Views wanted on walks from funicular to Cairn Gorm peak
A consultation has been launched on whether a trial scheme offering funicular railway passengers guided walks to the summit of Cairn Gorm should be made permanent.
Hillwalkers were not initially allowed to use the funicular as a quick means of reaching the plateau.
Walkers had to start their journey from lower down the mountain in an effort to prevent damage to the environment.
However, a trial scheme offering guided walks to the summit began last year.
More than 10,000 people have taken part in the Walk@The Top events so far.
Those on the walks must return to the top station with their guide, and SNH said there had been 100% compliance with that rule during the trial period.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Highland Council are now seeking views on making the walks permanent.
The six-week consultation ends on 23 December.
The new walks would require changes to the Cairn Gorm visitor management plan, a legal framework between Highland Council, SNH and CairnGorm Mountain Limited.
Badenoch and Strathspey Conservation Group opposed the walks last year because of concerns it would increase pressure on a fragile environment.