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Cairngorm Mountain

Based just outside of Aviemore, Cairngorm Mountain is an environmental and economic asset for Scotland

A unique asset for Scotland

Cairngorm is a place of outstanding natural beauty - a wild mountain environment that is home to many examples of flora and fauna.

As a mountain resort, it is also a key driver of the economy of Strathspey and Badenoch, at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

In public ownership through HIE, Cairngorm estate has strong potential to grow and sustain its reputation as one of Scotland’s most important tourist destinations, attracting thousands of visitors every year and playing a key role in the country’s mountain resort sector.

We're committed to both protecting and enhancing Cairngorms wonderful natural environment. We're also working to optimise the mountain's positive impact on the local economy by helping to build a sustainable resort business that caters to thousands of visitors every year.


Cairngorm masterplan sets out 25-year vision for mountain estate

A set of 10 strategies to shape development of the publicly-owned Cairngorm Estate over the next 25 years was published by HIE on 2 June 2021.

The 3,500-acre estate (1,418 hectares) includes footpaths and trails offering access to wild areas that provide habitat for rare mountain flora and fauna, in addition to the well-known snowsports centre and funicular railway.

HIE has prepared the Cairngorm Estate Masterplan following widespread consultation and public engagement.

The outcome is an overarching vision for the estate as: ‘a world-class mountain environment where nature thrives and people of all ages and abilities enjoy access to outdoor sport, recreation and education opportunities in every season of the year’.

Aiming to unlock Cairngorm’s full potential as an environmental and economic asset for the area, the masterplan will act as a framework to shape future plans on themes including ecology, sustainable transport, mountain biking, electrification, facilities development and more.

Read the Cairngorm masterplan

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Strengthening the future of Cairngorm Mountain

Cairngorm will benefit from more than £20 million to make it a year-round attraction, generating significant economic benefits for the local area and Scotland’s tourism sector.

Funded by the Scottish Government and HIE, more than £16 million of the investment will be used to support reinstatement of Scotland’s only funicular railway and bring it back into service in 2022.




Cairngorm Plateau Volunteering Day October 2021

Cairngorm Advisory Group

The Cairngorm Advisory Group brings together public, private, community and sporting organisations who share a common desire to help Cairngorm Mountain Estate achieve its full potential.

Membership covers a broad range of interests and experience, reflecting Cairngorm’s impact on local people and businesses, the wider economy, the environment, sports, heritage and education.

The group meets quarterly to advise Highlands and Islands Enterprise on its strategy for managing Cairngorm, and held its inaugural session as a virtual gathering on 27 May 2021.

Meeting notes

About Cairngorm


Cairngorm hosts the UK's highest restaurant


million visitors to Cairngorms National Park each year


the number of jobs supported by Cairngorm Mountain

Cairngorm Mountain - Freedom of Information

In response to public interest, we are gathering a wide range of information on Cairngorm into a single resource.

Cairngorm Mountain - Freedom of Information
Skiers standing by signs for the base station and white lady on Cairngorm snowy mountain

Cairngorm Mountain Scotland

Visit the Cairngorm Mountain Scotland website for the latest snow reports, ski conditions and information on year round activities available on the mountain.

Cairngorm Mountain Scotland

Cairngorms National Park

Find out what's on in and around the wider area of the Cairngorms National Park.

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