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Walking - Cairngorm Mountain

Walking - Cairngorm Mountain


Summit Walk

The Summit Walk takes you from the Ptarmigan Station at 3600ft up to the summit of Cairn Gorm where on a fine day you will experience the magnificent 360 degree views over the Strath, the Moray Coast, Lochnagar and the Cairngorm Mountain Range. Your guide will be able to give information on the views, the history and stories of the area, as well as the flora and fauna which lives and survives at this altitude. You might be lucky enough to see Ptarmigan, Dotterel, Snow Bunting, Reindeer or even Eagles on your 90 minute circular route. The Summit Walk operates daily between May and October with two walks at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Please note that customers wishing to take part in the Summit Walk will be required to either purchase a Funicular Railway ticket or make their own way to the Top Station. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your walk.

Guided Wilderness Day Hike

On Thursdays in May through to October you can join a Ranger for a walk in the Northern Corries of Cairngorm, and perhaps onto the edge of the plateau. Mostly on mountain trails, we will explore the glaciated uplands, look for alpine-arctic species and experience the High Cairngorms at first hand. Please pick up your tickets from the Ticket Office and meet at 10.00am at the Ranger Base, return around 3.30pm. Bring lunch, waterproofs and your walking boots. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Please note, between the 4th June - 4th July whilst our Funicular Railway is undergoing some essential maintenance, we will only be able to offer the following guided walks:
Join one of our Ranger/Walking Guides on an exploration into the Northern Corries. Explore the natural and human history of the landscape of the Cairngorms. There is a good chance of seeing Ptarmigan on this walk. This is a four hour walk, with some rough sections of path. You will need to bring a packed lunch or you can pre-order one to pick up from CairnGorm Mountain. You will also need a full waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers and stout footwear.

Available: Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday

Please note, for all bookings for the Coire an t-Schneada Walk in June, guests can enjoy a 10% discount!

Take a winding route through the lower levels of the ski area to explore the natural and human history of the Cairngorms. There is a good chance of seeing Red Grouse and Mountain Hare on the walk. Walk should last 1-2 hours. There will be some gentle slopes on good paths. You will need a waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers.

Available: Tuesday and Wednesday

Special Features

You may have seen us on TV! Featured in Ski Sunday, BBC Springwatch, BBC Street Doctors, '25 Things Before you Die' - Dining in the Ptarmigan Restaurant - The Herald 2007. Highland Life Magazine, Green Planet, Scottish Field, Open Country, BBC Out of Doors.....

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Walking - Cairngorm Mountain

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Opening Times

Summit Walk will operate daily from May until October. Please visit the web site for a full programme listing or call 01479 861261 to make a booking. Please note we are closed on Christmas day. Please note the funicular will be closed from 4th June to 4th July - summit walks will not be on offer during this period, however we will be offering: 4 HOUR WALK (COIRE AN T-SNEACHDA) and 1-2 HOUR WALK (COIRE CAS LOOP)

Admission: Please visit our web site for further details.

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