Winter Walk in the Scottish Highlands

, January 2, 2011

© Tim Francis, 2010

Type of Trip: Winter Walking
Duration: 5 days
Price: £535
Departure Dates: For 2011: 16th February-2oth February, 16th March-20th March.
Ability: No prior technical experience is required, however a decent level of fitness is.
Start Point: Inverness
Finish Point: Inverness
Operated By: Wilderness Scotland

Itinerary

On Day 1 you will meet the group in Inverness where you will then travel to Cairngorms National Park. Here you will be given an introductory session on the equipment you will be using on the trip. After spending that night in a hotel you will start hiking the following day on moderately easy terrain, perfect for familiarising yourself with ice axe and crampon techniques. Day 3 is somewhat dependent on the ability of the group, you will head to Creag Meagaidh where you will either climb some of the Munros or even dare to tackle Creag Meagaidh itself. The following day you will cross a wild plateau, sitting above 11o0m as you head towards Ben MacDui, a warm fire and hearty dinner awaits you back at the hotel after a serious day’s walking. The final day of the trip involves summiting an 824m peak and after a serious hike up you can practice going parts of the mountain on your backside. In the late afternoon you will be transferred back to Inverness.

Full Itinerary

Included in the Price

  • 4 nights accommodation in a country house hotel.
  • All transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness.
  • All specialist equipment, including a fully qualified guide (with a maximum ratio of 1 guide to 6 clients).
  • Dinner on Day 1, breakfast and lunch on Day 2 and Day 3, all meals on Day 4 and breakfast and lunch on Day 5.

Getting there Responsibly

Book train tickets to Inverness at thetrainline.com.

Other Information

Expect to hike up to 8 hours a day, often in thick snow which is considerably more tiring. Also you must be prepared for potentially wild conditions, temperatures can drop to -10°C.