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2 Day Mountain Navigation course in the Cairngorms National Park

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Navigation weekend in the Cairngorms National Park


April - November


2 days, 2 nights

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We usually aim to pick up from the station or airport around 5pm on the Friday as you'll then have time to settle in, meet the group and make yourself comfortable before the course introduction

All Inclusive




3 out of 5

Tour Highlights


  • fully inclusive
  • all meals during the weekend at Fraoch Lodge
  • 2 nights accommodation at Frach Lodge
  • acquire traditional navigation skills

This is mountain walking for the connoisseur. Arran may lack Munros but its granite mountains are spectacular. Angular peaks & jagged ridges dissected by deep valleys provide some of the most entertaining walking on offer. This, all in an island setting with views stretching to the distant mainland ranges – Scotland in miniature.

Arrive: Ardrossan Ferry Terminal (mainland) by 2.30pm on Sunday Saturday 4th June 2011.

Day 1: The Three Beinns Circuit is a fine introduction to the delights of Arran’s ridges. Starting with a walk up dramatic Glen Rosa we head west to climb high above Coire a’ Bhradain and link these 3 fine peaks.

Day 2: sees us traversing the islands highest – Goat Fell. We start at sea level to ascend via the Devils Punch Bowl and the entertaining north ridge high above deep Glen Sannox – all enriched by the tremendous seaward views.

Day 3: An easier day with one of the isle’s classic coastal walks. Our route around the islands most northerly tip takes us past very colourful rocks with their strange flutings to then rise up with ever expanding sea vistas.

Day 4: is a day off for everyone from breakfast onwards. It is a chance to explore the island on your own or go to the beach or just relax with a book. In the evening, we’ll go out to a local restaurant to sample some local produce from the Taste of Arran table.

Day 5: There are few views that equal that up Glen Sannox. The jagged skyline is magnificent. We follow the glen up to then climb steeply to Arran’s most spectacular peak, Cir Mhor. From here it’s a traverse of the western skyline to complete this wild and rugged route.

Day 6: We head NW to make a traverse of the Mullach Buidhie hills for some fabulous seaward views: across Kintyre, through to Islay & Jura and the Atlantic beyond. A fitting way to round off a fantastic week.

Depart: Ardrossan Ferry Terminal on Saturday 11th June 2011 by 12.00am.

We take the whole ethos with us when we run trips away from our home base of Fraoch Lodge. The whole family team journeys out with you and provides for you no matter where our base is.

Fraoch Lodge, Boat of Garten

Andy and Rebecca displaying their awards at Fraoch Lodge

Accommodation on Arran –

We’ll book a well-appointed cottage large enough for our group and in Brodick or nearby. The cottage will have wifi but may not have a TV signal.

Scot Mountain Holidays will be hosting, guiding and catering with the best of Scottish produce. As there will be limited opportunities to restock our supplies while on Arran, we will be planning the menu in advance and would ask that you make sure to give us all your requirements in advance. If there are any Scottish specialities you definitely don’t want to try, please say.

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.

Gold award - Green Tourism

Gold standard for Green Tourism

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.


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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