Guided hiking holiday: Roaring stags, ginger heath and a dusting on the tops - mountain walking at it's most colourful
6 days, 7 nights
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3 out of 5
Autumn is spectacular in the Highlands of Scotland. It is the easiest time of year to take beautiful pictures.
We've picked out a few Munro hikes for this trip where you'll be able to see some of the best autumn colours
Day of arrival: Guests usually aim to arrive between 5 & 7 pm in time to meet up with the rest of the group and settle in before dinner. We will pick up from both Aviemore train station and Inverness airport. The airport is a 45min drive from us so we can only make one airport/Inverness pick up per trip so we will co-ordinate arrival times to offer the best pick up option we can. If you do arrive early we can offer solutions to reach us without a long stay at the airport. Please ask for details if relevant.
Day 1: The guided walk heads first through the Pass of Ryvoan, at the heart of the Cairngorms, with its woodland and aquamarine lochan. The aim is the distinctive pyramid of the 1090m summit of Munro Bynack Mor.
Day 2: A guided walk through the high tundra of the Cairngorm plateau, via beautiful Glen Feshie, to the 1019m summit of Munro Mullach Clach a’ Bhlair.
Day 3: A guided walk to two of the stunning Monadh Liath Munros, A’ Chailleach and Carn Sgulain.
Day 4: A day off – and a chance to explore the local area, or head to the shops in Aviemore or Inverness. We’ll gather again for a group meal in the evening at a local restaurant (included in the trip price).
Day 5: A guided walk to the 1130m summit of Munro Creag Meagaidh via the impressive cliffs of Coire Ardair.
Day 6: A guided walk to the two Munros on the west side of the Drumochter Pass, Geal-charn and A’Mharconaich.
Departure: The next day following breakfast. We will be sad to see you go, but we hope you’ll return again for another of our walking holidays.
We asked our guests what sets Scot Mountain Holidays apart, why they return year after year:
“the social aspect” – “the camaraderie, food and conversation” –
“the company of the hosts” – “so warm and welcoming” –
“a profound sense of belonging” – “the welcome of Rebecca’s home cooked meal” – “Andy’s skills as a guide, naturalist and leader” – “stewardship, sustainability and a small footprint” – “in harmony with the land” – “a slice of rural Scottish life”
Scot Mountain Holidays is the ONLY adventure tour operator in Highlands of Scotland with a combined home and guest lodge. We strive to be more than just an tour. We aim to provide you with a ‘home away from home’ on your adventures. We thought of no better way of doing this than to welcome you into our own home.
We have owned and operated Fraoch Lodge as our home base and business since 1999. In that time, we have come to embrace our guests as members of our extended Highland family.
We source our meals from locally produced and home grown ingredients to provide you with the most delicious flavours and traditions the area has to offer (while minimising our impact on the environment, too). Our dining room and lounge are shared spaces where we gather with guests and friends to share in the holiday and offer you extensive knowledge of your tour.
No matter the season, the Cairngorms and Fraoch Lodge is a place to relax and explore all its beauty and comforts, and we hope to make you feel as at home as we are.
We have achieved Gold Star Awards from the world’s most highly respected green accreditation scheme, Green Tourism, and were awarded Highly Commended in their Green Star Awards 2013 for both Scot Mountain Holidays and Fraoch Lodge. We offer a Green Travel Discount of £15 to any guests who travel to us by public transport. Our primary aim is to minimise the carbon footprint of our holidays, and to this end we donate 1% of the price of our tours to the RSPB’s Abernethy Reforestation project.
It is a holistic approach we have to the care of the environment. Andy your adventure guide has a passion for the natural world – whether it’s the flora, fauna or fungi. He has a background in geology and a lifelong interest in natural history, as well as being a keen gardener. He knows a Golden Plover from a Dotterel, a Green Shank and a Dunlin. He also makes no apologies to being very excitable upon spying a Golden Eagle!
For further information, please don’t hesitate to check out our Environmental Responsibility page, or contact us directly at email@example.com.
We are proud to continue to offer our unique departure guarantee*. If your booking is confirmed by Scot Mountain Holidays you can be assured that your holiday will run. We can offer this guarantee as we are unique amongst walking holiday operators in Scotland by providing all the parts of your holiday (guiding, accommodation and catering) in-house.
* Scot Mountain Holidays reserves the right to alter the venue and itinerary of holidays advertised as based away from Fraoch Lodge.
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A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 28 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the trip price is required
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In compliance with the UK Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 a client deposit account has been arranged with the Royal Bank of Scotland to protect monies paid in respect of travel arrangements offered in the Brochure and to cater, where necessary (and subject to the terms of the insurance policy), for a refund of such monies in the unlikely event of our financial failure. The balance of payment is due 28 days prior to the commencement of the course. Credit/debit cards accepted are: Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Switch, Non-refundable deposits will be debited on receipt of the booking form. Balance of payment reminder will automatically be sent out to you. Please be prompt in paying the balance. If you decide to pay by internet bank transfer please use your own name or booking number as a reference for the payment so it can be reconciled.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. We also recommend that you take out insurance which includes cancellation and baggage cover.