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Hillwalking in Scotland, 2-day Winter skills course in Aviemore (Cairngorms)

Join UIMLA certified mountain leader Jonty on this amazing 2-day winter skills course and hillwalking through the spectacular Cairngorms National Park in the highlands of Scotland!

Mountain RangeHighlands
Duration2 days
Offer periodDec
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripGroup


  • Discover the atmospheric Scottish highland winter with its snow laden landscape

  • Learn practical and fun winter skills in the gorgeous Cairngorms National Park

  • Join a guide with years of local experience who has a passion to share the land


Would you like to know what skills it requires to brave the Scottish winter? Do you want to explore the beautifully wild Scottish highlands? Well, here’s your chance and all within the Cairngorms National Park, a landscape that epitomises Scottish wilderness!

This region is my home and although I’ve explored many parts of the world, the Cairgorms is my favourite.

It’s a majestic landscape summer or winter, but the intrepid explorer is never more rewarded than after a long walk in the cold through the beautiful and pristine snowscape!

This walk will provide you with all the fundamental knowledge of how to prepare and conduct yourself on this terrain in winter.

Some of the topics to be covered are 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
  • What items to take and how to carry them
  • How to move on the snow – good footwork
  • Winter navigation
  • How to use an ice-axe proficiently and halt a slip as it starts
  • How to create steps
  • Use of crampons
  • Ice-axe self-arrest (technique to stop yourself mid-slide)
  • Emergency shelters and procedures

We will meet at Costa Coffee in Aviemore at 8:15am, discus the itinerary, check the forecasts and have a coffee.

We will begin the walk from the Cairgorm ski car-park and aim to finish walking on both days at 16:00.

You don’t need a high level of technical skill to join this trip but you should be comfortable hillwalking for about 6 hours at a steady pace.

So if you want to learn winter skills whilst at the same time discover the famous and magical beauty of the Scottish highlands, then sign up now for an unforgettable visit!

If you’re more excited by the walk then consider joining me on this wonderful 2-day summer hike in the Cairgorms, reaching 850m you will enjoy unparelleled views of the gorgeous 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 124 each

Group of 2

GBP 124 each

Group of 3

GBP 124 each

Group of 4

GBP 124 each

Group of 5

GBP 124 each

Group of 6

GBP 124 each

Group of 7

GBP 124 each

Group of 8

GBP 124 each

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- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

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