Craigellachie National Nature Reserve

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.

Top attractions

  • 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.

What’s on?

Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.


Reserve manager: Ian Sargent

PH22 1QD

Telephone: 01463 725219
Email: [email protected]

Find out more

Discover more about why Scotland’s National Nature Reserves were created and the partners who manage them.

Further information

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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