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Winter Affric Shangri La

Holiday summary

Guided winter hiking in the Highlands of Scotland


January - March


5 days, 6 nights

Meeting Points

Please confirm your travel details to and from Scotland as soon as possible so we can co-ordinate pick ups

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Tour Highlights


  • fully inclusive
  • camp cooking/eating equipment supplied
  • transfers to and from Aviemore station or Inverness airport, transport to the walks/skills area
  • all meals at Fraoch Lodge including from evening of arrival to morning of departure and camping food
  • 6 nights accommodation at Fraoch Lodge


  • Cairngorm
  • Glen Affric
  • The North eastern aspect of Mullach Fraoch
  • Mam Sodhail & Carn Eighe
  • An Socach

A winter expedition in Glen Affric, Scotland

We start the week 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.

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Spotting deer in Glen Affric while on winter expedition in Scotland

Day 1:
We start the week with a day of winter skills training/refreshment high on Cairngorm.

Once the training is complete we complete the day with the remaining short ascent to Cairngorms 4000ft rime encrusted summit.

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:
The day starts with us hitting the road and transferring to our mountain cabin in Glen Affric.

885m (2900ft) of ascent and 8.5 miles (14 km) on mountain paths, tracks, over open snow covered mountain terrain and including a steep ascent. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6 hrs

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Climbing the Glen Affric Munros from our base

Day 3:
The North eastern aspect of Mullach Fraoch – choire (Munro) presents us with a very fine horseshoe ridge walk high above the “heather” coire.

3100ft (1000m) of ascent & 9 miles (15 km) on footpaths and moderately rough open mountain terrain. Mainly moderate gradients with a few steeper sections. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:30hrs

Day 4:
We attempt the 2 munro giants of the area: Mam Sodhail (& if conditions permit Carn Eighe). It’s a big day out.

9.5 miles (15km) & 3700ft (1150m) of ascent on moorland and stalkers footpaths, tracks and open moderately rough ground. The gradients are mainly gentle but with some steeper ascents. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:40

Day 5:
We are up and out early to nip up An Socach (munro) before our transfer back to Fraoch Lodge.

2800ft (850m) of ascent & 8 miles (13km) on moorland and stalkers footpaths, tracks and open moderately rough ground. The gradients are mainly gentle but with some steeper ascents. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 5:30

Most guests depart the following morning after walking finishes, after breakfast but should you have a plain or train to catch we will make sure you we get you there in good time.

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Typical scenery of the western Highlands – the Munros around Glen Affric

We take the whole ethos with us when we run trips away from our home base of Fraoch Lodge. The whole family team journeys out with you and provides for you no matter where our base is.

Fraoch Lodge, Boat of Garten

Andy and Rebecca displaying their awards at Fraoch Lodge

Accommodation in Glen Affric –

We’ll book a Strawberry cottage, owned by one of Scotland’s oldest mountaineering clubs and large enough for our group and the only accommodation which allows us to access the Glen Affric Munros. Strawberry cottage is a mountain hut or Scottish bothy of luxury standards for a bothy.

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Glen Affric accommodation at Strawberry Cottage

Scot Mountain Holidays will be hosting, guiding and catering with the best of Scottish produce. As there will be no opportunity to restock our supplies while over in Glen Affric we will be planning the menu in advance and would ask that you make sure to give us all your requirements in advance. If there are any Scottish specialities you definitely don’t want to try, please say.

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Enjoying an evening relaxing in Strawberry Cottage

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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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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