THE SUB-ARTIC PLATEAU - CAIRNGORMS
Cairn Gorm is the sixth highest mountain in the UK, measuring 1245 meters. It’s close neighbour, Ben Macdui, sits hidden further back on the sub-arctic Cairngorm plateau. Ben Macdui measures an impressive 1309 meters which is only 36 meters short of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. The edge of Cairn Gorm forms a sharp cliff down into the valley, on clear days this allows for incredible views back to Glenmore, Loch Morlich and far-off peaks.
The lower slopes are a perfect example of what happens when humans take over a landscape, the barren summer ski slopes are a contrast to the relatively untouched wildlife that can be found on the plateau. In these harsh conditions, lichens and heathers cover the area, mountain hares can occasionally be spotted, along with red deer and a herd of reindeer that were introduced to Glenmore and the mountain in 1952.