Coronavirus Update 22/03/20

In light of current developments, we will unfortunately be completely closed to the public as of 23rd March 2020. As the situation is so unknown, we cannot currently give a date for reopening, but hopefully we will survive long enough to be able to open again once restrictions are lifted, whenever that may be.

Without our Hill Trips, the bulk of our income, 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 and Paddocks are open daily (except Jan-early Feb, shop only in March) and there is a daily guided Hill Trip to see the reindeer plus additional trips during the Summer months. 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.