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Cairngorm Reindeer Herd

Glenmore, Aviemore PH22 1QU, Scotland
+44 1479 861228
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Ranked #3 of 13 attractions in Aviemore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Visit Britain's only free-ranging herd of reindeer in their natural environment. Follow your guide as they lead you up to the reindeer's mountain... more » Owner description: Visit Britain's only free-ranging herd of reindeer in their natural environment. Follow your guide as they lead you up to the reindeer's mountain enclosure. Once there, your guide will tell you all about the reindeer and you can walk amongst them, stroking them and feeding them by hand.Don't fancy the hill trip? For those less able, from Easter to New Year, we have a small group of reindeer in the paddock at the Centre itself. For younger visitors, there is a quiz, you can make your own badge, or make an antler headband. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Friendly, helpful staff. Magnificent setting with adorable reindeer. Well worth the money and time out to visit. Sensible footwear a must; visit was not rushed & had many opportunities to feed members of the herd. Would definitely visit again.

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Paphos, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Do not read the very few miserable comments it is a true saying that you cannot please everybody. Fiona was charm itself and I had the opportunity to sit outside and talk with her some more before we set off. Everything, and I mean everything about this place is utterly brilliant, it is a do not miss experience - once... More

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Cowdenbeath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My girlfriend and I absolutely loved the reindeer herd experience. Hen, our guide, was very clear and informative as well as friendly and open to have a bit of banter. The deer themselves were quite calm and playful, as well as hungry. We love animals so this was right up our street and there were kids with us in the... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Perfect for families. We traveled with 2 teens and a toddler and it was wonderful for everyone. We didn't have a car to travel up to the parking lot, so I would recommend making sure you have your travel up to the trail sorted beforehand (we ended up riding with the guide). The stroll is quite short and can be... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

First impressions weren't great when I arrived at the booking office to buy tickets for my family. There was one individual serving customers and they took an age booking a family in front of me onto the trip. To be fair they were foreign tourists and probably struggled to understand where the hill trip started from and had inappropriate footwear... More

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Cairngorm Reind... C, Manager at Cairngorm Reindeer Herd, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review, feedback is always much appreciated by us all here at the Reindeer Centre. I'm sorry that you found our booking procedure a bit slow. As you can imagine it takes us longer to explain the hill visit procedure to visitors whose first language is not English so apologies that you had to wait for your... More

Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My husband and I visited the reindeer herd on a sunny day in June (although the field was still pretty muddy, so make sure to wear boots or shoes you don't mind getting dirty). After the short drive to the trailhead from the Reindeer Center, followed by a quick walk up to to the hill where the reindeer were located,... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Visited on a beautiful June afternoon. Staff are pleasant and Center is very easy to locate directly on the main road to Cairngorm Mountain and local bus service from Aviemore. The Paddock area was loads of fun, so arrive at leat a half hour before you plan to walk so children can enjoy the wonderful scavenger hunt they have set... More

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Darmstadt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We visited the reindeer herd at Easter and there was quite a crowd walking with us and the guide. Of course, this is far from having an individual meeting with a reindeer, because there was a lot of talking and shouting going on, people behaving as if they were in the zoo (where you shouldn't behave like this as well)... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We decided to visit the reindeer experience after noticing it whilst we were driving by on our way up to the Cairngorm mountain and we are so glad that we stopped to do this. You can either choose the paddock visit (probably wouldn't recommend) or the full tour up the mountain to see the reindeer running about in the hills... More

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Cairngorm Reind... C, Manager at Cairngorm Reindeer Herd, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review, and I'm really glad you enjoyed yourselves so much. Seeing reindeer up on the mountainside in their own habitat is what we are all about so it's very gratifying to receive good reviews from visitors. Just so it's clear to others however, the reindeer in the paddock area are not depressed at all as... More

Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We weren't too bothered about going to see the reindeers but due to something else we planned not doing tours on that particular day we decided last minute to see the reindeers - something that we were very glad we did! We could have just see the reindeers in the paddock but decided to pay the extra and have the... More

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Cairngorm Reind... C, Manager at Cairngorm Reindeer Herd, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your hill visit so much! Always lovely to receive good reviews. Just a quick point though, the hill enclosure where some of the reindeer spend part of the year is roughly the same size as 1200 football pitches rather than 13 - it's enormous! Even so no reindeer are kept in there all year round, they all... More

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