The Mountain Railway is currently closed. Season Passes now on sale.With our quietest time of year now upon us, and seeing a significant reduction in our visitor numbers, we have taken the decision to close our shop and café, until early December. Toilets for public use will still be available Wednesday to Sunday(closed Monday and Tuesday) in our Base Station from 9.00 am to 4.00pm. The technical team are currently finishing off the annual maintenance to our ski lifts, snow ploughs and piste machines, and Techno Alpin engineers have just been onsite, for a final check of our snow factory, which will be starting production next week. We look forward to reopening our facilities in early December and begin our Snowsports season on the 19th December. Thanks from the team at Cairngorm Mountain for all your support over the summer season
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Visitors enjoy many different types of recreation summer and winter at Cairngorm Mountain


Ramblers in Sneachda

The high level car parks make the high mountains accessible to people regardless of their skill levels and equipment. This can be a trap for the unwary and there are many cautionary tales to be told. The Ranger Service spends much time advising people about their plans and the suitability of their equipment.

The guided walks offered in the Northern Corries are ideal ways of finding out more about this fascinating place. For many people it is their first taste of mountain travel which they never forget. Rangers pass on essential weather and avalanche conditions forecasts.

A brief visit to the Ranger Base could be a life-saver, and is especially recommended if you are unfamiliar with the mountains or are planning to stay out overnight. 

Scottish Outdoor Access Code – Climbing | Scottish Outdoor Access Code – Walking


Ski Touring on the Cairngorm Plateau

Traversing the mountains on ski deserves a special mention as when the tows are operational, Cairngorm Mountain can assist with uplift. Ski mountaineers must ensure they and their kit is fit for this arduous activity before they can enjoy long unmarked and unpisted descents in remote parts of the mountains.


Camping in Coire an Lochain

Taking a tent up to a remote mountain lochan is a romantic notion with much appeal. Arguably, the mountain-goer does not know the mountain well unless they have spent a night out on the high ground. The practicality is challenging: carrying gear and food uphill and being at the mercy of the wind which can, at worst, flatten any tent in winter, well-equipped parties can dig snow holes and survive the night.

In winter, well-equipped parties can dig snow holes and survive the night. Cairngorm Mountain Ranger Service asks snow hole users to bring back absolutely everything, including their human waste, and provides the Snow White facility for this. The facility is available in the summer, too. Campers will find no fuel for burning, and no fireplaces, so campfires are not used on the mountain. The Ranger Service does not promote the use of remote mountain bothies, but can advise people planning to head for them.

Scottish Outdoor Access Code – Camping | Scottish Outdoor Access Code – Lighting Fires


Photographing Snowbuntings

The attraction of mountain species such as ptarmigan and snow buntings brings many birdwatchers to Cairngorm. In summer Rangers advise visitors to be aware not to disturb breeding dotterel. 

Dog Walking

Dogs are a great way of ensuring regular exercise, but need careful control on this open landscape.  Birds nesting on the ground have no defense against them and Rangers always advise dog owners to keep their dogs leashed.

Scottish Outdoor Access Code – Dog-Walking


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