Hidden Cairngorms – a guided walking break
Walking the Highlands:
These 4 days of walking the Highlands (plus a rest day) take you off the beaten track to explore some of the best but most overlooked parts of the Cairngorms National Park. On all 4 days we are very likely to have the mountain completely to ourselves with each route affording a grandstand view of the peaks around. Each day visits mountain scenery of quite different character. As well as seeing the more common species of plants, animals and fungi, by reaching these quieter backwaters of course increases the chance of seeing the rarer wildlife of the national park.
The remoter parts of the Cairngorms National Park full of fascinating views and also more history than you would think. The Highlands used to be much more populated than they are now. You can see the ruins of settlements throughout the park, if you know what you’re looking at. You might also see ancient hideouts used by Jacobites fleeing from the government soldiers; the sites of hidden illicit stills (whisky hasn’t always been legal) or glacial evidence.
- 6 nights accommodation at Fraoch Lodge in twin rooms
- all meals included
- 4 full day guided walks in the Cairngorms National Park
- 1 rest day to explore as you will, or relax in the lounge
- pick up and drop off from Aviemore station (or Inverness airport)
- includes rest day – a chance to sit by the fire with your feet up or choose your own alternative activity: zip wire, kayaking, mountain biking, or head up to Inverness to watch dolphins …
- visit to a wildlife hide for a dusk watch (hoping for pine marten, red deer and badgers)
- the Fara
- Geal Charn Mor
- Braes of Glenlivet
- The Argyll Stone
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These 4 days of walking (plus a rest day) take you off the beaten track to explore some of the best but most overlooked parts of the Cairngorms National Park. On all 4 days we are very likely to have the mountain completely to ourselves with each route affording a grandstand view of the peaks around. Each day visits mountain scenery of quite different character. As well as seeing the more common species of plants, animals and fungi, by reaching these quieter backwaters of course increases the chance of seeing the rarer wildlife of the national park.
Fraoch Lodge (dates as per website). Try to aim for between 5 & 7pm so that you have time to settle in and meet the group before dinner at about 8pm.
We ascend to the summit of Geal Charn Mor. With all the ascent complete you’re left to enjoy a high level traverse on easy ground before descending back to the woodland and the fields to complete a great circuit – an excellent mountain gander.
720m of ascent and 9.5 miles (15.3km) on footpaths and tracks with some moorland walking and a little moderate gradient. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 4:30
We’ll walk along the shores of Loch an Eilean before heading on up to the Argyll Stone and spectacular panoramas across Glen Einich to Braeriach.
700m of ascent and 9.5 miles (15.3km) on footpaths, tracks and mountain moorland with some moderate gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 5:00
Evening: After one of Rebecca’s delicious home cooked meals and as dusk beckons we head to a local wildlife hide. On the wonderful Rothiemurchus Estate we discover the nocturnal habitats of the Pine Martin, Badger and Red Deer.
This is a day off for all of us from breakfast onwards – a chance for you to explore the area on your own; maybe vist the local RSPB Osprey Hide or browse the gear shops in Aviemore; pop up to Inverness for the day; or simply relax. We top the day off with a fantastic meal out at our top local restaurant, Anderson’s, a few doors up the road.
We head deep into what was illicit distilling territory – the Braes of Glenlivet. The Ladder hills provide us with a relatively gentle but wonderfully elevated hill walk amongst broad ridges and steep sweeping heather clad slopes.
580m of ascent and 8.3 miles (13km) on footpaths, tracks and near pathless mountain moorland with some moderate gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 4:15
The Fara at just short of Munro height, is one of the best overlooked hills in the area. This fine circuit provides a fine gently undulating ridge walk with fantastic views down the full seventeen mile length of Loch Ericht.
950m of ascent and 11.3 miles (18km) on a good track and pathless moorland with some moderately steep gradients. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:10
on day after walking finishes, as per website after breakfast.
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.