snowshoe holiday in the Cairngorms with a guide, Scotland

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Easter Snowshoeing (Cairngorms)

Holiday summary

An all inclusive guided winter walking holiday in & around the Cairngorms National Park

Dates

13/04/2017

Duration

4 days, 5 nights

Meeting Points

We offer pick ups/ drop offs at Aviemore train station and Inverness Airport. Please notify us of your intended time of arrival so we can co-ordinate pick ups. Provisional pick up time from Inverness airport is around 5pm unless otherwise arranged. If travelling by car- turn off A9 onto the A95 following signs for Carrbridge and Boat of Garten. Turn right to Boat of Garten, Fraoch Lodge is on the right 150 metres after the 30mph sign. We advise our guests to try to arrive by 7pm on the evening before the walking starts if possible. Dinner is usual served at 8pm

All Inclusive

Yes

Price

Grade

4 out of 5

Tour Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • fully inclusive
  • winter skills training
  • all meals at Fraoch Lodge including from evening of arrival to morning of departure
  • 5 nights accommodation at Fraoch Lodge

ROUTES INCLUDE

  • Ben Macdui
  • Carn Ban Mor
  • Mullach Chlach a'Blair
  • Sgorr Gaoithh

Scotland’s mountains in winter become uniquely special. Delicate ice crystals reaching windward, descending with the colours of the setting sun, these are just a few of the joys. Starting with winter skills training/refreshment & in the company of an experienced qualified guide, this lodged based holiday offers five days of mountain walking plus a day off to explore the local area. The mix of challenging walking, cake o’clock & a roaring fire, delicious home cooking along with the uniquely warm & welcoming hospitality of our combined home & guest lodge makes for a great holiday

winter Cairngorms

Snowy ridges of the Cairngorms on a perfect winter day

Evening of arrival: You arrive at our lodge to a welcoming cup of tea or coffee in front of a roaring fire before being shown to your room.

Day 1:: We climb high onto Cairngorms snowy flanks for the necessary instruction/refreshment in winter skills.

Day 2:: The route to Britain’s 2nd highest peak – Ben Macdui is a wonderful wintry high plateau gander.

950m of ascent & 10miles (16km) on snow covered footpaths and rough ground with some moderately steep gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:45

snowshoe holiday

Residents of the winter Cairngorms

Day 3: The Glenfeshie hills are different in character again. Their broad sweeping ridges lead you up out of the beautiful glen onto the great whale back of the “Big White Hill”, Carn Ban Mor.

900m of ascent & 9.5 miles (15km) on generally moderate gradients on snow covered footpaths and rough ground but with some steeper ascents. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:00

Day 4:: A guided hike on the snowshoes through the high tundra of the Cairngorm plateau, via beautiful Glen Feshie, to the 1019m summit of Munro Mullach Clach a’ Bhlair.
Glen Feshie is the unsung hero of the Cairngorms.

Route: 900m of ascent and 14 miles (22km) mainly on tracks and old stalkers path with some moderate gradients and rough walking. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 7:00:

Morning of departure:: Time to pack up and get ready for the journey home after one last breakfast.

winter munros Cairngorms

Spectacular Cairngorm ridges in the snow

accommodation near Aviemore

Fraoch Lodge in it’s autumn plumage

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.

food at Fraoch Lodge

Moroccan bulghar wheat stuffed pie

food at Fraoch Lodge

Spiced beef stuffed lettuce leaves

food at Fraoch Lodge

Freshly baked home made croissants

at Fraoch Lodge

Everyone loves an open fire, almost as much entertainment as the TV

food at Fraoch Lodge

A classic British favourite which we are doing our best to introduce across The Pond (into the USA).

Gold standard for Green Tourism

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 info@scotmountainholidays.com.

Gold award - Green Tourism

Booking Procedure

Departure Guarantee

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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Attention! Don’t forget to read our trip dossier and booking terms and conditions, BEFORE you complete the booking process!

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


Your Financial Protection

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.


Insurance

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.

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