The Cairngorms National Park is nearly twice the size of Luxembourg and includes huge areas of high sub-arctic plateau. This trip exploits the natural weaknesses in the land to cross this vast wilderness in two days. From Glen Clova in the south-east corner of the park to Aviemore in the north, join us for this once in a lifetime point-to-point challenge.
Using historic drovers’ roads and stalkers’ tracks we will link mountain passes and glens through the best of Scotland's high mountain scenery.
The first day takes us up and over Jock’s road to Glen Callater. On day two we cut through the heart of the Cairngorm plateau, following the Lairig Ghru from Deeside to the Caledonian forest of Rothiemurchus and Aviemore.
Along the way, you’ll sleep in the comfort of one of Scotland’s finest hostels. Baggage will be taken care of each day and transported to your overnight stay.
Each day you will run with a guide who can take the strain of navigation and safety from you to lead your team to success. All this whilst bringing the scenery to life with stories of ancient cattle drovers, highland legends, geology and ecology.
Pick up - Perth, stay at Glen Clova hostel
Day 1 - Run Jock's road, Glen Doll to Braemar
20k 750m ascent
Accommodation in Braemar - SYHA
Day 2 - Run Lin of Dee - Lairig Ghru to Aviemore
29k 650m ascent
This amazing trip is available on a private basis for groups of 4 or more. Please get in touch if you are interested.
Transport: Pick-up in Aviemore or Perth on Friday evening for transfer to the hotel. Transfer to the start in Glen Clova. Baggage transfer to Braemar. Transfer to the Linn of Dee on Sunday. Baggage transfer to Aviemore and a drop off in Aviemore on Sunday evening.
Accommodation: Two nights accommodation. Friday night in twin rooms in a hotel. Saturday night is in Hostelling Scotland Braemar. We will have shared rooms of 2 to 4 guests.
Meals: Breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday are included.
Guiding: The group will be lead by a highly qualified local guide on both days.
What’s not included?
Lunches: Food for during the day is not included. Evening meals are not included but we can arrange to eat together in a restaurant both nights.
This trip is all about the adventure and we will find a pace that keeps the team together and allows time to enjoy our surroundings. However it does include two consecutive days of wild mountain running, so a good level of mountain walking fitness along with a base of off road running experience up to steady 25km runs will help you to get the most out of the weekend.
All of the running is off-road and some will include rougher trails and muddy sections so off-road running experience is essential.
The Cairngorms Crossing takes us through some of the most remote and wild terrain in Europe and we will have to be prepared to deal with everything that the mountains and the Scottish weather can throw us. Whilst we don’t want to be over burdened it is essential that every member of the team is carrying the correct equipment to deal with the unexpected. To ensure your safety the following kit list is therefore compulsory for each individual. Additional safety equipment will be carried by the guides.
We will be running for 2 days, with limited laundry facilities so separate changes of kit will be necessary.
2 tops - 2 thin thermal top and a long sleeved warmer layer
Long trousers - Running tights to be carried if running in shorts
Adequate footwear - Fell shoes or trail shoes only
Waterproofs - Jacket with long sleeves and hood and waterproof or pertex overtrousers
Head torch - light weight e.g Petzl e-lite
Survival bag - lightweight survival bag, Blizzard blanket recommended
Maps will be provided
Food - Enough lunch and snacks to fuel a full day in the mountains
First aid kit – the guides will be carrying emergency first aid supplies but if you can have a small personal kit with blister pack/compeed and any personal medication.
If you have any questions or need advice about any of the equipment please just ask.
Transport is provided at the start and end of this trip, along with all transfers and baggage transport.
Pick up Friday Evening - Aviemore and Perth
Drop off Sunday Evening - Aviemore
Perth and Aviemore are well served by public transport.
Accommodation is included in this trip on Friday and Saturday nights. The first night accommodation is in a hotel with twin rooms, the Second night is in Braemar youth hostel, with shared rooms of between 4 & 6 people per room. Due to the remote nature of this trip no other option is available on our open course. If you are booking as a group for bespoke dates other accommodation packages can be arranged.