Scot Mountain Holidays has debuted an exciting new trip into the remote landscapes of Scotland’s Cairngorm mountains with Nordic tipis warmed by a wood burner at night and Highland ponies. It is an amazing way for visitors to experience Scotland in a more sustainable manner within a conservation area abundant with native plants and wildlife.
The 4-night, 4day wilderness trip is led by owner and mountain leader, Andrew Bateman, and his partner Rebecca who cooks up a magnificent feast with home grown vegetables and locally sourced meat for visitors. It is a truly immersive and engaging off-grid experience.
“This is all the joy of wild camping without the hassle,” said Bateman. “In our fast-paced lives, there are few things better for the soul than spending days in the mountains surrounded by nature and far away from any light or noise pollution. Some people are put off wild camping by the thought of wet boots or carrying kit, but with some simple comforts we turn what can be endurance into enjoyment, and we love sharing the magic of this beautiful corner of Scotland and creating special memories for guests of all ages and hiking experience.”
A central Nordic tipi is heated by a wood burning stove where meals are cooked, clothes dried, and bodies are kept warm. The sleeping tents are equipped with deep insulated camp mattresses, a top sheet, and a cozy down duvet.
The two Highland ponies, Foxglove and Goldie, take on their traditional role as pack horses to carry the tents, camp beds, food, and wood fuel, while visitors carry their sack of essentials and clothing. The camping experience is hands-on, with tents assembled and dismantled by guests. During ‘Cake o’clock’ stories are told around the campfire while fresh bread is baked outdoors.
The core of Scot Mountain Holidays’ itineraries is environmentally sustainable tourism and local culture. Each day of the trip is spent exploring different routes and peaks in the rugged Cairngorm mountain range, underpinned by Andrew’s vast knowledge of geology, wildlife and nature, and the importance of its preservation and restoration.
In small groups of up to eight people, each trip is tailored to physical ability, and is suitable for everyone from families to veteran hikers as they journey their way through Caledonian pine forests dripping in lichen and mesmerizing lochs and fields with views of some of Scotland’s highest mountains. Wildlife includes golden eagles, wild cats, pine martens and the rare capercaillie.
As part of a world-leading conservation area, visitors will see some of the same types of plants, animals and fungi that chased the glaciers back 11,000 years ago.
With their distinctly unique hospitality, Bateman and his partner share their home, community, and the Highlands of Scotland with guests and actively promote the protection of native flora and fauna.