The CairnGorm Funicular is the
country’s 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
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.
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 lifetime!
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.
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