Cairngorm Plateau

Adopted by Debbie

This is a long-established elevated path across the exposed and open Arctic-alpine plateau from Cairngorm summit to the junction with the Ben Macdui path, just south of Lochan Buidhe. It’s often used by walkers in reverse, returning from Ben Macdui towards Cairngorm car park. It offers spectacular views both over the wide expanses of the plateau to the Southern Cairngorms and, in the other direction, of the Northern Corries, with the native pinewood forests of Glenmore, and Loch Morlich glistening below. On a clear winters day the Moray Firth and Sutherland hills beyond are also visible. You’re likely to spot ptarmigan and snow bunting on this route, and if you’re lucky mountain hare, or even the elusive dotterel which breeds on these windswept slopes in summer.