The 4,085ft / 1,245m Cairngorm
Mountain is situated 11 miles east of
Aviemore in the Highlands of
Scotland. Regular Buses run
between Aviemore and the Mountain.
Cairngorm Mountain is open all year,
now with a small charge for the Car Park
to help with Maintenance. The Car Park is
at about 2,000ft. Postcode: PH22 1RB.
Phone: 01479 861 261.
See also a large Click On
Map for the area Towns and Top
Winter Sports catered for are: Skiing and
Summer Activities catered for are: Guided Walks,
Tubing, and All-Terrain Vehicle
Trips up to the
Top Station at 3,500ft.
Trains to the top Station at 3,500ft /
1,245ft stopped running in October 2018 due to
finances. The Trains and Rail are now awaiting
repairs before they can start running again,
said to be in the Summer of 2020?
The Car Park at the Bottom Station is
popular for Walkers and Hikers going up into
the vast range of Mountains here. Mountains
In Summer, you are not allowed to take the
Train to the Top Station then Hike the final
500ft to the Summit of Cairngorm. You have to
Hike from the Car Park.
In Winter, you can Hike from the Top Station
to the Summit, or now popular is Skinning / Ski
Walking, going uphill in Skis with Skins on
that can only go one way, then Skiing back
1863 - Aviemore Train
Station opened as part of the Highland
Railway, connecting this remote Town to the
rest of the UK.
1891 - Sir Hugh Munroe listed
282 Mountains in Scotland over 3,000ft, with
vast numbers of Hikers starting to try and Hike
all of these Mountains, known as Monroe
Of the 9 Mountains over 4,000ft in Scotland,
5 are in the Cairngorm area, with Ben Macdui
being the second highest Mountain in Scotland
at 4,294ft, 1,309m.
The other 4 over 4,000ft are around Fort
William, 62 miles southwest, including the
highest Ben Nevis at 4.409ft, 1,345m.
1947 - Glenmore Lodge by the
Cairngorm Mountain opened as an Outdoor Centre,
leading to the area becoming a popular Winter
1961 December - a Ski Resort was opened on
the Cairngorm Mountain with a Chairlift and
Chalet. This led to Aviemore becoming a popular Ski
Resort Town, soon with a number of large
Hotels, Holiday Parks with Caravans, Lodges,
Camping and Touring.
1977 - an automatic Weather Station
was built at the Summit of Cairngorm Mountain
to monitor Wind Speed and Temperature. Every
half hour, you hear a whirring sound as a hatch
opens, then a strange instrument pops out.
2001 - the Cairngorm Mountain
Railway opened for Tourists, Skiers, and
Snow Boarders to travel fast up to the top
slopes at 1,097 m / 3,599 ft. The Top Station
has a Restaurant and Museum.
2010 - Blizzards covered everything on the
Cairngorm Mountain in deep Snowdrifts up to
20ft, leading to workers having to work long
hours digging everything out of the Snow.
2018 Feb - the Beast From the East cold
spell led to fantastic Skiing conditions, after
the road up the Mountain had been cleared by
machines, and Train Tracks dug out by hand.
There are two sections of the train tracks that
often get covered in snow, one close to the
bottom, and one close to the top.
2018 March - I visited Cairngorm mountain
for Photos. Seemingly, the image bottom right
is fairly rare, with Icicles hanging from the
Weather Station, taken at the latter stages of
the Beast From the East, as seen in the
People I met at the top informed me I had
Icicles in my hair as well. Had to Hike up from
the Top Station three times before the weather
cleared for the Sunny Pics. Pics from the fist
two Hikes show what the inside of a Cloud looks
2018 Oct - the Cairngorm Mountain Railway
was closed awaiting repairs, it is unclear when
it will open again.