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Wilderness Walking – Wilds of Assynt

  • Enjoy guided hikes up iconic Scottish mountains such as Suilven and Stac Pollaidh
  • Discover some of the best coastal walking in Scotland including a walk to the Old Man of Stoer
  • Relax and look for marine wildlife on a cruise around the Summer Isles

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?

This walking holiday enjoys accommodation in a 4-star guest house located close to the town centre in Ullapool. The guest house enjoys stunning views across Loch Broom is conveniently located close to the hills which we will be exploring.

Accommodation is in a choice of double or twin rooms, which are en-suite with a shower.

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers; however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. A single room supplement of £245 is charged if a single room is available – please see booking form terms and conditions.

 

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. Inverness is a small station so you should find the group and guide quite easily! For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.

Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

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by Mark Clarke 14/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Mine was a last minute impulse buy, only arranged the weekend prior to the trip. All the administration was handled promptly and efficiently.
Trip Comments
Not having visited this part of Scotland before I was looking to WS to provide a well thought out selection of routes and I was not disappointed. Mixing in a couple of easier days including the boat trip to the islands and the coastal walk ensured that over the week we saw the best of Assynt. We were lucky enough to be able to take a dip (albeit briefly) in the pellucid waters of Achmelvich Bay which was an unexpected bonus but probably not advisable on every trip...
A great bunch of fellow walkers made every day a fun experience.
Accommodation and Food
Ullapool is an excellent base for the week because, as well as being a place of interest, it offers a range of dining options. Lovers of seafood are especially in for a delight.
We stayed at the Ardvreck B&B where we were made to feel very welcome. The accommodation could not be faulted and the breakfasts were the ideal preparation for a day on the hills.
Your Guide
Our guide was Kirsty and she was first class. We achieved all the activities on the itinerary but Kirsty re-jigged the order to take maximum advantage of the forecast weather conditions which was absolutely the right thing to do. No matter how obscure the question regarding the local flora, fauna, geology, dialect and customs etc she was always ready with a plausible explanation. An excellent companion in the hills and all fuelled by porridge!
The Bottom Line
An excellent week and the day on Ben Mor Coigach (have a look at the pictures on the WS smugmug gallery) was especially memorable. I had a great time!

by Gillian Morrison 02/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Karen Powell 01/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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Pre-Trip Service
I liked that I was sent detailed information about my forth coming trip and that I was also phoned up to confirm details. I found WS to be very professional
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Our accommodation was very comfortable, with the owners going out of their way to accommodate our needs. The packed lunches were very good. Very tasty. I looked forward to seeing what we had been given each day.
Your Guide
Kirsty was great friendly and an excellent guide. Very professional. Loads of respect for her.
The Bottom Line
A fantastic trip organised by a fantastic team from start to finish. Couldn't fault it.

by Helmut Engelbrecht 31/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

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by Allen Shaw 27/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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Pre-Trip Service
The website is well organised and easy to navigate. Great photos illustrating the tours, lots of useful information and interesting comments from participants.
Trip Comments
I thought everything was well organised. Great walking with a balance of a couple of easier sessions for tired legs.
Accommodation and Food
The B&B was fine and situated in the most extraordinary spot overlooking the loch.
Your Guide
Kirsty was an absolute star.
The Bottom Line
Lovely trip - really enjoyed it.

by Arlette Cox 08/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

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by Beverley Kekwick 06/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

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Pre-Trip Service
Didn't use pre trip service much but all questions answered
Trip Comments
Guide Malcolm was excellent and did all within his power to make trip varied and enjoyable
Accommodation and Food
Too much time spent sitting in restaurants waiting to be served. B & B was great for service and comfort but couldn't go anywhere easily by foot
Your Guide
Always helpful, always well prepared. Appreciated the loan of spare gear when needed. Good company and knowledgable
The Bottom Line
The guide was excellent and really highlighted the best in the area

WILDERNESS SCOTLAND RESPONSE:
Thanks so much for your feedback. I’m glad you enjoyed the trip and hopefully we can welcome you back to the Highlands soon!

