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Trek the Lairig Ghru in Scotland, 2 days in the Cairngorms

Join UIMLA certified mountain leader Jonty on this fantastic 2-day hiking exploration of the Cairgorms National Park in the highlands of Scotland!

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


  • Discover the famous wild beauty of the Scottish Higlands and Cairngorms

  • Follow the classic Lairig Ghru pass through mountains and camp under the stars

  • Join a local, certified and experienced guide whose passion is the Cairngorms


Welcome to the Cairgorms National Park, a historic and spectacular mountain landscape in the highlands of Scotland. Come and experience two days in the famous Scottish wilderness!

A classic route of the Scottish Highlands, Lairig Ghru is adored by all who travel its enchanting paths.

This is an ancient route used for centuries and perhaps as far back as the Romans. Crossing from Deeside to Speyside, this journey leads you through the heart of the Cairgorms!

This is my home and I have spent many years exploring its terrain and discovering all its secrets. It will be my pleasure to share this with you and explain the history and local flora and fauna.

You will feel a real sense of achievement on completion of this trip and camping under the stars will contribute to an unforgettable Scottish experience.

We will meet at 08:30 near Avienmore and discuss our itinerary, check the weather and have a coffee!

Then after a 2-hour drive through the Cairngorms we will begin our first day on the trail at Linn of Dee near Braemar in Deeside.

Where we camp that night will depend on the fitness of the group, the weather and our preferences!

Along the way you will be breathing in the pristine air, admiring the mountains, following the river and exploring the ancient Caldonian forest!

Our second day will see us break our fast and head onto the pass nice and early. We will traverse the highest point of the trek (845m) before desending into ancient Caladonian pines and where we began.

Although we’ll just be walking on a pass and not summiting a mountain, we’ll still reach altitudes of 845m and this is not to be underestimated.

We will cover about 20 miles/32km, with about 810m of ascent. Therefore, you should be comfortable with this level of hike, whilst carrying a backpack.

If you want to discover the stunning highland beauty of the Scottish Cairngorms and camp under the stars, then sign up now because I can’t wait to share my magical home with you!


More info

If the dates don't suit you then contact me about a private trip for you or your group. Equipment: We will send you a required gear list on booking. Good quality one or two-man tents can be rented from us at £15 or £20 (respectively) for the trip. We also have a supply of good quality sleeping bags that can be rented at £5 for the trip-if taking advantage of this you MUST bring a sleeping bag liner with you to use, for hygiene reasons.

Meeting point

Near 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 186 each

Group of 2

GBP 186 each

Group of 3

GBP 186 each

Group of 4

GBP 186 each

Group of 5

GBP 186 each

Group of 6

GBP 186 each

Group of 7

GBP 186 each

Group of 8

GBP 186 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

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

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