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.
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!
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.