New Year Winter Walking
For the first time since we started Scot Mountain Holidays (formerly Mountain Innovations) we are unable to provide a course/holiday over the New Year period due to government travel restrictions. We will return as normal in 2021/22 New Year.
A winter walking holiday over the festive holidays. Learn the basic winter skills to be safe out exploring the winter hills before heading out for some stunning winter walks in the company of our expert, local guide Andy Bateman. Then join us for a celebration of Hogmanay! Free street party in Grantown on Spey as part of your winter walking holiday.
Winter is when Scotland’s hills properly become mountains, despite their relatively short stature. They maybe at their most challenging but the rewards are unrivalled. To experience the mountains in their winter garb is to see them at their most pristine and of all mountain days, a fine one in winter cannot be beat. Why not make the most of the Christmas and New Year holiday and join us on our 4 day Introduction to Winter Mountain Walking and usher Hogmanay in, in style.
- 4 guided walks in the Cairngorms National Park
- 1 day to relax and enjoy the area
- 6 nights accommodation at Fraoch Lodge
- all meals
- transport to Hogmanay in the Square (Grantown on Spey) on 31st December
- transport to the hills
- pick up/drop off at Aviemore station or Inverness airport
- basic winter skills training
- Ben Macdui
- Sgor Gaoith
- Bynack Mor
Walk in the winter mountains in a safe environment under the guidance of our local, experienced guide.
First learn or revise the skills you need to be safe in the winter mountains before heading out into the hills around for spectacular views across the roof of Scotland.
Arrival day: travel up to the Highlands and aim to arrive in Aviemore before dinner which we usually serve between 7.30 and 8pm. If you have to fly up to Inverness airport, don’t worry we’ll come and pick you up. We’ll run through a few housekeeping tips and let you know what to expect before or after dinner, depending on what time everyone arrives.
Day 1: Winter Skills and ascent of Cairngorm
Day 2: The Kinkardine Ridge
Day 3: Day off
Day 4: Bynack Mor
Day 5: Ben Macdui
Day of departure: after breakfast, we’ll have to wave you off and take you to your onward transport. We’ll be sad to see you go but we hope you’ll be back to join us on another mountain adventure.
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.