Craigellachie National Nature Reserve (NNR), near Aviemore, boasts birch woodland, open glades and tree-fringed lochs, rising to a craggy summit. From the top, you can enjoy superb views of the Cairngorms National Park.
Craigellachie is thought to derive from the Gaelic Creag Eileachaidh, meaning the ‘crag of the rocky place’. The crag itself is an occasional breeding site for peregrine falcons, and you may also see common buzzards hovering overhead.
The delicate dog violet and spring-flowering wood anemone are among the more than 350 plant species that grow within Craigellachie NNR. Look for frogs, toads and palmate newts in wetter parts, or scour sunny banks for common lizards and slow worms. Red deer roam the reserve mainly in winter, and you may share the trails with roe deer by day.
Read our leaflet to learn more about visiting Craigellachie NNR, including seasonal highlights to spot.
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