Please note,from Tuesday 12th September until further notice, the last Funicular Railway journey UP the mountain will leave at 3.30pm and the last DOWN at 4pm, due to maintenance of the tunnel. All Base Station facilities open as normal.

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Camera Obscura

When you come and visit us at CairnGorm Mountain our Camera Obscura is well worth a visit, especially on a clear day.


If you’ve never heard of a camera obscura before, then the concept is quite simple – it’s basically a more complex version of a pinhole camera. It is a darkened box with a convex lens or aperture that projects an external object on to a screen inside. Most camera obscuras are set up to view a surrounding landscape and can create particularly dramatic scenes.

The camera obscura at CairnGorm Mountain is open during the summer months with free entry and is a key feature of the mountain arts project, ‘Reading a Landscape’. It stands at 635m above sea level in its own distinctive black timber building at the top of the Mountain Garden close by the funicular railway track, a few metres’ walk from the base station.

Since 2004 the Cairngorm Mountain Trust has worked with partners to develop an artist-led initiative that would enhance visitors’ understanding of the mountain landscape. Now ‘The Dark Room’ camera obscura rotates slowly projecting a 360⁰ real-time view of the surrounding landscape onto a table before your eyes. It is one of only a handful of such cameras in Scotland, the best known being at the Outlook Tower on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Funicular Railway

Take a spectacular journey on the UK’s highest funicular railway for views at over 3500 feet.

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Guided Walks

Explore CairnGorm Mountain with our selection of Guided Walks, starting from just £20!

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