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Discover the beguiling allure of Cairngorms National Park, a realm that has captivated writers and wanderers for centuries. Embark on a journey through rolling hills, historic railways, and renowned whiskey distilleries. Scale some of the highest peaks in the British Isles, all while immersed in Celtic charm. Your Highland haven in Aviemore provides access to poets’ footpaths, panoramic mountains, serene beaches, and heathland vistas. Rejuvenate at local spas, savor delightful cuisines, and forge meaningful connections with fellow women travelers in traditional pubs. Unveil the poetic landscapes and cultural treasures of the largest national park in the UK, where every step unveils a new adventure.

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  • Awe-inspiring nature

    Uncover a wide array of landscapes in the UK’s largest National Park

  • Rewarding challenges

    Walk among some of the highest summits in the British Isles

  • Highland culture

    Experience the best of the Scottish Highlands, from fairytale vistas and picturesque villages to whiskey and ancient legends

Available itineraries

Spring Hiking Tour of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park

Uncover the spectacular Scottish Highlands and experience authentic Celtic charm on awe-inspiring nature walks. Join a seasoned local guide and other adventurous women for six days of roaming the Cairngorms, the UK’s largest national park, as you explore panoramic mountains, poet’s footpaths, historic rail tracks, whiskey distilleries, and other epic landscapes.

  • Arrive at the Cairngorm Guest House in Aviemore and get settled in. You will meet your guide for a briefing at 3 pm, have a walk around the area, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant.

     

    Wildflowers growing near a bridge in Cairngorms National Park.
  • On the morning of day 2, take public transport into the heart of Glenmore Forest Park. Enjoy a spectacular introduction to the views and wonders of the Cairngorms by climbing the Corbett (a Scottish term for mountains over 2,600 ft/ 800 m in height) Meall A’Bhuachaille. The name means “Hill of the Shepherd” in Gaelic, and your guide will happily explain why. Take in the epic vistas over the Cairngorms, the surrounding forest parks, and the Highland lochs.

    Hiking: 9 km/ 5.6 miles
    Elevation gain: 550 m/ 1,800 ft

     

    A grassy expanse seen from a hill in Cairngorms National Park.
  • Venture further onto the Cairngorm plateau as you follow the footsteps of the Scottish poet Nan Shepherd. Nan roamed the Cairngorm hills all her life, and the beautiful words from her book ‘The Living Mountain’ will accompany you for the day’s walk. Depending on snow conditions, you might even tackle a higher summit.

    Hiking: 11 km/ 6.8 miles
    Elevation gain: 800 m/ 2,625 ft

     

    A view of the Gren Lochan Trail in the Cairngorms.
  • Board the steam train along the Strathspey Steam Railway between Aviemore and Broomhill in Strathspey, restored in 1978. Enjoy a blast from the past and do a little exploring at the quaint Highland village of Boat of Garten. Then, join The Speyside Way, a famous distance path, and return to Aviemore on foot. Once back, you’ll have some free time to relax, try the local spa, do some shopping, or if you’re still up for it, go for another wander.

    Hiking: 10 km/ 6.2 miles
    Elevation gain: 50 m/ 165 ft

     

    Wildflowers growing by a river in Cairngorms National Park.
  • Time for a day trip through Speyside Whisky Country and all the way to the coast, sampling the lifeblood of Scotland and an integral part of the country’s history. Enjoy a scenic drive through the rolling Speyside hills, past many famed whisky distilleries, cruising along the River Spey. You’ll be heading for the Morayshire, dubbed ‘The Scottish Riviera’ for its mild climate and gorgeous sandy beaches.

    Hiking: approx. 10 km/ 6.2 miles
    Elevation gain: minimal

     

    Hikers resting on a beach in Cairngorms National Park.
  • After a non-guided morning walk, it’s time to leave Scotland. For some extra time enjoying the views, your guide recommends taking the Caledonian Sleeper train from Aviemore to London.

