Cairn Gorm is the most well known peak of the Cairngorms but few would say it is their favourite. It does however boast fine features and if you can avoid as much of the ski paraphernalia as you can, you should have a good day out. The summit is rounded and sits on a large plateau that is bounded by Strath Nethy and Loch Avon to the east and string of corries to the west, all biting into the western flanks of the Munro. Coire Cas and Coire na Ciste are the furthest north of the corries and the site of the Ski development and funicular railway, needless to say solitude will not be found here if that is what you are after. The corries further south on the west face Coire an t-Sneachda and Coire an Lochain have been left alone however and make for a fine sight. These have numerous routes available for the climbers amongst you. They boast some of Scotland’s best winter climbing routes.
Cairngorm is a large Munro (4081ft) and for this reason it is both a prominent landmark in the area and a fine vantage point in which to take in the rest of the hills and surrounding lochs. The Cairn Gorm plateau itself is vast and can be used as a starting point for accessing many of the more remote Munros further into the Cairngorm range.
If climbing on its own Cairngorm should be a relatively easy day out due to its accessibility form the ski range car park but you may as well make a day of it and take a more adventurous route, there are numerous to choose from.