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Head into the stunning mountains of Scotland to experience Scottish Winter Walking...

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  • Duration

    4 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Level

    4 Four

Have you ever been tempted to explore the mountains when they’re under a beautiful blanket of snow? Our Scottish Winter Walking trip is based in The Cairngorms one of Scotland’s wildest and most beautiful mountain ranges.

Being able to walk in the mountains in winter is the dream of many summer hillwalkers, and during these few days we’ll introduce you to the skills that you’ll need, as well as heading out on several brilliant guided walks.

Staying in a comfy hostel, we’ll also be able to explore the local area, looking for wildlife, and sampling the best local food.

No previous experience of winter walking is required to take part in this trip, we will have a qualified Winter Mountain Leader with you to show you how to use crampons, ice axes etc. You should have a reasonable level of fitness to take part in this trip.

You’ll find the required kit list HERE.

Dates & Locations

Aviemore

  • Wednesday 10th – Sunday 14th February 2021
  • Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st February 2021
  • Wednesday 24th – Sunday 28th February 2021
  • Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 7th March 2021

Scottish Winter

In a nutshell:

  • Learn the skills you need to walk in the mountains in winter, heading out on a training day followed by three days of guided walks with a qualified leader.
  • Discover Scotland’s winter mountain environment and one of Britain’s wildest places.
  • Enjoy local food and cosy Scottish pubs, take time to admire the fantastic scenery with a friendly group of walkers all keen to explore the outdoors.
  • Ice axe and crampon hire is included and you’ll learn the basics on how to enjoy the mountains whilst using this kit. Please note we do not hire out crampon compatible boots but these can be hired locally.

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Itinerary

Day 1

We’ll collect you from Glasgow at around 10am, at either the airport or the central station, and head up to either Aviemore, which will take around 3 hours. On the way we’ll stop for some lunch.

This is the best day to collect your rental kit if you are hiring B-rated boots. Please see the note below, and make sure you contact us if you have any questions about this.

Once we’re settled into the accommodation, we’ll meet up for a briefing about the adventure to come, and then head out for dinner.

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Day 2

This is our training day, the aim is to go for a walk on a nearby mountain covering a whole set of skills to do with walking on snow and ice, use of crampons and the ice axe, staying safe in the winter mountains, and environmental issues. It’s a great chance to learn something new!

We’ll be out all day, and in the evening we’ll head back to the hostel for dinner, with further conversation about the day’s skills.

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Days 3 and 4

These days are our chance to explore the mountains, using the skills we’ve been learning to walk safely in the winter environment. There are a huge number of walking opportunities, and the route we choose will depend on the weather, and whether we’ve managed to cover all the skills on Day 2.

Late afternoon onwards

On each day we’ll all have a chance to shower and change before either heading out into the town for dinner. Each day’s walk will present an opportunity to further practice a variety of winter skills and we’ll review what we’ve done each evening, allowing you the chance to identify where you need more experience. This can be done alongside a pint or a glass of wine of course, so it’s not all work!

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Day 5

This is our final day and after breakfast we’ll pack up and leave the hostel. We’ll aim to be out for a few hours today, seeing one last glimpse of this astounding landscape before we have to drive off. This day is likely to be a lower level 2-3 hour walk taking in a smaller hill, one of the valleys. We may even drive some of the way back towards Glasgow before heading out for a walk somewhere totally different!

Winter Equipment:

If you have your own winter kit then please feel free to bring it. However included in the price is the use of ice axe, crampons, helmet and snow goggles. We do not have any suitable boots, you will either need to purchase or hire locally. To discuss kit hire please contact the Large Outdoors Office, and see our blog on winter boots and what you’ll need to have with you.

You can see our full winter walking kit list here: Winter Walking Kit

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About the location

The Cairngorms

The Cairngorms lie in the eastern highlands of Scotland, accessible from Aberdeen and Inverness and containing the highest continuous land in Britain. Ben MacDui is the second highest mountain in the country, and alongside the mountains are countless lakes, rivers, forested valleys and remote settlements. As well as the high peaks, there are a huge number of shorter walks, and easier summits.

