Big Day in the 

Cairngorms

A day trek across the central Cairngorm Plateau, taking in the stunning waters of Loch Avon and Loch Etchachan, whilst experiencing the majesty of Coire an t-Sneachda and summiting three of the Cairngorms most iconic Munros: Ben Macdui, Britain's second highest mountain; Beinn Mheadhion with its magical granite tors; and Cairn Gorm itself.

Dates
28 May, 2022

Equipment
You will need: personal walking gear including waterproofs, boots and warm clothing, packed lunch, snacks and any personal cold drinks. You will be given a kit list. We will provide hot drinks if you bring a cup. Please see our Equipment page for more details.

Location
Starting and returning at Cairngorm Mountain Ski Centre at Core Cas at the end of the Glen More road. There may be a parking fee. Meet up time 9.00 am.​

Minimum Grade 7 
As well as good paths and easy going, this day will include steep ascents and descents, some rough and exposed montane terrain, as well as some mild scrambling and boulder fields.
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Pricing and Booking
£65 per person.

This price includes all trekking equipment and hot drinks. There is no deposit for the trek. Payment in full  is required to secure your place.  Please take the time to read our cancellation policy.

Group Size
Limited to 6 people

Distance
Total of 22 kms/14 miles walking with 1,680 m of ascent.

Our journey will start at the  Cairngorm Mountain Ski area at the Coire Cas Car Park. Already at a height of 635 metres, from here on our journey will rapidly enter deep into the mountains and head into the magnificent Coire an t-Sneachda [Coire of the Snows] with its towering cliffs, before our ascent to the Central Plateau via the Goat Track. This is a steep path with a degree of exposure and, although not a true scramble, on occasions needs a hand on rock.

Once on the plateau we will head to one of the most iconic mountain views in Scotland as the burn [stream] of Feith Buidhe plummets down to the secretive Loch Avon surrounded by the Shelter Stone, Stag, Eagle and Hell’s Lum crags. From here we head off path through the mystical and rarely visited Garbh Uisge towards our ascent of Ben Macdui, the second highest mountain in Britain at 1,309 metres. This will, on a clear day, give us stunning views down into the Lairig Ghru, Scotland’s most famous mountain pass, and across to the high summits and Munros of the western Cairngorms.

From Ben Macdui we descend towards Loch Etchachan passing above the Grey Man’s Crags with views to the Southern Cairngorms and Dee Side, before reaching Britain’s highest major loch at 927 metres. Our route now ascends steeply to the plateau of Beinn Mheadhion with easy walking towards its granite tors whilst taking time to search out the human and animal features naturally eroded into the rocks. After a short [optional] scramble to its summit we will continue our journey down to a sandy underfoot crossing [boots off] through the outflow of Loch Avon, where time allowing, a refreshing quick swim might be warranted. 

Our final ascent takes us up to the Saddle and then high above Stathnethy on the eastern flank of Cairn Gorm towards Coire Mhearad,  with views to the eastern Cairngorms including Bynack Mor,  Beinn a’Bhuird and Ben Avon [A’an]. Once we have taken in the true summit of Cairn Gorm we will drop down to the Fiacaill a’ Choire Chias and our final descent back to the Ski Centre.

Throughout the journey your guide will relate the stories and myths of the Cairngorm Plateau.

Over all this will be a long, strenuous day of 8 to 10 hours so will need a good level of both fitness and stamina.

Munros
Ben Macdui: [Macduff’s hill] 1309 metres
Beinn Mheadhion: [Middle hill] 1182 metres
Cairn Gorm: [Blue Rocky hill] 1244 metres ​

Flora and Fauna
During the day your guide will point out the unique flora and fauna of the high mountains. In particular we will pass through habitats renown for mountain hares, ptarmigan, snow buntings, dotterel and free roaming reindeer. Also a multitude of alpine plants, including mosses, lichens and micro flowers such as moss campion and alpine azalea, should be coming into bloom.

Enquire and Book

Please note: This is a booking request form and doesn’t guarantee your place(s) until we get back to you with confirmation. At this point you will be also sent an invoice for payment via Bank Transfer which then secures your place(s). We update the places available manually and always aim to do this as soon as we can to avoid disappointment.

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