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Cairngorm Funicular

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.

Cairngorm Funicular

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.

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Group Bookings

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 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.

CairnGorm Mountain Website

CairnGorm Mountain Railway Info