Wilderness Weekend: Cairngorms Connect - Rewilding Retreat - Discover the story of the UK’s largest landscape scale restoration project

Wilderness Weekend: Cairngorms Connect

Discover the story of the UK’s largest landscape scale restoration project

FIND OUT MORE
  • Relax in our mountain lodge and dine on delicious home-cooked food
  • Immerse yourself in the wild landscapes of Cairngorms Connect
  • Learn about the importance of large scale ecosystems
  • Watch local ospreys - an icon of conservation success
  • Witness the comeback of the Caledonian Pinewoods
  • Receive a complimentary digital copy of our landmark book: SCOTLAND: A Rewilding Journey

What our guests think

"The whole week was an incredible experience and I enjoyed everything about it. It was well planned and organised.”

Chris, 2019

Details

Dates: 15-18 May 2020

Location: Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Cost: £765

Deposit: £200

Single Supplement: £0

Group Size: 8

Guide: James Shooter

Cost Includes: 3 nights accommodation in an en-suite room; all meals; transport during the retreat; guiding; presentations; transfers to/from Kingussie train station.

Cost Excludes:

ACCOMMODATION 

Our accommodation in the Cairngorms is a lovely converted steading at the foot of the Grampian Mountains. Ballintean Mountain Lodge is comfortable and full of character.  Specially designed for house parties, there is a choice of single, double or twin rooms, all with private facilities. Kick off your shoes and make yourself at home! 

The Lodge has a Wi-Fi connection although due to its remoteness phone signals can be patchy. 

TRAVEL 

Your room at Ballintean Mountain Lodge will be available from 4pm on arrival day. Our first evening meal is normally taken at 7.30pm.

By car: Cars can be safely parked. Directions will be sent as Satnav is not always reliable. Our postcode is PH21 1NX.

By train: Train travel is generally reliable and we can offer free transfers to/from Kingussie station (7 miles).

By Air: Our nearest airport is Inverness (45 miles) and we can offer transfers but we charge £40, which can be shared if other members of the group are travelling by air. We collect at 4pm on arrival day.

MEALS 

Breakfast and evening meals will be taken within our accommodation and prepared by our live-in chef. We offer home-cooked, wholesome food prepared with fresh, local ingredients. In the field, we take a picnic lunch and home-bakes. We might also squeeze in coffee and cake stops along the way! We can almost always accommodate specific dietary requirements - just tell us on the booking form and we’ll make sure to satisfy your needs.

FITNESS 

Most sites are accessible via a short walk but the terrain can be uneven and sometimes wet and/or slippery. You should generally be able to walk up to 2km, sometimes over uneven ground. 

WEATHER 

Weather is very changeable in the Highlands and you should expect anything from warm, calm conditions to wintry squalls. Temperatures are likely to range from 5c to 15c with the possibility of strong winds.

INSECTS

Midges aren’t usually an issue at this time of year but can be present on calm, mild days. We suggest you bring a suitable repellent.

Please Note:

ACCOMMODATION 

Our accommodation in the Cairngorms is a lovely converted steading at the foot of the Grampian Mountains. Ballintean Mountain Lodge is comfortable and full of character.  Specially designed for house parties, there is a choice of single, double or twin rooms, all with private facilities. Kick off your shoes and make yourself at home! 

The Lodge has a Wi-Fi connection although due to its remoteness phone signals can be patchy. 

TRAVEL 

Your room at Ballintean Mountain Lodge will be available from 4pm on arrival day. Our first evening meal is normally taken at 7.30pm.

By car: Cars can be safely parked. Directions will be sent as Satnav is not always reliable. Our postcode is PH21 1NX.

By train: Train travel is generally reliable and we can offer free transfers to/from Kingussie station (7 miles).

By Air: Our nearest airport is Inverness (45 miles) and we can offer transfers but we charge £40, which can be shared if other members of the group are travelling by air. We collect at 4pm on arrival day.

