Why is the Cairngorm funicular closed?

Why is the Cairngorm funicular closed?

The Cairngorm funicular has been closed since September 2018 due to structural problems. The Scottish government has provided £16m towards the cost of fixing the railway, owned by public body Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Where is the Cairngorm funicular?

Eight miles south-east of Aviemore and high on the northern flank of Cairn Gorm lies the CairnGorm Mountain Railway. This funicular railway runs for two kilometers through the Cairngorm ski area. In doing so it climbs 460m to the Ptarmigan top station, 150m below the summit of the mountain.

How long is the Cairngorm funicular?

The total length of the funicular railway track is 1,970 m (6,460 ft), during which the route rises by 462 m (1,516 ft). Most of the route is single track, with a short passing loop near half way. Up to 120 standing passengers can be carried in each of the system’s two carriages.

How do you get up the Cairngorms?

The funicular is just a train. It has allowed people to get up near the top of Cairngorm i.e. to the Ptarmigan restaurant. However, there has always been a visitor management plan in place. The plan means that if you use the train to go up on the mountain, then you are restricted to the Ptarmigan centre at the top.

When did the funicular open?

The funicular opened in 2001 but was taken out of service in 2018 after an engineers’ inspection identified structural defects that raised safety concerns.

Can you drive up Cairngorm mountain?

There are no roads through this mountain range, but this route travels around it, via the scenic Cock Bridge – Tomintoul road, which peaks at 640m. The area is famous for its winter sports facilities, based largely around Aviemore, but a little to the north is an area famous for its whisky.

Can you walk up Cairngorm?

From the top station, it is a straightforward walk to the top of Cairngorm. You will follow a clear, rocky path which makes Cairngorm a fairly easy climb. As you get closer to the summit, you will come across a series of cairns which appear in a line as if to guide you to the top.

What does Cairngorm mean?

smoky quartz
Definition of cairngorm 1 : smoky quartz. 2 : a light-colored, usually yellowish smoky quartz that is used as a gemstone.

Who owns Cairngorm ski?

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)
The snowsports centre and funicular are owned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and operated on its behalf under a 25-year lease by CML, which is part of leisure and travel company Natural Retreats.

How do I get to the top of Cairngorm Mountain?

The only way of accessing the mountain at all was to book a guided walk to the top. This summer (2019) these options won’t be open to you – but you can plan around this. Here are some possible alternatives: Buy a walker’s map of the area (either the OS maps 1:50,000 or 1:25,000 or Harveys maps).