The Funicular Railway / Mountain Railway
opened in 2001, running from the Bottom Station
Car Park at around 2,000ft /610m up to the Top
Station at 3,500ft / 1,245m.
The Trains stopped operating in 2018 due to
finances, then needed repairs before re-opening
in late 2022 or early 2023.
The Railway takes many Skiers and Snow
Boarders up to the Top Slopes at a time, also
Tourists going up for the Views.
There is a Cafe / Diner at the Bottom
Station and a Cafe / Diner, Shop and Museum at
the Top Station.
The Top Station is 500ft / 152m below the
Summit with a well marked Trail as visibility
can be poor much of the time.
In Summer, you were not allowed to take the
Train to the Top Station then Hike the final
500ft to the Summit of Cairn Gorm to prevent
erosion. You had to Hike from the Car Park, out
to the left or right then up Ridge Trails. Not
sure if this still applies.
In Winter, in the Snow and Ice, you can Hike
from the Top Station to the Summit, or now
popular is Skinning / Ski Walking, going uphill
in Skis with Skins on that can only go one way,
then Skiing back down. Hiking, best to have
Poles and Ice Grips on your boots.
Winter Sports catered for are: Skiing and Snow
Summer Activities catered for are: Guided Walks
The Car Park at the Bottom Station is
popular for Walkers and Hikers going up into
the vast range of Mountains here. Mountains
1863 - Aviemore Train
Station opened as part of the Highland
Railway, connecting this remote Town to the
rest of the UK.
1891 - Sir Hugh Munroe listed
282 Mountains in Scotland over 3,000ft, with
vast numbers of Hikers starting to try and Hike
all of these Mountains, known as Monroe
Of the 9 Mountains over 4,000ft in Scotland,
5 are in the Cairngorm area, with Ben Macdui
being the second highest Mountain in Scotland
at 4,294ft, 1,309m.
The other 4 over 4,000ft are around Fort
William, 62 miles southwest, including the
highest Ben Nevis at 4.409ft, 1,345m.
1947 - Glenmore Lodge by the
Cairngorm Mountain opened as an Outdoor Centre,
leading to the area becoming a popular Winter
1961 December - a Ski Resort was opened on
the Cairngorm Mountain with a Chairlift and
Chalet. This led to Aviemore becoming a popular Ski
Resort Town, soon with a number of large
Hotels, Holiday Parks with Caravans, Lodges,
Camping and Touring.