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Cairngorms Walks
Walking Routes & Hiking Trails

Find Cairngorms walks from the list below which features the best walking routes in the area. Most of routes are circular walks although there are a few linear hikes. The walks are listed from the shortest and easiest to the longest more challenging routes. The walks are divided into sub areas so you can find specific walks.

The great Cairngorms National Park walks listed below cater for walkers of all abilities from easy walks to challenging mountain walks in remote areas. All walks are free to download and print and all routes have GPX files. The routes cover some of the highest mountains in Britain which are for experienced walkers only. In contrast lower level walks are also featured.


Cairngorms North Walks

Cairngorms North is centered on the regional centre of Aviemore where there are a wide range of amenities for walkers. The routes below include some of the highest summits in Britain and need to be treated with respect. Many routes take you into wild terrain and are for experienced walkers only. In winter snow and ice can provide a challenging environment for walking and necessary precautions should be taken.

1906Lochan Mor & Rothiemurchus Forest from Inverdruieeasy/mod3.60
1904Loch Morlich circular (near Aviemore)easy4.00
2067Rothiemurchus Forest via Balvattan from Coylumbridgeeasy/mod4.60
1505★☩Craigellachie National Nature Reserve from Aviemoreeasy/mod5.00
3579★☩Meall a'Bhuachaille & Ryvoan Bothy from Glenmoremoderate5.50
1390★☩Cairn Lochan via the Fiacaill Buttress from Ski Centrevery hard5.70
2672★☩Cairngorm Mountain via Coire an t-Sneachdamod/hard6.00
2931Creagan an Fhithich from Falls of Truimeasy/mod6.30
3299Loch an Eilein from Coylumbridgeeasy/mod7.00
2412★☩Craiggowrie & Creagan Gorm from Loch Morlichmod/hard7.30
3218★☩Eag a' Chait gap Via Rothiemurchus Lodge from Glenmoremoderate8.20
1777★☩Carn Daimh from Glenlivetmoderate8.50
1276★☩Loch Avon Circular via Cairn Gorm Mountainhard9.00
1771★☩Ladder Hills Circular from Chapeltown, Glenlivetmod/hard9.50
1605Loch an Eilein & Rothiemurchus Forest from Loch Morlicheasy/mod10.00
2031Abernethy Forest, Cairngormseasy/mod10.20
1881★☩Ben Macdui & Cairn Lochan from the Ski Centrehard10.40
2607★☩Lairig Ghru & Chalamain Gap from Glenmoremod/hard11.00
2314★☩Cairngorm & Ben Macdui from the ski centrehard11.00
2421★☩Braeriach via the Chalamain Gaphard15.00
1721★☩Braeriach via Lairig Ghru from Coylumbridgehard18.20
1020Glenmore to Linn of Dee via Lairig Ghru & Corrour from Aviemorehard21.00
3076★☩Cairn Toul Circular from Coylumbridge severe26.50
1016★☩Devil's Point, Cairn Toul, Braeriach & Lairig Ghru from Coylumbridgevery hard28.00

Cairngorms South Walks

Cairngorms South includes routes that commence in Arbendeenshire with the main regional centre being Braemar. Routes to the highest summits in the National Park tend to be longer when using approaches from the south. The area must be treated with respect with wild and remote terrain. Winter can provide difficult conditions for walkers especially with long exit routes to safety.

3108Creag Choinnich circular from Braemareasy/mod4.00
2706★☩Morrone (Morven) from Braemarmoderate7.40
2356The Cairnwell ridge from Glenshee Ski Centremod/hard9.30
1864Glen Quoich & Glen Lui (near Braemar)moderate10.00
2181★☩Loch Lee & Falls of Unichmod/hard10.70
1119★☩Ben Macdui & Carn a' Mhaim from Linn of Deehard19.00

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Cairngorms Guide

Walking in the Cairngorms National Park, which was formed in 2003 to protect the unique aspects of the area, offers some of the great walks of Scotland. It is the UK's largest national park with a large mountain range at its heart with diverse communities around it. The habitat offers a secure haven for many of Britain's rarest bird, animal and plant species. Forests include remnants of the original Caledonian pine forest which contrast with large areas of heather moorland to foster ecological diversity. Of particular interest to hill walkers is that four of Scotland's five highest peaks can be found in this National Park where the arctic wilderness is the largest example of arctic mountain landscape in the British Isles.
Cairngorms Walking Guide

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