     

    A stone bridge near the town of Aviemore, Scotland.
Late Summer Hiking Tour of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park

Unearth the Scottish Highlands' splendor on nature walks enriched with Celtic charm. Join an experienced local guide and other venturesome women for seven days in Cairngorms. Roam panoramic mountains, poet's footpaths, and historic rail tracks. Plus, enjoy an extra surprise hike catered to group interests. This option is one day longer and also includes all evening meals, allowing you to get an even better taste of the local cuisine. Embark on a captivating journey, forging camaraderie and exploring the heart of the Highlands.

  • Arrive at the Cairngorm Guest House in Aviemore and get settled in. You will meet your guide for a briefing at 3 pm, have a walk around the area, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant.

    Wildflowers growing near a bridge in Cairngorms National Park.
  • On the morning of day 2, take public transport into the heart of Glenmore Forest Park. Enjoy a spectacular introduction to the views and wonders of the Cairngorms by climbing the Corbett (a Scottish term for mountains over 2,600 ft/ 800 m in height) Meall A’Bhuachaille. The name means “Hill of the Shepherd” in Gaelic, and your guide will happily explain why. Take in the epic vistas over the Cairngorms, the surrounding forest parks, and the Highland lochs.

    Hiking: 9 km/ 5.6 miles
    Elevation gain: 550 m/ 1,800 ft

    A grassy expanse seen from a hill in Cairngorms National Park.
  • Venture further onto the Cairngorm plateau as you follow the footsteps of the Scottish poet Nan Shepherd. Nan roamed the Cairngorm hills all her life, and the beautiful words from her book ‘The Living Mountain’ will accompany you for the day’s walk. Depending on snow conditions, you might even tackle a higher summit.

    Hiking: 11 km/ 6.8 miles
    Elevation gain: 800 m/ 2,625 ft

    A view of the Gren Lochan Trail in the Cairngorms.
  • Board the steam train along the Strathspey Steam Railway between Aviemore and Broomhill in Strathspey, restored in 1978. Enjoy a blast from the past and do a little exploring at the quaint Highland village of Boat of Garten. Then, join The Speyside Way, a famous distance path, and return to Aviemore on foot. Once back, you’ll have some free time to relax, try the local spa, do some shopping, or if you’re still up for it, go for another wander.

    Hiking: 10 km/ 6.2 miles
    Elevation gain: 50 m/ 165 ft

    Wildflowers growing by a river in Cairngorms National Park.
  • Time for a day trip through Speyside Whisky Country and all the way to the coast, sampling the lifeblood of Scotland and an integral part of the country’s history. Enjoy a scenic drive through the rolling Speyside hills, past many famed whisky distilleries, cruising along the River Spey. You’ll be heading for the Morayshire, dubbed ‘The Scottish Riviera’ for its mild climate and gorgeous sandy beaches.

    Hiking: approx. 10 km/ 6.2 miles
    Elevation gain: minimal

    Hikers resting on a beach in Cairngorms National Park.
  • After a non-guided morning walk, it’s time to leave Scotland. For some extra time enjoying the views, your guide recommends taking the Caledonian Sleeper train from Aviemore to London.

    A stone bridge near the town of Aviemore, Scotland.
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Meet your guides

