Cairngorms National Park Authority
Street address: 14 The Square, Grantown on Spey, Moray PH26 3HG, Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: 44 (0) 1479 873535
Fax: 44 (0) 1479 873527
E-mail: [email protected]
Proprietor: Scottish Executive - Environment and Rural Affairs Department
Contact: Jane Hope Interim Chief Executive
Additional contact: Andrew Thin Convenor
This relatively new National Park officially opened on the 1st of September 2003. In 1994, the UK government set up a Partnership to prepare and implement a Management Strategy for the Cairngorms that would guarantee a sustainable future for the area and its communities.
The Cairngorms National Park is Scotland's second national park, and the U.K's largest at 3800 square kilometres (1400 square miles) covering an area from Grantown on Spey to the heads of the Angus Glens, and from Ballater to Dalwhinnie and Drumochter including much of the Laggan area in the southwest and a large area of the Glen Livet estate and the Strathdon/Glen Buchat area. The Park area is home to a quarter of Scotland's native woodland with the biggest continuous stretches of near-natural vegetation in Britain. It is a refuge for a host of rare plants and creatures, including 25% of the UK's threatened species.
The National Park is also home to several well known Scottish landmarks, including Balavil in Badenoch which was the home of James MacPherson, whose reworking of the Ossian cycle inspired the Romantic movement across Europe. Also within the park is the Royal Household of Balmoral on Deeside, the favourite retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and still the summer and Christmas refuge of the British royal family.