Join us for this overnight bivvy bag adventure summiting the third highest mountain in the UK, Braeriach, whilst enjoying the summer solstice from the UK’s most northerly National Park.

Starting out in the afternoon, this summer solstice adventure aims to let you enjoy walking through the shortest night of the year where darkness is never truly reached in the mountains.

The start of our journey, just a few miles outside of Aviemore, will take us through the magnificent Caledonian pinewoods of Rothiemurchus. As we gain height we will walk out of the pine forest and onto the rugged and wild mountain pass of the Lairig Ghru. From here a steep ascent of Sron an Lairig will take us up to 1180m with stunning views through the Lairig pass, Lurcher’s Crag, and our first real glimpse of our target peak. After a final steep ascent as we approach the peak of Braeriach (1296m) the sun will begin to set and from here we will find a suitable area to get into our bivvy bags and welcome in the summer solstice with hot drinks and a wee dram. The group will then be given a few hours rest before our guide gently wakes everyone up with the sizzle and smell of a cooked breakfast (vegetarian and vegan options can easily be catered for). We will then begin our descent passing the Wells of Dee and Loch Eanaich before re-entering the pinewoods of Rothiemurchus and back to our starting point in the afternoon of the 22nd.

Trek Highlights:

  • Summit the UK’s 3rd Highest Mountain
  • Enjoy Summer Solstice views from the peak
  • Night navigation tuition on route for those who would like to gain extra skills
  • After a rest at the summit a full cooked breakfast will be served before our descent
  • 360 panoramic views including Ben Macdui, the Lairig Ghru, Cairn Toul, Angel’s Peak and Sgor Gaoith
  • Experience the connection with the landscape that can only be achieved from a Bivvy bag

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Dates for 2019

21 - 22 June

Pricing & Booking

£90 per person

This price includes use of a bivvy bag, water filtration bottle and hot drinks and cooked breakfast. A 20% deposit (£18) is required to secure your place. The full amount is payable 7 days before the date of the trek. Please take the time to read our cancellation policy here.

Group Size

Limited to 8 places

Walking Grade

Strenuous grade 7 - 10
See more about our fitness grading here.

Equipment

You will need: Food for the duration excluding breakfast; Warm mid layers including extra layers whilst bivvying or preferably a lightweight sleeping bag; Waterproofs, hat, gloves, and a suitable mountain backpack (ideally 40/50 litres); Personal first aid kit; A head torch with spare batteries.

We will provide: Your bivvy bag; Hot drinks and cooked breakfast; A Water-to-Go filtration bottle; Safety equipment.

Location

We will aim to start and finish in the Rothiemurchus area just outside of Aviemore.