Cairngorms Guided Walking

The clear waters of Loch Morlich, Scotland.  The Cairngorm mountains in the background.
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 4 & 5
from £1,199pp £1,129pp

Want to really get away from it all? Join us for a week of exploration in the northern section of the Cairngorms National Park. We’ve handpicked the best 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
  • 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

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Check-in at The Boat Inn from 15:00. Your leader will be at reception at 18:30 to meet the group and for a quick introduction to the holiday before dinner.

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Option 1 – The Wildcat Trail and Loch Gynack

Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In Summary: Explore the rivers Spey and Calder on the Wildcat Trail from Newtonmore, then follow the East Highland Way to the small town of Kingussie.

Highlight: Very varied countryside with spectacular views of the Cairngorms, passing the secluded Loch Gynack.


Option 2 – Càrn an Fhreiceadain

Distance: 11.5 miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 2,400 feet (740m)

In Summary: From Kingussie follow quiet paths past the small hill of Tom Baraidh before joining a good track over the summits of Beinn Bhreac and Càrn an Fhreiceadain. We then descend on a different track following the Allt Mòr and Gynack rivers back to Kingussie.

Highlight: The ‘Corbett’ summit of Càrn an Fhreiceadain, on the edge of the Monadhliath Mountains, commands fine views both over the Monadhliath and across to the Cairngorms and provides a good warm up for adventurous peaks later in the week.


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Option 1 – Sculpture, Lochs and Glen Feshie

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: From Loch Insh we follow quiet paths to Feshiebridge, then onwards to the lower reaches of Glen Feshie. Forest tracks lead us to the lovely Uath Lochans, and then along the Speyside Way back to Loch Insh.

Highlight: Visit the fascinating Frank Lloyd sculpture park at Feshiebridge.


Option 2 – Sgòr Gaoith, from Glen Feshie

Distance: 8.75 miles (14km)

Ascent: 3,000 feet (920m)

In Summary: The ascent, initially on a good path, passes through magnificent pinewoods before climbing up on to the vast plateau above Glen Feshie to Sgòr Gaoith. We follow the ridge to Geal Chàrn before descending back to Glen Feshie.

Highlight: The first Munro of the week, with terrific views west over the River Spey and east to Braeriach and the bulk of the Cairngorms.



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Each holiday there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. 

There is plenty to do within easy reach; from a journey on the Strathspey steam train that stops outside our hotel, to a day trip to the historic battlefield at Culloden and the 18th-century fortress of Fort George.

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Option 1 – Loch an Eilein and Coire an t-Sneachda

Distance: 8.25 miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In Summary: Today’s walk is split into two parts. Our first walk takes us around Loch an Eilein and the quieter Loch Gamhna. We then transfer to the Cairngorm Ski Centre where a well graded ascent takes us 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.

Highlight: Loch an Eilein, with it backdrop of the pines of Rothiemurchus Forest, is extremely beautiful, and is one of the most popular short walks in Scotland.


Option 2 – Cairn Gorm and the northern corries

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 2,550 feet (780m)

In Summary: From the Cairngorm ski centre we ascend to the plateau with stunning views across towards Cairn Toul and SgÒr an Lochain Uaine. We continue along the top of the northern corries to Cairn Gorm, our second Munro of the week, before returning past the Ptarmigan station and the ski areas.

Highlight: The summit of Cairn Gorm, the highest summit in the National Park and a Munro. Dramatic views down into the Lairig Ghru and the northern corries, and terrific rock architecture.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Option 1 – Ryvoan Pass to Nethy bridge

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 500 feet (160m)

In Summary: From Glenmore Lodge we follow the Ryvoan Pass past the picturesque Lochan Uaine and onwards across a mix of open moorland and forest trails to the village of Nethy Bridge, where we’ll have a chance to check out the visitor centre and enjoy a cuppa.

Highlight: The green waters of Lochan Uaine are full of mystery.


Option 2 – Meall a’ Bhuachaill and the Ryvoan Pass

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: Starting from the shore of Loch Morlich, we follow a good path to the summit of the Corbett, Meall a’ Bhuachaille, perched above the Glenmore Lodge outdoor centre. Descending to the Ryvoan Pass we then follow the route of the option 1 walk to Nethy bridge.

Highlight: A very varied walk with ancient pines, lochs, forests and the windswept ridge of Meall a’ Bhuachaille itself.

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Option 1 – Glenlivet to Tomintoul

Distance: 9 miles (14 km)

Ascent: 1300 feet (400m)

In Summary: This off-shoot of the Speyside Way is considered by many to be the finest section of the entire trail, providing views of the Cairngorm Mountains to the south-west and the Hills of Cromdale to the west. It is a scenic delight, the easily reached summit of Carn Daimh providing 360 degree views.

Highlight: We finish in Tomintoul for a whisky tasting (or gin, if preferred).


Option 2 – Bridge of Livet to Tomintoul

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)

Ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)

In summary: Starting at Bridge of Livet, we follow the attractive River Livet to the ruin of Drumin Castle. From here we continue along the Speyside Way, following the option 1 group to the summit of Carn Daimh before descending into the village of Tomintoul for a well-earned dram.

Highlight: A more relaxing day and a chance to unwind, with varied scenery, a lower summit but still with superb views, and a whisky tasting at the end.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.

Cairngorms Map

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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More Information

Essential Information

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment need 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 a hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • 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: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Itinerary Double / Twin Room Single Room Notes / Offers Trip Notes Book

20 May - 27 May 2023

7 nights

Guided Walking

Single from

£1,574 £1,504

Double from

£1,259 £1,189 pp


£1,259 £1,189 pp


£1,574 £1,504

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16 Sep - 23 Sep 2023

7 nights

Guided Walking

Single from

£1,644 £1,574

Double from

£1,299 £1,229 pp


£1,299 £1,229 pp


£1,644 £1,574

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07 Oct - 14 Oct 2023

7 nights

Guided Walking

Single from

£1,479 £1,409

Double from

£1,199 £1,129 pp


£1,199 £1,129 pp


£1,479 £1,409

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Important Information


If so, please follow the booking process for a twin room and we will do our best to find you another group member of the same gender to share with. Please note that if at ten weeks prior to the start of your holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room will be allocated with a resulting single supplement charge outlined below. Any additional charge for the single supplement will be confirmed at the point of final payment and bookings are accepted on this understanding.

Important Information

2022 Single Supplement Charge from £343 (complete holiday)

2023 Single Supplement Charge from:

Date Complete Holiday
20th May 2023 £315
16th Sept 2023 £345
1st Oct 2023 £280
7 nights
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 4

7 nights from £1,199pp £1,129pp

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