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Go Wild with our Cairngorm Mountain Ranger Walks

Taking you closer to the wild landscape of the Cairngorms

Guided Walk on Cairngorm Mountain

Join an experienced ranger for a walk to the stunning Northern Corries.

Join us on selected dates from mid-May through to October for this half day experience from £20 per person.

Choose to book online to join a pre-arranged walk or scroll down to find out more about group or private walks.

The Northern Corries guided walk is a ‘must do’ when visiting the Aviemore and surrounding area. The Northern Corries make up the North West side of Cairn Gorm, Britain’s 6th highest mountain. A coire (corrie) or cirque is an amphitheatre like, bowl shaped valley formed by glacial erosion and a truly, dramatic landscape to visit 950 metres above sea level.

Our ranger walks offer you the chance to experience the wildness of our mountains with a knowledgeable ranger who will give you a fascinating insight into the Cairngorms environment. Discover amazing facts, see our incredible wildlife and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the mountain. You may even spot some of the Cairngorm Reindeer herd grazing.

The Northern Corries guided walk is a ‘must do’ when visiting

Path to Northern Corries

How to Book

    • Option 1: Join a pre-arranged guided walks on set dates (click book now to check availability and book online). 
    • Option 2: Book a group walk, minimum of 6 in your group, maximum of 10 at £20 per person (click get in touch).
    • Option 3: Book a private guided walk, minimum of 2 in your group from £120 per group (click get in touch).
    • We also offer the add on of a packed lunch, ready for you.


At a Glance

  • This half-day experience into the heart of Coire an t-Sneachda and Coire Cas is not to be missed
  • At 950m above sea level you will explore the mountain landscape on a mixture of constructed trails and open rough ground
  • You’ll capture spectacular panoramic views weather permitting before stopping for lunch (lunch is not provided but a packed lunch can be added to your booking)
  • After lunch the walk continues over the Fiacaill a’ Choire Chais before descending through the ski area back to the car park
  • Enjoy sampling a Scottish heather tea on your return in the café, one of the local plants that thrive on the mountain
  • You will hear stories of how the landscape was formed, learning of its vibrant history and the flora and fauna that are an integral part of its eco-system
  • A minimum level of fitness is required (total distance 6.45km) however the walk will be at a gentle pace so just bring your enthusiasm for a truly unique day on the mountain 

Guided walks at Cairngorm Mountain

Good to Know

  • Your guide will greet you outside the Day Lodge at 10.15am and the walk will begin at 10.30am.
  • Please have your QR code tickets to hand and ready for scanning upon arrival.
  • Your group will set off onto the mountain between 10.30am – 10.45am and return at approximately 2:30pm – 3:00pm.
  • Timings are valid for pre-arranged guided walks. Times can be varied for group bookings or private walks. 
  • We can provide a packed lunch which can be added to your booking.
  • We will be walking on a mixture of constructed trails and open rough ground therefore suitable footwear and clothing is required. Check out the required kit list below.
  • Please note this walk is weather dependent and may be cancelled at short notice due to either poor conditions on the day or due to extreme forecasts for safety reasons.

Kit List

Our mountain landscape is beautiful, but you need proper equipment to stay safe. Here’s a list of what you’ll need. 

  • Strong hillwalking footwear
    Preferably sturdy hiking boots
  • Warm clothes, hat and gloves
    It can be cold even in the summer.
  • Full waterproof outerwear
    In case the weather turns – rain and wind can be cold
  • Packed lunch, drinks and snacks
  • You can add a packed lunch from our café to your booking
  • Binoculars (if you have them!)
    For catching a close-up glimpse of the wildlife
  • Camera or camera phone
    You’ll want to capture the views and the wildlife!

Mountains are beautiful, but can be unpredictable, so we reserve the right to turn away customers who are not suitably dressed and prepared for the conditions or terrain. 

What our Customers Say

Guests on a guided walk“Thank you for an outstanding day. The rangers really do know their stuff. From the history of the mountains, and the geomorphology, flora and fauna! I found it really encouraging to appreciate how the area is currently being managed and the vision for the future. Our small group enjoyed stunning views including looking down on a rainbow! The rangers ensured we walked to a pace that we could all enjoy. Highly recommended! Colin

Meet Your Guides

Our rangers have extensive knowledge of the land within the Cairngorm Estate and will strive to give you the best experience possible.

“We generally talk about life in the Cairngorms, sharing stories, experiences, facts, history and enjoy engaging in discussion with the group and hearing of their own experiences in the mountains. We always hope to see wildlife such as Red Grouse, Ptarmigan, Ring Ouzel, Mountain Hare, maybe even a wee cheeky Snow Bunting but, as you can imagine, we can’t guarantee it!”

Walking guide booksGain the Confidence to Explore on your Own

We understand the importance of educating visitors on the Cairngorm Estate. These guided experiences are aimed at building confidence through education on the essential elements of hill walking in the Cairngorms.

These mountains are not ours, but they are our responsibility to look after. By sharing experiences, informing on proper etiquette, and promoting safe practices we can provide visitors with the knowledge and understanding of this beautiful place and encourage them to do some exploring of their own.

Book Your Guided Walk

To book your guided walk please contact our team.


Important Safety Information

Here at Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Ltd we take the safety of our staff and customers very seriously. For more details, please see our full Guided Walks terms and conditions below.

Terms & Conditions

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