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Wilderness Walking – Wilds of Assynt

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Price from: £1,145

Next trip: 10th October

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

39 review(s)
  • 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. A limited number of single rooms are available at no extra charge – these are allocated on a first-to-book basis so we recommend early booking if this is important to you.

Once the single rooms have been taken, it may be possible to take single occupancy of a double room, subject to availability. There is a supplement of £200 for the week if this option is taken.

Evening meals will be taken either in Ullapool, which offers a good choice of restaurants to suit every taste. All meals are included within the trip cost.

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 Arlette Cox 08/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Beverley Kekwick 06/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

3The Bottom Line

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 !

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you of your amazing feedback, it will be read by all of our team. We hope to welcome to you back to the Highlands soon.

by Rosemary Bailey 04/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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.

by Michael Holmes 03/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Advice was excellent and I always felt I could call to get additional information if required
Trip Comments
The trip exceeded my expectations
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Malcolm was excellent, highly professional and always made us feel safe. He was very good at finding out what everyone wanted to do and keeping us informed of his thoughts and then balancing the needs of individuals and the group. He was also very flexible in adjusting the treks to suit the weather conditions and abilities of the group. He was always charming and has a great sense of humour.
The Bottom Line
Exceeded expectations

by Jean-Luc Squifflet 06/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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by Sarah Deas 06/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
You provided all the info I needed and the office were very helpful when I called with a few questions.
Trip Comments
It was all excellent. We had dry days, but climbed up into the clouds a lot! So, the highlight was reaching a peak and being able to see the wonderful landscape.
Accommodation and Food
It was perfect. Ideal accommodation for a walking holiday. Delicious breakfasts, packed lunches from the delicatessen that exceed the norm and the flexibility to choose local restaurants according to our walking plans for the day. Brilliant!
Your Guide
Keith was wonderful - very knowledgeable and committed to ensuring everyone got the best from the holiday. He 'went the extra mile' throughout the week, both in anticipating possibilities and responding to challenges. He really made it an excellent experience. A big thank you!
The Bottom Line
You really do provide quality holidays - and that's what attracts me back. Thanks to all the team.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you of your wonderful comments, we hope to welcome you back from a future adventure soon.

by Toni Norman 01/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Ardvrech House was amazing ,the view from room 1 over the loch exceeded all expectations. The breakfast was very generous, staff excellent and nothing was too much trouble. We would be happy to stay there again.
Packed lunches were very varied and enjoyable, especially the chocolate brownies.
Dinners were great the Kylesku Hotel being the best and the Ceilidh Place not so good as the service was so slow and food not up to the standard of the other restaurants we ate at.
Your Guide
Keith was very knowledgable and delighted in passing this
on to his charges. Nothing was too much trouble and we had a very memorable holiday. Keith is certainly an asset to your company.
The Bottom Line
Excellent and we will be back !

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your comments we hope to welcome you back for another adventure soon.

by Barbara Macleod 10/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Despite maybe 4 hours of sun in 13 days (I went on the Wilds of Assynt and Knoydart Peninsula trips) I absolutely loved every minute-except the down hill when my geriatric knees were a problem. Both guides were professional, knowledgeable and so much fun. Kirsty especially was wonderful during a minor crisis when one client slipped and broke a femur. But I am sure that Tim would have reacted the same way.I have been to Scotland many times before but these two trips were the tops. The scenery and lodgings were fantastic and the food-WOW! At present I am going through withdrawal symptoms. Doune's food was outstanding with absolutely every meal and each person involved in the lodge always had a smile on their face. In short, I am all superlatives about my two experiences with Wilderness Scotland. I'm afraid you haven't seen the last of me. Now…if only you had some hills that didn't involve downhill! So many thanks for two wonderful trips.
Accommodation and Food
See previous comments.Frankly I can't imagine eating any better. I waddled off the plane!The B&B in Ullapool was lovely and Evelyn (the owner) was wonderful. Despite my closet/room in Doune, I still loved it.
Your Guide
See previous comments. Tim Willis and Kirsty were patience personified-both with wonderful knowledge and a sense of humor.
The Bottom Line
What comes after superlative?I have gone on many Wilderness Travel (CA) trips to Nepal and Tibet and always thought no one could do as good a job as they do. But I've found their equal in Wilderness Scotland. I think the bottom line really are the guides. I felt that, in a pinch, both Kirsty and Tim would get me through anything. I do have two very minor suggestions. It would be great if you could provide us with a map of the area we are going to at the start of the trip. Or, tell us which map to buy. Also, provide us with a list of the people who will be on the trip and maybe where they are from. I am hopeless at names and sometimes if I see them written down I can put a name to a face. Many thanks! Bobsie Macleod

Prices and Departures

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10th Oct - 16th Oct 2015
£1,145
Places available
21st May - 27th May 2016
£1,195
5 place(s) left
16th Jul - 22nd Jul 2016
£1,195
Places available
20th Aug - 26th Aug 2016
£1,195
Places available
1st Oct - 7th Oct 2016
£1,195
Places available

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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Prices and Departures

105 people viewed this trip in the last week2 Bookings in the last 72 hours

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
10th Oct - 16th Oct 2015
£1,145
Places available
21st May - 27th May 2016
£1,195
5 place(s) left
16th Jul - 22nd Jul 2016
£1,195
Places available
20th Aug - 26th Aug 2016
£1,195
Places available
1st Oct - 7th Oct 2016
£1,195
Places available

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Customer Kudos

Arlette Cox
08/08/2015

5

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!

Beverley Kekwick
06/08/2015

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