The Cairngorms National Park is home to many rare and endangered species. The Park contains one quarter of Scotland’s native forest, which sustains eighty per cent of the UK’s capercaillie population.
Red squirrels, golden eagles, pine martens, red and roe deer and mountain hares are just some of the animals living in the Cairngorms. Closer to home, you’re almost guaranteed to see red squirrels in the garden at Callater Lodge enjoying breakfast at our hazelnut feeder. The Cairngorms National Park has some spectacular Caledonian pine forests. Our Scots pines are direct descendants from the first pines to arrive in Scotland following the Ice Age. During the autumn months, the swathes of purple heather on the hillside are a delight, and the nearby Morrone Birkwood is one of the finest examples of downy birchwood and juniper in the UK.