The Cairngorms National Park covers all the central mountains and extends a long way around them to cover the hills of Lochnagar, over to the Drummochter Pass, and north to the Monadhliath Mountains. The central Cairngorm plateau, where the main peaks reside, is a giant dome of granite, making it popular with climbers, while the height and climate actually make the Cairngorms an Arctic ecosystem, playing host to a unique ecology of plants and animals.

Possible walks and routes include summiting Cairngorm itself, Britain’s highest mountain, Lurcher’s Crag which is a fine peak, with excellent views all the way to Aviemore, and down into the great valley of the Lairig Ghru. Sgor Gaoith and Glen Feshie standing above the wild valley of Glen Feshie.

Scottish Winter

These objectives very much depend on the weather and snow conditions, but whatever happens we’ll make sure we have three great days out enjoying the mountains. As this is a sociable winter walking trip, our focus is on having great days out. If there’s no snow at all, we’ll still head out!

Each evening we’ll go out for dinner at some excellent local pubs and restaurants, so you really get a flavour of the local area.

Good to know:

Aviemore

  • Wednesday 10th – Sunday 14th February 2021
  • Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st February 2021
  • Wednesday 24th – Sunday 28th February 2021
  • Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 7th March 2021

Please note: 

  • You will need to have suitable winter gear including warm clothing
  • We do not include the hire of B1 or B2 boots which are needed to use with the crampons, you will either need to purchase or hire these.
  • View our suggested winter walking kit list here…
  • This venue supplies bedding but you will need a towel.
  • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to drink on this trip.
  • We will be eating out each evening and this is not included.

What’s Included / Not Included:

Included:
  • 4 nights hostel accommodation.
  • 3.5 days of guided winter walking with a qualified Winter Mountain Leader with you at all times.
  • Winter kit hire to include ice axe, crampons, helmet and snow goggles.
  • Chance to learn some basic winter walking skills but please note this is not a skills course, our aim is to get out and enjoy the winter.
  • Breakfasts.
  • Optional free travel from Glasgow or collection from Aviemore Train station (see below).
  • Travel during the trip.
Not Included:
  • Travel to and from the collection point.
  • Evening meals and lunches.
  • Any alcohol
  • Personal walking equipment and clothing
  • Winter Boot Hire
  • Travel Insurance

Boot hire:

You must have either B1 or B2 boots for this trip and you can either purchase in advance or hire from a number of places. We suggest hiring from Tiso at either their Perth of Aviemore store as both of these are on route. You can also hire them online from www.outdoorhire.co.uk and they will delivery them to your door.

Traveling to our Scottish Winter Walking Trip:

Travelling by car:

If traveling by car there is ample free parking at the hostel.

Free collection from Glasgow Airport.

On the first day we will collect you at the following times: 

  • Glasgow Airport: 10am
  • Glasgow Central Station 10:30am
Additional travel options for our Aviemore trips:

Flying to Inverness: You can then either get the direct bus or train from Inverness to Aviemore and meet at the train station.

Aviemore Train Station Collection: We can collect you around 2pm on the first day and drop you back here for around 2pm on the last day.

Final Day Drop off times:
  • Glasgow Central Station: 4pm
  • Glasgow Airport: 4:30pm

These are projected drop-off times. We do not recommend booking a train before 5pm or a flight before 6.30pm

  • Dietary Needs:

    Foods and Drinks:

    Drinks – We will have a selection of teas, coffees, herbal teas and fruit squash for you to enjoy on this trip.

    Breakfasts – Our standard breakfast is a selection of cereals, yoghurts, fruit and toast.

    Packed Lunches – Are not included on this trip as we are in a shared hostel. We will stop off at somewhere you can pick up packed lunches at the start of the day.

    Evening meals – Are not included on this trip, we will be heading out to local pubs.

  • Ticket / room types:

    Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel-based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people, we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

    Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…

    Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

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  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
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  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
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