Where: Cairn Gorm, by Aviemore in the
Highlands of Scotland
When: October 2016
Height: 4,084ft, 1,245m
The 4,084ft Cairn Gorm / Cairngorm 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 4,294ft, 1,309m.
The highest mountain in Scotland is Ben
Nevis by Fort William at 4.409ft, 1,345m.
The other 3 mountains over 4,000ft are by
The car park here is 2,000ft above sea
level, so getting up onto the mountains
takes only about a 2,000ft hike. There is a
small charge for the car park.
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
in summer, unless you hire a guide, you
have to start hiking from the car park.
You can hike from the top station when
the ski slopes are open. Crampons, ice axe
or skis are needed in snow and ice
You should only venture out to the other
mountains if you are an experienced hiker
with the correct clothing, equipment and
navigation skills. At over 4,000ft, these
mountains are often covered in cloud,
getting lost in this vast wilderness is not
CairnGorm Road Map - PH22 1RB