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Essential Summit Trail

Opportunities like this don’t come along too often!

Now you have the chance to enjoy something truly spectacular by walking to the top of Cairn Gorm, Scotland’s sixth highest mountain and gazing at the incredible views or simply experiencing the Scottish weather.

Weather permitting between May and October small groups of up to 10 visitors can enjoy a 90 minute guided walk on a mountain path to the summit.

Hitherto mountain railway passengers have not been able to exit the Top Station to walk on to the mountain outside the skiing season but now you can, on the Essential Summit Trail. You’ll be walking at over 3,000ft with an expert guide who will not only ensure your safety, but also offer their knowledge of Cairn Gorm and the wider Cairngorms National Park area. One customer described the views as akin to being “on top of the world, looking down on creation.” This isn’t just one of the most beautiful places in Scotland – it’s one of the most breath-taking areas in the world.

“On top of the world, looking down on creation.”

The walk, which is around two miles long, takes on rough, uneven surfaces with a steady ascent of 486ft. You’ll need to be fit enough to walk for about one and a half hours after you exit the Ptarmigan Top Station. Walking boots or trail shoes are necessary and waterproofs advised. We recognise that all children are different but as a guide we suggest the Essential Summit Trail is suitable for those aged six years and over. They must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Key Information

  • There are two Essential Summit Trails are scheduled daily at 10.30 and 13.30.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time for your walk and after collecting your ticket from the Ticket Office where you will also meet your guide.
  • It is at the discretion of the guide whether you have suitable footwear and clothing.
  • Please ensure you come fully prepared so as to avoid disappointment. (Wellies, sandals, and gym shoes are not deemed suitable footwear.)

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Guided Walk Prices

 Essential Summit Trail
(Includes Funicular Travel)
Adult£21.60
Junior (6-16)£15.25
Student/Senior£21.60

Please note: *Minimum numbers may apply. We may re-schedule walks with less than 5 participants booked in.  All walks are weather dependent and we may alter the route in bad weather.

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