Chalamain Gap circuit

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The Chalamain Gap is a bouldery defile on the path that links the Cairn Gorm ski road with the Lairig Ghru. It forms the centerpiece of this grand circular walk that combines many of the finest aspects of the Cairngorms - rocky, bare mountainsides, beautiful pinewoods, and forest lochs.


Mostly well made paths. The section through the Chalamain Gap is very rough, involving clambering over large boulders; there's also a rougher path back up to the Sugar Bowl.

Public Transport

Bus to Sugarbowl car park, from Aviemore.


Sugarbowl car park (charge). Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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