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Wild Cairngorms

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A guided walking holiday to the best mountain wildlife spots in the Cairngorms - ptarmigan, red grouse, mountain hare, red deer and more


21/06/2019, 23/08/2019


3 days, 4 nights

Meeting Points

Please notify us in advance of your stay, preferably min of about a week before you are due to arrive, of your travel plans. We will co-ordinate pick ups and drop offs for Aviemore station and Inverness airport

All Inclusive




3 out of 5

Tour Highlights


  • fully inclusive
  • experienced local guide
  • transfers to and from Aviemore station or Inverness airport, transport to the walks/skills area
  • visit to a local wildlife hide and Osprey Centre
  • all meals at Fraoch Lodge including from evening of arrival to morning of departure and camping food
  • 4 nights accommodation at Fraoch Lodge


  • the Monadhliath
  • Geal Charn Mor
  • Cairngorm’s native pine woods
  • the Cairngorm Plateau

Wild Cairngorms: Guided Wildlife walking – Cairngorms, Scotland

Four deer are spotted on a walking trip

Wildlife spotting during a guided walking tour

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 8.00pm.

Day 1: From moorland to Corbett summit (Geal Charn Mor) spotting many species native to the Highlands. In the evening we plan to visit the Strathspey Wildlife Hide after our delicious dinner at Fraoch Lodge.

Distance: approx 12.5km; ascent – 608m: time – 4 hours plus breaks

pine marten in the Cairngorms

One of the rare nocturnal pine martens viewed from the Wildlife hide used by BBC Spring Watch programme

Day 2: We’ll walk through the RSPB Abernethy Reserve and take the opportunity to visit the Osprey hide, spotting not only Ospreys but crested tit and crossbills if we’re lucky.

Distance: approx 18km; ascent – 308m: time – 4.5 hours plus breaks

Day 3: Hiking on the sub-arctic Cairngorm summit will bring the opportunity to spot the nesting migrants like Ring Ouzel and Dottrel as well as the Ptarmigan and Snow Bunting.

Distance: approx 11km; ascent – 775m: time – 5 hours plus breaks

Cairngorms wildlife

Some of the high mountain wildlife frequently seen in the Cairngorms

Depart: after breakfast we’ll drop anyone who needs it at the station in Aviemore or the airport in Inverness. We’ll be sad to see you go, but we do hope you’ll join us again in future.

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Wildlife sightings:

Buzzards, Red Grouse, Mountain Hare, Golden Plover, Pine Martin, Badger and Red Deer; Crested Tit, Crossbill, Siskin and Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Osprey, Ring Ouzel, Dotterel, Ptarmigan and Snow Bunting

wildlife spotting and hiking

Wildlife with a view


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.

Top quality food

Enjoy top class family friendly and freshly prepared food.

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.

Guided Wildlife walking Cairngorms Scotland

Your guide admiring the local flora.

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.

vegetable growing

Getting ready to plant our the vegetables for next year.

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.

We work with Worldpay to process our online transactions now so you can rest assured that your payment will be processed securely. We accept the following cards:

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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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