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Hiking in the Cairngorms National Park is a special experience, as we explore a region named by National Geographic as one of the 50 Must Visit Places on Earth.
From the majesty of Royal Deeside (where the Queen has her Scottish residence at Balmoral Castle) to Strathspey, where the high plateau rises above the charming villages, flanked by some of Scotland’s oldest forests, Cairngorm National Park delights at every turn.
On this walking holiday, we enjoy some of the best easy hikes in the Cairngorms National Park as we explore Strathspey, Royal Deeside and Highland Perthshire on a two-centre circumnavigation of Scotland’s largest National Park. There is a huge variety of possible hikes to choose from but wherever we venture, we’ll enjoy the fantastic scenery, sense of wilderness and rich history and heritage.
As well as savouring its wilderness, we’ll discover its heritage as we visit a whisky distillery, a 13th century Highland Castle and a wildlife reserve on this memorable walking holiday.
From Inverness, a short transfer south-east takes us to eastern Strathspey, Scotland’s most famous whisky-making region. We’ll enjoy a short walk, following the ancient trails once used by whisky smugglers keen to avoid the law. We finish up at one of Scotland’s most iconic distilleries, where we enjoy a tour (with samples!) before transferring south into Royal Deeside and our guest house accommodation. (L, D)
Walk details: 6km/ 4 miles | 100m/ 320 ft of ascent | approx. 3 hours
This superb circular hike explores Glen Muick, which lies in the shadow of the famous peak of Lochnagar. It takes us through ancient pine forest, past one of Queen Victoria’s hunting lodges and beneath towering cliffs as we circumnavigate beautiful Loch Muick. It’s also a great place for spotting wildlife – look out for red deer and golden eagles. Overnight Royal Deeside. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 12km/ 7 miles | 200m/ 650 ft of ascent | approx. 5 hours
This circular hike is one of the best in Royal Deeside. We follow a good trail north to the edge of the Cairngorm plateau, where some of the highest peaks in Scotland rise from the deep glens. The wilderness is striking and the beauty is all around. The rivers are a real highlight with the striking rock features of the Linn of Dee and the Devil’s Punchbowl most notable. Overnight Royal Deeside. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 17km/ 10 miles | 200m/ 650 ft of ascent | approx. 6 hours
We transfer west into Highland Perthshire, where we make our way to a 13th-century castle for a hike on its vast estate. We enjoy a level route through a beautiful forest in a steep-sided glen. We finish back at the castle, with time for a tour of its interior and perhaps the gardens too. A short transfer north takes us into Strathspey and our base for the next 3 nights, a small B&B in a sleepy Cairngorm village. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 9km/ 6 miles | 100m/ 320 ft of ascent | approx. 4-5 hours
Glen Feshie is widely considered one of the most beautiful Cairngorm glens, and as the estate is undergoing an extensive rewilding program it is only getting more lovely. This has brought new vigour to the ancient pine forests, so we will walk through a beautiful mix of young trees and magnificent old pines. We will do an out-and-back hike along the floor of the glen, admiring the views of the hills and forest with excellent wildlife spotting potential. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 12km/ 7 miles | 250m/ 820 ft of ascent | approx. 5-6 hours
The Abernethy Forest is thought by many to be the most beautiful in Scotland, with beautiful lochs surrounded by ancient Scots Pine trees and framed by views of the high mountains. We’ll enjoy a circular walk, perhaps taking in a section of the Speyside Way long distance trail, and finishing at a wildlife reserve where we’ll hope to see red squirrels and many bird species including, in the early part of the summer, the osprey. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 8km/ 5 miles | 100m/ 320 ft of ascent | approx. 4-5 hours
There are so many great walks in the Cairngorms that we like to keep the itinerary flexible and decide which hike to take in on the day. One option is a hike close to our accommodation, a favourite of the locals. It ventures into the eastern edge of the Monadh Liath mountains on a circular route to Loch Gynack. It’s a wild and beautiful place, so an apt location to end our trip. After the hike, we complete our circumnavigation of the Cairngorms National Park by transferring north back to Inverness for the trip end. (B, L)
Walk details: 8km/ 5 miles | 200m/ 650 ft of ascent | approx. 5 hours
We spend our nights in welcoming and friendly guest houses: three nights in Royal Deeside then three nights in Strathspey. Accommodation is in twin or double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities. A warm welcome is assured, and you can choose to spend the evenings in the lounge next to the wood-burning stove or in one of the village’s local pubs.
