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Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, United Kingdom

How much does it cost to travel to Cairngorms National Park?

You should plan to spend around $150 (£119) per day on your vacation in Cairngorms National Park. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $38 (£30) on meals
  • $67 (£53) on local transportation
  • $141 (£111) on hotels

A one week trip to Cairngorms National Park for two people costs, on average, $2,103 (£1,666). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Cairngorms National Park cost?

A one week trip to Cairngorms National Park usually costs around $1,052 (£833) for one person and $2,103 (£1,666) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Cairngorms National Park on average costs around $2,103 (£1,666) for one person and $4,207 (£3,331) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Cairngorms National Park will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Cairngorms National Park on average costs around $4,507 (£3,569) for one person and $9,015 (£7,138) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Cairngorms National Park has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Cairngorms National Park expensive to visit?

Prices in Cairngorms National Park are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Cairngorms National Park is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Bressanone or Strasbourg.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Cairngorms National Park Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Cairngorms National Park?

The average Cairngorms National Park trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Cairngorms National Park travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) £111 ($141)
Local Transportation 1 £53 ($67)
Food 2 £30 ($38)
Entertainment 1 £26 ($33)
Alcohol 2 £4 - 13 ($5 - 16)
Accommodation Budget in Cairngorms National Park
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Cairngorms National Park is $70 (£56). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Cairngorms National Park is $141 (£111). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Cairngorms National Park

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Cairngorms National Park based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $133. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Cairngorms National Park
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Cairngorms National Park is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $67 (£53) per person, per day, on local transportation in Cairngorms National Park.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Cairngorms National Park
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Rental Cars in Cairngorms National Park
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Food Budget in Cairngorms National Park
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Cairngorms National Park can vary, the average cost of food in Cairngorms National Park is $38 (£30) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Cairngorms National Park should cost around $15 (£12) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Cairngorms National Park is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Cairngorms National Park
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Cairngorms National Park typically cost an average of $33 (£26) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Cairngorms National Park
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  • The average person spends about $11 (£8.41) on alcoholic beverages in Cairngorms National Park per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Cairngorms National Park On a Budget
Cairngorms National Park CAirngorms National Park, Scotland
The Cairngorms National Park is an over 1,700 square mile park in the center of Scotland and is home to some of the most beautiful sights in the country. Voted one of the top 20 places to visit in the world by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, the park features everything from castles to wildlife tours to white water rafting. There is really no bad time to visit the park, as you will always have something to see and do here! In the winter, from late November-March, you can ski the slopes and go on snow treks. Summer, from May-September, is fantastic for walking, hiking, and canoeing.
The natural beauty of the Cairngorms is a sight to behold; from ancient forests to waterfalls and mountains that were formed by the ice age, the beauty is breathtaking. One of the best places to enjoy the landscapes is at the Wild Mountain Garden on top of Cairngorms Mountain where you'll find incredible, rare, flowers and sweeping views of the surrounding area. The park is also home to quite a few castles and mansions, including Blair Castle, Balmoral Castle, and Braemar Castle. Balmoral is actually a residence of The Queen of England and was considered a paradise by Queen Victoria. If you're a fan of the show Monarch of the Glen, you can visit Monarch Country where they filmed the majority of scenes for the show. Even if you're not familiar with the show, Monarch Country is a lovely place to tour.
There are quite a few small villages located along the ring road that runs through the park, ranging from larger resort towns with all of the amenities to small villages with just one store. One of the biggest villages is Aviemore, a major resort town and one of the top ski areas in the park. Aviemore is a great basecamp for exploring the rest of the park since it has a number of shops and supply stores to stock up for your adventure. Braemar is a scenic town located in the heart of the park and is the east gateway to the mountains. It is also home to Braemar and Kindrochit Castles as well as shops and restaurants. Kingussie is the capital of the Upper Spey Valley and is one of the best places to start outdoor adventures as there are many companies there to set you up with all the gear you need.

The Cairngorms are one of the best places in the UK for outdoor fun, with miles and miles of trails and countless lochs and rivers, there is something for everyone. Whether you are a novice walker or a hiking enthusiast, you can select one of the dozen trails to follow based on difficulty level and landscapes. The most popular novice walk is the trail through the ancient and mysterious Caledonian pine forest in Glenmore while the Speyside Way is a more advanced trail that stretches 65 miles. In the village of Kingussie, you'll find all of the resources you need to set up outdoor adventures including horseback riding, whitewater rafting sailing, canoeing, and cycling.
Food and Dining
The majority of restaurants in the park are attached to the inns and hotels and serve mostly Scottish cuisine with lamb and potatoes being the focus of many dishes. The majority of restaurants are in Aviemore where you'll also find more cuisines such as Indian and Italian. Keep in mind that most restaurants that are found away from the ring road tend to be canteen style with limited options, so it may be helpful to bring your own lunch on day trips in the park. What the Cairngorms lack in restaurants, they make up for in distilleries, with a total of 5 distilleries throughout the park. One of the most famous is the Dalwhinnie Distillery which is the highest elevated distillery in the country. You can book tour of all of the distilleries and even walk the whisky trail which connects all of the distilleries.

Traveling to the park is easiest via car, bus, or coach as the nearest airports are Aberdeen and Inverness. Once inside the park, you can use the Heather Hopper bus service that runs across the hills from Braemar to Aviemore. There is also the Strathspey Steam Railway and electric lifts throughout the park to help you reach each destination. If you want to find the best hidden gems in the park though, you may need to rent a car as public transport does not reach every part of the park.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.