Visitors to the Cairngorm Mountain Railway may be able to enjoy permanent year-round guided walks from the top station to the summit under new plans.
Those boarding the funicular railway could be well advised to go in walking boots
if a six-week public consultation being held by Scottish Natural Heritage and The Highland Council finds in favour of the idea.
It began yesterday (November 14th) and the proposal is that passengers who walk to the top do so in a circular route accompanied by a guide at all times.
The mountain railway opened in 2001 and at the time, no access was on offer from the upper station at 3,600 ft up to the 4,084 ft summit.
Walkers can climb the mountain without using the funicular, which sets off from the lower station at 2,037 ft.
Those starting from the car park and bus stop at this level can take paths to the top and may go on to cross the high plateau and ascend Ben Macdui, the second highest mountain in Britain at 4,295 ft.