Cairn Gorm Circular Route est un sentier en boucle de 12.4 kilomètres situé près de Aviemore, Highland en Écosse. Le sentier offre des vues panoramiques et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. Le sentier est principalement utilisé pour la randonnée et la marche.

Distance: 12.4 km Dénivelé: 849 m Type d'itinéraire: Boucle

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randonnée
3 months ago

The day started with cream cheese bagels (for two of our three strong party) and a short drive from our AirBNB near Aviemore to the pay and display car park half way up Cairn Gorm. Ahead of us was the summit and then a route that took us round the norther corries and perhaps even across to Ben Macdui, weather permitting. Exciting stuff. Parking up and two of us changing into our water and all-weather-proofs proved to the other in our party that the purchase of a waterproof might be a good idea. He headed to the Cairn Gorm Snow Sports gift shop to see what they had. As we checked the map, he came back with a loose waterproof over-the-head number, a branded hat, some gloves and a significantly lighter wallet. Good enough, we thought. From there on in, we took the route straight up alongside the old railway. It was, to be honest, steep and not enjoyable. Being used to an ascent broken up by step-like paths, the grind of a steep road took its toll on our knees and spirits. Nearing the first of the ski huts, we stopped to admire the snow machines and snow ploughs. Serious kit. As the path winds up we began to feel the effect of that cloud and, as well as poor visibility, damp spirits set in as we decided it probably wasn't best to continue with our planned route. We would make it to the next bit of shelter, chow down on packed lunches, dab and then boost up to the top before heading straight back down. We found the top of the abandoned railway and stopped for a lunch of sorts. If you've ever seen the fog effect on PS1 classic Silent Hill, you'll have a decent idea of the visibility as we neared the top. Even stopping for ten minutes, the cold and damp got to our bones in a way that you'd not expect for late September. It became icy as we made our way up the well-defined path and to the stony peak of Cairn Gorm. As we stepped off the path and began our walk alongside the row of stone piles marking the best route to the top, the sideways rain really began to get to us. And by 'get to us' I mean into our very souls. Reaching the top, we stopped for a moment to enjoy the view - the misty 10 metres or so in front of us. Spotting the weather station we raced round to see what was there. Nothing much as it turned out, apart from a solo walker sheltering from the wind and rain. They very much supported our decision not to continue to the corries or venture along the ridge to Ben Macdui because of the weather. We vowed to get off the top and never return. With that we made our way down, going as quickly as possible. Having made it most of the way back to the abandoned railway station near summit, one of us (me) found that his phone had dropped out from his pocket. The only thing was to head back up the final ascent and do the top of Cairn Gorm again. Would it be found? Would it be worth finding? After all, iPhones aren't known for their resilience in wet weather. A long uphill climb took two of us back to the summit before we located the expensive black rectangle. Amazingly, it still worked. There were even a notifications popping up as we held it up, staring in amazement that it was alive and well amongst the harsh rain and wind of the peak we vowed never to return to. Our jaws would have dropped, were they not clamped shut from the wind chill. From there on in, we jogged down most of the way to get back to double digits in degrees C. Once in the car we spotted a group of people trying to jump start their van by pushing it down the hill. We asked them if they needed help but they were confident they'd be fine. 10 minutes further down the hill, we saw them again, this time pulled over in a lay-by, one staring dejectedly into their phone, the others looking tearful. At least someone had a better time on Cairn Gorm than us.

randonnée
5 months ago

We turned this into an out and back. Made it to the summit of Cairn Gorm and back in about 2.5 hrs. Beautiful views of the glen and beyond to Aviemore. We caught some sunshine, rain, hail, and a full rainbow! Ignore the last bit, forgot to switch off before driving away.

randonnée
rocheux
6 months ago

Great trail, weather was against us but still had a great time. The odd moment the clouds broke the views were amazing. Will need to follow basic instructions as it’s not sign posted and there are numerous other trails, luckily one of the group had instructions and even used them to help other hikers we met along the way who were lost.

randonnée
5 months ago