Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park
The large size of the proposed park means there will be many problems to solve because of the great diversity of interests involved. Indeed, the boundaries themselves were decided more on political than on environmental grounds. Much of the area belongs to large estates and is used for sporting activities such as grouse shooting and deer stalking. But there is also some of the finest hill-walking and climbing country in Britain and the needs of the shooting and walking communities do not always coincide. Scottish Natural Heritage have been coordinating and leading the efforts to form the Cairngorms National Park. The new governing body of the Park comprises both appointed and elected personnel. Dr D.Glass of Ballater was elected to represent Royal Deeside.
The Cairngorms park boundaries roughly coincide with the grey line. The west of Royal Deeside forms the east of the park. The eastern boundary is at Dinnet just east of Ballater
There are two main routes running north-south through the Cairngorms National Park. The A9 which runs up the west side is a busy highway, mostly dual carriageway. In contrast the A93/ A939 road which runs up the east side from Glenshee to the Lecht is a smaller more windy road much suited to those who wish to make progress at a leisurely rate amongst glorious surroundings.
There is no direct route between the east and west -except by foot on the Larig Ghru and other passes.
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