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Complete Cairngorms: a guided walking holiday

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A classic, comprehensive exploration of the Cairngorms National Park and it's many facets




5 days, 6 nights

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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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3 out of 5

Tour Highlights

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore all aspects of the Cairngorms National Park from its scenery to its wildlife and including the history and culture. Stay with our family at Fraoch Lodge, in the Highland village of Boat of Garten & head out and about with our lead guide and resident host, Andy Bateman


  • a tour of Glenlivet whisky distillery,
  • a walk up Cairngorm;
  • a visit to a wildlife hide with the chance to spot pine marten and red deer; &
  • a visit to Balmoral

Arrive: On evening before walking begins. Try to aim for between 5 and 7pm so that you have time to settle in and meet the other members of the group before dinner at 7.30m.

Day 1: Ascent of Carn Daimh and visit to GLENLIVET DISTILLERY

470m of ascent and 9 miles (14km) on footpaths and tracks with some moderate gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 4:30

Day 2: A hike to the Munro summit of Cairngorm followed by a visit to the STRATHSPEY WILDLIFE HIDE for a chance to spot red deer, pine marten and badgers at close quarters.

941m of ascent & 8 miles (13km) on footpaths and moderately rough ground. Some steeper ascents. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 5:15

Day 3: This is a rest day, a day to yourself, a chance to explore the local area under your own steam; pop up to Inverness for the day; or simply relax. Alternatively we can organise another activity for you.

Day 4: A walk in Royal Deeside on the BALMORAL Estate bought by Queen Victoria and still owned by our current Queen. We may also tour the castle if it is open.

9 miles (15km) & 454m of ascent on footpaths and tracks with mostly gentle gradient. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 5:00

Day 5: We will hike in Glen Feshie is regarded by many as the most beautiful in the area and stronghold to the most elusive of all, the native Scottish Wildcat.

706m of ascent & 13 miles (21km) generally gentle gradients on footpaths, tracks and moderately rough ground but with some steeper ascents. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:30

Depart: we will take you to connect with your onward travel or return transport. It’s a shame you have to leave, but we hope to see you again on one of our future trips.

Guided hiking in the Cairngorms

The colours of summer in the Cairngorms National Park

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.

Fraoch Lodge, Boat of Garten

Andy and Rebecca displaying their awards at Fraoch Lodge

Stocking up with pellets

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

Gold standard for Green Tourism

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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Booking online is straightforward and enables us to confirm your reservation immediately. We also accept bookings by telephone, email, and post.

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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