About the Cairngorms

The Cairngorms (Scottish Gaelic: Am Monadh Ruadh) are a mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland closely associated with the mountain of the same name—Cairn Gorm.
The Cairngorms consist of a large elevated plateau adorned with low, rounded glacial mountains.

Although not strictly a single plateau, the Cairngorms give the sense of being a single plateau, because the passes that cut through them are not very deep. Adam Watson gives the summit of Lairig Ghru as 835 metres, and the summit of Lairig an Laoigh at 740 metres, and The Sneck at 970 metres. Topographically, this means a walker could cross between the Cairntoul (1293m) – Braeriach (1296m) massif to the Ben Macdui (1309m) – Cairn Gorm (1245m) massif and onto the Beinn a' Bhùird (1196m) – Ben Avon (1171m) massif without descending below the 740m summit of the Lairig an Laoigh.

The Cairngorms became part of Scotland's second national park (see Cairngorms National Park) on 1 September 2003. The national park is in the Scottish council areas of Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus, Perth and Kinross and Highland.

The Cairngorms are a great area for winter mountaineering and multi day walking expeditions. Some of the hills in the Cairngorms are hard to reach and are ideal for multi day trips. The hills are usually well covered in snow during the winter season and many people go to the Northern Corries near Cairn Gorm mountain to walk and climb.

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Best Season:All Year Round
Popular Location: Cairn Gorm, Northern Corries, Loch Nagar, Ben Macdui

Cairngorms Courses and Trips

Popular trips and courses in the Cairngorm National Park
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    Navigation Course

    1 Day

    Learn how to use map and compass and read maps accurately. Our navigation course is usually based in the Aviemore area. Can't find the right date or trip? Simply contact us and we will try our best to organise a ...

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      Cairngorm Explorer

      3 Days

      Explore the hills of the Cairngorm National park on a 3 day hillwalking expedition. The Cairngorm plateau is regarded to be the Artic slipped south and has therefore a very unique fauna and flora in Scotland. Can't ...

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      Winter Skills Course

      2 Days

      Our 2 day winter skills course runs every weekend from early January to early April. We only teach practical skills, which will help you have a great time in the Scottish Winter mountains. Can't find the right date or ...

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      Winter Mountaineering Course

      5 Days

      Our fantastic 5 day winter mountaineering course for people who would like to learn a bit more than just the basics. The last 2 days are an expedition in the hills where you learn how to navigate in winter conditions ...

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        Personalised Service

        1-12 Days

        With Unexplored Scotland you can get your own instructor who can then provide a trailor made trip or course for you. Can't find the right date or trip? Simply contact us and we will try our best to organise ...

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