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Isle of Skye and the Cairngorms National Park hiking

Holiday summary

Enjoy hiking on the Isle of Skye and in the Cairngorms National Park. See Loch Ness, visit Eilean Donan Castle and take in a whole whisky experience

Dates

07/07/2018, 11/08/2018

Duration

1 week

Meeting Points

You're met at your point of arrival whether that's Aviemore train station (up to 2.45pm) or Inverness airport (by 3.30pm) or alternatively you can meet us at Fraoch Lodge in Boat of Garten from 5pm onwards

All Inclusive

Yes

Price

Grade

2 out of 5

Tour Highlights

Hiking on the Isle of Skye and the Cairngorms National Park.

Highlights:

  • visit Loch Ness
  • cross to Skye on the traditional ferry boat from Glenelg
  • otter watch
  • hike on Skye - by Loch Scavaig and the Quirang
  • Eilean Donan Castle, Plockton, seal boat trip, lunch at Plockton Inn
  • mountain hike in the Cairngorms
  • whisky day - visit the Speyside Cooperage, Glenlivet Distillery and specialist whisky shop, the Whisky Castle

Day of arrival: You’ll be met at your point of arrival whether that’s Aviemore station (by 2.45pm) or Inverness airport (by 3.30pm) or at Fraoch Lodge (from 5pm onwards)

Try to aim for arrival by 7.30pm so you have the opportunity to settle in and meet the other members of the group before dinner. After dinner, over tea and coffee by the fire, Andy will go over the planned itinerary.

Day 1:

Loch Ness – Glen Shiel – Ratagan Pass & the Five Sisters – Glenelg Ferry – Otter hide – mountain hike (Sgurr na Coinnich) – Skye Yurts

490m (1600ft) ascent on moderate and steep gradients. 6km (4 miles) across initially rough and then easier mountain moorland terrain. Approx walking time, excluding breaks: 2h 44min

Day 2:

Mountain hike: Sgurr na Stri – off the beaten trak and into the heart of the Black Cuillin at the head of Loch Scavaig, arguably the finest viewpoint in the UK

1000m (3350ft) of ascent on gentle, moderate and steep gradients. 10 miles (16km) mainly on vehicle tracks, footpaths but also some rough mountain moorland terrain. Appros walking time, excluding breaks: 6h 37min

walking on Skye

Looking into the Black Cuillin

Day 3:

Quirang – an early tart and an alternative starting point to avoid the crowds so we an fully appreciate the bizarre rock formations

990m (3260ft) of ascent on mainly moderate and gentle gradients, but also some steep ascent. 12km (7.5m) of mountain walking on paths and across mountain moorland. Approx walking time, excluding breaks: 5h 31min

Day 4:

No hiking – it’s a rest day!

Eilean Donan Castle – Plockton – Boat trip to see the seals – Lunch in Plockton Inn – Rogie Falls salmon leap – Fraoch Lodge

walking in the Highlands

Eilean Donan castle before the crowds start pouring in at 10am.

 

Grey seal

Grey seal watching us in hope of scraps

Day 5:

Mountain hike in the Cairngorms National Park: Creag a’Chalamain

590m (1950ft) of ascent on gentle and moderate gradients: 13km (8 miles) of walking on good footpaths but with a little rough moorland terrain. Approx walking time, excluding breaks: 4h 5omin

Day 6:

Speyside Cooperage – Mountain hike in Speyside (Carn Daimh) – Glenlivet Distillery – Whisky castle

430m (1400ft) of ascent on moderate and gentle gradients: 12km (7 miles) on tracks and paths: approx walking time, excluding breaks: 4h 11min

whisky tour

A cooper hard at work repairing casks at the Speyside Cooperage

Day of departure:

What ever time your onward plane or train is, we will get you there for it. Most guests depart after breakfast leaving requests for Rebecca’s recipes

Dual based trip:

Skye Yurts: The Earth and Water themed yurts are comfortably furnished to accommodate up to 5 people (1 x double bed, 1 x double sofa bed, 1 x “z” bed. There is storage for your clothes and belongings. Lighting inside the yurts is by solar fairy lights and candle lanterns. The Yurts are cosy and comfortable thanks to an 8kc log burning stove and thick insulation.

The yurts share a utility building which includes an electric shower, kitchen, composting toilet block and dining area. The utility buildings have mains electricity (part supplied by solar power) and running hot and cold water.

walking on the isle of skye

Comfortable interior of the water themed yurt

 

walking in the Highlands

The yurt site on Skye

Fraoch Lodge: 

Our main base and home in the Cairngorms National Park, Fraoch Lodge is a 5 star graded hostel, which we run with our son, Gregor (born in 2008). Full details of the facilities at Fraoch Lodge can be found on the Lodge page.

accommodation near Aviemore

Fraoch Lodge in it’s autumn plumage

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

Booking Procedure

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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.
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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.


Insurance

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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