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Knoydart Winter Wilderness Expedition

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Winter Walking in Knoydart, on the west coast of Scotland


Jan - Mar - min group size 3 people


6 days, 7 nights

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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Tour Highlights


  • one of the most remote and wildest parts of the West Highlands
  • experience Scotland's glorious West Coast in its winter garb
  • ascend the 4000ft summit of Cairngorm (training day)
  • acquire/refresh vital winter skills
  • fully inclusive of 7 nights accommodation
  • all meals homemade from evening of arrival to morning of departure

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.


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

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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!

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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.

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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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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