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Gentle Giants

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Guided hiking weekend - Mountain walking in the Cairngorms


09/02/2018, 19/04/2019, 07/06/2019


2 days/weekend

Meeting Points

We'll pick you - up from either Aviemore station or Inverness airport free of charge; all you need to do is let us know when you due to arrive. We usually aim to pick up from Inverness about 5pm, depending on when the last flight is due in. Aviemore station is only 10 minutes away from the Lodge so we can usually pick up at your convenience. If you plan to travel by train and let us know your arrival and departure details when you pay your balance of payment, we'll deduct £15 from your balance of payment as our own Green Travel Discount

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Tour Highlights


    the arctic habitat of the Cairngorm Plateau

  • ascend Britain's 2nd & 6th highest mountains
  • spectacular views in the heart of the High Cairngorms
  • Rebecca's delicious home cooking
  • An experienced local guide with a background in Geology & a life long interest in the natural world


  • Cairngorm & the Northern Corries circuit
  • Ben Macdui - Plateau brinks circuit

Day 1

The day begins with by a ascending to Cairngorm’s finest and much overlooked N. ridge. The views across the plateau to Ben Macdui and beyond are stunning – a real mountain wilderness.
We are off to Strathspey Badger Hide to see and learn about the nocturnal habits of these very striking animals.

1050m of steady ascent involving gentle and moderate gradients. 10 miles (16km) of walking on some footpaths but mainly on moderately rough terrain (boulders set in gravel). Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:30

Day 2

starts with a steady climb into the dramatic “Corrie of the Snows”, Corrie an t-Sneachda. Before getting hemmed in by foreboding cliffs and precipitous slopes we exit left to climb more steeply to gain the plateau rim. From here, with a feeling of elevation and stunning views back down into the corries, the route eases as it takes in the more gentle undulations of the plateau. Amongst typical high Cairngorm splendour of Scotland’s highest peaks and with an ever increasing sense of wilderness we make our approach to Ben Macdui’s mysterious summit and the legend of its Big Grey Man!
Our return leg takes us high above the huge defile of the Lairig Ghru with spectacular views onto the huge cliffs and peaks of Britain’s 3rd 4th and 5th highest peaks. We then make a long gentle drop back down to our starting point to complete this very enjoyable circuit.

880m of ascent involving gentle and moderate gradients. 10 miles (16km) of walking on footpaths and moderately rough terrain (boulders set in gravel) plus the odd boulder field. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:00

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.

Relax by the fire (whisky optional)

Relax by the fire (whisky optional)

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.

Fresh, home made food at Fraoch Lodge

Home made souffles served with salad fresh from the garden

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!

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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