Blue Cairn Private

Private lodge and guiding for your group

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Welcome to Blue Cairn Lodge in the sunny Val d’Azun !

Blue Cairn Lodge is a spacious gite offering privacy, tranquillity, charm and an amazing view out of every window. Enjoy your breakfast outside in the morning sun! Spend your days ‘off’ resting and relaxing in the garden or wander around Argeles market, visit Lourdes, go for fabulous walks just out the back door or choose an activity you’ve always wanted to do ; canyoning, rafting, caving, horse-riding, paragliding or via-ferrata. For five days of your week Mandy or Sacha will guide your group on relaxed paced walks all around the valley, with one overnight stay in a refuge so you can experience the ‘high life’ for yourself.

Programme :

Saturday : Pick up in Lourdes with the minivan (seats up to 8 passengers – if more people then we’ll arrange an extra car or van). Transfer to Arras en Lavedan and Blue Cairn Lodge.  Settle in and and then head back out to shop for supplies for the week, or at least for a couple of days until you can restock at the market on Tuesday.

le-lac-destaing-dans-les-pyreneesSunday : Out the door for our first hike – we discover the beauty of the Val d’Azun above the sparkling Lac d’Estaing.

Monday : Today we head higher to the multi-coloured lakes of the Neouvielle Nature Reserve, perhaps La Glere or Ets Coubous. The Néouvielle Nature Reserve is the ‘Lake District’ of the Pyrenees – a granite base means the water doesn’t drain away as it does through limestone – perfect for a swim on a summer’s day.

Tuesday : Market day in Argeles! We enjoy walking around the market in the morning followed by a relaxing afternoon. marché-dargeles-gazostEvening walk from the lodge to the BBQ dinner destination in our ‘summer camp’ above the village. Drinks and dinner around the fire admiring the setting sun on the mountains. Gentle walk back down.

Wednesday : We drive up to Hautacam, famous as a stage finish on the Tour de France in recent years. This allows us to start high and enjoy 360° views over the plains surrounding Lourdes and Tarbes along with the huge panorama of the Pyrenean border summits.

Espugettes irisesThursday : Today we walk up to Refuge ‘Espuguettes’, above the Gavarnie Cirque where we will spend the night. Spectacular views over the legendary Breche de Roland. Now you are really up here, in the mountains!

Friday : The jewel in the crown, Gavarnie, UNESCO world heritage site. We’ll walk down from the refuge into the heart of the cirque, up to the base of the Grand Cascade, taking a shower under the highest waterfall in Europe !

Saturday : Return to Lourdes and connecting transport.

Marcadau Scots pineDetails June/Sept/Oct: For four people, 560€pp. This includes self catering accommodation in the Blue Cairn Cottage (2 bedrooms), five days guided walking, market outing and BBQ dinner, collection and drop off in Lourdes.

Details Jul/Aug : For groups of six-eight people, 460-560€pp depending on numbers. This includes self catering accommodation in the Blue Cairn Lodge (2 bedrooms in the cottage, three bedrooms + dorm in the Lodge), five days guided walking, market outing and BBQ dinner, collection and drop off in Lourdes.

Note : the accommodation is self catering with excellent kitchens in both the Cottage and the Lodge. On the Saturday you arrive we’ll drive you down to the local supermarket to stock up of everything you will need for the week. You will then also have the opportunity to re-stock at the Tuesday morning market. In Arras village itself there is a bakery and a couple of restaurants for eating out.

Contact and Booking: Mandy.

Cottage

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Lodge

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