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Wilderness Walking – Cape Wrath & The North West Highlands

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Price from: £1,075

Next trip: 30th August

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 5

9 review(s)
  • Explore a region of contrasting landscapes, seeking out white sandy beaches, towering sea cliffs, wild glens and iconic peaks
  • Visit Scotland’s most north-westerly point, a rugged headland surrounded by sea cliffs and teaming with bird life
  • Enjoy exceptional Highland hospitality at our carefully selected small hotel, beautifully situated with views over the sea

Blue Graded Walking Holidays

Our Blue grade walking trips involve climbing some of Scotland’s best mountains and ridges. The walks are conducted at a good pace and you may be out hiking for 8 or 9 hours a day. The terrain underfoot can be anything from stalker’s paths to rough or boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops.

The daily walks will occasionally involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. To help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

Can you comfortably hike for 10+ miles (16+km), climbing mountains and covering a variety of challenging underfoot conditions? How often do you do this?

Our accommodation for this trip is Kylesku Hotel, which puts us in a prime location for the walks planned for the week. The hotel is an old coaching inn dating from 1680, and is situated by the former ferry slipway on the shores of the loch. With fresh seafood landed daily, dining here is a real pleasure!

We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. It may be possible to book a single room, provided one is available. Please request this at the time of booking and we will let you know if one is available. For this trip, a supplement of £225 is charged if a single room is required – please see booking form terms and conditions.

You may be interested to note that our Wilderness Walking holiday based in Knoydart has no extra charge for single rooms, although there are a limited number available.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 13:00 on Day 1 of your trip. It’s a small station so you should find the group and guide easily! For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.

by Matthew Phan 27/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Really enjoyed this. Kirsty was an excellent, knowledgable and patient guide, really easy to talk to and cheerful. We were also lucky to have had a great group with loads of humor. The views were stunning of course, and we had very good weather most of the way through. Only quibble is perhaps we could have done somewhat tougher hikes, but we understand it is calibrated to the group. Kirsty was great in giving different options with respect to difficulty levels too.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Loved the music (Peat Moss Fairies and Runrig) -- made it a very 'Highland' experience!
The Bottom Line

by Katherine Boynton 26/07/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Great! My questions were answered as well as my concerns.
Trip Comments
Best part - going to Handa Island and seeing a Puffin for the first time! Low point was when my knees decided that the steep downhill from Ben Stack was too much for them. Unfortunately my knees prevented me from participating in any other steep downhills for the remainder of the trip.
Accommodation and Food
Great! My questions were answered as well as my concerns.
Your Guide
Kirsty Chuchla saved my trip. She is fantastic. Not only is she a great guide, she knows the environment, flora and fauna, she is also great fun. You can tell she loves being a guide and this enthusiasm is contagious. Mostly, I have to thank Kirsty for being such a supportive person and such great help - When my knees started giving me problems she helped me get down the Ben Stack hillside with encouragement and wouldn't let me feel badly about slowing the group down. She had alternative plans ready that I could do when the current days activities would be too much for my knees. I was very happy with the alternate plans and had one wonderful afternoon and one glorious day. I never felt left out from the days activities and the group remained solid. I came home with wonderful experiences and not as a failure - I have to thank Kirsty for that.
The Bottom Line
I am crazy about Wilderness Scotland - this was my 3rd trip with you and it was great. You choose wonderful hotels, the food has always been good (this year the best!). Mostly, the guides make the trip, and I have not had a bad guide yet. Thank you for being so thorough and having so many great trips to choose from.

by John McMillan 23/07/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Would have liked more information on the trips, but realise that this is dangerous with the Scottish weather. Glad we chose Ben More Assynt though I didn't get all the way up. Disovered I was starting a summer cold when I got down.
Trip Comments
Probably the high point was Stac Pollaidh as the weather was perfect, so the views were simply great.
Our group from four different countries gelled really well, making it a very enjoyable week.
Accommodation and Food
Would have liked more information on the trips, but realise that this is dangerous with the Scottish weather. Glad we chose Ben More Assynt though I didn't get all the way up. Disovered I was starting a summer cold when I got down.
Your Guide
Kirsty was a little gem, always smiling, and with plenty of good information to impart. The most enjoyable guide I have ever had!
The Bottom Line
It was expensive compared to other holidays on offer. This is not surprising considering the quality of the hotel and the use of a profesional guide.

