Cairngorms National Park are offering visitors a chance to meet Santa and his Reindeer in the Scottish Highlands as an alternative to Christmas in Lapland.

The Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland is home to the only free roaming reindeer herd in the UK. A Winter playground that has all types of activities for sports enthusiasts through to café culture and log fires for relaxation devotees. For the perfect holiday break it’s the UK alternative to Lapland and only a few hours from any UK City.

(PRWEB UK) 12 November 2012

Cairngorms National Park have announced Santa and his reindeers have clocked on duty for the Winter. The Reindeer herders have been training the new recruits getting them ready for the Christmas winter breaks in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The Reindeer are found roaming in there open natural environment all year round. The reindeer can be visited daily from April-New Year.

Cairngorms National Park is Britain's largest National Park at over 4,500sq km, almost twice the size of the Lake District the next largest Park in the UK.The area’s mountains have shaped the people, culture, natural heritage, scenery and character and dominate the National Park as well as giving it its name. It contains four out of Scotland’s five highest mountains, is home to three of the countries ski areas and significant stretches of two of Scotland’s major rivers the Spey and The Dee.

Cairngorms National Park this year have already seen the first snow coverings over it's picture postcard branches of ancient Caledonian pine trees and stunning landscape views. The area is filled with flame haired Highland cows and reindeers with small icicles hanging from their noses, skiers and snowboarders with berry red faces, roaring log fires and a dram of whisky to warm the insides. Conjuring the perfect image of Winter in the Cairngorms National Park.

The only free ranging herd of reindeer is located in The Cairngorms National Park just 6 miles from Aviemore. The herd roam freely throughout the Cairngorms range and Glenlivet Estate. Each of the reindeer has their own name and the team at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre can tell each one apart from the other by sight.

Daily trips run to visit these majestic creatures in the Artic tundra of the Cairngorms up on the mountainside, visitors are able to meet and greet these incredibly friendly and endearing animals and feel their velvet soft noses and hand feed them in the shadow of the UK’s highest mountain plateau.

For children and adults alike the charm and beauty of the Cairngorms National Park at Christmas time is hard to beat. Many would agree that it’s the perfect place to celebrate the excitement of Christmas with the kids or celebrate Hogmanay with friends, its the ultimate Winter playground with activities, accommodation and places to eat, drink and shop.

About The Cairngorms National Park

Notes to Editors
http://www.visitcairngorms.com is the online gateway to the Cairngorms National Park.
The Cairngorms is Britain's largest National Park (at over 4,500sq km, almost twice the size of the Lake District the next largest Park in the UK) The area’s mountains have shaped the people, culture, natural heritage, scenery and character and dominate the National Park as well as giving it its name.

The Park is also home to ancient pine forests, arctic mountaintops, lochs, rivers and moorland as well as some of the most iconic wildlife, and a quarter of the UK's threatened species. In fact, 50% of the Park is designated as being of national and international importance for nature conservation.

The area was voted as one of the top 20 places to visit in the world by the National Geographic Traveller Magazine. It contains four out of Scotland’s five highest mountains, is home to 3 of the countries ski areas and significant stretches of 2 of Scotland’s major rivers (The Spey and Dee)

From castles, distilleries and museums to gentle strolls and extreme sports, there is an abundance of exciting activities for the entire family to learn and enjoy throughout the year. Not only that, but the area produces a range of high quality food and drink including beef and lamb, salmon, whisky.

With around 1.5m visitors per year contributing £115m per year to the local economy, it’s easy to see what brings them here!

The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd

Reindeer were re-introduced into Scotland in 1952 by a Swedish Reindeer Herder, Mikel Utsi. Starting from a few reindeer, the herd has grown in numbers over the years and is currently held at between 130 and 150 by controlling breeding. Living in their natural environment out on the Cairngorm Mountains and the Cromdale Hills, this is a fantastic opportunity to encounter an animal living freely.