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Trip Report

A week in the Scottish Highlands

Lochs, mountains, whiskey tasting and castles - we spent a week exploring Cairngorms National Park and the surrounding area.

by emma and david, teamthomastravelsAbout Me:We're a husband and wife travel blogging couple from the UK. Since we met in 2015, we have travelled as much as possible. Between us we have visited around 50 countries and 6 continents - just need to make it to Australia/New Zealand to hi... read more

United Kingdom7 days / September 2020

Highs & Lows

Challenge yourself and bag the 2nd highest peak in the UK!

Avoid summer months, the midges are horrendous...

Itinerary Overview

After having our 3 weeks in Canada cancelled by Covid, we were itching to get out in some epic nature. The north of Scotland is like another planet - so rugged and absolutely stunning!

 This itinerary includes beautiful hikes in the Caingorms, climbing a mountain, historic battlefields and castles and a boatride on Loch Ness, plus some recommendations for where to eat and drink.

  • 6 Nights: Grantown-on-Spey
    Grantown on Spey is the ideal gateway town to access the Scottish Highlands. Close to everywhere, a pub, restaurants and shop
  • Day trip: Grantown-on-Spey
    The largest national [ark in Scotland, the wilderness here is absolutely stunning. Perfect for hiking!
  • Day trip: Loch Ness
    Search for Nessie, one of Scotland's most famous residents, on beautiful Loch Ness and brave the icy waters yourself!
  • Day trip: Loch an Eilein
    Unbelievably beautiful scenery, red squirrels and bird watching.
  • Day trip: Zip Trek Adventure Park Aviemore
    Fly through the trees on a thrilling zipline! Then visit a historic battlefield and beautiful wild beach.
  • Day trip: Braemar
    A whiskey tasting, a castle, a Royal residence and mind blowing scenery.
  • 1 Night: Trossachs
    One last stunning hike with Coos and views in the other Scottish National Park
  • Day trip: Hadrian's Wall
    Outstanding Roman history and a Robin Hood movie location

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    We wish we'd booked a ride on the Strathspey railway, we drove past it and it looked beautiful!

  • How was the food?

    The Little Puffin, Grantown on Spey

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Avoid the summer months, Scottish midges are legendary...!

  • Packing tips?

    Warm layers and waterproofs - Scottish weather is very changeable. And comfortable, broken in hiking boots.

  • Booking details?

    We booked Ben Mhor hotel on Booking.com

Lodging

  • Ben Mhor Hotel , a cosy guesthouse in the gateway town of the Cairngorms National Park. It has a bar with a roaring fire, free parking and a very good Thai restaurant!

  • Carlisle Travelodge on the A1, just back over the English border!