The CairnGorm Funicular is the countrys highest
and fastest mountain railway, which has a track that stretches almost 1.25
miles. The spectacular panoramic views from the terrace of the
Ptarmigan Restaurant, nestled just under the summit of Cairn Gorm, together with the
mountain exhibition and shop, offer an excellent all weather experience that is both
memorable and unique.
As you enjoy the journey of approximately 8 minutes,
wonder at the rugged corries of the northern Cairn gorms, created and moulded by 400
million years of geological drama. Dominated by a mountain climate, the Cairngorms are an
exceptional environment, internationally valued for their landscape and rare habitats.
Cairn Gorm Mountain provides an unrivalled opportunity for visitors of all ages and
physical ability to relax and enjoy this spectacular area in safety and comfort.
Badenoch and Strathspey is in the heart of the Highlands and the small town of Aviemore is
a hub from which to explore.
The route to Cairn gorm is well signposted. Crossing the River Spey in Aviemore, the road
begins to rise gradually from the river flood plain, and on through the ancient Caledonian
pine forest of Rothiemurchus and Glen More, past the shining waters of Loch Morlich.
As you drive on, the scenery begins to undergo subtle changes until quite by surprise you
are surrounded by the majesty of the Cairngorms.
For info on tickets and pricing click here
Discounts are available on train tickets for groups of 10 or more. We advise groups to
pre-book their tickets by calling 01479 861 336 between 9.30 and 16.30.
Hillwalking & Backpacking
Exploring the Cairngorms can be a magical experience if you are properly equipped and
prepared - physically, mentally and the right gear - including knowing how to use it! The
importance of competent navigation skills cannot be underestimated - knowing where you are
is vital. Also be aware that the weather in the Cairngorms is very changeable. Within the
space of 10 minutes a fine day can change to snow with a wind chill effect of minus 30
Celsius - any month of the year!
Above all enjoy the Cairngorms in safety and you will have memories that will last a
Route choice - it's your call
The Cairngorms are famous as a dramatic mountain range for walking and backpacking. The
ski road and car park provide a high-altitude starting point which is often preferred by
walkers to give them an advantage in tackling 4000-foot peaks such as Cairn Gorm and Ben
Macdui. However, there are many other long approach routes, such as Ryvoan, the Allt Mor
trail, the Chalamain Gap, Lairig Ghru, Glen Einich and Glen Feshie, to name just a few.
The Ranger Service can give advice on these routes, but cannot make your choice for you.
It's your hillwalk, choose a good one from the infinite permutations. Consult a good
guidebook and the relevant large-scale map and you will choose well.
CairnGorm Mountain Website
CairnGorm Mountain Railway Info