Winter Sports catered for are: Skiing and
Summer Activities catered for are: Guided Walks
Trains to the top Station at 3,500ft /
1,245m stopped running in October 2018 due to
finances. The Trains and Rail are expected to
re-open in late 2022 early 2023.
The Car Park at the Bottom Station is
popular for Walkers and Hikers going up into
the vast range of Mountains here.
In Summer, you are not meant to take the
Train to the Top Station then Hike the final
500ft to the Summit of Cairn Gorm to prevent
erosion. You are meant to Hike from the Car
Park by taking a Trail out to the left, or more
popular to the right then up a Ridge Trail.
In Winter, in Snow and Ice, 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 down. If Hiking in Snow and
Ice, take Ice Grips for your Boots and an Ice
Axe or Poles, also Warm and Weatherproof
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.