Cairngorms & Monadhliath

The Cairngorms National Park is the largest National Park in the UK and is home to the celebrated Cairngorm mountains, home to four of the five highest mountains in the British Isles. The gaelic name for the range is Am Monadh Ruadh, the red hills. To the west, across Strathspey, are the Am Monadh Liath, the grey hills. The Cairngorms are formed from a mass of granite rich in orthoclase feldspar that gives the rock a pink fleck. This combined with evening sun lighting the western slopes probably accounts for the name. The Monadhliath are formed from metamorphosed sedimentary rocks and are lower, less craggy and less spectacular but certainly wide open upland space.

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