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.

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Region: Cairngorms

Altitude: 1245 metres

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Detailed route description and map

Cairn Gorm via the Northern Corries

Ben Macdui and Cairngorm from the ski centre

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

Panoramic summit view (click to open)


Cairn Gorm



Users' walk reports for Cairn Gorm

There are 11335 Walkhighlanders who have climbed Cairn Gorm. They have contributed 199 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.

Walk report AuthorDate walked LikesHills
  9/6/15  36 M10C1
  3/8/83  34 M2C1
  13/6/14  19 M11
  8/10/14  16 M2
  15/6/19  14 M8
  19/8/16  13 M2
  13/9/14  12 M10
  28/3/17  11 M6
  12/2/10  11 M2
  21/7/13  10 M2
  17/10/20  9 M2
  29/8/19  9 M2
  27/8/19  9 M2
  24/8/19  9 M6
  16/7/16  8 M3
  17/1/15  8 M2
  1/9/13  8 M13
  1/6/19  7 M1
  5/11/17  7 M5S4
  3/11/15  7 M3
  9/9/15  7 M7C1
  22/9/12  7 M2
  5/6/12  7 M2
  30/7/16  6 M6
  29/8/15  6 M1
  10/8/12  6 M6
  16/6/11  6 M4
  22/4/11  6 M2
  20/10/19  5 M2C4G1
  23/2/19  5 M1S1
  24/3/18  5 M3
  24/9/17  5 M1
  15/3/15  5 M1
  14/6/13  5 M5
  25/5/13  5 M2
  18/2/13  5 M2
  12/2/12  5 M1
  15/7/18  4 M7
  29/9/14  4 M1
  19/7/14  4 M1
  9/7/14  4 M1
  3/5/14  4 M1C2
  5/8/13  4 M1
  31/7/13  4 M2
  22/9/12  4 M2
  19/6/12  4 M2
  12/2/12  4 M2
  11/1/12  4 M2
  24/8/19  3 M8
  17/5/19  3 M1
  19/1/18  3 M1
  30/9/17  3 M1
  28/3/17  3 M2
  10/9/16  3 M2
  20/10/15  3 M2
  21/6/15  3 M11
  31/7/12  3 M3
  25/7/12  3 M1
  21/4/12  3 M3
  6/3/11  3 M1
  24/12/10  3 M2
  23/8/20  2 M2
  1/6/19  2 M3
  12/5/19  2 M2
  24/2/19  2 M1
  29/4/18  2 M1
  24/9/17  2 M3
  25/8/16  2 M5
  18/6/16  2 M2
  20/10/15  2 M7
  28/6/15  2 M2
  28/8/14  2 M1
  19/5/14  2 M2
  28/4/14  2 M1
  3/7/13  2 M1
  20/4/13  2 M2
  31/3/13  2 M8
  15/3/13  2 M4
  16/2/13  2 M1
  30/6/12  2 M2
  4/3/12  2 M1
  19/12/11  2 M1
  19/11/11  2 M4
  27/7/11  2 M1
  9/10/10  2 M2
  10/9/09  2 M3
  20/9/20  1 M1
  6/9/20  1 M7
  2/8/20  1 M2
  1/8/18  1 M2
  24/6/17  1 M2
  6/5/17  1 M2
  2/5/17  1 M2
  24/9/16  1 M1
  17/2/16  1 M1
  15/8/15  1 M2
  1/6/15  1 M1
  30/11/14  1 M7
  9/8/14  1 M3
  25/7/14  1 M3
  30/5/14  1 M1
  28/9/13  1 M2
  15/7/13  1 M3
  26/3/13  1 M1
  3/8/12  1 M2
  31/7/12  1 M2
  21/7/12  1 M2
  28/4/12  1 M1
  19/4/12  1 M1
  24/3/12  1 M2
  29/2/12  1 M4
  12/11/11  1 M2
  5/10/11  1 M3
  22/7/11  1 M1C1
  19/6/11  1 M2
  11/6/11  1 M3
  2/5/11  1 M2
  8/8/10  1 M2
  20/6/10  1 M2
  31/5/10  1 M1
  17/10/09  1 M2
  22/8/09  1 M2
  23/7/76  1 M1
  1/6/19  0 M1
  17/4/19  0 M1
  11/8/18  0 M2
  26/7/18  0 M1
  14/7/18  0 M1
  9/6/18  0 M2
  20/5/18  0 M2
  13/3/18  0 M1
  18/2/18  0 M1
  14/11/17  0 M2
  27/4/17  0 M1
  5/1/17  0 M1
  27/8/16  0 M2
  19/8/16  0 M3
  10/8/16  0 M2
  1/7/16  0 M1
  6/6/16  0 M2
  5/6/16  0 M3
  4/10/15  0 M1
  7/8/15  0 M7
  24/7/15  0 M3
  18/7/15  0 M4
  29/12/14  0 M2
  1/5/14  0 M8
  31/3/14  0 M2
  19/1/14  0 M1
  14/9/13  0 M1
  10/8/13  0 M1
  12/7/13  0 M1
  8/7/13  0 M1
  22/6/13  0 M4
  9/6/13  0 M2
  16/2/13  0 M1
  26/11/12  0 M2
  20/10/12  0 M1
  28/7/12  0 M2
  15/7/12  0 M2
  11/7/12  0 M1
  10/3/12  0 M1
  11/12/11  0 M1
  24/9/11  0 M2
  31/8/11  0 M2
  25/8/11  0 M2
  10/8/11  0 M1
  6/8/11  0 M1
  18/7/11  0 M2
  21/6/11  0 M2
  4/6/11  0 M2
  20/4/11  0 M2
  15/4/11  0 M2
  12/3/11  0 M1
  5/11/10  0 M2
  18/10/10  0 M1
  13/10/10  0 M1
  21/9/10  0 M9
  12/9/10  0 M2
  30/8/10  0 M2
  3/8/10  0 M1
  10/7/10  0 M1
  17/6/10  0 M3
  20/2/10  0 M1
  15/2/10  0 M1
  23/1/10  0 M2
  7/11/09  0 M1
  2/11/09  0 M1
  16/10/09  0 M1
  11/10/09  0 M2
  27/9/09  0 M2
  24/9/09  0 M1
  5/9/09  0 M1
  26/8/09  0 M1
  7/6/09  0 M1
  5/5/09  0 M2
  2/6/08  0 M3
  12/6/93  0 M7
  1/1/70  0 M1

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