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Cairngorms Walking Tours

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Our guided winter walking holiday in the Cairngorms National Park is based in a charming 4-star hotel in a sleepy Highland village. We explore the snow-capped peaks and our experienced guides provide instruction on winter skills.

Day 1 - Edinburgh to the Cairngorms National Park

Departing Edinburgh at 2pm, we head north to the Cairngorms National Park. On arrival, our guide gives an introductory session on the equipment we will be using during the weekend. We then enjoy dinner and a few drinks in front of the open fire.
Day 2 - An introduction to winter skills

Starting at a conveniently high car park (alt. 600m), we traverse on into Coire an Lochain, to work on essential ice axe and crampon winter skills. We then undertake a circular journey back to our start point, taking in a summit or two along the way.
Day 3 - Ben MacDui and the High Plateau

We cross the wild plateau, skirting the high cliffs which dive down to majestic Loch Avon, heading towards Ben MacDui and never once dropping below 1100m. Savour the wilderness and feel your spirit soar. Back at the hotel, a log fire and hearty dinner awaits.
Day 4 - The Loch Einich summits from Glen Feshie

From the forests of Glen Feshie we ascend Sgor Gaoith, the high point on this ridge at 1118m. Our descent via Carn Ban Mor allows ample opportunities to practice our new skills such as ice-axe arrests and – even better – glissade descents (sliding downhill on your rear end!!).

Prices:
Min Price: 379 Pound Sterling per person
Max Price: 409 Pound Sterling per person

Notes:
2007 DATES: 25-28 January; 8-11 February; 22-25 February GRADING: Challenging Please note - price excludes flights The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guide having regard to weather conditions and other factors. Start: Edinburgh 1400 hours Finish: Edinburgh 2000 hours.

Wester Ross Walking Tours

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This guided walking holiday explores two regions of Scotland - the North West Highlands and the Cairngorms National Park. These contrasting areas offer some of the best hiking in Scotland, making this hiking trip perfect for those wishing to explore the Highlands.

Day 1 – Inverness to Wester Ross in the North West Highlands
On route to our accommodation in Wester Ross, we stop at beautiful Loch Maree and enjoy a short circular walk which takes us through pine forest and onto a low plateau which offers magnificent views of the surrounding area – a taste of what is to come!

Day 2 – Ben Damph (903m)
This little mountain is often ignored as it falls just below the 3000ft barrier so is not a Munro. However, its ascent makes for an excellent day hike, with unrivalled views across Loch Torridon to the dramatic peaks of Liathach, Beinn Alligan and Beinn Eighe.

Day 3 – Beinn an Eoin in the Flowerdale Forest
This walk ventures into a pristine and rarely visited wilderness. Passing initially through pine forest, we then climb the long ridge of Beinn an Eoin (855m) to enjoy dramatic views from its pointed summit, over lochs, mountains and one of the wildest landscapes of the Wester Ross.

Day 4 – Beinn Ghoblach and travel to Cairngorms National Park
An easier day allows us to re-energise ahead of the next phase of the trip. Beinn Ghoblach (635m) is a prominent but rarely climbed peak which overlooks Little Loch Broom. Surrounded by ocean on three sides, it allows the opportunity to gaze across the mountains where we have spent the last few days. On return to the vehicle, we travel south to the contrasting landscape of the Cairngorms, arriving in time to freshen up before dinner.

Day 5 – The Ospreys of Loch Garten and the Abernethy Forest
The beautiful Abernethy Forest is a haven for all sorts of wildlife but is famed for the ospreys which nest around Loch Garten. Our relaxing day will explore the Abernethy forest, keeping a look out for a glimpse of the local residents. (10 km, 5 hours)

Day 6 – Ben MacDui and the Northern Corries
The second highest mountain in the UK, Ben MacDui (1309m) dominates the central Cairngorms plateau and Speyside. Benefiting of a high starting point, we pass the dramatic rocky cauldrons of the Northern Corries before crossing the high plateau to reach the remote and elevated summit. (18 km, 8 hours)

Day 7 – Meall a Buachaille (810m) via Ryvoan Bothy and the Angel’s Lochan.
This short ascent affords fine vistas of the main plateau of the Cairngorms where we have spent most of our week. Descending eastwards, we pass the poetic Ryvoan bothy and the beautiful emerald-coloured Angel’s Lochan, tucked in amongst the Scots Pines – a fine place to reflect upon the week before the short transfer back to Inverness. (8 km, 5 hours)

Prices:
Min Price: 675 Pound Sterling per person
Max Price: 795 Pound Sterling per person

Notes:
2007 DATES: 7-13 July; 28 July - 3 August; 8-14 September; 13-19 October GRADING: Moderate Please note - price excludes flights The itinerary below is an intended programme only. The order of daily walks/activities may be amended and alternative routes may be selected at the guide’s discretion. Start: Inverness 1300 hours Finish: Inverness 1600 hours.

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