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Winter Walking – Winter Highlands: Cairngorms

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Price from: £695

Next trip: 4th February

Duration: 4 night(s)

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Location: Cairngorms and Central Highlands

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 3

  • Enjoy exploring the largest National Park in the UK in all its winter glory and marvel at the surrounding snow covered peaks.
  • Wander through ancient Caledonian pine forests seeking out animal footprints in the snow.
  • Be treated to Highland hospitality at its best through a selection of good food, drams and roaring fires.

Green Graded Winter Walking Holidays 1-3

Our Green grade walking trips involve straight forward hiking, following generally good trails with no major ascents. These walks are pretty leisurely and will last for around 5 hours each day. The terrain underfoot will usually be on paths or hill trails, which may still be muddy or rough in places. The daily walks are mainly glen and coastal hikes, with some ascents of low level hills, up to around 1,500 feet / 450m high. So to help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

Can you comfortably hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascent, with rough ground in places? Have you done this recently?

Our choice of comfortable accommodation is centrally based for our walks in the Cairngorms, with Loch Garten, Glen Feshie and Abernethy Forest in easy striking distance. As welcoming as it is relaxed, it has an atmosphere that lends itself to relaxing by the log fire.

Food is of paramount importance when enjoying the mountains in winter and meals are prepared from the best of local produce. Naturally, vegetarians and other dietary requirements are willingly catered for – simply let us know at the time of booking.

We don’t charge a single person supplement on this trip for solo travellers, however you will be asked to share a room with someone of the same sex. If you would prefer a single room then this can be arranged for an additional £100. Please let us know at the time of booking and this can be arranged for you.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the fixed seating area in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 2.00pm on Day 1 of your trip. It’s a small station so you should find the group and guide quite easily!

The start time coincides with the arrival of the train from Edinburgh. There are flights to Inverness with Flybe from London City that arrive late morning. There are also Easyjet flights from Luton that similarly arrive late morning. Returning on the Sunday, there are late afternoon and early evening flights to Luton, Gatwick & London City, again with Easyjet and Flybe.

For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.

Prices and Departures

186 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
4th Feb - 8th Feb 2015
£695
Trip Full
25th Feb - 1st Mar 2015
£695
3 place(s) left
18th Mar - 22nd Mar 2015
£695
6 place(s) left
25th Mar - 29th Mar 2015
£695
6 place(s) left

Trip Details

Experience an immersion in nature as we explore the lochs, glens and ancient Caledonian Pine Forest of the Cairngorms National Park.

This relaxing winter break in the Cairngorms transports you quickly back to nature as you breathe in the crisp, clear air in the heart of Britain’s largest National Park.

We visit iconic locations and hidden gems in equal measures on this easy walking trip and we’ll be keeping an eye on the northern lights forecasts with the flexibility to include an evening walk should the skies light up. Read up on how to photograph the aurora in our blog post.

Blending inspiring and invigorating walks with classic Highland hospitality and the odd dram, our guide will ensure you get the most from your winter walking break without having to wear crampons or carry an ice axe.

What’s Included:

  • 4 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel
  • Breakfast and packed lunches each day, with some evening meals
  • All transport during the trip
  • The services of our highly qualified Wilderness Guide.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1:  Travel to the Cairngorms National Park

Our trip begins in Inverness where you meet your fellow travellers and your Wilderness Scotland Guide.  From here, a short drive south east takes us to the Cairngorms National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.  During our drive, we will be treated to fantastic views of the snow-covered Cairngorm mountains.  Once settled into our charming Highland hotel, your guide will describe what the week has in store for you.  There should be time for a short stroll along the banks of the River Spey before dinner.

Day 2:  Explore the ancient Caledonian Pine forest

After arriving in a new place, it’s always fun to explore the immediate area – and today we’ll do exactly that.  Walking straight from our hotel door, we’ll head into one of the remnants of the ancient Caledonian Pine forest, the Abernethy forest.  Our walk will take us past the beautiful Loch Garten and Loch Mallachie.  If snow is lying on the ground, we may spot animal tracks or the animals themselves, such as pine martin, which inhabit these forests.  Returning to the hotel early afternoon, you can simply relax by the fire or join your guide for a visit to one of the famous Speyside whisky distilleries.

Day 3:  The Drovers Road and the Faeries

Today we take a short drive to the starting point of our walk, which takes us over the Ryvoan pass.  This was part of an old droving road through to Glenmore forest which has spectacular views of the Cairngorm mountains.  Our route passes the unique green coloured lochan ‘Lochain Uaine’ where the faeries wash their clothes!  Later, if the weather is clear, we could take a drive up to 600m and if you feel more adventurous branch out on a higher level walk to enjoy the expansive views across the Spey Valley.

Day 4:  Wild Glen Feshie

After breakfast, we head to the beautiful and peaceful Glen Feshie. Our walk begins at the southern end of the glen, following the meandering River Feshie.  We visit a remote mountain bothy, nestled amongst the pine trees on the banks of the river – a fantastic location for a hot coffee from your flask!  On our final evening in the Highlands, if the sky is clear, we head out after dark to enjoy the crisp, clear night sky where the stars never seem to end.

Day 5:  Winter walk and return to Inverness

After a relaxed start to the morning, your guide will choose a short walk for the group to enjoy before returning to Inverness in plenty time to make your travel connections.

 

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Prices and Departures

186 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
4th Feb - 8th Feb 2015
£695
Trip Full
25th Feb - 1st Mar 2015
£695
3 place(s) left
18th Mar - 22nd Mar 2015
£695
6 place(s) left
25th Mar - 29th Mar 2015
£695
6 place(s) left

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