We anticipate with today’s Scottish Government confirmation of the easing of some of the Covid-19 restrictions, you may be planning to visit Atholl Estates and the Cairngorms National Park. We are urging people to continue to follow the rules and stay local in order to keep everyone safe.
Grant Moir, Chief Executive of the CNPA said: “We are urging people to be patient and not to visit the National Park. Most car parks and all toilets are closed so if you live locally it is worth checking before you go. If you get somewhere and it feels too busy, then it probably is and you should be prepared to adapt your plans.
“The Scottish Government’s new advice is to travel no more than five miles from your home to recreate and if you can do this by walking or cycling to that destination all the better. Please do continue to make use of local path networks and observe social distancing at all times to stop the spread of coronavirus.”
On the estate, the Glen Tilt, Killiechangie, Logierait and Cally Dunkeld car parks will be open from tomorrow (Friday 29th May). Please do not park in gateways or on verges, as the estate’s farms still requires access to continue their work.
Our fishing is open on Fishpal for local bookings. Bank fishing on Loch Broom, Lower Tummel and Pol Dornie R. Garry.
Sheep and their lambs are free to roam around the estate and are not always confined to fields, so please keep your dogs on leads at all times.
Please maintain social distancing and be prepared to disinfect gates and handles you may come across. All public toilets remain closed.
“Please take your litter home, keep dogs under control, do not light fires or BBQs at this time and if you need the ‘loo’ go at home before you leave. Please also be mindful of ground nesting birds and other wildlife.
“The choices people make at this time will keep the Cairngorms National Park a safe place to live and work so let’s be kind, respectful and look out for each other by caring for ourselves, our families and our communities.” said Head of Visitor Services at the CNPA, Pete Crane.
The Castle, Caravan Park and Castle Gardens are still closed to the public. However, we are reviewing the situation regularly, to reopen as soon as we are able.
For Caravan Park and Estate Lodge bookings, we are moving forward in confidence towards opening and welcoming guests later this summer. Deposits paid for 2020 will be carried forward to later dates if C-19 related impacts occur.
Castle gardens getting ready to open as soon as we are permitted, hopefully later June, so do keep an eye on our website and social media.
The CNPA has set up a new web page, which will go live tomorrow (Friday 29th May) where information on car parks, toilets and other essential details will be gathered regularly from the relevant local landowners and published to the Park Authority website www.cairngorms.co.uk/working-together/covid-latest-information/