Local Area - To Do - Mountain Sports
A superlative venue for skiing, snowboarding and mountain sport short breaks and holidays in the Highlands of Scotland, The Cairngorm mountain range stretches for 50 miles with almost 50 peaks over 3000 feet and several others rising over 4000 feet high. The Cairngorm plateau is a vast featureless stoney desert (which is a unique example in this country of a sub-arctic ecosystem). Three of Scotland's best hill passes go through here leading to semi-permanent snowfields, which can persist into the summer months, remnants of the ancient natural Caledonian Forest and features carved out by the last Ice Age.
The Gaelic name for the Cairngorms is Am Monadh Ruadh (the Red Hills) due to the pink granite on the plateau. However the name Cairn Gorm means Blue Mountain as the peak apparently looks blue from a distance. Cairn Gorm itself is 1245 metres high (4084 feet).
For over 100 years, the Cairngorms have been recognised as one of the finest year-round sport and recreational playgrounds in the world. During this period the sheer beauty of scale, landscape and climate have been enjoyed by millions of outdoor enthusiasts. From exhilarating skiing and snowboarding, to orienteering, superb Munro bagging and fantastic mixed high and low level walking of all grades. A safe environment, with tuition available for many sports, and or course equipment hire.
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