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Dark Skies and Wilderness Cairngorms Evening

Saturday 25th March 2023, 6pm

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About the event:

Come and say goodbye to winter time and hello to Daylight Saving Hours in the magical landscape of the Northern Cairngorms. In collaboration with Alison from Adventures for the Soul, we're marking the change of time with a trip back in time to walk around the Northern Cairngorms at twilight into night. We'll be exploring our senses using some mindfulness techniques to give us the wow factor, and if we get clear skies, we'll look at the universe and our place in it.


Winter is never far off in the Cairngorms. It is Britain's highest, coldest and windiest plateau, retaining relics from the ice age. This time of year it could still be full winter up on the plateau. However, unless we get a calm night and some snow-free lower hills, we'll be lower down in the forests among the pine.


During these evenings, we explore deep time geology, deep history, the stars and planets as well as our own senses walking at night.


Even a familiar place can become alien at night and it can be extremely exciting. I wrote a short piece on night walking and why it's awesome here.


Late winter, early spring in the Cairngorms is absolutely incredible. The winter snow often still glitters in the setting sun whereas it can get warm in the glens lower down during the day.

Meeting Point:

We have a range of options depending on the weather and what the snow is doing. We won't know until nearer the time where we'll meet but it will be somewhere based out of Aviemore which is on the mainline from Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh, further South in England and even on the Caledonian Sleeper.

To see where Aviemore is please click here to open a Google Maps tab.

Nearer the time we'll email those booked with the exact meeting location.

Difficulty:

We may well aim to climb one of the smaller hills which may involve a gentle ascent of 500m (1,500ft). However, we aren't here for a major hike. We're here to explore our senses, the landscape and experience night walking. There are good tracks around the area we'll be making use of.

Cost:

The experience costs £59 per person with discounts available for buying more than one ticket.

Numbers:

we can take a maximum of 12 and minimum of 4 to run the event

Equipment:

Please see the All Activities section of the kit list here. we are not expecting to go anywhere where ice axes and crampons are required but if there is ice lower down we can issue these. Given the time of year and location, extra warm layers will be essential as well as a fully charged head torch. Walking poles can be useful.

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To Book

If you want to chat to me about the event then please feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions too.


To book simply click 'Register Now' and follow the instructions (or on mobile, the link below). You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the event.

Please ensure you've read the booking Terms and Conditions and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.

Please check carefully which tickets you are booking and for how many. We try and be flexible but of course that brings loads of options!


Book your places for our Dark Skies Adventure in the Cairngorms here!