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Winter Munros - guided winter mountain walking

Holiday summary

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

Dates

17/03/2018

Duration

5 days, 6 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

Grade

4 out of 5

Tour Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • fully inclusive
  • transfers to/from Inverness airport or Aviemore station
  • experienced local guide
  • all meals at Fraoch Lodge including from the evening of arrival to the morning of departure
  • 6 nights accommodation at Fraoch Lodge

ROUTES INCLUDE

  • the Cairngorms
  • Glen Feshie
  • Mullach Chlach a Bhlair
  • Coire Garbhlach
  • Carn Dearg
  • Beinn a' Chaorainn

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. Depending on when the other holiday guests plan to arrive we aim to have dinner around 8 pm.

winter sunset Cairngorms

Winter hills in their wintery garb, Cairngorms

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

675m of ascent and 4.5 miles (7km) on snow covered footpaths and rough ground with some moderately steep gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks and skills training: 3:30

winter Cairngorms

Snowy ridges of the Cairngorms on a perfect winter day

Day 2: Our aim is the Munro of Mullach Chlach a Bhlair and as we the reach the plateau the views extend across the vast arctic expanse of the Moine Mhor to Britain’s third, fourth and fifth highest peaks.

935m (3070ft) of ascent and 13 miles (20km) on snow covered tracks, footpaths and rough ground with some moderately steep gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks and skills training: 7:00

Day 3: Is a chance to give the body a bit of a rest and explore the local area under you own steam. Hire a bike and cycle along the Speyside Way to the gear shops of Aviemore. Chill out with a good book in one of the villages many cafes. Boat of Garten is on the edge of the huge RSPB Abernethy reserve, the most bio-diverse terrestrial nature reserve in the UK. Alternatively explore the beautiful Rothiemurchus Estate or head down the Spey to one of the areas many whisky distilleries for a tour and a tasting. Of course there will be Rebecca’s delicious home cooking to look forward to on your return to the Lodge.

Winter Cairngorms

Winter walkers in the Cairngorms

Day 4:  We rise up into a hidden valley and above to the airy Munro peak of Carn Dearg. With steep flanks dropping away on either side we follow this easy ridge to enjoy the views across the white rolling wintry expanse of the Monadhliath’s interior.

750m (2500ft) of ascent and 11.5 miles (18.5km) on snow covered tracks, footpaths and rough ground with some moderately steep gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks and skills training: 6:15

winter Cairngorms Scotland

Winter ridges of the Cairngorms

Day 5: We head west and a little way out of the national park to the “mountain of the old woman”, Beinn a’ Chaorainn. It is a mountain of contrast.

980m (3200ft) of ascent and 10 miles (16km) on snow covered tracks and rough ground with some moderately steep gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks and skills training: 6:00

Day of Departure: What ever time your plane or train is we will get you there for it. Most folks depart after breakfast leaving requests for Rebecca’s recipes or vowing to maintain their elevated standard of living!

Cairngorm reindeer herd

Keep a look out for the Cairngorm reindeer herd roaming the hills

Top quality food

Enjoy top class family friendly and freshly prepared food.

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.

Snow covered Fraoch Lodge

Snow covered Fraoch Lodge in the depths of winter

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Gold award - Green Tourism

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.

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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