Cairngorms Gateway Centre in Blair Atholl
The NEW Cairgorms National Park
Gateway was created during 2012. There have been some very
significant changes to what was once the Atholl Estates Rangers hut
and the old Blair Atholl School play ground.
The old Blair Atholl School meal hall, later the Atholl Estates
Rangers hut has been transformed in to the maginificent Cairngorm
Gateway Information Centre. It is full of information, as well as
activities for the youngsters, Free WiFi and a warm fire in winter,
cosy chairs too.
The car park is currently
being upgarded (as I type this) so it is a top notch facility. It
was difficult to turn in on the old car park, so a new bend is
being installed with a larger parking area, carefully laid out.
For those of you who are interested in the outdoors and would
like some excellent information on the area, its wildlife, the walk
and cycle routes, red squirrels, should visit the
Cairngorm Information Centre, it is opened and
closed each night by the Atholl Estate Rangers.
The Atholl Estates Rangers are part funded by the Estate, and by
Scottish Natural Heritage .
The Atholl Estates Rangers operate all year round, with one
full-time ranger and 2 seasonal rangers. They assist visitors in
their understanding and enjoyment of the area, and manage 9
waymarked trails for walkers and cyclists on the estate.
The Cairgorms Information Centre was fully refurbished in 2012.
It is located in Blair Atholl village, opposite the entrance
to the Blair Castle Caravan Park, next to the Atholl Country
Life Museum and 'Food in the Park' (Cafe, Fish and Chips and Pizza
The Cairngorm Information Centre has a
number of features, which include displays and offers some
activities for children. There is also information on what to do in
the area, making the Centre a helpful reference point if you are
planning any outdoor activities.
The centre is open from 9.00am to 4.45pm daily, between Easter