What's included

  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • 3 NIGHT'S BASED ON SHARING TWIN ROOMS
    3 NIGHT'S BASED ON SHARING TWIN ROOMS
  • ALL ACTIVITIES WITH LOCAL FLASH PACK GUIDES
    ALL ACTIVITIES WITH LOCAL FLASH PACK GUIDES
  • Max 14
    Max 14
  • Airport pickup at 2pm on day 1
    Airport pickup at 2pm on day 1

Aye it sure is beautiful in Scotland. So beautiful in fact, we figured it only fitting to explore its mighty highlands on one epic adventure. Join us canoeing, canyoning and clay pigeon shooting our way through the Cairngorms National Park. Home to a stunning wilderness of roaming reindeer and vast heather-clad plains, here you can look out to eagles soaring above lochs and epic mountains piercing the vast skyline. Along the way there’s castles to stay in, waterfalls to abseil and a 4000ft summit to conquer, not forgetting exclusive whisky and chocolate pairing in Scotland’s highest distillery (and there’s a fair few). In a country where you get all four seasons in one day, it’s probably going to rain but those with a spirit of adventure (and some trusty hiking boots) are in for one beautiful ride, come rain or shine.

  • Go canyoning through the waterfalls, pools and natural water flumes of Loch Laggan
  • Enjoy exclusive whisky and chocolate pairing at Scotland’s highest distillery
  • Hike for 12km through the amazing Cairngorms scenery, reaching the 4000ft summit of Cairngorm for hot drinks
  • Stay in a Castle Hotel
  • Feel in the middle of nowhere canoeing down the River Spey
  • Go clay pigeon shooting on a traditional Scottish estate
  • Tuck into hearty pub meals after adventurous days in the great outdoors
  • Spot stags and red squirrels in the Rothiemurchus forest
  • Explore the charming town of Aviemore

Itinerary

Day 1: ALL ABOARD A NEW ADVENTURE

Arrive in Inverness and och-aye-the-noo, you’re in bonny Scotland. Here you can either be picked up in the city centre or the airport where you will meet your guide and fellow adventurers. Bid farewell to the city, here begins your Scottish adventure that’s wilderness bound and heading for the hills. The rugged beauty of the Cairngorms National Park awaits, where your adventure kicks into gear aboard canoes on the River Spey. Grab your oars and row downstream with the waves lapping beneath you and the fragrant Rothiemurchus forest either side. Get to know your fellow Flashpackers as you find your rowing rhythm and spot fish swimming alongside you, with the current gently pulling you along. After 3 to 4 hours, dock up on dry land in the lively little town of Aviemore – known as the gateway to the Cairngorms and a popular Scottish skiing spot with all the cosy pubs you’d expect. Wander around its charming streets before enjoying a hearty pub meal, knowing the next few days hold nothing but wild escapism.

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Start your adventure aboard canoes on the River Spey

Arrive in the epic highlands of Scotland

Cruise along the beautiful open roads

There's a new view around every corner

Paddle through the clear waters

Look out for otters and other wildlife

Enjoy the first evening of your Scottish adventure

Make the most of the cosy pubs in Aviemore

Get to know your fellow Flashpackers over dinner and drinks

Day 2: CANYONING THROUGH THE GLEN

Rise and shine to a good ol Scottish breakfast, perfect for fueling you up for a day of outdoor adventure. An hour’s drive west takes us to the deep blue beauty of Loch Laggan which rose to TV fame in BBC’s Monarch of the Glen. It also happens to be an epic location for canyoning, with its waterfalls, pools and natural water flumes. Get ready to swim, abseil and climb your way through this wilderness on one rugged ride, battling the elements and supporting one another as you leap into secluded pools and climb up craggy cliffs. (Click here to read about fitness levels on Flash Pack adventures). After this water-plunging experience, it’s time to grab your shotgun and head into the glen. The deer and game can rest assured, we’ll be rounding the day off with some clay pigeon shooting on the ‘Glen Bogle’ estate. Feel like Laird of the estate as you fire at clay targets flying through the air, looking out to views of the shimmering loch and rolling mountains beyond. A well-deserved dinner is then waiting for you back in Aviemore – here’s to conquering canyons and clay pigeons.

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This morning we're going canyoning through Loch Laggan

Discover hidden waterfalls along the way

This is a great way to embrace the rugged Scottish scenery

Swim your way through the wilderness

Slide down natural water flumes

Enjoy the serene beauty of Loch Laggan

Go clay pigeon shooting on a Scottish estate

Shoot at clay targets flying through the air

Day 3: MOUNTAIN HIKING & SCOTLAND’S HIGHEST DISTILLERY

Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for a day of steep ridges, sparkling lochs and epic views. Today your Scottish adventure continues with a 12km hike through the Cairngorm mountains. Beginning along the Fiacaill ridge, we’ll make our way up this jagged stretch of rocky terrain to the Caringorm Plateau. Here we’ll hike across this vast stretch of roaming reindeer and rolling views, before reaching the 4000ft summit of Cairngorm. Breathe in the pure highland air here, enjoying that unique sense of awe when standing atop a mountain. Hot chocolates here will never have tasted so good, along with a hearty lunch. Feeling suitably replenished, it’s time to get back out there and descend down into Rothiemurchus forest below. Look out for red squirrels as you hike through the dappled pinewoods, before the trees clear to reveal the still beauty of Loch Murloch. All this hiking is thirsty work, so this evening we’ve got just the answer. We’re heading to the picture perfect Dalwhinnie Distillery, the highest distillery in Scotland. Here you’ll be treated to exclusive whisky and chocolate pairing, featuring a selection of classic whiskies paired with award winning chocolates. Feel the burn of the whisky sliding down your throat followed by an indulgent selection of chocolates made by renowned chocolatier, Iain Burnett. Such a Scottish experience deserves a fitting end, so tonight you’ll be sleeping off your whisky hangovers in a proper Scottish castle – turrets and all.

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Today we're hiking to the 4000ft summit of Cairngorm Mountain

Walk through the epic scenery of the Cairngorms

Look out to rolling views of lochs and mountains

Meet local reindeer along the way

Get back to nature in this rugged wilderness

Then descend down into Rothiemurchus forest

Spectacular landscape in Glencoe region, Scotland - spells of su

You won't get tired of the breathtaking scenery

Arrive the at the picture perfect Dalwhinnie Distillery

Scottish Highlands Whisky & chocolates

Whisky and chocolate, a match made in heaven

Whisky Tasting Scotland

Drink whisky in Scotland's highest distillery

Scottish Highlands Whisky

These award winning chocolates are made by renowned chocolatier, Iain Burnett

Fonab Castle Scotland group adventure

Arrive at your Castle Hotel for the night

Important notes

Fly into: Inverness Airport

Fly out of: Edinburgh Airport

If you are flying in for this Scottish adventure, please make sure you are ready to be picked at Inverness airport at 2pm on Day 1. If you are arriving by train or car, the minibus can pick you up at 1:40pm from the city centre.

On Day 4, those flying home can be dropped off in Edinburgh airport at 2pm so we recommend you book a flight that leaves around 2 -3 hours later. Alternatively, you can be dropped off in Edinburgh city centre to catch a train, or you can extend your stay to explore this lovely city.

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

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