The Cairngorms provide some of Scotland's most beautiful and dramatic hiking and walking, with no fewer than 55 Munros and half of Britain's mountains over 4,000 ft (Ben MacDui, Cairn Toul, Braeriach, and Cairn Gorm). These mountains come into their own in winter, providing experienced climbers with a wide range of classic ice climbs, winter skills training along with ski-touring and split-boarding.
At a much lower level there are over 50 miles of footpaths through the area, including stunning walks through the forests and around the lochs. There are also ranger-led guided walks. More information can be found on www.rothiemurchus.net. The Rothiemurchus visitor centre can provide free visitor guides and maps of the walks/cycle paths. Another popular area for walking is around Glenmore Forest and Loch Morlich and walks to the Green Lochan.