Reindeer of the Cairngorms

We spent the last few days in the Cairngorms, exploring the mountains surrounded by reindeer.

Dave, the reindeer guide, led us on a short walk up the mountainside to see the famous reindeer that call the Cairngorms home. Walking across a small wooden walkway we looked down to the amazing views of the vast forests below. As Dave called the herd of 30 plus reindeer, they began to follow him, with his bag of food. As they moved a clicking sound could be heard, later finding out that this is the noise of the reindeers' tendons. During blizzard conditions, they use this clicking sound to keep together as a herd. 

This is Dave our reindeer guide.

This is Dave our reindeer guide.

Dave feeding the herd.

Dave feeding the herd.

The view back over the forests.

The view back over the forests.

Standing amongst the herd of these powerful-looking animals with their impressive antlers, we were amazed at how gentle and accepting they were of our presence. Walking among us, while they fed, we admired the texture of their antlers, and the size and shape of their hooves. 

The furry texture of the antlers.

The furry texture of the antlers.

A reindeer's large hoof.

A reindeer's large hoof.

We sat for a while on the mountainside admiring the reindeer as they fed beside us. As they finished feeding, one by one, they drifted away from us, further up the mountain and out of site, blending into the landscape. Once the reindeer left, we made our way back down the mountain path towards the forest, admiring the colours of the beautiful small flowers alongside the path.  

Grazing reindeer.

Grazing reindeer.

Top dog.

Top dog.

A beautiful brown reindeer.

A beautiful brown reindeer.

The herd retreating into the mountains.

The herd retreating into the mountains.

Heather alongside the trail down the mountain.

Heather alongside the trail down the mountain.

John and Holly x