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Cairngorms national park exhibition

1 November 2007

The rich architectural heritage of the Cairngorms National Park is to be celebrated in a new exhibition.

The display, and an accompanying booklet, has been created by the Historic Scotland listing team and follows a resurvey of buildings of special architectural or historic interest in this famously scenic area.

Dr Deborah Mays, head of listing, said:
“The resurvey was an important undertaking for us and has ensured that the most significant buildings in the park are recognised and that their special interest can be taken into account when changes are proposed.

“The richly illustrated exhibition and booklet explore how the built heritage makes the area special and we hope that it will encourage residents and visitors alike to discover more about the wonderful architecture of the park.

“We found a fascinating range of quality buildings which contribute much to its distinctive character. Good timber-lined interiors have also survived the years, some with rare box beds.

“The team would particularly like to thank the welcoming owners who made the work so enjoyable”.

The exhibition looks at several defining themes including castles, crofts, the railway, tourism, worship and burial and how these have impacted on the landscape.

David Green, Convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, said:  “The cultural heritage of the Park is very important and it is a much valued asset both for residents and visitors, as it helps to explain the history and culture of the Park.

“The re-survey of these buildings will help us to appreciate them and take care of them.  I hope people will also visit the exhibition as they will be able to learn why the cultural heritage is just as important and beautiful as the natural heritage.”

The exhibition will open at the base station at CairnGorm Mountain, Aviemore, on November 1.

Two of the new listings are the Lin of Dee Bridge and the wooden pavilion, originally built for the Temperance Hotel, listed at category B and C(s) respectively.

It follows the companion exhibition and booklet about Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.


Notes for editors

  • The exhibition is free to visit and will be at the Base Station at Cairngorm Mountain, Aviemore from November 1 until January 27. The booklet will be available to download from the Historic Scotland website at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/historicbuildings from November 1. A hard copy of the booklet is available by writing to The Listing Team, Historic Scotland, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SH.

  • Historic Scotland is responsible for keeping and updating the nation’s list of buildings and structures that warrant legal protection due to their architectural or historic importance. Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government.

  • There are three listing categories A, B and C(S). A is the highest and is only awarded to buildings and structures of national or international significance. Listing aims to prevent unwanted change and ensure that buildings which contribute to Scotland’s heritage are used in a sustainable way and can be enjoyed by future generations. For more information on the listing of buildings for their architectural or historical interest visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/historicbuildings.

  • The timber pavilion, originally built for the Temperance Hotel in Ballater, was used as a picturesque tearoom and for private functions. Its single storey, bungalow style demonstrates the contemporary influence of Indian architecture, imported at the time of the British Empire.

  • Linn of Dee Bridge is particularly distinctive for its well-detailed use of the fashionable Gothic style, making it distinct from the other Dee crossings. It is also a fine example of granite construction particular to the area. This bridge replaced a timber structure, which in turn had replaced an alpine timber bridge swept away by the ‘Muckle Spate’ of 1829. Before then the crossing had been made on a plank. The bridge was opened by Queen Victoria on September 8, 1857.

For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk