A paved steep road to Cairngorm Mountain in the Scottish Highlands

Cairngorm Mountain is a mountain peak at an elevation of 646m (2,119ft) above the sea level, located in the Scottish Highlands. Challenging weather conditions – particularly during winter. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

Cairngorm Mountain

Located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, the road to the summit, also known as An Càrn Gorm, is totally paved. It’s called Cairngorm Road. The summit is home to a ski resort. The road peaks at the ski centre’s car park.

Starting from Glenmore, the ascent is 6.27km (3.9 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 312 meters. The average gradient is 4.97%, hitting a cruel 17% through some of the ramps. The drive offers stunning views overlooking Strathspey and the town of Aviemore.

A chairlift access road climbs up to the summit of the mountain, at 1.091m (3,579ft) above the sea level. It’s totally unpaved and brutally steep. 4x4 vehicle required. The road is impassable from October to June. It’s closed to private vehicles.