Solving the Lairig Ghru walk logistical nightmare
A Highlands walking holiday company has come up with the perfect transport solution for a famous mountain pass walk, the Lairig Ghru. This fabulous 19-mile hike through spectacular Cairngorms landscape is on the must-do list for many adventurous walkers. But one of the weakest links in walking this linear pass is returning to your car at the start. There’s no direct linking public transport.
Unless you’ve a support team, you’re committed to spending the next day making a 190-mile detour via Aberdeen on a bus, and then a series train and taxi journeys.
Scot Mountain Holidays Lairig Ghru break
Scot Mountain Holidays, based in Boat of Garten, has solved the Lairig Ghru transport problem by offering (between May and September) a two-night self-guided package, including transfers to the start and from the finish of the route. Meals and accommodation are also offered at lovely home-from-home Fraoch Lodge.
More about the Lairig Ghru walk
Every year many walkers are inspired to walk Scotland’s most dramatic mountain pass, the Lairig Ghru. The 19-mile linear route cuts through the heart of high Cairngorm splendour. Lining the way are Britain’s second, third, fourth and fifth highest peaks, with their flanks rising a further 2500ft (800m) in a complex series of deep corries, precipitous slopes and cliffs. It’s an awe-inspiring place and with a high point at over 2700ft (835m) it’s a worthy challenge.
About Scot Mountain Holidays
They say: “Home-stay style accommodation is recognised as offering an affordable yet immersive experience. Scot Mountain Holidays are unique in Scotland’s growing adventure travel market in combining accommodation with a home-stay atmosphere and adventure to give an all-round immersive experience of this country’s dramatic landscapes, fantastic wildlife and rich culture.”
The package includes:
- 2 nights’ accommodation at the comfortable Fraoch Lodge,
- Rebecca’s delicious home cooking from the evening meal on the day of arrival through until breakfast on the morning of departure including Cake O’clock.
- Maps and route advice from an experienced local guide, Andy
- Transport around to the start of the route at Linn of Dee and pick-up at the end of the walk
- Free transfers from Inverness Airport/Aviemore Station
Price: £190 per person
Anyone fancy taking on this epic Lairig Ghru walk with me?