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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    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 find the right…

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      Winter Skills Course

      2 Days

      The 2 day winter skills course in Scotland will be in the Cairngorm hills near Aviemore and covers all aspects of winter hillwalking in the UK. These  courses run every weekend from January to April, because we like to give…

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      Winter Mountaineering Course Scotland

        Winter Mountaineering Course

        5 Days

        Our 5 day winter mountaineering course is for people, who would like to learn a bit more than just the basics. The course will naturally cover the basics of winter mountaineering in the UK, will also go beyond it. We…

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          Personalised Service

          1-12 Days

          With Unexplored Scotland you can get your own instructor who can then provide a tailor 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 a…

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