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Ben Alder Raid

Guided Walking: Ben Alder Raid

This raid is just perfect for giving wilderness backpacking a try. There is a pleasant undulating trek on easy terrain to and from our chosen camping spot, with two days in between to capture Carn Dearg, Geal Charn, Aonach Beag, Beinn Eibhinn, Beinn Bheoil and Ben Alder.

You’ll be surrounded by mountains but won’t have to carry all your kit up and down them. You’re there just to enjoy.

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Fitness Levels

Due to the remote nature of the trip and lack of easy escape routes, participants should ensure that they have a high enough level of fitness to enable them to complete at least the linear parts of this holiday in full.

Although the distances are not long and we have all day to enjoy the route folk do have to have the ability to carry 30lbs or so on a daily basis - not impossible but some practice is advised. The terrain covered is mainly on paths and tracks, which may be rough, rocky and wet at times plus there is some un-pathed terrain.

map - Ben Alder Raid walking holiday

Your walking holiday includes:

  • Qualified Mountain Leader
  • 4 walking days
  • 3 nights wild camping with food for all meals
  • Tents, stoves, gas and pots are provided
  • Transport from and back to Stirling
  • VAT at 20%

Ben Alder Raid brief itinerary:

Day 1: Equipment checking and distribution at C~N~Do office. After sorting out gear, travel by mini-bus to Dalwhinnie. Walk along Loch Ericht towards Loch Pattack and on past Culra Lodge to find a camping place somewhere. (16km> / ~200m^).

Day 2 & 3: Weather factors may determine what is done on which day:- Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil (12km> / ~1000m^); Carn Dearg, Geal Charn, Aonach Beag, Beinn Eibhinn (16km> / ~1200m^)

Day 4: Pack up and return to Dalwhinnie and from there to Stirling, arriving about 17:00. (16km> / ~100m ^).


3 nights wild camping in two or three person tents provided by C~N~Do. As tent sharing is usually less onerous from an equipment carrying point of view, if you book as an individual we will match you up with a tent partner(s) of the same sex.

Stoves, gas and pots are also provided. You need to bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping mat.


Food for all meals, from picnic lunch day 1 to picnic lunch day 4, is included. Meals are prepared by participants in tent groups. Special diets can be catered for but only if notified in advance.

Maps of the area & background reading

To get the most from your C-N-Do Scotland activity you may wish to do some background reading prior to departure.


Books which you may find informative are:


Maps which you may find informative are:

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At a glance

  • Grade: Grade 4
  • Price: £365 p.p
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Accommodation: 3 nights
  • Accom type: Wild Camping / All Meals
  • Walking/Exploring: 4 days
  • Travel: 2 x half days
  • Group min: 4
  • Group max: 8
  • Meet: Stirling Railway Station or C-N-Do Office, Stirling
  • Finish: Stirling
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