Stef Lauer
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Stef Lauer
Born and raised in Germany, Stef Lauer has called Scotland home since 2005, and she delights in sharing the country she loves with visitors. Apart from being a walking tour guide, she is an outdoor ethics trainer highly interested in cultural heritage and natural interpretation. Stef is also fascinated by the travels of Anne Lister and running walking tours in Edinburgh, weaving her diary entries into the fabric of the city. She spends her time off the trails with her wife and Vizsla dog Mara, on a farm near Grantown in the Cairngorms.
Sue Blaikie
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Sue Blaikie
Sue lives in Perthshire, Scotland and she’s always loved the outdoors and nature. She has travelled and walked in many spectacular places around the world, including long distance treks in Europe, Nepal, India, and Tasmania. Still, Sue feels incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful place and she keeps on discovering new lovely spots. Having been a Mountain Leader since 2017, it has proven to be an immensely fulfilling experience, opening doors to exciting expeditions not only in Iceland and Africa but also within the UK.
Walking Women
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Walking Women
Sisters Sara and Ginny, the owners of Walking Women, are passionate about sharing their love for walking and having fantastic experiences with friends and family. Walking Women’s mission is to provide a safe space for women to explore and venture together. Their focus is always on supporting local communities and prioritizing women-led businesses as their partners and suppliers.
5.00 (3 reviews)
Dottie G.C. (source: Tripadvisor)

This was my first time with Walking Women and I have to say it was just great getting together with a bunch of like-minded women enjoying the walks, the scenery, the chats and of course the cream teas! Chrissie was a great host and walk leader. I will certainly be looking to 2020 for another walking holiday. Keep up the great work.

Lynn K. (source: Tripadvisor)

Would highly recommend this holiday. The organization and guides were brilliant. It was all accessible and lots of fun.

Laurie S. (source: Tripadvisor)

This is my fourth walk, and I brought two more Canadians with me. We all left feeling we could do it all over again. Anita’s energy, compassion, and sense of humor set the tone for the week. Wonderful walks, good conversation, lots of laughter, even singing at the dinner table. Loved the little hotel, very accommodating, good food, and pleasant rooms. All in all a huge success. Looking for a 2020 calendar! Thanks Anita.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Six days of guided walks and day hikes
      • Ensuite solo occupancy accommodations in a B&B for the duration of the tour (those sharing a room with a friend or a partner get a discount during booking!)
      • Welcome dinner on your first night
      • Dinners for the duration of the tour (if you choose the Late Summer option)
      • Hearty highland breakfasts for the duration of the tour
      • Transfers for hikes where required

    You’ll be staying in Aviemore, a charming Scottish town. There are plenty of cafes there as well as a supermarket, so you’ll always have options for picnic lunches!

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Aviemore
      • Lunches
      • Evening meals after day 1 of the tour (only applicable for the Spring option)
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • This hiking tour is beginner-friendly, but it does require a good level of fitness. You will be hiking for 6-10 hours a day for several consecutive days, covering distances of up to 7 miles (11 km). You will be hiking on occasionally rugged terrain and tackling daily ascents of up to 2,600+ ft (800 m) while carrying a daypack with the things you’ll need throughout the day. However, with some preparation and willpower, you should be able to handle this tour no matter your age or skill level.

    If you’re a more advanced hiker looking for a challenge, check out this hiking tour in the Cuilin Hills or these hiking tours in the Isle of Skye.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Spare clothes for layering and 5 days of hiking
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 12:1. 
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.
      • The minimum number needed for this tour to run is usually 4 women. However, it’s also possible to run the tour with smaller groups if participants cover the extra cost required for it to operate. This will usually be discussed between you and your guide 6 weeks prior to the tour start date.

    Hiking the Cairngorms can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to the Cairngorm Guest House in Aviemore, the starting point of the tour, most people fly into Aberdeen International Airport 3 hours away. From there, you can take a train or local flight to Inverness, and a bus or another train to the station in Aviemore.

    Alternatively, if you’re up for an extra adventure, your guide recommends taking the Caledonian sleeper train from London to Aviemore, with spectacular views of England and the Highlands. The train arrives in Aviemore at 9 am on day 1 of your tour.  

    Once you arrive at Aviemore, get settled into your accommodations in the Cairngorm Guest House and meet your guide for a briefing at 3 pm, marking the start of this adventure.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, please refer to the Cairngorms National Park COVID-19 guidelines and the official COVID-19 guidelines for travel into the United Kingdom.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the 2024 dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-89 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 60-89 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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