A classic, comprehensive exploration of the Cairngorms National Park and it's many facets
5 days, 6 nights
Pick up from Aviemore train station or Inverness airport are included in the price of the trip. Please confirm your travel details as early as possible so we can arrange pick ups/drop offs
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Arrive: Try to aim for between 5 & 7pm at Fraoch Lodge, so that you have time to meet the rest of the group and settle in before dinner.
Day 1: Geal Charn provides us with a very enjoyable horseshoe walk above its dark lochan to views into the unending wilderness of the Monadh Liath Mountains.
Day 2: Stob Coire Sgriodain & Chno Dearg form a very pleasant high circuit with views across unending mountain ridges high above the great trench of that holds Loch Treig.
Day 3: We rise from lovely Glen Feshie, through native pines to the high ridges above, to complete a wonderful horseshoe that takes in Sgor Gaoithe. The real treat of the day is only revealed at summit cairn; the colossal amphitheatre of Gleann Einich.
Day 4: This is a day off for all of us from breakfast onwards – a chance for you to explore the area on your own; browse the gear shops in Aviemore; pop up to Inverness for the day; or simply relax. We top the day off with a fantastic meal out at our local restaurant, Anderson’s, a few doors up the road.
Day 5: The aim is Ben Macdui, Britain’s second highest. With the route skirting around the edge of the high Cairngorm plateau we walk amongst constantly changing and contrasting scenery – classic high mountain views in Scotland’s newest national park.
Day 6: : We venture into “Monarch of the Glen” country and onto the Ardverikie Estate itself where we climb Creag Pitridh and Geal Charn. Rising from stunning Loch Laggan to a sandy beach we arrive at one of the most beautiful loch settings the Highlands has to offer. Set within the Central Highlands and with views towards giants like Ben Nevis, Creag Meagaidh and Ben Alder, this is big mountain country.
Depart:after breakfast. We’ll be sorry to see you go but hope that you’ll be back to sample one of our other itineraries in the future.
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