by Emilia Semberg 21/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
I think it was a good mix with long walks, shorter walks and hill climbing. I do not think it can get any better than it was :)
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Kirsty is a superb guide and a wonderful person who made this trip to a fine one for everyone in the group!!
The Bottom Line
I am very satisfied and happy with the whole trip, the group was nice and we had an awesome guide.
I do hope that I will have the opportunity to do another trip with you.

by Susan Gateley 12/09/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
High point was the day spent at Cape Wrath-
great scenery, great walk, and an adventurous river crossing....
No low points unless you count the wind and rain the first couple of days... and that only added to the drama of the walks.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Kirsty made this trip! She worked hard to ensure that we had great walking experiences, in spite of some nasty weather. Kirsty is warm, funny, knowledgeable and very capable. I could not imagine a better guide.
The Bottom Line
Well worth it!

by Rebecca Bryant 10/09/2013

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
There could have been more details on the trip, the possible variations if weather was not good, and more information about accommodations.
Trip Comments
The trip is bumped overall from good/very good to excellent based on the outstanding performance of the guide.
Accommodation and Food
There could have been more details on the trip, the possible variations if weather was not good, and more information about accommodations.
Your Guide
Kirsty was outstanding in all ways. She had grace, aplomb, patience, and extensive knowledge of almost any matter that came up for discussion. (We were surprised to discover that Wilderness Scotland had so few female guides; this might be a factor in considering future trips with WS.)
The Bottom Line
As for the bottom line, it's 5 if someone could get a trip with Kirsty but less than that if their guide is anyone else because she was such a large factor in our satisfaction level.

by Sandra Porter 09/09/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Knowledgable person on the phone able to answer my queries straight away.
Trip Comments
Loved the area, the walks, the company, the accommodation
Accommodation and Food
Knowledgable person on the phone able to answer my queries straight away.
Your Guide
Kirsty is first class. knowledgable, nothing too much trouble, very professional and fun to be with.
The Bottom Line
If you like wildness and wilderness this is the area to come to. Magical quality that has to be experienced to be understood. Loved every minute, even when my knees were killing me!

by Jean Foster 20/05/2013

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It would have been helpful to have been warned that we would be sharing a bathroom. I could at least have brought a bathrobe!
Trip Comments
Personal high point (literally) was getting to the top of Stac Pollaidh. I thought the last bit would be too scary (narrow ledge) but Keith got me up there and it was worth it for the stupendous views.
Our fellow travellers were delightful and we all got on well.
Accommodation and Food
It would have been helpful to have been warned that we would be sharing a bathroom. I could at least have brought a bathrobe!
Your Guide
What can I say? Keith was fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble and he was very sensitive to the needs of both individuals and the group and arranged everything to make the best of the weather and conditions. Also incredibly knowledgeable about flora, fauna, geology, history etc.
The Bottom Line
An excellent trip for anyone wanting to explore the Highlands, see wildlife and learn a lot, whilst being well housed and fed.
Handa Island was amazing. We saw 45 different species of birds over the whole week.

by Karen Hardwick 20/05/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Not sure if it was mentioned that my room would not have en-suite bathroom facilities. It didnt bother me but may have been a problem for a couple I was sharing with.
Trip Comments
The guide was a very high standard. He adapted the itinterary well to the requirements of the group.
Accommodation and Food
Not sure if it was mentioned that my room would not have en-suite bathroom facilities. It didnt bother me but may have been a problem for a couple I was sharing with.
Your Guide
I already gave some feedback to Keith. He was a very high quality guide. He adapted to the needs of the group. Was incredibly knowledgeable about the highlands, walking and wildlife. V passionate environmentalist. Would highly recommend him to others.
The Bottom Line
Amazing!!
The views from the 2 mountains and our time on Handa with the wildlife.
Thanks

Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
30th Aug - 5th Sep 2014
£1,075
1 place(s) left
27th Jun - 3rd Jul 2015
£1,075
Places available
1st Aug - 7th Aug 2015
£1,075
Places available

Trip Details

Sculpted by the forces of nature and the historical influence of the Highland Clearances, this is an intriguing and captivating corner of Scotland, which few tourists reach.

