The Cairngorms is arguably one of the best places in Scotland to enjoy a variety of walking trails and paths through beautiful forests and past towering mountains. Although there are many trails for experienced hikers, there are also plenty of family friendly walks that you can explore with the wee ones.
Loch an Eilean - nestled in the forests of Rothiemurchus, this walk is ideal for exploring with the kids. With an easy, flat terrain, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the woodland that surrounds you as you wander to and around the loch. Dip your toes in the water, stop for an ice cream at the shop, and see if you can spot the tiny, ruined castle on the island in the centre of the loch.
Lochan Uaine and the Ryvoan Pass - park up by Glenmore Visitor Centre and take the path past the Reindeer Centre and Glenmore Lodge. After walking for around 30 minutes, you'll come across the clear blue-y green Lochan Uaine. With a steep scree backdrop, it's quite a beautiful lochan to come across. Stop for a bite to eat before continuing along the path to Ryvoan Pass - a large clearing with mountain views.
Craigellachie NNR - a slightly steeper, but short ascent, Craigellachie National Nature Reserve is located behind the Aviemore Youth Hotel and at the top, offers amazing panoramic views over the Cairngorms and Aviemore. There are various trails within the reserve if you fancy exploring a longer or shorter route too.
RSPB Loch Garten - a great place to admire the ancient scenery of Abernethy, it is also an ideal location to spot an array of Scottish wildlife. From ospreys and birdlife, to red squirrels and more. Wander around the loch, or visit the nature centre, complete with CCTV screens, binoculars and telescopes to help you get great views, as well as an exhibition, daily talks and family activities to enjoy.
River walk, Nethy Bridge - just north of Aviemore, this peaceful spot on the map is just waiting to be explored. The River Walk at Nethy Bridge is great for even the smallest of legs - an easy terrain, waymarked path along the River Nethy and through Dell Woods, starting from the Community Centre Car Park in Nethy Bridge.