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Cairngorms High Trek

Private Guided: Cairngorms High Trek

Anyone who thinks the Cairngorms are boring, has not explored either the interior or the high tops. This trip aims to do both and you will come away from it absolutely stunned by the dramatic landscapes, the glacier sculpted corries and glens, and the intricate beauty of arctic tundra flora.

Our route lies within the National Park and you will soon discover why it was created. We range from Beinn Avon in the east, across to the central massif and end up in the western group after restocking mid way. This is a challenging trek but not overly so if you prepare for it.

Please note: Backpacking and wild camping are required on this walking holiday.

“Outstanding leadership with excellent knowledge of wildlife, landscape, history and culture.”

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.

Out of Season Scottish Ways

If you like to explore the countryside when it's quieter, then doing so out of season is the way; that adds to the adventure and also to the challenge. Between mid October and Easter you can have the ways and trails pretty much to yourself – they're absolutely great then! Contact us on +44(0)1786 445 703 for more details.

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map - Cairngorms High Trek walking holiday

Your walking holiday includes:

  • Qualified Mountain Leader
  • 8 days with walking
  • 6 nights wild camping
  • 1 night Youth Hostel
  • Food for all meals provided
  • Tents, stoves, gas and pots are provided
  • Transport from and back to Stirling

Cairngorms High Trek brief itinerary:

Day 1: Meet at our base in Stirling at 09:15 (we’ll pick you up at the railway station at 09:00 if you let us know). At our office there will be a short briefing session, equipment check and issue. After that we head north to Linn of Quoich near Braemar to start the adventure. Our first night will be spent in the Clach a’Cleirich valley which is reached via the upper end of Gleann an t-Slugain. (~7mls/11km, ascent ~600m).

Days 2: From our camp we head up on to the high plateau to claim Beinn Avon before heading west over Beinn a’Bhuird and towards Beinn a’Chaoruinn. We’ll aim to camp somewhere not too far away so that in the evening we can pop over to it, our 3rd Munro (~12ml/19km, ascent ~420m).

Days 3: Pack up again and head over to collect Beinn Bhreac, before going down to cross the Lairig an Laoigh on route to Loch Etchachan. After pitching camp and a brew-up we can romp up Beinn Mheadhoin (Middle Hill), the 5th big one. (~11ml / 18km, ascent ~700m).

Days 4: Rucksacks ever lighter, we head for Ben Macdui but not before claiming Derry Cairngorm. Then it’s over the plateau, round the rim of the northern corries to Cairngorm; then hot chocolate and apple strudel at the Ptarmigan restaurant! No problem now romping on down through Glenmore Forest to the nearby hostel and the comforts that await there. (~15ml /24km, ascent ~300m).

Days 5: Having collected and packed food for the second half, and enjoyed a big breakfast, head off again to the more westerly hills, via the Lairig Ghru. Beyond the Pools of Dee we take a rising traverse into the Garbh Corrie to find a camping place for the next 2 nights there. (9ml/ 15km, ascent ~400m).

Days 6: Travelling light today we head up to claim Braeriach, Angel’s Peak, Cairntoul and Devil’s Point, a magnificent circuit, before circling down into the glen and back to camp. (12mls/20km, ascent ~1000m).

Days 7: Pack up once more, climb up to Lochan Uaine (one of about a dozen in the Cairngorms so named), out of the back of the corrie on to the plateau again but this time head for Loch nan Stuirteag and Monadh Mor. From there off to claim the last of the 14 Munros with Beinn Bhrotain before heading downhill towards White Bridge and a suitable camping place on route. (~10mls/16km, ~850m ascent).

Days 8: Travelling light-ish once more, enjoy a pleasant stroll back to Linn of Quoich and the transport back to Stirling, arriving there about 18:00. (~10mls/16km, ~60m ascent).

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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.


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Group Size Price SRS Date  
4 £699 n/a
5 £699 n/a
6 £645 n/a

At a glance

  • Grade: Grade 1
  • Price: From £645
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Accommodation: 7 nights
  • Accom type: Wild Camping / Hostel
  • Walking/Exploring: on 8 days
  • Travel: 2 x 1/2 days
  • Group min: 4
  • Group max: 6
  • Meet: C-N-Do Office, Stirling
  • Finish: C-N-Do Office, Stirling
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