Cairngorms Multi Activity 5 day event 2024
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21 people waitlisted
Fancy staying in the middle of the Glenmore forest in the Cairngorm National Park surrounded by forests, Loch Morlich, Loch An Eilein and the Cairngorm mountain range?
Hillwalking, Mountain Biking, Cross-Country cycling,forest cycling trails, running, kayaking and paddle boarding all on your doorstep!!
This event page is for those who have booked their own accommodation in the local area, staying in one of the lodges or camping pods at Badaguish. Please note, you DO NOT have to sign up for this Multi Activity event page if you have already signed up to the Camping option.
Limited availability in the lodges, please contact event leaders if interested. If you’re booking a camping pod we would recommend pods in location 1-10.
The small charge is to cover the cost of running the events including communal hiring of activities hall, welcome drink on the 1st evening at the event briefing, BBQ area hire, cost of charcoal, snacks and desserts for the BBQ). Bring your own drinks and food to cook on the BBQ.
The location is 1100ft high in the forest with great views and lots of different options on the doorstep without having to move your car! The closest railway station is Aviemore (5 miles away) with several trains and buses to Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Direct flights from London Gatwick and Bristol to Inverness airport which has good bus and train links into Inverness.
The leaders are staying at Badaguish, which offers a variety of accommodation available.
The actual activities will vary depending on the weather at the time but we already have a variety of different walks, mountain bike routes, forest cycles and running routes available. A short briefing each evening along with a message will be sent to all attendees so you’ll be able to see what’s on offer each day and to keep you updated of any changes! The meeting place for all events is outside the Wigwam kitchen.
On our 1st evening we’ll start the event with a welcome drink, event briefing & social in the activities hall and on Saturday evening a BBQ and an opportunity to socialise each evening in the communal kitchen & social space (shown in the photos) for those camping and staying in a camping pod - an ideal space when it’s raining!
Dogs and campervans / caravans etc: Sorry, no dogs allowed and campervans are not permitted at Badaguish.
Biking events for the weekend
Saturday - Glenlivet (intermediate level)
Sunday - Tarland 2 (experienced level)
Monday - TBC
Tuesday - Laggan - Wolftrax (experienced level)
Photos: taken by event leaders and with permission from Badaguish and free to use by OutdoorLads
OutdoorLads will be sharing the site with other guests. No noise is permitted after 11pm and participants must respect the other guests staying on site.
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What to bring
Please pack according to the weather. The route may be muddy in places, hiking boots, waterproofs, warm clothing, a small rucksack, food and drink are recommended.
Boots: Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere. Walkers should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support. Boots should also be in good condition.
Socks: A good comfy pair of walking socks is essential really; they keep your feet warm and drier than normal socks.
Gaiters: Gaiters attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee. They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg. They are not essential to have but you will feel the difference if you have them when walking through muddy or boggy ground - which is almost guaranteed in Scotland.
Walking Trousers: You should have a suitable pair of trousers for walking in, jeans are not suitable as they take on water when wet and will make you cold. The same goes for jogging pants/tracksuit clothing.
Waterproof Trousers: Waterproof trousers are essential in case of wet weather. They are also good to be worn as a second layer as they can act as a windproof barrier, keeping the legs warm.
Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body. This could be a cheaper sports top or you could go top of the range with a merino wool top. Avoid cotton T-Shirts as these will become damp and uncomfortable when climbing a mountain.
Other Layers: On top of your base layer, you can have a variety of options such as a micro fleece, a fleece jacket or a rugby/sports top can sometimes be good. Having one or two additional layers gives you flexibility when the weather is changeable – the more layers, the more flexible you can be in adapting to the weather.
Waterproof Jacket: A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking. Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat. Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices but they can be expensive unless you shop sensibly, don’t forget your OutdoorLads discount for Full Members at Cotswold outlets.
Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential. Consider carrying a second one in case your first blows away (it happens).
Gloves: Gloves are recommended for the mountains (even in May in Scotland on the summits), windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice. Consider carrying a second pair in case your first ones get wet or blow away.
Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment. Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres. As an option you could store your items in waterproof bags inside just in-case or ensure the bag has a waterproof bag to pull over the top.
Mobile Phone: If you choose to bring your phone, then you are well advised to buy a waterproof bag or if that is not possible a simple food/freezer bag will suffice.
Food & drink
Bring a packed lunch, plenty snacks, water (min 2 litres recommended) , and a flask of tea or coffee is always handy!
Staying in a camping pod:
I’d recommend bringing all the food you require for the trip if you are staying in a pod or camping, however there is a small shop at Loch Morlich campsite and there is a Wigwam kitchen at Badaguish those staying in a camping pod/camping can use with limited cooking facilities!
Aldi, Tesco & M & S are available in Aviemore. There is also a farm shop & Deli at Rothiemurchus 3 miles from the campsite ideal for buying food for the BBQ.
Speyside Kitchen Cafe (on site at Badaguish) will be open each day offering fresh coffee, home baking and packed lunches available to order.