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Cairngorms Crossing Weekend

The Cairngorms National Park is nearly twice the size of Luxembourg and includes huge areas of sub-arctic high 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 great glens through the best of Scotland's high mountain scenery.

The first day takes us up and over Jocks road to Glen Callater, then 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. Eat like hungry trail runners should at our handpicked restaurant, while your 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 to lead your team success. 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 Jocks road, Glen Doll to Braemar

20k 750m ascent

Accommodation in Braemar - SYHA

Day 2 - Run Lin of Dee - Laraig Ghru to Aviemore

29k 650m ascent


Dates for 2018

Date Price Availability Book Now Bookings close
1-2 September 2018 £350 Places available Book Online 17th August

 If these dates don’t suit you please get in touch to arrange a bespoke course.


What's included?

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 and a drop off in Aviemore or Inverness 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 a shared room of 4 to 6 guests.

Meals: Breakfasts and lunch for on the run are included. Evening meals are not included but we will eat together in the restaurant both nights. 


A minimum of 5 bookings are required for this trip to run, confirmation deadline is 15th June. 

Experience and fitness

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.

Kit you will need

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.

Midge net.

If you have any questions or need advice about any of the equipment please just ask.

Getting here

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.

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