Mountains and Malts
Whisky, walking and wildlife in the Cairngorms National Park - a unique experience of Scotland
18/04/2017, 13/06/2017, 18/07/2017, 22/09/2017
3 days, 4 nights
We pick up from Aviemore station or Inverness airport. Please confirm your travel arrangements about one week before you trip is due to start so that we can organise pick ups etc. If you are planning to travel up to us and back by public transport you may qualify for the Scot Mountain Holidays "Green Travel discount". Please check with us for details: 01479 831 331
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This trip samples the crowning glories of the Cairngorms National Park. Whilst others make a beeline for the highest peaks of we venture onto the overlooked back waters of the Glenlivet for grandstand views from deserted mountain tops. This secretive area, where Catholicism held on and away from the eyes of the Exciseman, was once the heart of illicit distilling territory. Not to fear though, whisky is now legal and a thriving industry. We’ll discover the world of whisky and have a chance to sample its delights along with experiencing some fine mountain-scapes
You will visit Glenlivet Distillery, the Cooperage, Craigellachie Hotel’s whisky bar and taste whisky.
The best of the Highlands in a nutshell: hiking on a whisky theme. Explore whisky country in the footsteps of smugglers and experience all the hidden, personally selected top spots; all linked to the whisky story which underpins a lot of our life in Scotland.
We start this walking break by rendezvousing at our easy to reach base of Fraoch Lodge in the Cairngorm National Park.
Day 1:Cromdale Hills and Glenlivet Distillery
1980ft (600m) of ascent and 9.5 miles (15 km) on tracks and over open moorland with moderate and gentle gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks and training: 5:45
Day 2:The Cooperage and Ben Rinnes
2240ft (680m) of ascent and 8 miles (13 km) on mainly tracks and mountain footpaths with mainly moderate and gentle gradients but with 150m of steep ascent. Approx walking time excluding breaks and training: 5:15
Day 3: Braes of Glenlivet and the Whisky Castle
1900ft (580m) of ascent and 8 miles (13 km) on tracks and over open moorland with mainly moderate and gentle gradients but with 150m of steep ascent. Approx walking time excluding breaks and training: 4:30
Most guests depart the following morning after walking finishes, after breakfast but should you have a plane or train to catch we will make sure you we get you there in good time. Feel free to stay on and enjoy more of the area if you want. Extra accommodation may be available, please enquire.
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!
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.
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