Cairn Gorm (Cairngorm) (Gaelic: An Càrn Gorm, meaning Blue or Green Hill) is a mountain in the Scottish Highlands overlooking Strathspey and the town of Aviemore. At 1245 metres (4084 ft) it is the sixth highest mountain in the United Kingdom. It has given its name to the whole range, although these hills are properly known as Am Monadh Ruadh (the Red Hills) rather than the Cairngorms. Cairn Gorm is the most prominent of the Cairngorm mountains in the view from Speyside, but it is not the highest.
Much of the north-western slopes of the mountain are downhill skiing developments concentrated in Coire Cas. As well as ski tows, snow fences and bulldozed tracks, this corrie is also now home to a funicular railway.
The next corrie south of Coire Cas, Coire an t-Sneachda, is separated from the skiing area by a ridge known as Fiacaill a' Choire Chais. The southern side of Cairn Gorm overlooks the remote loch known as Loch Avon (pronounced Loch A'an).
There is an automated weather station (AWS) controlled by Heriot-Watt University on the summit of the mountain providing temperature and wind speed data. There is a separate AWS run by the Met Office (synop code 03065).
... Due to the remoteness of the mountain, it is necessary to climb over the main Cairn Gorm plateau in order to ascend Beinn Mheadhoin ... The shortest route of ascent is from the Coire Cas car park at the foot of the Cairn Gorm ski area, initially heading for the ridge of Fiacaill a' Choire ... Beinn Bhrotain Ben Macdui Beinn Mheadhoin Braeriach Bynack More Cairn Gorm Cairn Toul Càrn a' Mhàim Derry Cairngorm The Devil's Point Monadh Mòr Mullach Clach a' Bhlàir ...
... referred to as The Cairngorms—this 'modern' use of Cairn Gorm to represent the whole range is potentially misleading—Watson (1975) refers to it as a nickname explaining that the range's former ... on maps and in guide books —Watson (1975) Ironically—naming the range after Cairn Gorm creates a contradiction since Cairn Gorm means Blue Cairn—taking ...
... It is also possible to start from the car park at the Cairn Gorm ski centre (grid reference NH989061) and ascend Cairn Gorm first before carrying onto Bynack More via The Saddle, though this is quite a ... The summit cairn is made up of granite boulders and provides a unique view of Cairn Gorm across the craggy flanks of Strath Nethy the Ben Avon plateau is also well seen ...
... There was strong opposition to the funicular from environmental groups, who were concerned about damage to the mountain and its fragile soils and plants ... The eventual compromise reached, after negotiations with Scottish Natural Heritage, allowed the Cairngorm Mountain Railway to be built, but with restrictions on its usage ...
Famous quotes containing the word cairn:
“Much wondering to see upon all hands, of wattles and woodwork made,
Your bell-mounted churches, and guardless the sacred cairn and the rath,
And a small and a feeble populace stooping with mattock and spade,
Or weeding or ploughing with faces a-shining with much-toil wet;
While in this place and that place, with bodies unglorious, their chieftains stood....”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)