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“Good fun but not much to do at the top”
Review of CairnGorm Mountain

CairnGorm Mountain
Ranked #10 of 47 things to do in Aviemore
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Owner description: CairnGorm Mountain is a great place to visit at any time of year. Ride the UK's highest funicular to just below the summit of Cairn Gorm, enjoy a walk with a Ranger or on one of the self guided routes. In winter, enjoy great snowsports on 30km of pisted runs suitable for beginners to experts. Lunch at the UK's highest restaurant, shop for gifts or mountain essentials and depart with unforgettable memories of this unique place.
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We went up to the 'top' on the Funicular railway was was a good trip, although it was a shame there wasn't more to see at the top. The cafe was good, exhibition small but informative and the view from the viewing area was amazing.

We went in summer and perhaps in winter there is more to do but because you are locked in to the visitors centre on the summit it wasn't somewhere you could spend time. They say several times that this is for ecological reasons but it does feel like they just want to make money from guided descents. A small chance to just stand out on the mountain would have been nice!

Having said that it was worth the £10/adult return trip and the cafe was reasonably priced.

Thank AllWork
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Parked up at ski car park and walked to te top where it was bitterly cold Loved it !!!!! Lovely change that the train not running Felt like the good old days There are loads of routes from the car park for walkers

Thank AliJohn65
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Enjoyed the views from the car park but did not travel to the summit as there were too many restrictions. Enjoyed a walk from the car park. Allso used the café which was excellent for soup sandwiches and coffee

Thank brodgarDundee
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Went up on funicular railway (which was pretty cool!) however once up there was not allowed to walk on paths unless have paid for a guide not allowed to walked down again on trail because I went up on the funicular. In Scotland they have the right to roam, so if stick to trail how does this equate with what is happening on Cairngorm, why should I pay extra to walk on a mountain as a responsible walker I and my family very disappointed very touristy, many coach parties seem to cater for these more than anything. Staff not very helpful.

Thank hazelv123
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CairnGormMountain, Public Relations Manager at CairnGorm Mountain, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2013

Visitors to CairnGorm have a right to roam every bit as much as elsewhere in Scotland. We assist them in that by providing a car park 635m up the mountain from where they are free to walk up and down the mountain as they wish – the walk to the summit takes approximately 90 minutes on well-marked paths from the car park. If they choose to travel up the mountain on the funicular railway however they may not exit the building or leave the outside viewing terrace at the top station to go onto the mountain unless they are booked on a guided walking or mountain biking experience for which there is a charge. The restriction on visitors who go up on the funicular was put in place as a planning condition of the construction of the funicular in order not to increase unduly the number of feet falling on the rare flora or increase the disturbance to the birds in the protected areas of the Cairngorm plateau. By restricting access to those who have walked up from the Base Station this number limits itself. Most visitors appreciate the reasons for this restriction being in place but we have in recent years been able to negotiate a relaxation of the access restrictions whereby we may take visitors who have travelled up on the funicular out onto the mountain from the top station in small groups under the direction of a guide in order to walk on prescribed routes to and from the summit and alternatively down the hill. We have also more recently been given permission to take them down the hill on mountain bikes, again in small groups and under the direction of a guide. We solicit customer feedback across all areas of our operation and both these experiences have received widespread positive comments from those who have gone on them in particular about the friendliness and knowledge of our guides.

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Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

We went on a clear, crisp day in June. We only had to wait for one tram load so that was great. There are lovely views from the ride and the top. Once you are inside the centre, there are a few displays of interesting facts, a gift shop featuring a variety of goods, a cafe and eating area and an outside viewing area. You seem to need a guide to walk on the mountain. The food in the cafe was pretty typical fare, but it was nice that they were willing to do smaller portions. There is a small natural plant garden and camera obscura that you can explore at the bottom where you catch the tram. A suitable place for a family outing!

Thank Mary H
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