Thursday, 2 December 2010

Walk @ The Top at CairnGorm Mountain

Hitherto the 140,000 visitors who ride the funicular railway 2km up CairnGorm Mountain every year to visit the outside viewing terrace, mountain exhibition, restaurant and shop have not been permitted to exit the building at the top, in order to conserve the rare flora on the mountain plateau. Between July and October 2010 however the operators were granted permission for a trial period to take groups out at the top on a guided walk to the summit to experience the mountain at first hand. This proved very popular and over 1000 people went on the walk which takes about 90 minutes. The feed-back from customers was overwhelmingly positive with almost all commenting particularly on how the presence and knowledge of a guide enhanced their visit. The company expects to be able to continue to offer this experience in the non-skiing months of 2011 and beyond when small groups (max.10) or individuals will be able to book onto it.

For visitors not wishing to ride the funicular or walk there is a Mountain Garden at Base Station level where they can see the plants from the whole mountainside replicated. At the top of the garden is the Camera Obscura with 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape. These attractions are free.

Located only 15 very scenic minutes by road from the A9 at Aviemore CairnGorm Mountain is a place where visitors can engage with the landscape, the very thing which draws so many of them to Scotland in the first place.

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