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Winter Warmer in the Cairngorms National Park



Starting Point


Best time to travel

Nov - March

Recommended Length

5 - 7 days

Minimum Age*

Relax and explore

Activity Level **


This winter warmer tour will take you to the beautiful Cairngorms National Park in the heart of Scotland, where you will stay in style in the luxury Fife Arms Hotel. Indulge in fabulous Scottish hospitality while enjoying some active days including hiking in the beautiful countryside, dark sky star gazing and a visit and tasting at a royal whisky distillery.

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✓ explore the beautiful scenery around Cairngorms National Park during winter time
✓ hike on the grounds of the royal Balmoral Estate and in the beautiful Royal Deeside
✓ admire the amazing dark sky on a star gazing adventure in the Cairngorms National Park
✓ exclusive visit and tasting tour at the Royal Lochnagar Whisky Distillery

Tour highlights

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Day 1 - arrival - overnight in the Cairngorms National Park area
Day 2 - visit to Balmoral Royal Estate - dark sky star gazing - overnight in the Cairngorms National Park area (40km)
Day 3 - hiking tour at Lochnagar - exclusive tour and tasting at Lochnagar Royal Whisky Distillery - overnight in the Cairngorms National Park area (70km)
Day 4 - hiking in the Royal Deeside - overnight in the Cairngorms National Park area (40km)
Day 5 - departure

Tour overview


Arrival to Scotland and you will pick up a rental car and make your way to Cairngorm National Park. Britain’s biggest National Park impresses with stunning nature and is a paradise for walkers, climbers and skiers. You have the rest of the day to explore the charming little villages in the area, like Tomintoul, the highest village in Scotland and the starting point of the malt Whisky trail, or the beautiful granite town of Grantown-on-Spey.
Overnight in the Cairngorms National Park area.

After meeting with your local guide after breakfast, you will head out to Balrmoral to explore the estate around the royal families favourite residence in the Scottish Highlands. Walk along the trails through trees and discover the Royal memorial. You can also take a tour through the castle if it is open. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy in your residence or to explore more of the amazing winter scenery around Cairngorms.Visiting the fairytale Braemar Castle is also a very special experience during the winter months.
After an early dinner, your guide will take you out to explore the amazing dark sky over Cairngorms. Scotland has some of the largest expanses of dark sky in Europe and to gaze at the stars on a crisp, clear nights wrapped up in a blanket with a hot drink is a truly amazing experience. With a bit of luck you might even catch a glimpse of the fantastic Northern lights.
Overnight in the Cairngorms National Park area.

Today your guide will take you on a hike around the glacial landscape around Lochnagar hill, located on the Balmoral Estate. The hill is popular among hillwalkers in summer and winter alike and you can enjoy fabulous views over the Cairngorms and the moorlands from the top.
You will visit the Royal Lochnagar Distillery in the afternoon, where a private tour and tutored tasting will teach you more about the famous Scottish malt whisky and will be tutored in tasting some fine whiskies.
Overnight in the Cairngorms National Park area.

Your guide will take you out for another walk in the beautiful landscape of Scotland's Royal Deeside and you will learn more about the history and traditions of the area while enjoying the majestic rough landscape around you.
An exciting adventure is waiting for you in the afternoon when you will be picked up by landrover to head off and explore the wild glens of a local estate in the heart of the Cairngorms. Enjoy the beautiful views throughout the National Park and, with a bit of luck, you might be able to spot some of the wildlife on your tour.
Overnight in the Cairngorms National Park area.

Day 5 - Departure
Transfer to the airport and departure.

Detailed Itinerary

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Services included

- accommodation in high end luxury hotels
- private transfers for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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When to travel
Scotland can be visited all year round and every season comes with its own special appeal. Spring is arguably often mentioned as the best time to visit. While temperatures get milder and average between 6 and 15 degrees Celsius, you might still encounter snow in the mountains of the Highlands and Cairngorms. The Scottish summer runs from June to August and those months are the warmest of the year with extensive daylight hours in July and August. The further you go north, the longer the days will be.
While spring and summer are the busiest months for visitors coming to Scotland, late October and early November welcomes visitors with colorful foliage in the forests and landscapes. Some of the sites already close down by the end of October though. Snowy conditions between December and February are quite common and can make traveling a little bit difficult in certain areas, though you will be rewarded with spectacular winter sceneries and cozy evenings by the log fire.

How to travel
Scotland has five international airports, which are spread out across the regions. Edinburgh and Glasgow Intl would be the busiest airports offering the widest connections, but it is also possible to fly into Glasgow Prestwick, Aberdeen and Inverness. Apart from Prestwick, which is located around 50km from Glasgow City, the Scottish airports quickly connect to the centers. There are direct connections from a number of international destinations in North America and Europe and there are also excellent connections from London into all airports.
Traveling to or through Scotland by train can be a wonderful experience and the frequent InterCity services connect Scotland to many mainline stations across England. On most trains, the journey from London to Edinburgh is just over four hours or 5,5 hours to Glasgow.
If traveling from Ireland, there are regular ferry connections between Belfast and Stranraer
Further, there are good motorway connections from Scotland to England and Wales. Traveling to England from mainland Europe by car would take you to Hull or Newcastle by ferry from Zeebrugge or Amsterdam.

Travelling with children
Scotland is a child friendly country and easy to travel with kids. Once in Scotland, distances are never far, though the speed of traveling depends on the location as you might move much slower on a remote Highlands route than on an intercity motorway link between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Many hotels cater for kids of any age and family rooms and kids menus are widely available. Scottish pubs officially are allowing access to teenagers over 16 years only unless they hold a special license, though families and children are welcome in pubs that also serve food until a certain time.
Child-friendly attractions are spread out all across the country and kids will love the ancient castles closely connected to the turbulent and sometimes bloody Scottish history. National and nature parks often offer interpretative and interactive walks and many attractions, restaurants, hotels and transport services offer discounts for children.

What to bring
No matter when you travel, keep in mid that the Scottish weather is unpredictable and you can experience rain, wind and sunshine within one hour. So, the main thing to remember should always be a sturdy umbrella, a raincoat, hoodie and some waterproof shoes.
Even though the summer and spring months can be considerably warmer than autumn or winter, you should always come prepared with a few warm jumpers, warm socks and warm underwear for the days spend outside in the wilderness. If you are visiting Edinburgh and/or Glasgow, make sure that you also pack at least one dressier outfit to wear on your nights out. Also, a reusable water bottle, sun glasses and a proper camera are among the essentials for every season.
If you are planning on traveling in autumn or winter, it is advisable also to bring a warm hat, a pair of light gloves and a scarf. A proper warm wind and waterproof jacket will help you stay warm over the cold winter months. On the contrary, if traveling in summer, you might want to come prepared for warmer days with a swimsuit, light summer clothes, a sun hat and some sunscreen.
You will notice that you are more exposed to the elements when visiting the Highlands, Shetlands, Orkneys or Hebrides. Phone reception can be poor, so it can be useful to bring a real map for orientation and also an extra battery pack for your phone. A small waterproof backpack to fill with snacks when heading out for the day should be on your packing list as well as a pair of proper waterproof hiking boots when planning to walk and hike in the beautiful wilderness.

Travel Tips

For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting Scotland, please follow the link below.

Destination info

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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