by Tim Hare 06/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The website was attractive, informative and simple to navigate. Your HQ staff were excellent in response to detailed queries during the booking process. Charming over the phone, positive and helpful (Rachel ?!). Good stuff !
Trip Comments
The whole trip was marvellous. The Assynt peninsula was just stunning and the balance of demanding walks followed by a quieter day suited me very well.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was excellent and the food very satisfactory. No complaints.
Your Guide
Our guide (Malcolm) was a star ! Very professional, I felt safe in his hands. He was an excellent leader; highly knowledgeable not only of the area but of the geology, wildlife and botany. He led with clarity and aplomb balanced by a gentle humour and kindness. Malcolm is a great asset to your company !
The Bottom Line
I seldom wax lyrical about travel companies, however I have nothing but praise for Wilderness Scotland. Your business model clearly works supplemented by that essential ingredient: charming, efficient and professional staff. I really enjoyed my week with you and would hope to come again !

by Rosemary Bailey 04/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

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5Your Guide

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Pre-Trip Service
The information on the website was very clear and informative. The office staff when I rang were helpful, efficient and kept me updated by email.
Trip Comments
Everything about the trip was enjoyable, but the highlight was probably the excellent view of two Golden Eagles and the following day, two young otters fishing and playing. On both occasions quickly spotted by our ever observant, guide, Malcolm!
Accommodation and Food
The B&B [Ardvreck House] was extremely good, clean, comfortable and Evelyn an excellent hostess - friendly and helpful. The packed lunches from West Coast Deli, Ullapool] were particularly good with wholesome food and plenty of variety, especially given I was vegetarian. The evening meals at different venues were all very good with a good choice of menu, which can be unusual for group bookings. Like most of the group I would have preferred to eat a little earlier, say 7pm so we were not finishing so late, sometimes after 10pm.
Your Guide
Malcolm was excellent, being a most professional and knowledgeable guide.He was good company with a great sense of humour and fun. In addition, he took great care of the group and safety was always paramount. He kept us very well informed of the day to day plans and had an extensive knowledge of the flora, fauna and geology of the area, quickly picking up on my interest in birds. Malcolm worked hard to ensure that the best option for the day also matched the expected weather and he managed to plan and provide an interesting day even when the weather was really dreich!! This also ensured we had a beautiful day for the long trek up and down Suilven.
The Bottom Line
Assynt is a wonderful area of wild unspoiled country, with a great combination of remote mountains and coastal scenery. The trip is well paced, with plenty of variety and opportunity to explore the range of scenery. The accommodation and food all add to a most enjoyable holiday. I particularly like the "minimum impact" ethos of "Wilderness Scotland" which makes it a first choice for exploring wild areas of Scotland.

by Kay Hunter 04/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Easy to maneouvre website - clear, concise, great pictures and plenty of information about the walking, kit, environment etc. I watched your video about walkingboots (I don't usually take the time to look at such detail) and it was perfect - short,efficient and to the point information. When I emailed you, your response was super quick and friendly which set a good tone for the trip.
My only suggestion is aroundthe rating scale - I'm not sure how you do it but having a group where not only the fitness standards are similar but the motivations for what the group tackles each day can make or break the experience. I was happy on this trip but i can see how one person who is less up for the experience could make a huge impact.
Trip Comments
This was much more than a 'walking' trip - it was a social, cultural experience with an education about history,geography, geology, wildlife thrown in due to the vast knowledge of our guide and the diverse mix of people in the group.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was first class -clean, friendly, good and honest local fare. The restaurants for dinner ranged from ok to excellent -the last night at Lochinver was really top class . The fresh seafood and lively atmosphere made for a memorable evening. The packed lunches were good quality - and more than enough - even with a day hiking.
Your Guide
Malcolm provided a depth and breadth of information about our environment which was impressive. He clearly had a passion for his subject and found clever ways to share it with those of us who had only a basic grasp of the subject. If being a top class guide means combining 'geekness' with a high 'EQ" - he is it!! He was patient with our questions and was astute in responding to those which most merited a response ! He was flexible with our schedule and did a brilliant job of adapting our activity for the day with the changing weather. He balanced our safety with respecting our independence and he really seemed to care about us getting most our of our trip . He definitely went the extra mile - eg: on our last night he devised a quiz which was great fun and made for a very memorable evening.
The Bottom Line
I would definitely recommend Wilderness Scotland and I would do another trip in a heartbeat. If there was some way to ensure that likeminded walkers (fitness and motivation wise) are grouped together would make it perfect.

