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    Wilderness Retreat

    Winter Highlands

    Next Trip: 4th - 8th Mar 2024 Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

    From: £1,495 View Prices & Dates

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    Trip created by Anna Brownlow
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    Region: Cairngorms and Central Highlands
    Trip Type: Wilderness Retreat
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
    Confirmed: When 4 Travellers Book
    Deposit From: £385

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    As the bright, frosty days of winter glow with golden light, join us on a wonderful trip into the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

    Led by an expert Wilderness guide, relax and recharge in an exclusive-use mountain lodge tucked away in a wild glen. Secluded and cosy, this lovely women-only retreat offers every contemporary comfort without forgoing its rustic roots. From its door, hike to hidden waterfalls and around stunning lochans; chat with your knowledgeable guide about the unique biodiversity of the Highlands and the hardy wildlife which call it home. Enjoy the exhilaration of a wild swim and warm up in a toasty, mobile sauna. In the soft afternoon light, stretch off in a private yoga session; and as darkness unfurls across the river, listen to tales of local folklore under a starry sky.

    Surrounded by snow-dusted mountains in this stunning part of Scotland, gift yourself the time and the space to truly relax.

    Trip Highlights

    • Enjoy hiking in the Cairngorms, the UK's largest and wildest National Park.
    • Spend time with like-minded women, walking, swimming and stargazing.
    • Relax in a traditional, cosy lodge enjoying nourishing and wholesome food.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Welcome to the Highlands

    Meet your Wilderness guide in Aviemore this morning, a small town tucked in the western folds of the Cairngorms National Park. After joining the rest of your lovely group, have lunch at a cafe and chat with your guide about the trip ahead. Afterwards, set out for a beautiful walk around Loch an Eilein. As you wind your way around the shore, enjoy the reflections of evergreen pines in the smooth, icy water and admire the ruins of a 14th-century castle perched on a tiny island which gives the loch its name. Later, a scenic drive will take you deep into an ancient valley to your private lodge where a delicious dinner awaits. (L, D)

    Walk details: 7 km/4 miles | 70 m/230 ft ascent | approx. 2 hours

    Day 2 – Uath Lochans and Wild Swimming

    After a hearty and nourishing breakfast, join your guide for a mellow walk around the Uath Lochans. With no need to drive anywhere, simply set off from the lodge into the peaceful wilds of the Cairngorms. Meander your way through old trees veined in white, soon reaching a spectacular viewpoint that looks out across the lochans and into the windswept, snow-dusted flanks of the mountains. After lunch, head out this afternoon for a wintery dip. Led by an experienced guide, enjoy an exhilarating swim and warm up in the toasty, mobile sauna – hot drink in hand. This evening, curl up in an armchair or sink into the sofa, relaxing with your group after a day well spent. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 5 km/3 miles | 120 m/395 ft ascent | approx. 2 hours

    Day 3 – Yoga and Storytelling

    Wake to the song of a robin (one of the few UK birds that sing all year round) and enjoy a cup of coffee looking out at the peaceful countryside. Afterwards, feeling energised and relaxed, enjoy a yoga session led by a local instructor. Stretch out the kinks and release any tension in the body and mind as you enjoy taking time to slow down, recharge, and focus on yourself. Later this afternoon, enjoy a magical blend of star-gazing and story-telling. Wrapped up warm under a velvet sky, listen to the Gaelic and Pictish stories entwined with the stars. Sip aromatic foraged tea or smooth, warming whisky as you soak up the wild magic of the landscape. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: approx 6 km/3.5 miles | 100 m/330 ft ascent | approx. 4 hours

    Day 4 – Walking in the Wilds and Sound Healing

    As the soft, wintery sun creeps slowly across the fields, head out for a walk in Glenfeshie – one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland. The estate (which encompasses 47,000 acres) is carefully managed to preserve the Caledonian pine forests and the wildlife, such as pine martens, ospreys, black grouse and ptarmigan, which call it home. Chat with your guide about the rewilding of this enchanting glen as you wind your way to some hidden waterfalls that cascade, fairytale-like, through the forest. After lunch at your lodge, enjoy a guided sound bath session, recharging and re-energising in a calming environment. Enjoy some free time this evening before all coming together for a lovely final dinner. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 4 km/2.5 miles | 90 m/295 ft ascent | approx. 2 hours

    Day 5 – Depart

    After a relaxed breakfast, join your guide to travel back into the hustle and bustle of Aviemore. If there’s snow on the hills, you’ll see folk dressed brightly for a day on the mountain – click-clacking with skis, snowboards and sledges. Bid farewell to your guide at the Railway Station and catch the mid-morning train back south. As the wintery beauty of the Highlands unroll beyond the window, happily reflect on a wonderful and relaxed week spent in lovely company. (B)

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    Trip Dates for 2024AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    4th Mar - 8th Mar 2024 Women only departureTrip FullFULLY BOOKED £1,495

    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    This retreat enjoys accommodation in a private mountain lodge set in the beautiful surroundings of Glen Feshie in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. The Lodge comfortably accommodates our group in a choice of double and twin bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities. There is a light and airy two-tier lounge and a dining room, full of rural charm, which allows everyone to get together over a good meal.

    Single rooms

    There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you may be required to share a room with another woman. On this trip, we have 7 rooms available and a mix of doubles and twins. There is no supplement for single rooms as we have exclusive use of the lodge. Solo occupancy rooms are allocated on a first come, first served basis, please get in touch with our team to chat about availability.

    Meals Read More

    This trip is “All Inclusive” meaning all meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on the final day are provided.

    The lodge team will keep us well-fed with freshly prepared cooked breakfasts, lunches and evening meals using local produce. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.

    The lodge has an honesty fridge (cash only) which stocks local beers, gin, water, kombucha, diet coke, cheese, crackers, venison salami and chorizo, oat bars and crisps. There will also be an opportunity to stop at a local shop on the first day to purchase any other alcoholic drinks you would like during your stay.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 4 nights accommodation in an exclusive-use lodge.
    • All meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable Wilderness Scotland guide throughout
    • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Aviemore
    • All activities mentioned in the itinerary including: guided walking, an introduction to winter swimming, yoga, sound bath, storytelling and stargazing.

    The introduction to winter swimming will include safety cover, a pre-swim safety talk, breathing exercises and then a short guided swim or dip experience. Swim accessories, such as neoprene gloves, socks, hats, mini hot water bottles and a big warm DryRobe, will be provided. We’ll also have hot drinks immediately post-swim and a mobile sauna set up on the beach. Please bring your own swimming costume, and you’re welcome to bring your own wetsuit if you prefer, as these won’t be provided.

    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded: Difficulty 1-3

    Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

    The introduction to winter swimming will include safety cover, a pre-swim safety talk, breathing exercises and then a short guided swim or dip experience. Swim accessories, such as neoprene gloves, socks, hats, mini hot water bottles and a big warm DryRobe, will be provided. We’ll also have hot drinks immediately post-swim and a mobile sauna set up on the beach. Please bring your own swimming costume, and you’re welcome to bring your own wetsuit if you prefer, as these won’t be provided.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Aviemore Railway Station at 10:30am on Day 1 of your trip.

    The trip will conclude at Aviemore Railway Station at 10:30am on the final day of the trip.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Green Graded Wilderness Retreats are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy spending time in the outdoors. During your trip, you will be able to engage in various activities, including hiking, foraging, wild swimming, yoga and meditation. The walking will be at a comfortable pace, and while the terrain will mostly be good paths and hill trails, these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to approximately 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km. Depending on the group, there may be the option to complete a Blue Graded hiking day, potentially involving a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high with a distance of around 16km.

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