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Holidays in Cairngorms and Central Highlands, Scotland

Admit it: you’ve always somewhat hoped that the Loch Ness monster was real and that you would be the first one to see it. Nestled within this wild, rugged landscape are many hidden creatures, Loch Ness being perhaps the best known, but the Cairngorms should not be overlooked: a large elevated plateau, it is the highest and most extensive range of arctic mountain landscape anywhere in the British Isles , a real natural wonder. Those with a taste of adventure will find plenty to suit them in this area, with hiking and walking tours, cycling routes and open canoeing on the River Spey Descent. And of course you can always can and try and catch Nessie... For more information about where to stay and what to do in this untamed region, follow the links below:

The Dulaig, Highland, Scotland

A wonderfully secluded Highland B&B offering beautifully appointed bedrooms, delicious home-cooked food using local produce and over an acre of private gardens that are regularly visited by red squirrels and a wide variety of birds.
from £145

More places to stay in Cairngorms and Central Highlands

The Dulaig, Highland, Scotland

A wonderfully secluded Highland B&B offering beautifully appointed bedrooms, delicious home-cooked food using local produce and over an acre of private gardens that are regularly visited by red squirrels and a wide variety of birds.
3: 2 to let at any one time. I KS Double, 2 SK Double/twin

from £145

The Rumblie Guest House in the Cairngorms National Park

The Rumblie, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

An organic and eco-friendly Guest House, in the Cairngorms National Park, awarded 4 stars by Visit Scotland. Explore the area with terrific walks from the door and mountain bike trails with bike hire 2 miles away.
3 bedrooms - 2 Super King/Twin & 1 Twin

From £55

Slver Birch Lodge, built from untreated larch and reclaimed slate

Lodges at the Mains, Highlands, Scotland

Two 5 star luxury eco-lodges which combine green technology, spacious interiors and gorgeous views to provide relaxation and comfort in the tranquility of the private woodland setting, home to abundant wildlife.
Each lodge has 1 kingsize master bedroom

Per lodge:from £812

Trossachs Yurts, Stirling, Scotland

Trossachs Yurts, Stirling, Scotland

A homely glampsite that's a haven of comfort & creativity with views across Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve. Offers an interesting range of art and craft activities, yoga courses and wonderful walks around Loch Lomond and in the Arrochar Alps.
Sleeps up to 4, or book more than one yurt for a family camp

From £98 per night

The Den at Easter Corrie Mill in the Highlands

Easter Corrie Mill, Cairngorms, Scotland

A converted Mill and Steading in a secluded glen in the Cairngorms National Park. A superb location for wildlife-watching and walking - there are a 100 miles of waymarked paths from the front door.
Four cottages with 2-3 bedrooms, each sleeping 4-6

from £358 per week depending on season and cottage. Short breaks available

Idyllic view of the lake

Ness Bank Guest House, Inverness, Highlands

Situated on a beautiful spot on the River Ness, just five minutes walk along the river to the city centre, the castle and tourist information centre. An ideal base for visiting the Loch Ness and for touring and walking holidays.
1 family 1 twin 4 doubles

Standard double £65

Shenval B&B, near Loch Ness, from organic garden

Shenval B&B, Loch Ness, Scotland

A delightful B&B in a peaceful hamlet near Loch Ness and Glen Affric, with delicious homecooking, mostly organic, Fairtrade and local food. Vegetarians catered for. Excellent walking, cycling and birdwatching from our doorstep.
3: 2 doubles, 1 twin

£30 pppn

Fraoch Lodge

Fraoch Lodge, Cairngorms, Scotland

Come and share a home away from home at Fraoch Lodge in the Cairngorms. Andy, a qualified mountain leader, is happy to advise on routes; Wee Gregor, at 5, is also happy to share his experiences & help out; and Rebecca is a great cook & gardener.
7: 5 twins/doubles; 1 triple; 1 single

£21 per person over 12; £10.50 per child (age 5 - 11); under 5s free - based on min 2 night stay and including a light breakfast.

