17-20 September 2021
Is there a better way to spend a long weekend than sleeping under the stars, hidden away from the crowds, in the mountains?
The weekend will involve exploring the The Cairngorm Plateau - The highest plateau, featuring 5 of the highest 6 mountains, in the UK - hiking and wild camping away from the crowds to clear your mind and open your senses to your majestic surroundings.
Over 500 miles north of London, it's amazing that this trip is even possible within this timeframe and we are so excited about it!
Depending on the weather, we will aim to reach the summit of the famous Cairngorm mountain and Ben MacDui - the highest peak in the Cairngorms (and the second highest peak in Britain!)
You don't need to have any prior experience (although carrying a larger rucksack may require a basic standard of fitness) and the small group size will enable us to give you our full attention throughout the weekend, ensuring your safety and enjoyment is our number one priority.
Friday (between 8-11am) - Pickup from Inverness airport and transported to The Cairngorm National Park where we will start hiking to our first campsite
Saturday - Today will involve a relatively easy hike around the spur and up the next valley - through lush green forests, along beautiful rivers and across the site of many BBC Nature Programmes (look out for Golden Eagles, Red Deer, Red Squirrel, Black Grouse, Ptarmigan, Otters, Water Voles, Pine Martin... I could go on and on... This place is as diverse in nature as the UK has to offer!)
Sunday - Following a second night camping, we are back to mountain-mode and will ascend Ben Macdui (The UK's second highest mountain and the highest in The Cairngorms) and Cairngorm Mountain, before descending back to the minibus and the short journey to our hostel accommodation.
We will freshen up before heading out in Aviemore for dinner
Monday - This is an open day where you can explore Aviemore, or take a gentle stroll around the lake, before we head to Inverness airport for the return to London (expect to arrive at Inverness between 2 and 3pm)