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Cairn Gorm

(Carn Gorm, Cairngorm)

Cairngorm at Dusk
©2019 Gazetteer for Scotland

Cairngorm at Dusk

Giving its name to the Cairngorm Mountains, the highest mass in the Grampians, Cairn Gorm rises to height of 1245m (4085 feet) on the border between Highland and Moray Council Areas. The granite peaks of the Cairngorms, created over 400 million years ago, have eroded to their present rounded tops which support a Sub-Arctic Alpine flora and fauna. During the 1960s the north facing corries of Coire na Ciste and Coire Cas were developed as ski pistes and a chair lift was created to take skiers to a middle station at 1080m (3543 feet) and top station 164m (538 feet) from the summit. In 2001 an all-season funicular railway was established to take tourists and skiers to the summit of Cairn Gorm.

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