GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cairn Gorm Walk

3 miles (5.5 km)

This walk follows the signed 'Windy Ridge Path' from the Cairngorm Ski Centre car park to the summit of the mountain. At 1245metres (4084ft) Cairn Gorm is the sixth highest mountain in theUnited Kingdom. The route passes the Ptarmigan Restaurant, the highest restaurant in the UK. It is located at the Ptarmigan Train Station of the CairnGorm Mountain railway. It's just over half way from the summit so it's a great place to stop for refreshments and enjoy wonderful views of Loch Morlich, theRothiemurchus Forest, Ben Nevis and Ben Hope. You continue to the summit where you will find a cairn and a weather station building. The views of the surrounding area are truly wonderful.
You descend via the same path with the option of catching the funicularrailway back to the base at Ptarmigan.
The Ben Macdui and Coire an t-Sneachda walks start from the same car park so if you'd like to continue your walking in the area then these are good options.

Postcode

PH22 1RB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Cairn Gorm OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Cairn Gorm Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the south you can enjoy a circular walk around the beautiful Loch Avon and along the River Avon. There's also the smaller Loch Etchachan, a popular place with wild swimmers and wild campers.
A few miles to the north west there's nice trails around Loch Morlich and the unusual Green Loch in the Glenmore Forest Park. There's good facilities here with a visitor centre and car park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cairngorms Walks page.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cairngorms Walks

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Cairngorm mountains with cumulus clouds

Cairngorm mountains, looking north, taken from the "Windy Ridge Path" to the Cairn Gorm summit, showing cumulus clouds

Stacan Dubha - geograph.org.uk - 886049

Stacan Dubha

View to the South from the Summit of Cairngorm - geograph.org.uk - 950233

View to the South from the Summit of Cairngorm

Rocky terrain leading to Cairngorm summit - geograph.org.uk - 1975599

Rocky terrain leading to the summit

Ptarmigan Viewpoint, Cairngorm - geograph.org.uk - 102491

Ptarmigan Viewpoint

An t-Aonach, the north ridge of Cairngorm - geograph.org.uk - 861672

An t-Aonach, the north ridge of Cairngorm. With the path up the ridge in the foreground and views across the Fiacaill a' Choire Chais to Cairn Lochan. Cloud is gathering, and within a couple of hours there will be a blizzard on top.

Cairngorm Ski centre - geograph.org.uk - 1925905

Cairngorm Ski centre

North East from Cairn Gorm - geograph.org.uk - 366801

North East from Cairn Gorm

Elevation Profile

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Cairn Gorm.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)