Prices and Departures

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21st May - 27th May 2016
£1,195
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Trip Details

This walking holiday explores the beautiful regions of Assynt and Coigach in the North West Highlands.

Located just to the north of Ullapool, the hills and lochs create a landscape of outstanding natural beauty.

The hills have a feel regal and distinctive as they rise boldly from the moors, each peak with its own place on the otherwise loch-strewn landscape. The coastline is just as memorable, as picture-perfect sandy beaches are interspersed with rugged cliffs and sea-stacks.

So unique is the structure of this landscape that it was the first area in the UK to be designated a UNESCO Geopark, which marks its geographical significance and heritage.

Although many of the hills which we may climb on this trip are below 3000 feet, it is certainly one of the most spectacular mountain areas in the Scottish Highlands. We will enjoy a combination of hill, glen and coastal walks, which will allow us to experience all aspects of this wonderful region of Scotland

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – The Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve

After meeting in Inverness, we travel to the North-West Highlands, stopping on the way for a short walk at the impressive Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve and the 50m high Falls of Measach.

Day 2 – Hiking Cul Mor

This distinctive mountain dominates the skyline and offers superb vistas from its lofty summit. We follow a good trail for the initial ascent before climbing quite steeply to the cairn which marks the high point to enjoy wide-reaching views across both mountains and sea.

Day 3 – The Summer Isles and Stac Pollaidh

Our day starts with a relaxing cruise through the Summer Isles, a beautiful archipelago with striking rock features. We’ll stop for lunch at the wonderful Achnahaird Beach before making an afternoon ascent of Stac Pollaidh – which is one of the best ‘little mountains’ in Scotland – it stands just 613m high and the hike will only take around 3 hours.

Day 4 – An Ascent of Suilven

After a couple of fairly relaxing days, you should be ready for the challenge of hiking up Suilven. Although just 731m high, this is a remote mountain and the approach walk takes around 2 hours. A steep climb lifts you onto its wide summit plateau where you will be rewarded by one of the most sensational views you will ever see. A long but fantastic day of walking in Scotland.

Day 5 – Coastal Walks to The Old Man of Stoer and Achmelvich
Today will be an easier day, after the exertions of climbing Suilven. The Old Man of Stoer is a sea-stack and provides a superb half-day coastal walk. We’ll follow this with a visit to Achmelvich Beach – on a sunny day, you could be fooled into thinking this is the Caribbean as you walk on the white sand or paddle in its turquoise waters.

Day 6 – A Hike on Ben Mor Coigach

This rarely climbed hill is one of Scotland’s best-kept hill-walking secrets! Although just 743m high, our sea-level start means that you will hike up every metre! The rocky ridges which link its tops are scree-covered which can be tough but the views from the summit out to the Summer Isles are simply glorious.

Day 7 – A Walk in Easter Ross

On our final day, we will head south from Ullapool back towards Inverness. There are many options for walks and our guide will select a route which allows us to arrive back in Inverness for 1600 hours and the trip end.

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97 people viewed this trip in the last week1 Booking in the last 72 hours

Trip Date
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Availability
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21st May - 27th May 2016
£1,195
Trip Full
18th Jun - 24th Jun 2016
£1,195
4 place(s) left
16th Jul - 22nd Jul 2016
£1,195
2 place(s) left
20th Aug - 26th Aug 2016
£1,195
Places available
1st Oct - 7th Oct 2016
£1,195
6 place(s) left

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Next trip: 21st May

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

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Customer Kudos
An excellent week and the day on Ben Mor Coigach (have a look at the pictures on the WS smugmug gallery) was especially memorable. I had a great time!

Mark Clarke
14/09/2015

5

Gillian Morrison
02/09/2015

5

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