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1-day Winter hillwalking taster in the Cairngorms, Aviemore (Scotland)

Join UIMLA certified mountain leader Jonty for this marvelous 1-day of learning winter hillwalking skills. All within the magnificent Cairngorms National Park in the highlands of Scotland!

Mountain RangeHighlands
Duration1 day
Offer periodDec
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate and Group


  • Discover the stunning Cairngorms of the Scottish highlands in its winter glory

  • Learn practical and fun skills that will see you prepared for a Scottish winter

  • Join a local, certified and highly experienced guide who knows the land well


The Scottish highlands have long been romantacised and rightly so: this stunning mountain region instills passion into the visitor. Here’s your chance to explore this beautiful landscape whilst learning some fun and practical skills to thrive in winter!

The Scottish highlands are my home and although I’ve travelled to many parts of the world, the Caringorms and these mountains reserve a special place in my heart.

Whether you visit in summer or winter, this region will imprint on your memory. Here though I am offering the chance to explore this terrain in winter and there’s nothing more rewarding than a cold hike in the hills!

In this pristine and snowy landscape you will spend one day learning fundamental winter skills. By the end of the day, you will be able to operate with confidence out in the cold.

During the course I will aim to cover the following:

  • How to plan your trips – interpreting weather and avalanche forcasts
  • Avalanche Awareness and the Scottish Avalanche Information Service
  • Winterproof gear- Prepare clothing and equipment for cold, wind and snow
  • How to move on the snow – good footwork
  • How to use an ice-axe proficiently and halt a slip as it starts
  • Use of crampons
  • What to do in an emergency

Our day will begin by meeting at Costa Coffee in Aviemore at 8:15am. We will discus the itinerary, consult the weather forecasts and of course have a coffee!

The walk starts from the Cairgorm ski car-park and aim to finish walking by 16:00.

This trip does not require a high level of technical skill but you should be confident of hillwalking for roughly 6 hours at a steady pace.

If you’ve always dreamed of visiting the Scottish highlands and the Cairngorms then I highly recommend the winter for its beauty. Sign up now and you can combine this natural beauty with learning some great outdoor skills!

If you have a bit more time then extend this amazing day into two and join me on this fun 2-day hillwalking and winter skills trip in the Cairngorms! Or perhaps you’re more intruiged by the walk, then consider joining me on this wonderful 2-day summer hike in the Cairgorms, reaching 850m you will enjoy unrivalled views of the epic landscape!


More info

Equipment: A full kit list will be sent to you upon booking. Please note you will require winter boots, ice-axe and crampons: these can be hired locally if needed (budget approx. £25 per day for all three).

Meeting point

Costa Coffee, Aviemore



About the guide

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I have walked, climbed and ski-toured extensively in many parts of the UK, Europe including the Alps & Pyrenees, as well as further afield in the Canadian Rockies, the Moroccan Atlas and in Kenya. Despite this, the hills of the Scottish Highlands, and in particular the Cairngorm mountains near my home, remain firm favourites.

I hold the International Mountain Leader award from Mountain Training UK, as well as the UK Winter Mountain Leader award. These are the professional awards designed for those leading trekking groups anywhere in the world, in all seasons. I'm also a fully qualified Rock Climbing Intructor holder as well as a British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike Leader. I'm also a qualified medical doctor, and hold a current Outdoor Emergency First Aid Certificate.

Please get in touch if you would like friendly guiding centre around you, whether in Scotland, the Alps or further afield.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

GBP 155 each

Group of 2

GBP 165 each

Group of 3

GBP 181 each

Group of 4

GBP 186 each

Group of 5

GBP 207 each

Group of 6

GBP 217 each

Group of 7

GBP 62 each

Group of 8

GBP 62 each

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