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Deeside walking

Wilderness Walking- Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside

This is a truly special trip exploring the Cairngorms National Park named by National Geographic as one of the 50 Must Visit Places on Earth and Royal Deeside where the Queen has her Scottish residence at Balmoral Castle


7 days, 6 nights
Various departures available from June to September
Treking across the snow in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Winter Walking - The Cairngorms and Creag Meagaidh

This winter walking skills break is perfectly suited to people with little or no previous experience of winter walking in Scotland. The high massif of the Cairngorms is the ideal venue for a winter trip, with a good snow record and high mountains.

price on application

5 days
Various winter departures
Canoeing in Scotland

Open Canoeing - The Scottish Classics

Guided day trips on classic Scottish rivers and lochs, suitable for all levels of canoeists. Outstanding scenery, wildlife and whisky all bundled in to a week long trip with cosy accommodation to return to each night.


5 days, 4 nights
Various departures available from May to September
Mountain Biking Scottish Coast to Coast

Scottish Mountain Biking: Coast to Coast

This guided Scottish coast to coast mountain biking holiday features a week of superb riding covering 375km, an awesome 7000m of ascent and descent, and is the ultimate coast to coast highland mountain bike ride in the UK.


7 days, 6 nights
Various departures from April to August
Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent

Open Canoeing: River Spey Descent, Scotland

Join us for an open canoeing expedition down the Spey, as we paddle through Speyside in the scenic North East Highlands. Descend the famous River Spey, passing through pine forests, heather-covered hills and Scotland’s most celebrated whisky region.

£625 per person

4 days, 3 nights
Various departures April to September
Breathe in the stunning views off the coast of Scotland

The Great Family Adventure Holiday - Treasure Highlands

A week of adventure visiting ancient castle ruins, seeking out the Loch Ness Monster and going on Treasure Hunts -combining lots of activities including: biking, sea kayaking and bush crafting as you explore the Scottish Highlands and West Coast.

£1045 pp

7 days, 6 nights
Various summer departure
Sea Kayaking - Sound of Arisaig

Sea Kayaking: The Sound of Arisaig, Scotland

Our exploration of the Sound of Arisaig is the perfect trip to sample the amazing beauty of the West Coast and Inner Hebrides. Journeying by sea kayak we discover this remarkable coastal landscape with its plethora of marine wildlife and birds.

£775 per person

6 days 5 nights
Various departures available from May to August
Cycling holidays in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Highlands coast to coast mountain bike holiday

You can’t get wilder and more beautiful landscapes than the Scottish Highlands and this classic mountain bike route, covering some 235 miles from Loch Hourn on the west coast across from Skye to Montrose on the east coast is a delight.

£995 (based on two people sharing)

8 days
Various departures from June to August
Walking the Caledonian Canal, Scotland

Walking Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal, Scotland

Explore Loch Ness on a self-guided walk through shady forests, tumbling waterfalls and rolling, heather-clad moors that provide a misty backdrop to some of the most spectacular hotel to hotel hiking in the Scottish Glens. Luggage transported.

From £579

5 nights
Various starts from May to September
Gentle Giants - expand your horizons in the Cairngorms.

Gentle Giants - expand your horizons in the Cairngorms.

Walk, eat, sleep - and discover some secrets to spice up the basic successful formula. Hike up to the Cairngorm Plateau and conquer some munros here in Britain's largest national park. Bonus factor: you'll be ascending Britain's 2nd highest peak.

£283 - including accommodation, all meals, guiding and transport

2 days, 3 nights
16th January 2015, 22 May 2015, 7 August 2015
Wildlife in The Cairngorms

Wild Cairngorms - guided walking in Scotland

A fabulous opportunity to explore the best of the landscape and wildlife which make the Cairngorms National Park such a special place. We'll hike through the very different habitats of the park over 3 days from mountain to moorland.

£431 excluding transport to Scotland

3 days, 4 nights
April to August departures
Mountains and Malts - a walking and whisky trip for Scotland

Mountains and Malts - a walking and whisky trip for Scotland

Sample the scenery and the produce of Speyside on this hiking trip in the Highlands of Scotland. Stay with your hosts and guides at Fraoch Lodge for an authentic experience of Highland hospitality and freshly picked and prepared Scottish produce.

