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Classic Winter Cairngorms

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A week of winter walking in the Cairngorms




6 Days

Meeting Points

We advise all our guests to try to arrive by 7pm on the evening before the walking starts if possible. by car: from the south - follow the A9 until past Aviemore; turn off on to 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. by train: take the train to Aviemore station. Notify us in advance of your arrival time and we will meet you at the station by plane: fly to Inverness and notify us of your arrival time in advance so that we can co-ordinate pick-ups

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4 out of 5

Tour Highlights


  • fully inclusive
  • winter skills training
  • all meals at Fraoch Lodge including from evening of arrival to morning of departure
  • 7 nights accommodation at Fraoch Lodge
  • dinner out at Anderson's restaurant, Boat of Garten

    • Cairngorm
    • Ben Macdui
    • Bynack Mor
    • Braeriach
    • Sgor Gaoith
White Christmas in Scotland

A White Christmas is more of a reality in the Cairngorms than most other places in the UK.

Day of Arrival: Aim to arrive before 8pm if you can so you can relax and get to know the group before dinner.

Day 1: Winter Skills training and an ascent of Cairngorm
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

Day 2:Ben Macdui
950m of ascent & 10miles (16km) on snow covered footpaths and rough ground with some moderately steep gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:45

Day 3:Bynack Mor
900m of ascent & 10.5miles (17km) on snow covered footpaths and rough ground with some moderately steep gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:40

Day 4: Rest day

Day 5:Braeriach
12.5 miles (20km) & 1400m of ascent on snow covered footpaths and rough ground with some steep but mostly moderate gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 7:30

Day 6: Sgor Gaoith
900m of ascent & 9.5 miles (15km) on generally moderate gradients on snow covered footpaths and rough ground but with some steeper ascents. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:00

Day of Departure: Most guests choose to depart at some point after breakfast. Drop offs at Aveimore station and Inverness airport will be arranged for those who need them.

guided winter walking in Scotland

Ascending a snow covered Cairngorm peak


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.

Enjoying a candle lit dinner at Fraoch Lodge

Enjoying a candle lit dinner at Fraoch Lodge

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

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.

We work with Worldpay to process our online transactions now so you can rest assured that your payment will be processed securely. We accept the following cards:

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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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