Parking at Cairngorm

At 635m high, Cairngorm Mountain is one of the easiest and most popular access points into the Cairngorms National Park.

The Base Station and Car Park

We operate three car parks within the resort, for an average of 220,000 visitors a year.

Despite operating a voluntary donation car parking scheme for some time now, only one in 20 vehicles are contributing, which has left a large deficit for the upkeep of the parking facilities. The new parking charges will be set at £2 per vehicle per day and a reduced rate seasonal parking pass of £25 will also be available. The cost for minibuses, caravans and camper-vans (if staying overnight) will be £8 per day and season pass holders will be exempt from the car parking charges completely.

The funding from car parking charges will be reinvested in a number of initiatives over the next few years including the installation of interpretative material and improved signage. In the long term it is hoped that a 24-hour toilet facility could be introduced, as well as improved campervan facilities and electric hook-ups and additional ski racks installed around the Day Lodge buildings.

Initially, however, the priority will be to resurface the car parks and improve parking bay markers and drainage. Feedback from visitors as well as season pass holders has consistently highlighted growing concerns about potholes and other maintenance issues in the car parks.

Parking Benefits

Your money will go directly towards projects such as:

  • Contributing to the running of the Ranger Service to continue:
  • Footpath Maintenance
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Running Educational Activities
  • Sustainable drainage to reduce run-off into the Allt Mor Burn (a Special Area of Conservation for Salmon)
  • 24-hour Toilet Facilities
  • Improved Bus Stop Facilities, to reduce car use
  • Improved Automated Ticketing to reduce winter queuing
  • Car park re-surfacing and improved markings of each parking bay

Parking Tariffs

The parking fees payable at this car park are as follows:

  • Cars – £2.00
  • Minibuses/Vans – £8.00 (if staying overnight, £2 if visiting during the day)
  • Annual Passes – £25.00

These fees are also displayed on the welcome sign at the entrance to the car park. You are obliged to pay the applicable fee. Please note the following exemptions:

  • Blue Badge Holders
  • Season Pass Holders
  • Emergency or Contractor Vehicles

Parking Terms and Conditions


‘us’, ‘we’ and ‘our’ means Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited and includes any representative appointed as its agent. ‘you’ means the driver, the passengers and the legal owner of the vehicle. A ‘vehicle’ is defined as any motorised and wheeled device used for transporting visitors. A ‘car’ is defined as having seven seats or less


By parking in this car park, you acknowledge that you enter into a contract with us on the basis of these Terms and Conditions.


Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited does not accept any liability for any loss or damage to vehicles or their contents.

Display a Valid Ticket

Parking tickets are issued per individual vehicle accessing the car park and are non-transferable. You must do one of the following:

  • Purchase a ticket and clearly display in the windscreen
  • Clearly display an annual pass
  • Clearly display your blue badge





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