Cairngorm Adventure Guides
Cairngorm Adventure Guides
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
We deliver all forms of summer and winter mountaineering in the Cairngorms National Park. This includes guiding and skills courses for winter walking skills, ski touring/ backcountry skiing, mixed/winter/ice climbing, rock climbing, ridge scrambling and hill walking. We are highly qualified and experienced guides who know the area well. We cater for all levels of abilities and aspirations, including individuals, families, stag & hen parties, university mountaineering clubs and hill walking clubs.
Aviemore, Aviemore and the Cairngorms, Scotland

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Emma
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Cameron was a great guide and teacher, he catered to our skill levels and what we wanted to learn and even managed to find us some snow to practise everything on! Super enthusiastic, knowledgeable, kind and calm, very good at encouraging us even on a soaking wet day on the hills. Would definitely recommend :)
Written 16 February 2024
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Alex B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Simply one of the best courses I've ever attended. We had done some winter walking experience and a lot of summer, but wanted to transition to more challenging routes, and weren't quite sure of what specific skills we would need. The small group (4:1) of the intro to winter mountaineering course was perfectly pitched to our group very much taking into account prior experience and building on that, not lingering on the unnecessary and focussing on what we needed to develop. Dave was friendly, approachable and a fountain of knowledge about this environment encouraging questions from kit to guidebooks. Couldn't ask for a better course run by better people. We learnt how to effectively use the tools/ropes and safely operate in the winter mountain environment and now feel confident to get back out there and build on this. Thank you!
Written 12 January 2024
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Nigel C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Excellent introductory winter skills course - 5 days of journeying in the Cairngorms and learning technical and navigational skills necessary for the winter. A thoroughly enjoyable course on which my daughter and I learned a lot while having fun too. A great bunch of people on the course, relaxed leadership and great teaching from Lawrie and all well-organised by Dave. I would recommend CAG and this course
Written 8 January 2024
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Max N
Enfield, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We had the pleasure of two days with Dave from Caingorm Adventure Guides. One day of Scottish winter climbing with a mixed group of ability and one day of specific mixed and ice climbing. Both days were incredibly well pitched to we were after as a group and managed to teach all a plethora of new skills as well as hone what we already came with. Dave himself was a knowledgeable and highly skilled guide but more than that quickly felt like one of our group. We will definitely be booking up again!
Written 3 January 2024
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Camilla W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Fabulous weekend doing the 2 day winter skills course with Dave in the cairngorms. Dave is a fantastic instructor, super chilled with a knack for putting across lots of information in a concise and approachable way (and dealing with my numerous questions!).

In terms of content, the course covered everything I expected it to with the stereotypical Scottish weather conditions (dark, cold & wet) actually adding to the learning experience. The rest of the group were also lovely.

I definitely now feel more confident tacking the hills in winter - would 100% recommend. Thank you!
Written 11 December 2023
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Tahira N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Having taken a couple of days off and being determined to climb in the Cairngorms the weather was not ideal on 30 October. I swayed as to whether I should go up at all especially as I’m more a summer walker (for mountains at least). Luckily Dave was available and we took a last minute decision to tackle Ben Macdui.
Best decision ever was to do so under Dave’s guidance.

There were some really tricky bits as the boulders had frozen over with just enough ice covering them to make them super slippery. Dave was patient and let me decide how far I wanted to take the walking and I never felt any pressure to continue or otherwise. Given the possibility of (a) getting lost or (b) giving up were both pretty high I’d say it’s definitely worth considering a guide to make a hike a pleasurable experience.

Apart from his navigational skills on our climb Dave was chatty and informative. I’d have totally missed the ptarmigan going through a colour change had he not poin them out.

I feel so much more confident and equipped in tackling winter higher walks now having learnt so many safety features. Reaching the trig point of Macdui in these unfavourable conditions was awesome. There were points I’d have turned back had I not had Dave by my side. Instead now I’ll cherish the memory of icicles dangling off the lichen and there being nothing but a cold frosty wind cutting through us.

I would highly recommend Dave for his professional instruction and superb skills in making a challenging situation manageable and fun.
Written 31 October 2023
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Dave K
San Francisco, CA41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We took an amazing hike with David through the Eastern Cairngorms. Starting at the Spittal of Glen Muick parking lot, we took a 9-mile hike past Loch Nagar and to the top of Meikle Pap, moving from shady forest areas through open heather fields and up through the rocky terrain near the top. David was a great guide, showing us different plants and telling us about the history and current state of the Balmoral estate. It was a long hike, but we appreciated that he pushed us to make it to the top, where we enjoyed a nice lunch with an amazing view. We would definitely recommend this hike to anyone in good shape and open to the dynamic landscape and weather the Cairngorms offer.
Written 18 July 2023
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Gene F
West Palm Beach, FL13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This June (2023), we traveled to Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands. The town has a relaxed atmosphere and some great restaurants, but it's primarily known for its ideal location for hiking and skiing, as the locals have informed us.

We were fortunate to have a helpful Airbnb owner who introduced us to Dave, the owner of Cairngorm Adventures Guides. Dave was an excellent hiking guide who took us on incredible hikes in the Highlands while ensuring our safety and entertainment. He was considerate of our hiking experience level and adjusted the pace accordingly. Despite hiking over 6 miles and up and down beautiful trails, including reaching the top of a decently sized mountain, we maintained a comfortable and enjoyable pace. Dave was also friendly and accommodating, making the experience even more pleasant.

You can hire Dave or one of his team for a reasonable fee and enjoy hiking in the Highlands. Forget staring at your phone or a map. Let Dave or his team lead the way.
Written 21 June 2023
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Tim B
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
We had a great weekend with CAG and our guide Graham with our two day winter walking course. Lots of snow, little wind but mainly low visibility. Graham was an excellent guide and very good at communicating key winter walking skills for dealing with snow slopes, use of ice axe, crampons, and about weather, avalanche awareness and navigation. We felt like we learned a lot and he took time to explain and show us things as we were walking and encountering features. We always felt safe and confident in his leading us. We would be very happy to recommend Graham and CAG.
Written 6 March 2023
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Fran B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Myself and my partner went on the ski touring course. Firstly, the service was exceptional. Our flight got cancelled so we arrived late and Dave and his team made sure they went and picked up all of all her equipment for us without any problems. Secondly, the course itself was incredible. Rory our guide was fun, informative, and gave us an incredible experience. If you are looking to learn Winter skills and have brilliant experience in the Cairngorms I cannot recommend these guys enough. Thank you, Dave and Rory and the rest of the team. You were exceptional. No doubt we will be back soon.
Written 5 March 2023
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