UK: +44 (0)1479 420 020
US: 1-866-740-3890
National Geographic - Best Adventure Travel Companies

Wilderness Walking – High Points of the Cairngorms National Park

  • Explore the high reaches and hidden corners of the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains
  • Hike on good trails across the high tundra, looking out for rare wildlife as you walk
  • Enjoy the warm hospitality of our private lodge, with all meals included
  • 6 nights accommodation in a private wilderness lodge
  • All meals, from lunch on Day 1 through to lunch on Day 7 (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
  • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Aviemore

Blue Graded Walking Holidays

Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

This walking holiday enjoys accommodation in a private mountain lodge set in the beautiful surroundings of Glen Feshie. The area around the lodge has abundant wildlife to spot and the grass outside is grazed by Highland cattle.

Accommodation is a choice of double or twin rooms with ensuite facilities. Evening meals will be fully catered at the lodge each night and packed lunches provided for each day.

Single Supplement

There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers however, you may be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we can check to see if one is available for you. On this trip there is no supplement for single rooms as we have exclusive use of the lodge.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Aviemore Railway Station at 10.30am on Day 1 of your trip. We aim to be back at the station by 1.30pm on the final day. It’s a small station so you should find the group and guide quite easily!

 

Trip Details

New for 2018! Venture into Scotland’s grandest mountain range – the mighty Cairngorms.

Hike among the majestic scenery of hills, forests and lochs while enjoying outstanding hospitality on this all-inclusive hiking tour.

High-level trailheads and a network of good paths means that accessing the high summits of Cairngorms National Park is more achievable than they may first appear. Based at a private wilderness lodge in beautiful Glen Feshie, we’ll explore the northern and western side of this huge National Park. We’ll focus on hiking to some of the finest peaks in the area, and enjoy wild mountain views everywhere we go.

With summits rising to 4000ft in height, the Cairngorm peaks are vast rolling hills connected by a dramatic plateau, and this high level tundra is broken by steep sided glens and corries, where the hills fall away to beautiful pinewoods, still lochs and grassy fields. The National Park is a haven for rare and iconic species such as ptarmigan, capercaillie, red squirrels and osprey.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – A Small Summit

We meet at Aviemore railway station at 10.30am, and after a welcome coffee we transfer a short distance to enjoy a hike up a little mountain with big views. A short climb through pinewoods, steep in places, takes us to the summit. Although just 487m high, there are prominent views of Strathspey and allows us to gaze across the glens at some of the other peaks we will take on during this week. Descending to pretty Loch Gynack, you’ll feel like you’re still in the wilderness – but we’re almost back in the village. A short transfer takes us to our private lodge, which is tucked away in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Feshie. (L,D)

Walk details: 7km, approx 3-4 hours, 275m ascent

Day 2 – Classic Cairngorms Hike

Today we will hike a classic Scottish hill-walk – the Northern Corries of the Cairngorms, including Cairngorm Mountain itself. Benefitting from a trail-head at 600m altitude, we hike straight into a wild mountain environment. We pass under the cliffs of the Northern Corries – a hotspot for winter mountaineering – keeping a look out for Scotland’s only herd of reindeer, which often graze here. A steady climb brings us to the main plateau amidst ever-greater views. From here, we can pick our route, following the tops of the corries and maybe detouring to enjoy an elevated view of remote Loch Avon. A final climb takes us onto the summit of Cairngorm Mountain, the 6th highest peak in the UK. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 11km, approx 6-7 hours, 775m ascent

Day 3 – Into Glen Feshie

Glen Feshie is thought by many people to be the most beautiful of the Cairngorm glens. Today’s hike takes us into the upper glen, passing through beautiful ancient Caledonian pine forests on route to a remote and rarely visited peak. We’re almost guaranteed to have the summit to ourselves. As we hike, we’ll keep an eye out for golden eagles and red deer, which inhabit this glen. (B, L, D)

Walk details: Flexible depending on route, up to 23km, approx 8 hours, 785m ascent max

