and even stroke the ones who were willing to be stroked. They were so gentle and friendly, and it was a wonderful experience to visit them in their natural environment. We made our own way back down and were able to take in the views of Loch Morlich below, as well as spotting the Funicular Railway we’d planned to go on later that day.
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