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Highland Explorer

Holiday summary

The best of what the Scottish Highlands has to offer active groups

Available

Easter to October (min: 4 people)

Duration

1 Week

Meeting Points

All Inclusive

Yes

Price

Grade

1 out of 5

Tour Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • fully inclusive
  • Ride on the 150 year old Strathspey Steam Railway
  • Cycle through ancient Caledonian pine forest
  • Visit Loch Ness
  • Attend the Highland Games
  • all meals at Fraoch Lodge including from evening of arrival to morning of departure
  • 7 nights accommodation at Fraoch Lodge
  • traditional Scottish dinner including haggis and smoked salmon

Scotland’s fabulously diverse landscape boasts a natural outdoor playground that is perfect for an adventure holiday. Whatever your age, energy levels and aspirations, there are many different ways to explore the stunning scenery and enjoy a host of adventure delights. This holiday offers the best of Scotland’s fun-filled activities, including mountain biking, hiking, fishing and wildlife watching. We also visit world famous attractions, such as Loch Ness, historic Urquhart Castle, the Glenlivet Distillery and Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve.

Summary:

Day of arrival: We are happy to meet you at your point of arrival, whether it’s Inverness Airport or Aviemore train station. You’ll enjoy the short and scenic drive to our home at Boat of Garten.

Sample itinerary:

Day 1:
Summary: Explore the fabulous landscape on a self-guided mountain biking adventure of about 9 miles that takes in a famous steam train, Caledonian pine woods and a unique osprey hide.

Day 2:
Summary: We take you on a guided outing to visit world famous Loch Ness, impressive Urquhart Castle, followed by a cycle along the scenic and wildlife-rich South Loch Ness Trail.

Day 3:
Summary: A guided day filled with Scottish traditions, including kilts, whisky, a castle and a Burns Supper.

Day 4:
Summary: A self guided day filled with activities including “throwing a pot”, mountain biking and the chance to try a spot of fishing.

Day 5:
Summary: After an early rise and breakfast, this guided day heads to the dramatically scenic Torridon area for a day of walking.

Day 6:
Summary: A guided trip to one of a number of traditional Highland Games events that take place on different days throughout the summer.

We will be sad to see you go on departure day, but we hope you’ll return again for another of our activity 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 info@scotmountainholidays.com.

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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Booking online is straightforward and enables us to confirm your reservation immediately. We also accept bookings by telephone, email, and post.

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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