£431 inclusive of all except travel to Scotland

3 days, 4 nights
14th July, 11th August and 1st September 2015
Edinburgh castle

Highland Adventure, Scotland

Take in the very best of Scotland on this relaxing trip through the heart of the highlands of Northern Scotland. Fantastic coastal scenery and breathtaking rides on mainline and steam railway around Inverness.

From £535

5 days
Various departures April to October
Walking the Hidden Cairngorms, Scotland

Walking the Hidden Cairngorms, Scotland

Explore the more undiscovered corners of the Cairngorms National Park where opportunities to see the abundant wildlife are frequent. The Cairngorms are Britain's largest national park and play host to Autumn/Winter/Spring Watch.

£485, excluding travel to Scotland

5 days (excluding arrival and departure)
Arrive 2nd April 2015
Spirit of the Cairngorms - a guided holiday

Spirit of the Cairngorms - a guided holiday

Whisky, walking and wildlife - what more could you want from a Scottish walking holiday? You'll stay with your guides in their home and experience Britain's largest National Park through the eyes of the locals - fresh produce and stunning scenery.

£431 excluding transport to Scotland

3 days, 4 nights
July - September
West Highlands lochside village

West Highlands and Skye Tour

From the handsome city of Glasgow, make the exciting journey through the mesmerising scenery of the Scottish Highlands on one of the world's great railways. Witness the beautiful panoramas on this Scottish West Highlands and Skye tour.

From £495

6 days
Various departures from April to October
Self Guided - Cairngorms & Speyside

Self-Guided Walking: the Speyside Way

The Speyside Way covers just over 100 kilometres (65 miles) from the fishing village of Buckie on the Moray coast to the village of Aviemore, in the foothills of the great Cairngorm Mountains.

from £715 per person for a 6 day trip

variable, from 4 to 7 days
Various departures year round
Lairig Ghru Logistics

Lairig Ghru Logistics

The Lairig Ghru is Britain's highest mountain pass. The walk through is approx 18 miles long and is linear: from one side of the Cairngorms National Park to the other. With this trip, you do all the walking and we take care of all the details.

£151, based on min 4 people in group

2 days
From May to September
Cairngorm 4000ers

Cairngorm 4000ers, Walking holiday Scotland

Summit all 5 of the Cairngorm big guys with this short break. You might come face to face with reindeer or the Old Man of Ben Macdui, but you're more likely to encounter ptarmigan running across the plateau.


3 days, 4 nights
22 May, 16 July 2015 Please enquire directly for winter dates.
Enjoy the winter scene of snow capped mountains from low level walks

Winter Walking – Winter Highlands: Cairngorms

This low level, winter walk explores the Caledonian Pine forests surrounded by the picturesque snow capped peaks and frozen lochs. There is flexibility to allow for night-time walks in the hopes of catching sight of the Northern Lights.
5 days
Various winter departures
Cairngorms - under your own steam

Cairngorms, under your own Steam

Using the local steam train and mountain bikes this holiday gives the whole family the opportunity to experience the Cairngorms National Park without a car. Bike hire can be arranged for you or you can bring your own - suitable for all ages.

£180 (adult), £136 (child) including bike hire

2 days
April to September
Walking holidays in the Highlands, Scotland, reachable by train

Speyside Way Walking Holiday, Scotland

Explore Scotland’s whisky distilling region during this 6 day walk from the rocky shores of the Moray Firth at Buckie towards Aviemore, passing some of the most beautiful scenery the country has to offer.

from £450 per person (based on two people sharing)

7-9 days
March - October
Complete Cairngorms - a guided walking holiday in Scotland

Complete Cairngorms - a guided walking holiday in Scotland

A visit to Glenlivet distillery; to Balmoral castle; to RSPB Abernethy reserve including Loch Garten and an ascent of Cairngorm ... just a few highlights of this trip. The Cairngorms N.P. is vast including splendid scenery & surprising variety.


5 days, 6 nights
26th July, 16th August 2015