New for 2021

Cairngorms North Guided Trail Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 3
from £999pp

Want to really get away from it all? Join us for a crossing of the northern section of the Cairngorms National Park. No mammoth effort needed to tackle its biggest mountains, we’ve hand picked the best of its lower lying routes to create a fantastic introduction to this stunning area. We’ve whisky trails, wild glens, ancient native woodlands teeming with wildlife, crashing waterfalls and wilderness lochs waiting to welcome you. All your accommodation, transport and meals are taken care of, just lace up your boots and enjoy the journey.

Holiday Highlights

  • Traverse trails through Britain’s second highest mountain range
  • Sample a wee dram or two on the Speyside “whisky” Way
  • Watch out for Osprey, Golden Eagle, Capercaillie, Red deer and more
  • Enjoy that sky high feeling with a walk on the Cairngorm plateau
  • Snap shots of the magnificent autumn colours 
  • Relax with sandy beaches & magnificent mountain views at Loch Morlich
  • All meals included. Comfortable ensuite accommodation & guided walks each day

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Group transfer to/from Aviemore

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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As this is a new Trail for 2021, there may be amendments to some of the walks. Also in the event of bad weather, alternative walks may be used on some days.

Join us for a late afternoon group transfer from Aviemore (17:50), to Boat of Garten, or make your own way and meet us at the hotel prior to your evening meal, to find out the plan of action.

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We follow the East Highland Way past secluded Loch Gynach to the valley of the Spey, and through to the marshes and bird reserve at Loch Insh. Admire the views from historic Ruthven Barracks, and keep your binoculars at the ready to spot Ospreys on the way.

9 miles (14km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.

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Today we admire the impressive sculptures of Frank Bruce and look out for Golden eagle and red squirrels in Inshriach National Nature Reserve. Enjoy the hidden beauty of picturesque Loch an Eilein, and the magnificent Caledonian Pines of Rothiemurchus.

10 miles (16.5km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent.

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Into the heart of the mountains and the stunning Coire an t-Sneachda glacial corrie, a grand cirque of cliffs, often snow covered for much of the year. Watch out for golden eagles, red deer and if we're lucky, reindeer. We’ll then head down to the sandy shores of Loch Morlich.

8 miles (13km), with 1,130 feet (350m) of ascent and 2,140 feet (660m) of descent.

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A cracking walk today takes us from Glenmore Lodge through to Nethy Bridge. We’re treated to the beautiful landscapes of little Lochan an Uaine in the morning as we cross the Ryvoan Pass, followed by the ancient native Scots pine forests of Abernethy in the afternoon. Fantastic views of the Cairngorm mountains and another superb day for wildlife watching.

9 miles (14.5km) with 740 feet (225m) of ascent.

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We hit the trail right from our door today and join the Speyside Way all the way to the traditional Highland town of Grantown on Spey. Passing through a different section of the Abernethy Forest initially on the old railway line, we head up to Nethy Bridge with its bridge designed by Telford, then follow the valley of the Spey up to Grantown. The Abernethy Forest is famous for its birdlife, in particular crested tits, and of course the Loch Garten ospreys.

*A visit to the Osprey Centre at Loch Garten is an option for the June group today. The ospreys return to Africa in August.

11 miles (17.5km) with 500 feet (160m) of ascent.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

From Cromdale we’re off on the Speyside Way again for our final walk. We pass below the Haughs of Cromdale, the site of a Jacobite defeat in 1690, and through woods of Scots pines, pastures with views of heathery hills, and fine birch woodlands. A fitting finale - the Cragganmore distillery, for a well earned wee dram, and a tour of the distillery.

11 miles (17.5km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.

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We’ve organised a morning group transfer to Aviemore (arriving Aviemore 10:15).

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The Boat Inn - Cairngorms National Park

Set amongst heather clad hills and native Scots pine woodlands, the Boat Inn, Boat of Garten is in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. With its roaring log fires and with plenty of character and charm, we’ve the perfect base for our holiday. The rooms are all comfortable ensuites, equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryers and with WiFi access too.

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Getting to The Boat Inn - Cairngorms National Park

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Waterproof walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hit drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent and a midge hood is highly recommended for Scotland
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
05 Jun - 12 Jun
7 Guided Trail £1,155 £1,135 Save £20 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
02 Oct - 09 Oct
7 Guided Trail £999 Available Trip Notes Book Now

Important Information

Single room supplement: £299 (complete holiday)

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