Munson – Cairngorms Adventure

Jennifer Munson

Tuesday 23rd April – Sunday 28th April 2024

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Tuesday 23rd April - Journey to the Cairngorms National Park

Meet your Wilderness Scotland guide this morning in St Andrews, before travelling North to The Cairngorms National Park, the largest in the UK. Enjoy the scenic drive, stopping en route to visit Scone Palace, a historically significant site where Scottish kings were crowned, now the home of the Earls of Mansfield. Explore the palace’s opulent interiors and stroll through its beautifully landscaped gardens. Continue your journey to the Cairngorms National Park, taking in the picturesque Scottish landscapes along the way. Settle into your accommodation and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Overnight: Cairngorms | The Cross (or similar)
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 2 - Wednesday 24th April - Hiking in the Cairngorms

Today, enjoy a hike in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. At over 4500 sq km it is the largest National Park in the UK and with miles of winding rivers, make it Scotland’s most prolific whisky-making region. With your guide, choose a hike that suits you – perhaps head out onto the alpine plateau of the Cairngorms Mountain range and bag a sought-after Munro. Or choose to explore the Caledonian pine forest which is the oldest forest in Scotland and the last of the woodland that once covered the whole of the UK. Roam heather-covered glens and alongside jewel-like lochs for the perfect immersion into the ancient landscape. Whilst you enjoy a hike with your Wilderness Scotland guide, your parents can explore the Highland Folk Museum, and open air museum where they can step back in time and experience life in the Highlands from 1700s to the 1950s. They have over 35 historical buildings onsite to explore and discover how people in the Highlands lived, worked, went to school, enjoyed their leisure time. After finishing up at the museum they may wish to get a taxi to one of the nearby villages to potter through the shops, or simply return to the accommodation and relax.

Overnight: Cairngorms | The Cross (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Thursday 25th April - Speyside Way and Steam Railway

Your guide will drop you off in Aviemore this morning, where you can set off for a self guided hike along The Speyside Way to Boat of Garten. You’ll hike along a good track with glorious views of the mountains. The path goes through lovely birchwoods and open moorland, and you can keep an eye out for the Strathspey Railway steam locomotive going by, which your parents will enjoy the journey on from Aviemore. Once you’re all reunited in Boat of Garten, a short drive takes you to The Cairn, an innovatively built distillery with a turf roof that looks out over the River Spey. Enjoy a tour, chatting with an expert distiller and tasting a number of whisky expressions that emulate the character of future whiskies to come.

Overnight: Cairngorms | The Cross (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Friday 26th April - Culloden Battlefield and Nessie

We depart the Cairngorms National Park this morning and make our way to Culloden Battlefield, a site resonating with the echoes of a pivotal battle in Scottish history. Here, explore the visitors centre and walk the hallowed grounds, gaining insight into the Jacobite Uprising’s impact. A short distance away are the ancient Clava Cairns, a mystical site steeped in history, where Neolithic cairns and standing stones whisper tales of Scotland’s ancient past. We’ll transfer to Fort Augustus, a charming Highland village nestled along the shores of Loch Ness. Embark on a boat trip across the waters of Loch Ness, with a chance to spot Nessie, the elusive Loch Ness Monster. This day promises a captivating blend of history and natural beauty, offering a unique glimpse into Scotland’s rich past and breathtaking landscapes.

Overnight: Fort Augustus | The Lovat Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Saturday 27th April - Travel to Glasgow via Fort William and Glencoe

Leave Fort Augustus this morning and travel to Glasgow, your final overnight stop on this trip. We’ll make plenty of stops on the way to break up the journey, including Fort William, and Glencoe, carved out centuries ago by glaciers and volcanic eruptions, where the famous Glen’s tragic history is only eclipsed by its wild beauty. Enjoy a trip on the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola, the only one of its kind in Britain, which reaches the heights of 650m.  Built on the north face of Aonach Mòr, the 8th highest mountain in Britain, it allows you to enjoy the scenic ride and absorb the stunning views and clear mountain air. If you wish to go for a short hike there are a number of mountain trails leading to panoramic viewpoints where you can take in spectacular views which, on a clear day, can extend as far as the Inner Hebrides.. Finish the day in Glasgow, where your guide will depart you once you’re settled into your accommodation. Enjoy your final evening, perhaps indulging in a dram to celebrate a wonderful few days exploring the beauty of Scotland.

Overnight: Glasgow | Kimpton at Blythswood Square (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Sunday 28th April - Depart

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast before departing on your homeward journey. Make your way to Glasgow Airport for your flight to London, with rich memories of your family adventure in the Scottish Highlands.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 5
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 1 to Day 5
  • Ground transportation from Day 1 to Day 5
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entry to Scone Palace and Gardens
  • Distillery tour at The Cairn
  • Entry to Highland Folk Museum
  • Strathspey Steam Railway journey from Aviemore to Boat of Garten
  • Entry to Culloden Battlefield
  • Boat trip on Loch Ness
  • Nevis Range Gondola
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the guide
Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is £2,535 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

  •  All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking.
  •   A 25% non-refundable deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed, the final balance is due 10 weeks before the trip starts.
  •   This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision.

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