Ben Macdui - Sunset to Sunrise

Join us for a night walk, leaving in time to witness the sunset on the Cairngorm Mountain plateau before summiting Ben Macdui in darkness and descending into the morning sunrise.

Setting off at around 7pm on the Saturday night from the Cairngorm Ski Centre Carpark, we will head onto the Cairngorm Plateau. As we do so we will witness the last light of the day and the sun setting at approximately 9pm. As we ascend into darkness, we will use torches and night navigation skills to summit the highest mountain in the Cairngorms, Ben Macdui.

At this time of year in the Cairngorms, the nights are short so it won’t be long until we are able to witness the sun rising again. Before this happens we will make time to appreciate the night skies with opportunities for night photography and, if we’re lucky, to witness the natural phenomenon of noctilucent clouds.

Before we head back down to the car park, we will enjoy a cooked breakfast with hot drinks (cooked and brewed by your guide!) This is a great opportunity to have a wee blether and take in the dawn from an elevated mountain setting.

Trek Scotland will provide the following:

  • A warming breakfast and hot drinks in a mountain setting before you head back home.
  • Highly experienced and qualified guiding, enabling you to get safely and with confidence to some of Scotland’s most stunning mountain locations.
  • An opportunity to learn night navigation techniques.
  • Encyclopaedic knowledge of the Cairngorms, including expertise relating to the history, geology, flora and fauna of the Cairngorm mountains
  • Empathy, sensitivity, patience and understanding, especially for people new to the mountains and night-time trekking.
  • Selecting routes and locations that suit all the group and offer enough challenge and diverse experiences without being over strenuous or demanding.
  • A good sense of humour and plenty of blether!

Dates for 2020

08 - 09 August

Pricing and Booking

£60 per person
This price includes a cooked breakfast. The full amount is payable to secure a place. Please take the time to read our cancellation policy.

Group Size

Limited to 8 places per trek

Walking Grade

Minimum Grade 7
See more about our fitness grading.


Personal walking gear including waterproofs, boots and warm clothing. We will provide breakfast at the end of the trek as well as hot drinks, but you will need to provide any personal snacks and cold drinks. You will also need a head torch with spare batteries. Please see our Equipment page for more details.


Starting and returning at the Cairngorm Mountain Ski Centre car park. Transport to this location from the surrounding area can be provided by arrangement at no extra cost.

The strange summer night-sky phenomenon of noctilucent clouds.

Enquire and Book

Please complete the form below to enquire about booking a place on this trek. We will aim to get back to you as soon as possible. 

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