Cairn Gorm

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Cairn Gorm is one of the best known summits in Scotland, and despite not being the highest has lent its name to this whole mountain range. It has heavily developed for ski-ing and by the funicular railway to the Ptarmigan restaurant, detracting greatly from its wildness and the experience of climbing it on foot.

 You have not climbed Cairn Gorm.

Region: Cairngorms

Altitude: 1245 metres

Summit view: Open virtual summit

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Detailed route description and map

Cairn Gorm via the Northern Corries

Cairngorm with Ben Macdui

Other routes and challenges

The quickest ascents are from the ski centre car park, either via Windy Ridge (described as the descent route above) or via the Fiacaill a' Choire Chais path branching off the track to the Ptarmigan restaurant. For scramblers, the Fiacaill Coire an t-Sneachda ridge provides a popular Grade 1 scramble.

The epic challenge hereabouts is the ascent of the Cairngorm 4000ers, best accomplished from Speyside. Ascend Brariach via the Chlamain Gap from the Sugar Bowl car park, head round to Cairn Toul and then Corrour Bothy. Use the Allt Clach nan Taillear route onto Ben Macdui, then continue to Cairngorm and back down to the ski centre.

Walker-friendly accommodation in the area

Aviemore Hotels

Aviemore B&B

Aviemore cottages

Cairngorms hostels


Users' walk reports for Cairn Gorm

There are 3946 Walkhighlanders who have climbed Cairn Gorm . They have contributed 117 public walk reports including this summit.. These are ordered below with the most popular ones first. The rightmost column shows how many summits were included in their report, which may help you to find the most relevant reports.

Title AuthorDate walked LikesHills
  03/08/1983  31 M2C1
  13/06/2014  13 M11
  12/02/2010  10 M2
  13/09/2014  9 M10
  21/07/2013  8 M2
  08/10/2014  7 M2
  22/09/2012  7 M2
  05/06/2012  7 M2
  16/06/2011  6 M4
  22/04/2011  6 M2
  25/05/2013  5 M2
  10/08/2012  5 M6
  12/02/2012  5 M1
  19/07/2014  4 M1
  09/07/2014  4 M1
  03/05/2014  4 M1C2
  31/07/2013  4 M2
  14/06/2013  4 M5
  18/02/2013  4 M2
  22/09/2012  4 M2
  12/02/2012  4 M2
  11/01/2012  4 M2
  25/07/2012  3 M1
  19/06/2012  3 M2
  21/04/2012  3 M3
  06/03/2011  3 M1
  24/12/2010  3 M2
  28/08/2014  2 M1
  20/04/2013  2 M2
  31/03/2013  2 M8
  16/02/2013  2 M1
  31/07/2012  2 M3
  30/06/2012  2 M2
  04/03/2012  2 M1
  19/11/2011  2 M4
  27/07/2011  2 M1
  09/10/2010  2 M2
  09/08/2014  1 M3
  25/07/2014  1 M3
  28/04/2014  1 M1
  28/09/2013  1 M2
  15/07/2013  1 M3
  03/07/2013  1 M1
  26/03/2013  1 M1
  15/03/2013  1 M4
  31/07/2012  1 M2
  21/07/2012  1 M2
  28/04/2012  1 M1
  19/04/2012  1 M1
  24/03/2012  1 M2
  29/02/2012  1 M4
  19/12/2011  1 M1
  12/11/2011  1 M2
  05/10/2011  1 M3
  22/07/2011  1 M1C1
  19/06/2011  1 M2
  11/06/2011  1 M3
  31/05/2010  1 M1
  17/10/2009  1 M2
  27/08/2014  0 M2
  30/05/2014  0 M1
  01/05/2014  0 M8
  31/03/2014  0 M2
  19/01/2014  0 M1
  14/09/2013  0 M1
  10/08/2013  0 M1
  12/07/2013  0 M1
  08/07/2013  0 M1
  22/06/2013  0 M4
  09/06/2013  0 M2
  16/02/2013  0 M1
  26/11/2012  0 M2
  20/10/2012  0 M1
  03/08/2012  0 M2
  28/07/2012  0 M2
  15/07/2012  0 M2
  11/07/2012  0 M1
  10/03/2012  0 M1
  11/12/2011  0 M1
  24/09/2011  0 M2
  31/08/2011  0 M2
  25/08/2011  0 M2
  10/08/2011  0 M1
  06/08/2011  0 M1
  18/07/2011  0 M2
  21/06/2011  0 M2
  04/06/2011  0 M2
  02/05/2011  0 M2
  20/04/2011  0 M2
  15/04/2011  0 M2
  12/03/2011  0 M1
  05/11/2010  0 M2
  18/10/2010  0 M1
  13/10/2010  0 M1
  21/09/2010  0 M9
  12/09/2010  0 M2
  30/08/2010  0 M2
  08/08/2010  0 M2
  03/08/2010  0 M1
  10/07/2010  0 M1
  20/06/2010  0 M2
  17/06/2010  0 M3
  20/02/2010  0 M1
  23/01/2010  0 M2
  07/11/2009  0 M1
  02/11/2009  0 M1
  16/10/2009  0 M1
  11/10/2009  0 M2
  27/09/2009  0 M2
  24/09/2009  0 M1
  10/09/2009  0 M3
  05/09/2009  0 M1
  26/08/2009  0 M1
  07/06/2009  0 M1
  05/05/2009  0 M2
  02/06/2008  0 M3
  01/01/1970  0 M1

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