We’ve had some fantastic trekkers join us since we started operating. Here you can read what they have to say about their Cairngorm Treks experience…
“If you are visiting Scotland, you must experience the Scottish highlands. If you want to enjoy the highlands, there is no better guide than Simon. He was professional, well equipped (including a delicious lunch), and very knowledgeable. The pace was appropriate to our level of fitness, the views were amazing, and the little details about plant and wildlife were fascinating. My friends and I had a spectacular day and will book another hike with Simon when we return. Highly recommended to all A++++++.” – Michelle Haynes (California, USA)
“We would like to thank you once again for all the help and encouragement that you gave us on our first adventure up Ben Macdui! We really did have an amazing day and we are desperate to do another trek! We have decided that we should try and get away at least one weekend a year so will be in touch again next season!” – Sharlene Greig and Michelle Clarkson (Turriff, Aberdeenshire)
“I had a great day out in the mountains with Simon from Cairngorm Treks. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and so was able to suggest the best route for the weather and my aspirations. We saw reindeer, ptarmigan and snow bunting, the rain kept off, and I made the summit of Ben MacDuie. I would definitely recommend Cairngorm Treks.” – Jenny Hemming (Marsden)
“Thanks for a well organised and resourced trek. I was impressed with the navigation in poor visibility and your wealth of local knowledge when it comes to the Cairngorms. The high standard of appropriate food and camping equipment served us well in the chilly weather and made for a comfortable night’s sleep helped of course by your excellent foresight in providing a couple of bed time drams of a fine local malt.” – Ken Blacklock (Milnathort)
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for the fantastic adventure you provided us with on our 5 day jaunt through the Cairngorms – amazing landscapes, great bunch of people, really good kit, and an incredible experience I wouldn’t have been able to access under my own steam. And your enthusiasm for the outdoor life and for the Cairngorms specifically was quite inspiring. Please also pass my thanks on to Myrddin who did an excellent job.” – Peter Berry (Chester)
“Simon took me on a beautiful morning to the absolutely breathtaking Cairngorm mountains. Our trip was absolutely lovely – and the views from the top of Ben Macdui were stunning. Simon took care of me in a very professional way. He explained every each part of our walk, answered for all my questions and let me negotiate which way I want to go. Even if I was quite slow he was very patient. I can really recommend him from all of my heart as a trustful and professional mountain guide. With him you can be calm on your trip. For sure you will be content :)” – Kinga Kasparcyzk (Krakow, Poland)
“We had a fantastic three day trek with 2 nights camping. We are trekking novices so Simon’s extensive knowledge and patience put us in safe hands, making our experience highly enjoyable. We were provided with excellent equipment, food and even a few drams of very nice single malt to take the sting out of our feet at the end of a long day hiking! We loved the Cairngorms and will definitely be coming back. Great memories and i highly recommend Simon for any level of adventurer who is looking to explore this beautiful landscape.” – Lee Edwards (London)
“Really great 1-day trekking in the Cairngorms through Lochnagar and Lock Muick with Simon and Taiga, on a lucky sunny spring day. Very top professional and safe guidance, and extremely relaxing and beautiful landscape. And I made, as an extra prize, may first Munro … already thinking about other trails. All the best.” – Pedro Guimares (Rio de Janeiro)
“Cairngorm Treks is a fantastic experience. The equipment is top notch and meant that you could really enjoy the beauty of Scotland, one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time.” – Iain Holland (Bolton)
“Bill and Denise would like to say thank you for such a wonderful day in your company and for your patience and understanding teaching me navigational skills and also showing Denise the benefits of walking poles which she is now the proud owner. We have learned such a great deal with your knowledge and skills of the area. It was the best day we have ever had up in the Cairngorms from the moment you picked us up until the end of the day. It was such a pleasure and enjoyment. A day we will never forget. Both of us were still buzzing the next day and are looking forward to our next trip to the Cairngorms.” – Bill and Denise Bridge (Newcastle)
“Thank you so much for making our our stay in the Cairngorms National Park so enjoyable. You were able to show us some very beautiful sights and places that we would not have been able to explore ourselves. You met all our needs and made us feel very comfortable. We enjoyed your company as well of that of your wonderful family. We will definitely come to visit again.” – Rita and Shaoul Houri (London).
“Thank you Simon for two perfect days. Exactly what we were hoping for. Nothing too hard and the scenery was stunning! Looking forward to next time.” – Nicola and Charlie Walker (London).
“Walking with Simon through his company Cairngorm treks was brilliant, informative, supportive and fun. Whatever your requirement, Simon can work with you. As a photographer, I already had very heavy equipment to carry and so he was able to take on another walking companion to carry all the camping kit and food (which Cairngorm Treks also provided). His knowledge of the mountains was incredible. In a short space of time I saw Red Squirrel, Lekking Grouse and finally Ptarmigan at nearly 1000 metres up Bynack Mor. An unforgettable experience and I don’t understand how he can make money considering the very reasonable fees. Thanks again. Will remember this for a long time. And I got some superb photos!” – Andrew Fusek Peters with Polly Peters (Shropshire). (See Andrew’s website here)
“5 Etoiles! Accompagniement très professionnel et sécurisé! Même Taïga, le chien, est génial et porte son petit sac à dos! ( 5 stars! Very safe and professional guiding! Even Taiga, the dog, is friendly and carries his own little ruck sack)” – Claire and Jean Christophe Delalande (Nantes, France).
“Simon (and Taiga) greatly aided us during our Cairngorm trekking adventure. We were looking for someone to help us with a route into the Cairngorm area and provide us with the necessary gear. From the very first contact he was very flexible and helpful in servicing all of our needs and wishes. When we arrived in Aviemore, Simon picked us up and showed us the (very high quality) gear, possible routes to take and prepared everything to the smallest detail. The food he provided for us to survive four days ‘in the wild’ was more than enough and his home-made stew was absolutely delicious. Simon was a perfect guide and host into the beautiful Cairngorm area. The trek surpassed all of our expectations and much of this was due to Simon’s assistance”. – Jan van Bakel, Niek van Kouteren and Carlo Milliano (Amsterdam, Holland).
“Unbelievable time spent trekking in the Lochnagar region of the Cairngorms with Simon over the course of two days. His knowledge and experience is something to be admired and his patience and desire to pass on advice,whether about navigation or campcraft, to a novice mountaineer has really lead to a greater interest in the mountains. Gear and equipment provided was top standard and made for a very comfortable time on the hills. Can’t thank you enough for all of your help”. – Shaun O’Hagan (Glasgow)