Cairngorm Excursions - Cairngorm Lodges

Wilderness & 

Wellbeing Walks

You can expect to enjoy walking in the UK’s largest National Park by exploring a variety of exhilarating routes during an epic adventure exploring some of the Cairngorm’s most beautiful landscapes, diverse wildlife and local history & heritage. 

Your walk with Cairngorms Excursions

Booking a guided walk with Cairngorms Excursions means you are booking a guided tour with one of Dr Gordon Drummond’s team who are experienced and passionate about sharing in-depth knowledge of the nature, geology, history and culture of the Cairngorms National Park.

Bringing to life the landscape with the facts and history of the area along the way. Enjoy lively conversations of the natural world and how the Cairngorm Excursion brand’s passion for sustainability and climate change have made their business a leading example in Green tourism & sustainable tourism.

“If you’re seeking peace and tranquillity, complete with the space and freedom to roam, the Cairngorms and Deeside offer that platform from which to explore. Cairngorm Excursions provides this opportunity to engage in the Scottish Mountain valleys and paths around loch sides with time to escape the everyday.” said Gordon.

 

Loch Muick Guided Walk

A fairly level circuit around the spectacular Loch Muick on the Balmoral Estate provides good views of the surrounding mountains and the local flora & fauna.

The walk takes in the impressive Glas-allt Shiel house on the shore of the loch. Queen Victoria built it in 1868 and is nicknamed ” Widow’s House”

There is an optional detour to see some waterfalls, just let your guide know your ability.

Meeting Point

Wednesdays 10am (meet at the Loch Muick Car Park at 9.45 am – NB cash for parking as not included in your tour package.)

Duration 4 hrs – the pace will be 3 to 4 miles per hour which is a reasonably slow adult pace.

Minimum and maximum group size – Depends on makeup of individuals/families but will not exceed 12 people

Cost – £20 per person (£30 per couple & Children under 18 – £10)

Well-behaved dogs welcome and go FREE!

 

Loch Kinord Guided Walk

A beautiful circuit around Loch Kinord in the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve. The walk is excellent for nature lovers with plenty of flora and fauna both on the loch and in the surrounding birch woodland.

Plenty to see for all ages including a secret or two with those who are familiar with geocaching.

Meeting Point

Wednesdays 10am (meet at the Dinnet Car Park 9.45 am – NB cash for parking as not included in your tour package.)

Duration 4 hrs – pace will be 3 to 4 miles per hour which is a reasonably slow adult pace.

Minimum and maximum group size – Depends on make up of individuals/ families but will not exceed 12 people

Cost – £20 per person (£30 per couple & Children under 18 – £10)

Well-behaved dogs welcome and go FREE!

Participation & Safety

Your safety and wellbeing is important to us at Cairngorm Excursions. Whilst agreeing to our guided walk you will be agreeing to the following terms and conditions so that we can practise good care of our walking group whilst enjoying the great outdoors in Royal Deeside.

Who can come and join us and what to expect?

We have no age limits but expect those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent who is responsible for them and their safety.

Our guests must assess their own physical abilities for our walks and as such are responsible for their own physical safety, health and well-being. The physical geography of the Loch Muick and Loch Kinord involves walking up and down hills and uneven pathways. These are not generally suitable for guests with a below-average level of fitness or guests with mobility aids or pushchairs. ( Little ones love the fresh air in their parent’s chosen “baby pouches”)

Please note our group will walk at the speed of the slowest individual, as such a judgement may be made on the suitability of a person’s ability for the benefit of the group as a whole.

We love to see a happy four-legged friend join our adventures but we do ask that these are well behaved and taken on a lead to protect the local wildlife and other path users. Please bring poo bags and use the bins in the cark parks.

Please note Cairngorm Excursions accepts no liability for any accident, injury, or loss or damage to personal belongings whilst on a walking tour, and by joining a walking tour you acknowledge and accept this condition of non-liability.

 

Other Helpful Information:

 Free toilets are available:

  • Loch Muick – just before the Visitor centre approx 10 min walk from Car Park
  • Loch Kinord (Burn O Vat side) just beyond the Visitor centre approx 5 min walk from Car Park

 

  • Best to keep personal belongings to a minimum in your locked vehicle. 
  • Your insurance.

 

Booking / Cancellation / Illness or Injury

When booking one of our guided walks in advance we ask for full payment at the time of booking.

The following booking refunds apply if you decide to cancel:

  • All walks are subject to a non-refundable booking fee of 10% (Our payment gateways do not refund fees to us).
  • Cancellations by clients within 14 to 8 (inclusive) days of the event will incur a 50% charge, if we manage to resell the place or you can find someone to fill your place, you will receive a further refund, less your 10% booking fee).
  • Cancellations within 2 (inclusive) days of the event will incur 100% charge. No refund on no shows/no communication. 
  • Please note if you have a change in your circumstances and need to contact please do this by 6pm the night before on mobile number +44 7790747710.  Contact is “Gordon” . Note this is vital to avoid the Cairngorm Excursions Group waiting in the car park for you to turn up.  Messages left on the day may not be received due to poor mobile signal receptions in these remote locations. 
  • Cairngorm Excursions have the right to cancel the tours due to factors out with our control.  Reduced numbers on a given date may be one such circumstance, typically minimum numbers are 6 people.  Weather or access conditions that mean the walk is cancelled or rearranged to a new location.
  • We are unlikely to cancel your booking, should that happen we will get in touch with you as soon as possible to re-arrange an alternative date or issue a full refund.

We reserve the right to stop our walk if any member(s) of the group is acting irresponsibly, unsafe or abusive.  Additional charges will apply if the offending client(s) have to be escorted off the trip by an additional guide.

Should anyone receive an injury whilst on the walk or becomes unwell, we will use our first aid training to look after their wellbeing until we return or call emergency service to evacuate immediately if required. 

 

Privacy

Website & media content 

As part of your time out and experience with us we will be capturing the highlights in short video clips and photographs of each of the person(s)/ groups that make our wider Cairngorm Excursions group. We will aim to send you by email a personalised “keepsake” of your adventures with us and this content may also be used in our own promotions of Cairngorm Excursions.

 

Should you wish to be excluded from this please let the team organiser know in advance of your walk with us. Your happiness is important to us so it’s not a problem to opt-out should you wish.  (Our media content will be emailed to the booking contact unless otherwise stated) We hold the copyright but are very happy for you to share the content but ask you tag #CairngormExcursions in any sharing you may do. 

Data protection

All personal information sent to us as Cairngorm Excursions via our booking platform “Tiqets” are stored under their Data protection policy and procedure. Full details here. 

In addition, we will only keep your contact details for our personal use as a means of the pre-walk & after-care follow-up contact. We will then destroy this unless you agree for us to retain your contact details.

 

Summary

We reserve the right to update these terms and conditions as and when required. Your booking will be subject to the terms and conditions at the time of booking.

Should you have a complaint please contact Dr Gordon Drummond on Mobile +44 7790747710 or e-mail gordon@cairngormlodges.com

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