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Cairngorm Reindeer Herd

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Cairngorm Reindeer Centre | Glenmore, Glenmore, Aviemore PH22 1QU, Scotland
+44 1479 861228
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Great visit

What a lovely place. Informative, relaxed, welcoming and catering for all ages and degrees of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Patsy S
Wigan, United Kingdom
via mobile
Fabulous experience.

Paid for our experience at the centre & then drove a little further up the road to a car park where... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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The hills are turning green, the sun is mostly shining and spring is here to stay! Take a visit to see Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer in their natural habitat. May is an exciting time for us reindeer herders as antlers are beginning to grow and it’s calving season! Visits go every day at 11am and 2.30pm at this time of year, follow a reindeer herder as you make your way up to the mountain enclosure, walk amongst reindeer, stroking and feeding them as the herder tells you more about them. Situated in the centre of the Cairngorms National Park, you will also enjoy beautiful views of the Cairngorm Mountains. The walk takes around 20 minutes and will cross some rough and muddy ground on the mountainside so make sure you’ve got some sturdy footwear and some nice cosy layers! Spaces are limited so please arrive in good time for your chosen visit. For those less able, from Easter to New Year, you can visit a small group of reindeer in the paddock & exhibition at the Centre, quizzes and crafts for children.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre | Glenmore, Glenmore, Aviemore PH22 1QU, Scotland
+44 1479 861228
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely place. Informative, relaxed, welcoming and catering for all ages and degrees of knowledge. The trip up the hill is magical and the staff's care and love of these special creatures is very evident. Dave and Ruth dealt with a large group with...More

Thank Patsy S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Paid for our experience at the centre & then drove a little further up the road to a car park where we met our small group & guide, we then proceeded across the road, over a bridge & then up onto the hillside where the...More

Thank pugly
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are going back this summer just to visit the reindeer again. We all loved it here! The guide we had, was very friendly and knew a lot even though she was quite new. To be around the reindeer is such a great experience in...More

Thank Anna A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Met and taken to reindeer herd by experienced guide. Not too far to walk and then you get to meet up close about 30 reindeer. Feed is provided for some of the reindeer to eat out of your hand. Guide gives some really info re...More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great activity (if you don't mind the crowd), after a 30 min walk (would be 15 if it wasn't fort that said crowd) you get to the top of a hill, accompanied by lovely guides who will happily tell everything they know about reindeers and...More

Thank Margaux V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Reindeer Centre is worth a visit but it wont take you long maybe 30 minutes if you have kids with you otherwise probably about 10 minutes max. The main attraction is going up the hill to hand feed the very tame reindeer. My kids...More

1  Thank gturtle2016
Cairngorm Reind... C, Manager at Cairngorm Reindeer Herd, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to the reindeer. Just to clarify timings for the benefit of anyone else reading this - the reference to visiting the Reindeer Centre is refering to the Paddocks only - but the Hill Trip...More

Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Super friendly and knowledgeable staff took us on a journey from the paddocks right up to the enclosure. The reindeer walked right up to us and we could feed them all by hand. A fantastic experience!

Thank Dan P
Reviewed 18 May 2017

If you're going to Aviemore I would definitely recommend booking yourself to see the reindeers. While you have to walk, the terrain (on the day we went in February) was reasonably flat and dry. The staff that lead you out to the herd are superb...More

Thank Caroline W
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We decided to go on the paddocks tour despite thinking it was going to be a tourist trap just to guarantee that we would see reindeer. It wasn't a trap at all and while it costs 28 pounds you get over an hour to look,...More

1  Thank orrc1601
Reviewed 7 May 2017

My wife and I took the tour to visit a wild, free ranging reindeer herd. Our guides led us across a mountain trail and down the hillside to find and meet the herd of 67. The herd circled our group as our guides broke out...More

Thank tom r
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Stephen S
What is the cost??
8 June 2017|
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Response from Cairngorm Reind... C | Property representative |
Hi Stephen, As others have said, our prices are £14 for adults, £11 for concessions and £8 for children for the Hill Trip, and £3.50 for adults, £3 concessions and £2.50 for children for the Paddocks. Age 4 and unders are... More
Angel M
Hola, buenas tardes. Somos 9 personas que nos gustaría ver a la manada de renos pero partimos de la isla de sky pasando por el lago Ness y despues iriamos a su centro para ver a los renos. Hay alguna excursión el lunes 15 de mayo sobre las 14:00? Gracias
28 April 2017|
Response from Cairngorm Reind... C | Property representative |
Hello, There will be a guided Hill Trip to meet and feed the reindeer herd at 2.30pm on Monday 15th May. It is first come, first served for tickets, so try and arrive by 1.30pm on the 15th (tickets are not able to be... More
Catherine G
What date do u open again in February?
2 January 2017|
Response from Cairngorm Reind... C | Property representative |
Hi There, We open back up again on the 11th of February. Visits are both weather and reindeer dependent at this time of year as we have to locate the herd every day and the mountain can be stormbound. It's definitely worth... More