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Cairngorms Peaks and Passes

Cairngorms Peaks and Passes walking holiday

The Cairngorm Mountains form the largest area of high ground in the UK. This trip uses ancient hill tracks and drovers’ trails to get from the Angus Glens, on the south east side, to majestic Glen More, on the north west side of the mountain massif.

Classic high passes like the Kilbo Pass, Jock’s Road and the Lairig Ghru are traversed on the journey across the mountains.

Three mountain days allow time to explore the high tops of Mayar and Driesh, ‘Dark’ Lochnagar, Cairngorm and Macdui, plus a handful of high tops in Glen Feshie; classics all of them. Quite an action packed trip!

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Your walking holiday includes:

  • Qualified Walking Mountain Leader
  • 6 guided walking days
  • 7 nights hostel accommodation
  • All meals from evening meal day 1 to breakfast day 8 are included
  • Transport from and back to Stirling
  • Transport daily as required and for baggage
  • VAT at 20%

Cape Wrath & N.W Highlands - Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Meet at Stirling and travel by mini-bus to Glen Prosen, one of the Angus Glens. Spend 2 nights at Glen Prosen independent hostel.

Day 2: Starting off walking from the hostel, up the glen and the Shank of Dreish, to cross Driesh before crossing over to reach Mayar; first two Munros of the trip. Returning to the Kilbo Pass, we descend by the Shank of Drumfollow into very attractive Glen Doll; ~17km / 850m ^. We’ll picked up and returned to our accommodation.

Day 3: Pack up and drive back round to Glen Doll to cross Jock’s Road, the ancient trading and droving route, over and down along Glen Callater; ~21km / 550m^. spend the first of 2 nights in Braemar.

Day 4: Today’s a mountain day spent getting to know Loch Nagar. We head round to Ballater and up Glen Muick to get started. From there head up the mountain path up the Ladder to the top, sdescending possibly by the Glas Allt Shiel and Loch Muick; ~19km / 750m^.

Day 5: Pack up again aiming to get an early start. From the Linn o’Dee we set off to Derry Lodge and then on along and over the Lairig Ghru; the challenging classic trading route to the north side of the Cairngorms; ~30km / 810m^. send the first of 3 nights in Glenmore.

Day 6: Today we’ll head up on to the high central Cairngorms plateau, perhaps to claim Cairngorm and Ben Macdui, raising the Munro tally to five; 18km / 940m^.

Day 7: And finally we can’t leave the area without spending a day on Glen Feshie high tops. A possible circuit would include Carn Ban Mor, Sgor Gaoith and Sgoran Dubh Mor; 19km / 940m^.

Day 8: Pack up and set off back to Stirling to arrive there by about 13:00.

Accommodation:

7 nights hostel accommodation (small, shared, bunk-bed dormitories) in 5 hostels managed by the Scottish Youth Hostels Association and 2 by an independent hostel. Rooms are usually separate for men and women. Bed linen is provided but customers need to bring their own towel and soap. Hot showers, and drying facilities are available. Laundry facilities are available at Braemar and Cairngorm Lodge.

Meals:

All meals from evening meal day 1 to breakfast day 8 are included. Meals are prepared by our own support manager with a wee bit of help from the group with preparation and clearing up. Special diets can be catered for if notified in advance. There will be a stop on the outward and return journeys when you may obtain snacks (at your own expense).

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Maps & Reading

To get the most from your walking holiday you may wish to do some background reading prior to departure.

Books about the Cairngorms which you may find informative are:

Maps which you may find informative are:

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