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Walking on Cairngorm Mountain

Engaging Visitors with the Wild Landscape of the Cairngorms

There is no better way to discover the natural beauty of the Cairngorm Mountains than by experiencing a guided walk. Our knowledgeable rangers will give you a unique insight into the landscape and environment of the Cairngorms and you’ll discover some amazing views and facts about the mountain environment right here in the heart of the National Park. We offer a choice of guided experiences here at Cairngorm Mountain from short one hour walks to longer walks to allow families, first time visitors and experienced hill-walkers a great experience.

Our guided walks have now ended for the winter season. Walks run will re-start from May – October 2024.

Cairn Gorm summit

The Summit Walk

Take a trip up Scotland's only Mountain Railway and join a guided walk to the summit of Cairn Gorm.

Starting from outside the Day Lodge at the top of the car park our experienced ranger will take you on a short walk from the Mountain Resort along the Northern Corries footpath.

You will hear stories of how the landscape was formed, learning of its vibrant history, the creatures that inhabit it and the flora and fauna that are an integral part of its eco-system.

You’ll get the chance to stop for some breath-taking photos before arriving at the Coire an t-Sneachda (burn crossing). It’s a beautiful spot where you can enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature, running water and the breeze of the wind. With dramatic views towards Glenmore below and up to the peaks of the Northern Corries it’s perfect for a family photo opportunity to remember your trip to Cairngorm Mountain.

Your guide will greet you outside the Day Lodge at 1.45pm and your walk will begin at 2.00pm for approximately 1 hour. Please have your QR code tickets to hand and ready for scanning upon arrival. 

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Guided Walk on Cairngorm Mountain

Exploring the Northern Corries

Explore the breath-taking Northern Corries on one of our Ranger Guided Walks. This half-day guided experience journeys from the base of the resort across constructed footpaths and rough open ground into the heart of Coire an t-Sneachda and Coire Cas.

Our ‘Exploring the Northern Corries’ walk runs on dates throughout the summer and autumn, weather permitting. This half day experience will take you into Coire an t- Sneachda through well constructed footpaths then onto more rugged open ground in search of the wildlife that thrives and survives in the mountain environment, returning to the car park by traversing onto the Fiacaill a’ Choire Chais then descending through the ski area.

You will hear stories of how the landscape was formed, learning of its vibrant history, the creatures that inhabit it and the flora and fauna that are an integral part of its eco-system.

Your guide will greet you outside the Day Lodge at approximately 10.15am. Please have your QR code tickets to hand and ready for scanning upon arrival. Your group will set off onto the mountain between 10.30 and 10.45am and return at approximately 3pm.

Packed Lunch Menu

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What our Guests Say

“Thank you so much for an outstanding day walking to the Northern Corries...

“I really appreciated the advice given to ensure that I was adequately clothed and brought food & drink with me – very helpful. Firstly, the rangers really do know their stuff. From the history of the mountains, both recent and ancient 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 that we walked to a pace that we could all enjoy. Highly recommended!” Colin , June 2022 

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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!”


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Walkers & Equipment

What to Take With You

It is vital that you come properly equipped for the day, we reserve the right to turn away those who are not suitably prepared for the conditions or terrain. Our guides have put together a list of essentials to take with you.

  • Strong hillwalking footwear – preferably sturdy hiking boots.
  • Warm clothes, hat and gloves – it can often be cold here, even in the summer.
  • Full waterproof outerwear – in case of inclement weather.
  • Packed lunch, drinks and snacks – add a packed lunch from the Cairngorm Café to your booking for only £12
  • Binoculars (optional) – for catching a close-up glimpse of the native wildlife.
  • Camera (optional) – there will be plenty of photo opportunities throughout the day, bring a camera to capture your adventure.

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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.

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