Day 4 – Western Summits

We enjoy a change of scene today by heading slightly further south, but keeping within the boundaries of Cairngorms National Park. We’ll take on two summits which are located close to the heart of Scotland, offering far-reaching views across the land. Despite starting next to a busy road, this is soon forgotten as we follow a trail alongside a bubbling burn, gradually gaining height as we go. A steep pull takes us onto the plateau and then we enjoy a high-level hike, connecting the two peaks and taking in wide vistas across Loch Ericht and Ben Alder, all the way west to Ben Nevis. (B,L,D)

Walk details: 16km, approx 7-8 hours, 900m ascent

Day 5 – Hill of the Shepherd

At the northern reach of the Cairngorms lie several peaks overlooking the wild Abernethy Forest. We choose one of these hills today – Meall a Buachaille or the Hill of the Shepherd. We start our walk by passing through a steep sided pass and the beautiful ‘Fairy Lochan’. Beyond the pass, we turn left at an old bothy and start a steady ascent up a good trail that leads us directly to the summit. On the way down we enjoy the fabulous views of bigger hills to the south and Loch Morlich. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 9km, approx 4-5 hours, 550m ascent

Day 6 – Wild Cairngorms Peaks

From our lodge, we gaze across the River Feshie at the high summit of Sgorr Gaoith. The trailhead is less than 1km from the lodge but a 10 minute drive saves us wading across the river! A good trail takes us through wonderful pinewoods before climbing up onto the plateau. On reaching the pointed summit, the land falls away suddenly and we find ourselves gazing down at remote Loch Einich and across it to the wild corries of Braeriach, the 3rd highest peak in Britain. This is a prized summit and one you’ll remember for many years. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 14km, approx 7-8 hours, 915m ascent

Day 7 – Above the Forest

We enjoy an easy and reflective final day hike. A stone’s throw from our lodge are the Uath Lochans, favoured by bird-watchers and in-the-know locals. We’ll hike around the lochs and up to the little summit of Farleitter Crag, which offers expansive views across the pinewoods to the main Cairngorm plateau. Afterwards, a short transfer takes us back to Aviemore in time to connect with trains heading north to Inverness or south to Edinburgh and Glasgow. (B, L)

Walk details: 4km, approx 1-2 hours, 165m ascent

Download Dossier

Prices and Dates

64 people viewed this trip in the last week

Book with confidence - we guaranteee our trips to run as soon as 2 people book.

2018 Trip Dates

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
11th Aug - 17th Aug 2018
£1,495
3 place(s) left
18th Aug - 24th Aug 2018
£1,445
Trip Full

2019 Trip Dates

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2019
£1,495
6 place(s) left
13th Jul - 19th Jul 2019
£1,495
8 place(s) left
24th Aug - 30th Aug 2019
£1,495
8 place(s) left
14th Sep - 20th Sep 2019
£1,495
8 place(s) left
Get a group of friends together and make this trip private

Trip Reviews

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

Rated 4.83 out of 5 based on 6 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – High Points of the Cairngorms National Park

5 star 5

4 star 1

3 star 0

2 star 0

1 star 0

by Birger Strohdeicher 09/07/2018

3Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

My friends are far more fit than I am and even I wasn't anywhere near my limit at any of the days... Even though that would have certainly changed in bad weather.

Read Full Review

by Maureen Mitchell 02/07/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

If you have a dream to visit a part of Scotland covered by Wilderness Scotland, then do not hesitate to book with them, you will be well looked after

Read Full Review

by Gary Fisher 21/06/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Great customer service. Well planned and executed. No faults found.

Read Full Review

by Paul Schulties 18/06/2018

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Read Full Review

Price from: £1,445

Next trip: 11th August

Duration: 6 night(s)

View prices & Dates Make This Tour Private

Location: Cairngorms and Central Highlands

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

6 review(s)

Trip Photos

River Feshie, Glenfeshie, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.Ballintean LodgeBallintean Lodge loungeNearing Ben Macdui summitThe ancient Glenmore forestLoch AvonBlack GrouseRoaring StagRelaxing in the hillsApproaching the peaksRiver in spateAncient Caledonian pineDynamic light over Uath Lochans, Glenfeshie, Scotland.Ballintean lodge from outsideMisty dawn over Loch Insh, Cairngorms, Scotland.Loch an Eilean
View Gallery

Download your trip dossier

All you need to know about your trip, this essential document is a must for all adventures

 

  • All info in one document
  • Print-friendly PDF format
  • Details of the meeting point
Download Dossier


Location