Greater Cairngorms

Welcome to our Expedition Network. Please contact us and we would be happy to help you plan and undertake your expedition.

Contact us

Caitlin Ripley, Scottish Network Co-ordinator
DofE Scotland, Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5EZ

T: 0131 343 0920

E: [email protected]


An Area Advisor is based in the area and can assist with enquiries regarding routes, landowners, and campsites.

Judy Middleton

M: 07740643526

E: [email protected]

Camp site updates

To manage the large number of teams visiting the area the following estates manage wild camping in popular locations. Please see Resources above for more details on each estate.

  • Derry Lodge and The Punch Bowl at Quoich on Mar Lodge estate
  • Glen Muick on Balmoral estate
  • Bridge o’Ess on Glentanar estate

There are also restrictions on camping in the following areas:

  • Loch Ordie – due north of Dunkeld – All DofE groups are requested not to camp in the immediate vicinity of the Loch. Alternative campsites have been identified north of Loch Ordie and groups are requested to use these instead of the shoreline of the loch.
  • Glen Prosen. Renovation work has been done at Kilbo Bothy (NO 249 708) and it is now frequently used. All groups are requested to not camp in this area.
  • Daldhu (NO 025 706). This house is used as a holiday home and groups should assume the building is occupied and camp a respectful distance away.
  • Glen Livet estate has identified preferred camping sites.

July 2018:

The council has recently closed the toilets in Fiddich Park, Craigallachie (NJ290452), which are a popular camping site for teams canoeing the Spey. Camping is still allowed at this site, and the council is advising that there are alternative public toilets available in Craigallachie on Victoria Street (next to the Craigallachie hotel), about 10 minutes walk away.

April 2018:

Extreme weather in winter 2015/6 caused severe damage to many routes and washed away a number of bridges. The Cairngorms National Park has an update on the most recent information; ‘Winter storm impacts’.Details of remaining washed out bridges that may affect DofE teams are in the Grampian & Cairngorm Information Pack.

Two footbridges over the Quoich which were washed away at NO 115 913 and NO 101 921 have been replaced in the past couple of years, but the vehicle bridge is still impassable at NO 118 911.