The trip is perfect for those wishing to explore the truly remote wilderness areas of the Highlands.

You will hike to beautiful, remote golden-sand beaches and through genuine wilderness, also ascending some of the finest small peaks in Europe. You will also experience the rich and varied wildlife in these areas, from the plethora of sea birds to be found in the early summer at Cape Wrath and Handa Island, to the possibility of sighting golden eagles in Assynt.

Adventurous days on the hill will be balanced by relaxing evenings in a friendly and comfortable Highland hotel where the excellent cuisine will leave you ready for the challenges of the next day

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel to North-West Highlands

We meet early afternoon in Inverness and travel north-west, through ever more spectacular scenery, arriving at our small hotel late afternoon. After settling in, there is time for an early evening walk along the golden sands of Oldshoremore Beach.

Day 2 – Walk to Sandwood Bay

Sandwood Bay is a remote and special place – a 2km long sandy beach located 6km from the nearest road and reputedly haunted by a ship-wrecked sailor. We hike across the moors on a good trail before exploring the beach and the solitary sea-stack of Am Buachaille which guards it.

Distance 14km, 6hrs.

Day 3 – Hike to Cape Wrath – Scotland’s most north-westerly point

Cape Wrath is a wild and rugged headland, inaccessible but rewarding to its few visitors each year. A small boat takes us across the Kyle of Durness, and from here we are transferred to Cape Wrath itself. From the lighthouse, we walk above towering cliff-tops and hike across the moors to beautiful sandy coves before eventually returning to the ferry.

Distance 13km, 7hrs.

Day 4 – A Hike up Ben Stack

Ben Stack is a superb little mountain, often ignored by hill-walkers due to its lower height. However, it makes for a great mountain walk with some of the best views in the Highlands across the rugged wilderness of the north-west.

Distance 11km, 6hrs.

Day 5 – Walking and Wildlife on Handa Island

Handa Island is home to towering sea-cliffs, wild flowers and, at certain times of year, 180,000 seabirds. Guillemots, puffins, razorbills, great skuas, arctic skuas, fulmars and kittiwakes all nest there. We will hike a trail which circumnavigates the island, admiring the wonderful views and beautiful wild flowers, and discovering its fascinating history.

Distance 12km, 5hrs.

Day 6 – A Mountain Day

There are many excellent options for mountain walks in this area, so we don’t want to limit our choice! Options include Ben Hee, Arkle, Meall Horn or even one of the peaks of Quinaig. Our guide will check the weather (which can vary locally) and will choose a peak based on this and the feeling of the group. Whichever option is chosen, a fine day out lies ahead with the satisfaction of reaching a summit and enjoying open views across the mountains of the North West Highlands.

Distance Up to 18km, 7hrs.

Day 7 – Hiking up Stac Pollaidh, 613m

The mountain of Stac Pollaidh makes for a superb hike. We leave the hotel and travel south, passing Ardvreck Castle as we travel to Assynt. This area has recently been awarded Geopark status by UNESCO in recognition of the stunning natural scenery. We follow a good trail to its upper slopes, where we’ll enjoy the views north over Loch Sionascaig to the hills of Assynt. This panorama is wilderness at its best and will stay with you long after we return to Inverness late afternoon.

Distance 6km, 3hrs.

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Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
30th Aug - 5th Sep 2014
£1,075
1 place(s) left
27th Jun - 3rd Jul 2015
£1,075
Places available
1st Aug - 7th Aug 2015
£1,075
Places available

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Matthew Phan
27/07/2014

5

I am crazy about Wilderness Scotland - this was my 3rd trip with you and it was great. You choose wonderful hotels, the food has always been good (this year the best!). Mostly, the guides make the trip, and I have not had a bad guide yet. Thank you for being so thorough and having so many great trips to choose from.

Katherine Boynton
26/07/2014

5

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