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The video was filmed in the Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands, while a handler shouted to alert passersby in a car park.

Clare Edwards, 37, said it looked as though they were about to take flight over the mountains.

The off-shore chemist, from Keith, Moray, was planning to go up the mountains but was put off by poor weather, when she saw the stunning sight.

Clare said:

“I don’t know what caused them to run.

“When they started to run they looked like they were about to take flight.

“I’ve never seen anything like this, I was just in awe of them.

“I always think of them as quite magical creatures with their movements, so it was amazing to see.”

The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer and has about 150 animals in its herd.

Reindeer are powerful endurance runners and can reach sprint speeds of almost 50 miles per hour.

Clare added:

“I pulled up in the car park when I heard a large shout of ‘stop’, from a handler.

“At first, I thought it was just an owner shouting on a dog.

“Instead what I saw was a herd of must have been 50 reindeer sprinting across the car park.

“They must have been going at about 20 miles per hour.

“They ran across the car park to the bottom of the hill, where they started grazing.

“The handlers then led them up the hill, to what I assume was the nearby Reindeer Herd Center.”

The footage was filmed in the Coire Na Ciste car park at 11 am yesterday (April 19).

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