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Cairngorms n 
1 Highest mountain range in Britain lying on the Aberdeenshire / Banffshire / Invernesshire border 
2 A yellowish-brown semi-precious stone la18C-

For some thousands of years after the last Ice Age, the high tops of the Cairngorms changed little. The Highlanders seldom climbed up to them. Many times the climate warmed and cooled but the stormy tablelands still remained an arctic wilderness. Up to the Second World War, more visitors went to the Highlands, but there was not yet a great popular tourist boom. From the 1950s however, developers and tourists have greatly changed these tops.
D Nethersole-Thomson & A Watson 1974. The Cairngorms: their natural history and scenery.

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