My work at Speyside Wildlife and life in the Cairngorms National Park

Home is where the heart is… In Robert Burns' and in my case – my heart is in the Highlands. In 2015, I celebrate ten years of 'life as an expat', having moved away from Germany in 2005 to start a new chapter on the wonderful Orkney Islands. I was running a small country house hotel on Orkney Mainland for three years before I explored the Southern Hemisphere for a further three years. I returned from New Zealand in 2010 and have been calling the Cairngorms National Park my home. With a hospitality background and a passion for travel, I've been lucky to have worked in the travel industry in recent years, providing me with a deep knowledge of the Highlands & Islands and beyond. I’m passionate about outstanding customer service and showing off what Scotland has to offer.

These days I'm focussing these efforts on the Cairngorms National Park where I work on a project for Speyside Wildlife which are celebrating 25 years of wildlife watching holidays next year so with tons of experience and an international portfolio, they are market leaders in what they do. My project involves getting more people interested in and travelling to the Cairngorms National Park. I'm developing tours and packages and help deliver them in the field as well. And for those interested in tartan – we have also developed the Cairngorms National Park Tartan, which celebrates the spectacular landscapes of Britain’s largest and most northerly National Park. The colours reflect the purple heather covered hills; the bright red "eyebrow of the iconic Grouse"; the grey of the ancient granite, and the yellow sun.

I live in the mountain town of Aviemore, which is the perfect jumping off point into the hills and into many outdoor activities. The perfect day for me would be to start off with a scrumptious breakfast at the Mountaincafe in Aviemore (and perhaps come back later to sample their incredible array of cakes!), then a hike up onto the Northern Corries on the magnificent Cairngorm Plateau, marvelling at the endless views. The evening would have to be spent with friends in the best pub in Scotland, The Old Bridge Inn. Yeah, that would be a good day!

Stefanie Lauer

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Autor:  Stefanie Lauer
Datum: 03.November 2015