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Best Seller 2014: Complete Cairngorms

guided walking holidays in the Cairngorms

On May 6, 2014 By Rebecca Field

Best seller in 2014: guided walking holidays in the Cairngorms

Guided walking holidays in the Cairngorms National Park are our speciality. The one which was most popular in 2014 was Complete Cairngorms. It has attracted bookings from France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Russia … and only goes to show that the National Park designation has its own attraction. Guests from all over the world are choosing to spend their hard earned vacation on a visit to the Cairngorms.


Photo Caption: Exploring the Cairngorms on foot

Photo Credit: Scot Mountain Holidays

Visit Cairngorms: Complete Cairngorms

This trip is a fully guided hiking vacation in Britain’s largest national park. National Park designation has attracted a lot more visitors over the past 10 years than previously when though the British were, to some degree, award of the Cairngorm mountain range and the Cairngorm Ski Centre; even they had no idea of the extent and breadth of the Park itself.


Photo Caption: Loch A’an – hidden deep in the Cairngorms this is a viewpoint you can only reach on foot.

Photo Credit: Scot Mountain Holidays

Details of guided walking holidays in the Cairngorms

The Complete Cairngorms holiday takes place over a full week, but does have a rest day in the middle for clients to put up their weary feet or explore for a bit of retail therapy or souvenir shopping – if you’re lucky the trip might coincide with the summer sales in one of Aviemore’s multitude of hiking gear shops.

Essentially this is a hiking vacation with some culture, folklore and wildlife to enhance the hiking experience. A visit to the Cairngorms National Park would not be complete unless it took in the whole of the park. On this trip guests visit Glenlivet for the whisky and smuggler experience; Royal Deeside to walk on the Balmoral Estate (if the timing is right we may also visit the castle, though in August we may need to go to Braemar Castle instead – home of the largest Cairngorm Stone discovered)  August is the Queen’s annual vacation which she spends at Balmoral Castle, so the castle is not open then; and of course we visit Cairngorm mountain itself and the surrounding estates of Glenfeshie & Rothiemurchus, with its wildlife hide, where we hope to see the elusive pine martens.

pine marten in the Cairngorms

One of the rate nocturnal pine martens viewed from the Wildlife hide used by BBC Spring Watch programme

Photo caption: Pine Marten at the Speyside Wildlife hide in the Cairngorms

Photo credit: Scot Mountain Holidays

This holiday has attracted visitors from: Germany, France,  the Netherlands, Denmark, Russia, and Finland which only goes to show how much the National Park designation attracts visitors in its own right.


Further guided walking holidays

Useful links:

Information about Royal Deeside: http://visitroyaldeeside.com/

Official Cairngorms National Park website: http://cairngorms.co.uk/

Visit Cairngorms website: http://visitcairngorms.com

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