Coronavirus Update 04/07/20

We are currently aiming to reopen on 15th July 2020. We have had to make changes to the way you visit the reindeer – please look at our detailed VISIT page for information. Thank you so much for your support through these crazy times – we can’t wait to welcome you back!

As we haven’t been able to run our Hill Trips since March, the bulk of our income for the past few months, vital to the upkeep of the herd, has vanished. We appreciate that these are incredibly difficult times for everyone, but if you do feel able to financially support us, please consider adopting a reindeer. As with the Foot-and-Mouth outbreak in 2001 which forced us to close temporarily, it’s times like these that the adoption scheme is vital to our survival as a business.

We have also set up a donate button, if you would like to support us with a one-off amount of your choice:




We do want to highlight that we are not a charity, but all funds raised will go directly to continuing to care for the reindeer herd.

Good luck to all and thanks for your continued support, we’ll see you on the other side!

The Reindeer Herders

The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer found in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland. These tame and friendly animals are a joy to all who come and see them. Reindeer are not just for Christmas!

There are currently around 150 reindeer in the herd, mostly ranging on the Cairngorm Mountains with the remainder on the Glenlivet Estate, the locations being some 30 miles apart.

The Shop is open daily (except Jan-early Feb) and there is a daily guided Hill Trip to see the reindeer. During the Winter, the trip may be dependent on whether we can find the herd. We said they’re free-ranging and we mean it!

Information about “Summer Fun” and our “Christmas Fun” weekends in December can be found by clicking on the names above. Please note ‘Summer Fun’ is not running in 2020, and whether we can run ‘Christmas Fun’ this winter is, as yet, unknown.