MEALS 

Breakfast and evening meals will be taken within our accommodation and prepared by our live-in chef. We offer home-cooked, wholesome food prepared with fresh, local ingredients. In the field, we take a picnic lunch and home-bakes. We might also squeeze in coffee and cake stops along the way! We can almost always accommodate specific dietary requirements - just tell us on the booking form and we’ll make sure to satisfy your needs.

FITNESS 

Most sites are accessible via a short walk but the terrain can be uneven and sometimes wet and/or slippery. You should generally be able to walk up to 2km, sometimes over uneven ground. 

WEATHER 

Weather is very changeable in the Highlands and you should expect anything from warm, calm conditions to wintry squalls. Temperatures are likely to range from 5c to 15c with the possibility of strong winds.

INSECTS

Midges aren’t usually an issue at this time of year but can be present on calm, mild days. We suggest you bring a suitable repellent.

  • By booking a retreat you’ll be directly supporting local jobs and services in the Scottish Highlands, demonstrating that wild nature has a tangible economic value.
  • All of our food and services are sourced from local suppliers wherever possible.
  • Whilst we realise it’s not always possible to travel by public transport, we offer a £25 cashback scheme to anyone travelling by train or bus to help to cut down our carbon footprint.
  • We supply all our guests with a complimentary reusable water bottle and limit our use of single-use plastic wherever possible.
  • A native tree will be planted on behalf of every guest in the Rewilding Escapes woodland grove operated by Trees For Life.

Essentials

ACCOMMODATION 

Our accommodation in the Cairngorms is a lovely converted steading at the foot of the Grampian Mountains. Ballintean Mountain Lodge is comfortable and full of character.  Specially designed for house parties, there is a choice of single, double or twin rooms, all with private facilities. Kick off your shoes and make yourself at home! 

The Lodge has a Wi-Fi connection although due to its remoteness phone signals can be patchy. 

TRAVEL 

Your room at Ballintean Mountain Lodge will be available from 4pm on arrival day. Our first evening meal is normally taken at 7.30pm.

By car: Cars can be safely parked. Directions will be sent as Satnav is not always reliable. Our postcode is PH21 1NX.

By train: Train travel is generally reliable and we can offer free transfers to/from Kingussie station (7 miles).

By Air: Our nearest airport is Inverness (45 miles) and we can offer transfers but we charge £40, which can be shared if other members of the group are travelling by air. We collect at 4pm on arrival day.

MEALS 

Breakfast and evening meals will be taken within our accommodation and prepared by our live-in chef. We offer home-cooked, wholesome food prepared with fresh, local ingredients. In the field, we take a picnic lunch and home-bakes. We might also squeeze in coffee and cake stops along the way! We can almost always accommodate specific dietary requirements - just tell us on the booking form and we’ll make sure to satisfy your needs.

FITNESS 

Most sites are accessible via a short walk but the terrain can be uneven and sometimes wet and/or slippery. You should generally be able to walk up to 2km, sometimes over uneven ground. 

WEATHER 

Weather is very changeable in the Highlands and you should expect anything from warm, calm conditions to wintry squalls. Temperatures are likely to range from 5c to 15c with the possibility of strong winds.

INSECTS

Midges aren’t usually an issue at this time of year but can be present on calm, mild days. We suggest you bring a suitable repellent.


Guide

James Shooter

James Shooter

James is one of the Directors at Scotland: The Big Picture and an established photographer and filmmaker with a passion for conservation communication. He has spent several years guiding in Scotland, developing an acute knowledge of its wildlife and landscapes. A personable and engaging character, James will ensure you get the very best from your time with us.


Giving Back

  • By booking a retreat you’ll be directly supporting local jobs and services in the Scottish Highlands, demonstrating that wild nature has a tangible economic value.
  • All of our food and services are sourced from local suppliers wherever possible.
  • Whilst we realise it’s not always possible to travel by public transport, we offer a £25 cashback scheme to anyone travelling by train or bus to help to cut down our carbon footprint.
  • We supply all our guests with a complimentary reusable water bottle and limit our use of single-use plastic wherever possible.
  • A native tree will be planted on behalf of every guest in the Rewilding Escapes woodland grove operated by Trees For Life.