CairnGorm Mountain Railway

CairnGorm Mountain is Scotland’s favourite snowsports destination and home the the UK’s highest Funicular Railway.

Nearest Railway Station

Aviemore

Facilities for Car-Free Visitors

Restaurant with hot food and drinks.

Arriving by Foot

For a medium-distance walking route, it is possible to hike to CairnGorm following the provided cycle route to Glenmore and then using the network of off-road hiking trails.

Two long-distance walks have an endpoint in Aviemore: the East Highland Way and the Speyside Way.

There are many other hiking paths in the area. For example you can get off the bus at Glenmore and walk up Ryvoan pass, around Loch Morlich, and up Meall a’Bhuachaille. And several Munros which can be climbed from where the bus drops you off at the CairnGorm Mountain Railway.

Further walks are listed on the Car Free Walks website.

Arriving by Bike

After heading under the rail line, the first two-thirds of the route is off-road, as far as Glenmore. This first part has only a mild gradient and uses a section of National Cycle Route 7. After Glenmore the route joins the road to Cairngorm and climbs steeply. Care should be taken on the road as it is used by all traffic to Cairngorm.

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CairnGorm Mountain Railway from Aviemore Rail Station – cycle route

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Nearest Cycle Parking

There is a bike rack outside the base station.

Details of cycle carriage on trains

Aviemore is served by ScotRail intercity services between Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness; and Virgin Trains East Coast intercity services between London and Inverness. ScotRail services have four cycle spaces and Virgin Trains East Coast services have three. In both cases, advance reservations are necessary and can be booked through the train operators’ websites, telesales, or ticket offices.

Nearby Cycle Routes
  • National Cycle Routes 7 and 79
  • Some local paths for exploring the area.

Arriving by Bus

Bus Details

Local Bus

  • Stagecoach Highlands: 31 (Aviemore to Cairngorm)

NB: During term-time there is a two-hour gap in the morning and a three-hour gap in the afternoon as the buses are used for school runs.

Intercity Coach

  • Citylink/Megabus: Most services to and from Inverness, including all Gold and some express, stop at Aviemore. They use the stops directly outside the railway station.
Directions to the Bus Stop

The bus stop is located directly outside the railway station on the main road in Aviemore (Grampian Road). This is also used by the Citylink/Megabus coaches for drop-off and pick-up.

This information was believed to be correct at the date of publication of this website, 23 June 2015. We would encourage users of the site to check the public transport information presented above before setting off.