A classic, comprehensive exploration of the Cairngorms National Park and it's many facets
5 days, 6 nights
Pick up from Aviemore train station or Inverness airport are included in the price of the trip. Please confirm your travel details as early as possible so we can arrange pick ups/drop offs
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Arrive: Try to aim for between 5 & 7pm at Fraoch Lodge, so that you have time to meet the rest of the group and settle in before dinner.
Day 1: Geal Charn provides us with a very enjoyable horseshoe walk into the realm of the Golden Eagle, Golden Plover and Snow Hare. The route above and around its dark lochan gives views into the unending wilderness of the Monadh Liath Mountains.
780m (2500ft) of ascent involving easy and moderate gradients. 12 miles (19 km) of walking on tracks, mountain paths and over open mountain moorland terrain. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6 hrs 53min
Day 2: Stob Coire Sgriodain & Chno Dearg form a very pleasant high circuit with views across unending mountain ridges high above the great trench of that holds Loch Treig.
930m (3050ft) of ascent involving moderate and steep gradients. 8.5 miles (14km) of walking on mountain paths and over open mountain moorland terrain. Approx walking time excluding breaks, photo stops, etc: 5 hrs 45 min
Day 3: We rise from lovely Glen Feshie, through native pines to the high ridges above, to complete a wonderful horseshoe that takes in Sgor Gaoithe. The real treat of the day is only revealed at summit cairn; the colossal amphitheatre of Gleann Einich.
990m (3230ft) of ascent involving moderate and steep gradients. 11 miles (17km) of walking on tracks and mainly over open mountain moorland terrain. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 5 hrs
Day 4: This is a day off for all of us from breakfast onwards – a chance for you to explore the area on your own; browse the gear shops in Aviemore; pop up to Inverness for the day; or simply relax. We top the day off with a fantastic meal out at our local restaurant, Anderson’s, a few doors up the road.
Day 5: The aim is Ben Macdui, Britain’s second highest. With the route skirting around the edge of the high Cairngorm plateau we walk amongst constantly changing and contrasting scenery – classic high mountain views in Scotland’s newest national park.
890m (2900ft) of ascent involving moderate and gentle gradients. 10 miles (16km) of walking on mountain paths and over open, sometimes rocky mountain terrain. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6 hrs 20min
Day 6: We venture into “Monarch of the Glen” country and onto the Ardverikie Estate itself where we climb Creag Pitridh. Rising from stunning Loch Laggan to a sandy beach we arrive at one of the most beautiful loch settings the Highlands has to offer. Set within the Central Highlands and with views towards giants like Ben Nevis, Creag Meagaidh and Ben Alder, this is big mountain country.
710m (2970ft) of ascent involving gentle and moderate gradients. 13 miles (18km) of walking on tracks, mountain paths and over open mountain moorland terrain. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6 hrs 43min
Depart:after breakfast. We’ll be sorry to see you go but hope that you’ll be back to sample one of our other itineraries in the future.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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