Cairn Gorm and the northern corries

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Cairn Gorm itself is the best known and most visited mountain of the range. With a high level car park and extensive ski developments as well as the controversial funicular railway, it can seem somewhat spoiled. This longer approach via Cairn Lochan has a pathless section requiring navigational care, but also terrific rock architecture and superb views, leaving the scarred sections for the return.


In perfect summer conditions this is a reasonably straightforward hillwalk. Be aware that one section is pathless, the route is very exposed, and it runs close to the edges of cliffs, requiring respect and navigational skills.

Public Transport

Bus to Cairngorm ski centre from Aviemore.


Cairngorm Ski Centre car park (charge). Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Deer Stalking information

Highlands & Islands Enterprise and RSPB Scotland. No stalking issues.

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