The starting point for many a mountain walk
The Sugarbowl is a great starting point for getting out into the hills. The Chalamain Gap is a popular route from here – a ravine filled with a jumble of boulders that makes a spectacular destination on its own, or as part of a journey to climb Braeriach. Further on, the Lairig Ghru pass is a classic long distance hike to Braemar, on the other side of the Cairngorms.
Facilities & access
There are public toilets and a café at the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre. Facilities are also available a couple of miles beyond Sugarbowl at Cairngorm Ski Centre.
No camping is allowed within the car park area.
Car parking charges
- £1 for up to 1 hour
- £1.50 for up to 3 hours
- £2 for all day
- £8 for minibus and coach all day
Season passes that can be used in all car parks in Glenmore can be purchased from the Visitor Centre:
- £25 for a yearly pass for up to two cars
- £10 for up to a fortnight for up to two cars
From Aviemore follow the signs for 'The Cairngorms' for 8 miles, remaining on the road as it climbs steeply towards the ski centre. Sugarbowl car park is on the left, on the inside of a switchback bend.
PH22 1RB is the postcode for the Cairngorm ski centre, a few miles beyond Sugarbowl car park.
Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm ski centre pass the entrance to Sugarbowl. If waiting on a return bus, be sure to choose a safe place away from the switchback bend. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
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