See the best of the Scottish Highlands on your own two feet.
There’s something to be said for exploring the Scottish Highlands in summer. While you won’t experience the sorts of scorching temperatures you might find in other parts of the world, you will find a vibrant countryside that’s come to life in the warmer weather. On this 5-day walking trip, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the region’s most striking peaks and most beautiful landscapes, with the guidance of a local leader who can share stories of the area and the conservation efforts in place to keep it pristine. Cool off with an afternoon on the ‘beach’ at the dreamy nearby Loch Morlich, where canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding are on option. Plus, you’ll have plenty of chances to enjoy the quaint village life – including few whiskys and a meal at a favourite local pub. And with your base being the small Scottish town of Aviemore, you’ll neither be on the move nor stretched for time each day, with plenty of time to explore your way. Welcome to the Cairngorms – a gateway into the real Scottish countryside.
Why you’ll love this trip
- Experience the freedom of hiking in the UK’s largest and wildest National Park – the Cairngorms.
- Hike a stage of the famous Speyside Way long distance trail, passing through heather moors and Caledonian pine forests on the way.
- Walk around the dark blue waters of Loch an Eilein, where the ancient ruins of a 14th century castle sit atop a small island in the middle of the lake.
- Your local leader will have plenty of local stories to share – especially about the nature of the Cairngorms National Park and conservation projects in the area.
Day 1: Aviemore
Day 2: Aviemore
Day 3: Aviemore
Day 4: Aviemore
Day 5: Aviemore
Guesthouse (4 nights)
- Loch an Eilein guided hike
- Aviemore – Guided Speyside Way Trail hike
- Craigellachie guided hike
- Cairngorms Peak to Pub hike
Images Courtesy of Intrepid Group