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Navigation Courses for beginners and the more experienced in the spectacular Cairngorm mountains. Your expert guides will teach you the techniques you need to be able to enjoy the mountains safely and then back at the lodge put your feet up and enjoy delicious home cooked food!
The Cairngorms National Park in the eastern Highlands of Scotland offers some of the Scotland’s wildest and most magnificent scenery. The highest mountain range in the UK, they offer the perfect destination for hill walking and munro bagging. In the winter, they become covered in snow and ice, making them and ideal base for winter sports. Sharing the mountains with us outdoorsy types is a plethora of wildlife including golden eagles, pine marten, deer and the mountain hare, which changes its colour in winter to white, to blend in with the snow.
The navigation courses allow both beginners and those with more experience to improve their orienteering skills and learn the nuances of mountain terrain: features, gradient, aspect of slope, distance and direction. Hitting the range, you will use map and compass in the safety of the group to steer a course through stunning scenery in the varying terrain of the Cairngorm mountains, from low-lying moorland to the wilder high plateau. You will be led on all expeditions by a highly qualified mountaineer with many years guiding experience and a local and intimate knowledge of the area. Back at the lodge you will dry your kit and lounge by an open fire before an excellent two-course dinner is served.
These navigation courses vary in length and difficulty and are tailored to offer a range of experiences for beginners and experiences hikers alike. You will be in a group, but the ratio of guides to participants is usually 1:6 on the weekend courses and 1:8 on the longer courses, so you will get the individual attention that you need and won’t feel swamped in a group. The guides are qualified and will always assess your competence, making safety their paramount concern.
The accommodation is comfortable without being luxurious, and the roaring fire and excellent home fare make for a convivial setting. If you can find a large group you can take over the lodge (capacity of 12) and have a whale of a time there and at the local pub!
We select specialist operators who are experienced, qualified and most importantly passionate about what they do. Your enquiry will be passed straight through to the experts who will be able to give you the best advice.