There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of £225 is charged.
Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.
This tour is all-inclusive.
Food is of paramount importance and our meals are prepared from the best local produce. We’ll enjoy wonderful home-cooked meals each evening, with good, healthy portions. Naturally, vegetarians and other dietary requirements are willingly catered for – simply let us know at the time of booking.
On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Inverness Railway Station at 10.30am on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Inverness station for 5.00pm on the last day. Alternatively, if you are heading South by train, we can arrange to drop you off at Aviemore station around 4.00pm.
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Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.
As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a speciality. In his spare time Stevie runs the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, bringing the world’s most inspiring adventure filmmakers and athletes to an audience of over 1,500 each year. His experience of living in the Cairngorms National Park for over 7 years has helped design this exciting walking trip.
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Green Graded Walking Holidays
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 but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.
Rated 4.95 out of 5 based on 84 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
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Reviewed on 14/10/2019
Age: 60 - 70
Trip Date: 05/10/2019
Trips Taken: 5
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
We booked our trip over the phone and staff were helpful and informed
Will creating stepping stones so that the group could cross the river without getting their feet wet
Both B&B's were clean and comfortable. Sarah and Marion were super hosts being friendly and attentive to all our individual needs
Will was an excellent guide. He had local knowledge and also being a geography teacher gave us great information on the formation of the landscape. He also adapted the itinerary to suit the weather conditions and the ability of the group. His guiding made for a great week.
The grading of the trip was spot on. Wilderness Scotland holidays are not cheap but we feel they provide good value for money. We have done several trips with Wilderness Scotland of varying grades and we will be booking another one for next year.
Reviewed on 07/10/2019
Age: 40 - 50
Trip Date: 21/09/2019
Trips Taken: 1
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
Bridget was always prompt and thorough when answering any questions by email.
Jo was an excellent guide. She was very aware of what the guests were capable of and made sure the hikes were challenging enough, yet still enjoyable for everyone.
Both accommodations were wonderful - so friendly and helpful. Beautiful, comfy rooms and wonderful breakfasts and lunches made the trip that much more pleasant and comfortable
Jo was an amazing and conscientious guide. Jo made a point of chatting and including everybody in the conversation. We had a small group and everyone got along so well. By the end of the trip I felt like I gained a few more friends!
Wilderness Scotland (and our guide Jo) did an amazing job with planning the perfect trip. I would definitely book with Wilderness again. Being a solo traveler, booking a trip like this takes so much of the guess work out of the equation. This is an amazing company that puts their guests first in every way possible.
Reviewed on 12/09/2019
Age: 50 - 60
Country: United States
Trip Date: 24/08/2019
Trips Taken: 1
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
My birthday fell on the Tuesday of my week hiking in Cairngorm National Park. I hadn't told anyone in the group. When we reached the highest point of that day's hike, our guide, John, pulled a small cake out of his pack and sliced a piece for everyone. The group sang happy birthday and many pictures were taken. I couldn't have asked for a lovelier birthday surprise.
Coig na Shee B&B was a beautiful, elegant place to stay, and at the same time the owners were authentic, homey people who were warm, curious and kind.
John did an amazing job of being aware of everyone's needs and abilities. I also appreciated that he took time to walk and talk one on one with each member of the group. (I've been with other guides who either don't talk to anyone, or find one or two members of the group engaging and stick to those folks.) His knowledge of both the landscapes we walked through and the history of Scotland and England was shared with clarity and enthusiasm. He provided gentle encouragement when I needed it, as well as slowing me down when I was pushing myself too hard. If I am able to do another week with Wilderness Scotland, I will definitely look for one that is guided by John
This was one the highlight weeks of my five months in Scotland. I look forward to more trips with Wilderness Scotland to explore more of the beauty of this land. Thank you, John and Wilderness Scotland, for an amazing week!
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