Where: Cairn Gorm, by Aviemore in the
Highlands of Scotland
When: October 2016
The 4,084ft Cairn Gorm is situated 10
miles southeast of Aviemore. This is one of
the top skiing and hiking regions in
Scotland. Of the 9 mountians over 4,000ft in
Scotland, 5 are here. Ben Macdui here is the
second highest mountain in Scotland at
The highest mountain in Scotland is Ben
Nevis by Fort William at 4.409ft. The other 3
mountains over 4,000ft are by Ben Nevis.
The car park here is 2,000ft above sea
level, so getting up onto the mountains takes
only about a 2,000ft hike.
You can also take the mountain train up to
the visitor centre at about 3,500ft, for
great views if you are not fit enough to
hike. You are not allowed to hike from the
top visitor centre to the mountains though,
unless you hire a guide, you have to start
hiking from the car park.
You should only venture out to the other
mountains if you are an experienced hiker
with the correct clothing and navigation
skills. At over 4,000ft, these mountains are
often covered in cloud, getting lost in this
vast wilderness is not recomended.
Aviemore to Cairn
Gorm Road Map .