The Joys of Summer on Cairngorm Mountain
CairnGorm Mountain is rightly renowned as being one of the UK and Europe’s best ski resorts, which may leave you wondering how you can still enjoy it during the summer. In fact, this stunning mountain offers much more than just being a great spot for skiing and snowboarding. We’ve put together this handy article to tell you more about the ways in which you can make the most of Cairngorm Mountain this summer.
Take a guided walk to the top of the mountain!
A walk to the top of CairnGorm Mountain is a fantastic experience and one not to be missed, though it may take your breath away in both senses! A guided walk, called The Walk @ The Top, is available and this leads you from the Top Station which is 3600 feet up, all the way to the very summit of the mountain. From there you can enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view, taking in the Strath, the Moray Coast, Lochnagar and the rest of the Cairngorms mountain range.
You may be lucky enough to take in some more fantastic views along the way. The area is home to wildlife including ptarmigans, reindeer and even eagles. As such, the walk can offer a great experience for animal lovers too. Over the summer season The Walk @ The Top takes place twice a day, starting at 10.30am and 1.30pm. You will, of course, need to bring waterproofs and footwear sturdy enough for the walk.
Try mountain biking on a real mountain!
So many of us have mountain bikes yet never seem to find the opportunity to ride them anywhere more exciting than the local park. This summer that can all change though! CairnGorm Mountain offers two different guided descent routes for mountain bikers, the Ridge to River Bike Descent and the Hill Track Bike Descent.
The Ridge to River Bike Descent is priced at £35 for adults and £25 for juniors, while the Hill Track Bike Descent is priced at £25 for adults and £20 for juniors. Juniors are classed as participants aged between 12-16, though there is also a minimum height restriction of 150cm. The price includes the use of specialised Rockhopper mountain bikes as well as helmets, shinpads and glasses. You should wear a long-sleeved top and also bring your own long-fingered gloves (these are available to buy in their shop if that’s easier).
Take it easy on the funicular railway or in the Ptarmigan restaurant!
If all of this sounds a little bit strenuous then you can still enjoy the mountain in a more relaxed manner via its funicular railway and the Ptarmigan Restaurant. Both of these will be open until 8pm (last train down) on Thursdays from the 3rd of July to the 28th of August. The funicular railway is the only one in Scotland and lets people reach the Top Station, where you can find not only the restaurant and a viewing terrace...but also the highest post box in the British Isles! It’s certainly an added talking point for any postcards that you might be sending home.
Where best to relax after a day on the mountain?
The Hilton Coylumbridge is a welcoming and family-friendly hotel and also the closest hotel near CairnGorm Mountain. As well as our proximity to the mountain, we also have two pools, tennis courts, a games arcade and an on-site activity park...not to mention the relaxing spa treatments available at the Thai Lodge in our beautiful woodland grounds.
So, how does a spontaneous summer break to the CairnGorm mountain sound? If you book and visit this June we'll give you a fantastic 33% discount!