View of the beautiful nature of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland in summer.

Hilton Grand Vacations at Craigendarroch Suites is located in the center of adventure

Travelers come to Craigendarroch, Scotland from all over the world to hike, bike, canoe, kayak, and climb their way across Cairngorms National Park.

There are close-by Ballater activities here for every adventurer no matter what age, interest, or level of experience.

Here are Hilton Grand Vacations’ top 10 Craigendarroch things to do to tap into your more adventurous side.


There are several places to go climbing, but our favorite is the picturesque Kingussie Crag.

Depending on your skill level, there are several different climbs you can take on this crag. The panoramic views of the surrounding valley make this adventurous climb well worth your efforts.

White Water Kayaking

white water kayaking is one of the many craigendarroch things to do

White water kayaking in River Dee can be the highlight of your entire vacation. The Cairngorms is home to over 25 sections to conquer with several skill-level options range from grade 2-3, all the way to grade 5 on the Falls of Muick. 

Mountain Biking

There is a range of mountain biking trails in the area.

A great beginner trail is the Aviemore to Boat of Garten section of the Speyside Way. This 6-mile trail is mostly flat, and if you time it right, you can catch the steam train chugging along the Strathspey Railway.

Road Biking

If you prefer a road bike to a mountain bike, there are four great road cycling routes through the Cairngorms. If you are looking for a view, ride to the top of the Cairngorm Mountain to soak in picture-perfect views of the valley and Aviemore.

Hiking Through the Woods

hiking through the woods is one of the craigendarroch things to do

Explore the many hiking options throughout the park:

  • There are several trails to explore inside the park. You’ll venture along the edge of the MonadhLiath mountains up to Loch Gynack. 
  • Hike the Whisky Smugglers Trail in Strathspey. You can even stop at a distillery to take a tour and sample Scottish whisky.

Pony Trekking

pony trekking is one of the many craigendarroch things to do

Did you know pony trekking is said to have started in the Cairngorms?  Highland ponies will guide you through the beauty of the park, making this one of the Ballater activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Wilderness Canoe Expedition

Interested in a group canoe adventure? Paddle through tranquil pine forests of Scotland’s most famous whisky region. You can paddle through both gentle and more challenging parts of the river, and camp under the stars.

Wildlife Adventure in the Highlands

enjoying a wildlife tour is one of the many craigendarroch things to do

There are innumerous Scottish animals to meet, and a wildlife tour is a great way to get close up in a sustainable and responsible way. You might choose to join a group tour to explore the animals of the Scottish Highlands. You’ll get to experience:

  • Dolphin-watching on a boat excursion. 
  • Spot sea eagles, golden eagles, and ospreys 
  • Sea kayaking with seals in the West Highlands 
  • Visit a wildlife hide at dusk to see pine marten and badgers

Land Rover Discovery Tour

You’ll experience the stunning scenery and wildlife of the Highlands, all from the comfort of a private Land Rover tour. For wildlife and historical experience, take the Balmoral Castle Tour where you will journey across the grounds of the Scottish holiday home of the Royal Family.

Cheers to the Region

If you love whisky, there are over 40 different distilleries in the Speyside area, and five of these sit within Cairngorms National Park. The park is also home to its own brewery, the Cairngorm Brewery. This brewery produces an award-winning collection of beers and ales. 

Ready to continue your adventures throughout Scotland? Read on to learn about an Owner who continues to come back to the Hilton Grand Vacations resort, since there are so many Craigendarroch things to do.

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