Temporary path closures
Scottish Water will be undertaking essential works on the mains water pipe. This work will require heavy machinery and access pits and as such there will be phased path closures:
- Area 1 - 26 October for 10 days - Viewpoint trail closed. Buzzard trail loop open.
- Area 2 - 10 November for 8 days - middle section of buzzard trail closed. Viewpoint trail accessible via upper buzzard trail only.
- Area 3 - Lower section closed for 6 weeks from 26 October - this area does not affect any of the promoted paths.
Please see the following leaflet for a map showing work areas and paths.
Work will last approximately 6 weeks from 26 October.
For more information please contact NNR@nature.scot.
A peaceful oasis
Only a few minutes from Aviemore, the birch woods of Craigellachie National Nature Reserve (NNR) sit above the A9. The reserve boasts birch woodland, open glades, tree-fringed lochs and slopes rising to a craggy summit. From the top viewpoint you can enjoy superb views of the Cairngorms.
This is a perfect destination for a walk in any season. In spring and summer, the silver birch trees are complemented by the constant insect activity and birdsong. The high-pitched mewing of common buzzards is a feature of the area. With luck, you’ll see them gliding high above the woods.
A network of paths cross the reserve. Take your pick of one of four routes and enjoy the peace and solitude.
You’re also welcome to visit the displays and peregrine viewing camera (summer only) in the youth hostel next to the reserve.
Find out more about visiting Craigellachie NNR.
• Enjoy superb views across the Spey Valley to the Cairngorm Mountains.
• Wander on trails through the peaceful birch woods.
• Spot rare butterflies and moths.
• Watch for peregrine falcons overhead.
Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.
Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.
Find out more
Discover more about why Scotland’s National Nature Reserves were created and the partners who manage them.
Follow our NNR Facebook page for up-to-date information on reserves across Scotland.
Follow NatureScot’s Scotland’s Nature blog and find interesting articles on Scotland’s natural heritage.
Find out more about our partners at Craigellachie – the Scottish Youth Hostel Association.
Craigellachie NNR is a member of VisitScotland and the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme).
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