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winter walking expedition
winter walking expedition
Knoydart
winter walking expedition
winter walking expedition
win a hiking weekend in Scotland

Knoydart Winter Wilderness

Duration:
6 days, 7 nights
Tour Type:
Guided Expedition
Group size:
2 - 4
Grade:
4 out of 5

Winter walking Expedition

BESPOKE ITINERARY – PRIVATE BOOKINGS ONLY – MIN 2: MAX 8 PEOPLE

Tabled as the least accessible part of mainland Britain, the wild bounds of Knoydart in summer feel remote enough, but in winter the sense is magnified several times over. This trip is a winter walking expedition in part at least. The trip starts with a day of winter training in the Cairngorms before we head over to Knoydart. We’ll return to Fraoch Lodge on the final day.

Knoydart is justifiably regarded by some as the epitome of west Highland magnificence. Bound by sea lochs to the north and south, this deeply glaciated peninsular is a labyrinth of hidden valleys, coires and distinct mountain ridges giving the prospect of the most sensational winter mountain scenery anywhere. On this trip we ascend a 4000er, a Munro (over 3000ft), a Corbett (over 2500ft) and a Graham (over 2000ft) all of them providing very fine outings.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • basic winter skills training
  • 7 nights accommodation (3 at Fraoch Lodge, 4 in a heated tentipi in Barrisdale)
  • all meals during your trip
  • transport to Knoydart
  • pick up/drop off from Aviemore station or Inverness airport
  • 6 guided walking days
  • qualified, experienced, local guide

 

PROPOSED ROUTES

  • Cairngorm
  • Luinne Bheinn
  • Slat Bheinn
  • Sgurr a’ Choire – bheith
  • Loch Hourn to Barrisdale

 

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Discount:

Tabled as the least accessible part of mainland Britain, the wild bounds of Knoydart in summer feel remote enough, but in winter the sense is magnified several times over. Knoydart is justifiably regarded by some as the epitome of west Highland magnificence. Bound by sea lochs to the north and south, this deeply glaciated peninsular is a labyrinth of hidden valleys, coires and distinct mountain ridges giving the prospect of the most sensational winter mountain scenery anywhere.

 

 

Arrival:

We start the week by rendezvousing at our easy to reach base of Fraoch Lodge in the Cairngorm National Park. Try to aim for between 5 and 7:30 pm so that you have time to settle in and meet the other members of the group before dinner at 8pm.

 

Day 1:

We start the week with a day of winter skills training/refreshment high on Cairngorm.

2200ft (885m) of ascent and 4.5 miles (7 km) on snow and footpaths with mainly moderate gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks and training: 3:30

 

Day 2:

We hit the road and strike west along a remote 22 mile single track road to the head of arguably Scotland’s most beautiful sea loch, Loch Hourn.

1900ft (600m) of ascent and 6.5 miles (11 km) on a generally good footpath with some moderate gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 5:00

 

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Winter walking in Knoydart

 

Day 3:

Standing in the entrance your attention is immediately drawn to our day’s aim, the bold peak of Luinne Bheinn. A fine and complex Munro standing guard over Barrisdale Bay.

3500ft (1050m) of ascent and 7 miles (11.5 km) on good footpaths and snow covered mountain terrain with mainly moderate gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 5:30

 

winter walking expedition

Up on a summit on the remote peninsula of Knoydart with no sign of habitation for miles around

 

 

Day 4:

Although Slat Bheinn is the smallest peak of the trip, it by no means lacks entertainment. Hidden from view this pleasingly pointed peak stands guard at the head of Glen Barrisdale.

2850ft (870m) of ascent and 8 miles (13 km) on snow and footpaths with mainly moderate gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 5:30

 

 

Day 5:

Our route into Slat Bheinn’s neighbour, the Corbett of Sgurr a’ Choire – bheith is the same but on reaching the hidden coire we turn right to gain the beautifully arching NE ridge.

3400ft (1030m) of ascent and 7.5 miles (12 km) on good gentle footpaths but with some steep ascents over snow covered mountain terrain. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 3:30

 

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Remote but beautiful – Knoydart, Scotland

 

 

Day 6:

With lighter packs we reverse the walk-in for a different perspective on Loch Hourn and its mountain bounds. Then we head back to Fraoch Lodge to complete the trip in the relatively urban surroundings of Boat of Garten and possibly a pint at the Boat Hotel to round of the trip after a slap-up dinner at Fraoch Lodge

1900ft (600m) of ascent and 6.5 miles (11 km) on a generally good footpath with some moderate gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 5:00

 

 

Departure day: most guests head off after breakfast from Aviemore station but we can also drop you off in Inverness for a flight south.

Fraoch Lodge is our home base in the Cairngorms National Park. You’ll stay here at the beginning and end of your trip. Our lodge has twin rooms each of which has its own hand basin or they have en suite bathrooms.

 

Fraoch Lodge

Relax and unwind in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland

 

The Stable is a private bothy comprised of one main room incorporating kitchen (including gas cooker, fridge, eating and cooking utensils ), sitting /dining area and sleeping quarters ( 1 double , 3 singles ). A coal stove is provided for heating and hot water. Outwith the main room is a bathroom and entrance area with room to hang wet clothes etc! Lighting is by either water turbine, diesel generator or candles.

 

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The Stable, our Knoydart accommodation (the building with the roof!)

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.

 

 

Gold award - Green Tourism

Gold standard for Green Tourism

 

 

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!

 

winter walking expedition

Remote but filled with wildlife

For further information, please don’t hesitate to check out our Environmental Responsibility page, or contact us directly at info@scotmountainholidays.com.

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