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Wilderness Walking – Wilds of Assynt

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Price from: £895

Next trip: 11th October

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

22 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. Evening meals on the first and last nights 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.

by Lorraine Plauth 13/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We were easily able to call from the United States and speak to someone directly (Craig Little) to ask for details and to sign up for our tours. We spoke with Craig multiple times and each time, we got the answers to the questions we had. In addition, he sent websites independent of WS that helped us plan for the week following our WS tour, when we were going to have another week hiking on our own. We needed a place to stay that week, and Craig recommended one Wilderness Scotland uses for their tours. Wilderness Scotland gave up one of the rooms being held for them so that we could stay for a week in the lovely Old Pines Inn in Spean Bridge.
Trip Comments
Everything was a high point from meeting up at the train station to the moment we (regretfully) ended our trip back at the train station.
The trip was exactly as advertised. It was truly a hiking experience, (NOT "a walk in the park" type trip with lots of time for tourist shopping.) I had some of the most outstanding hiking experiences from this tour and I have been hiking for the last forty plus years. Actually, one of the moments was profoundly moving and beautiful.
A side note...it was really helpful to have the mountain elevations included in the trip description ahead of time so participants would know what they were going to experience. Six people in the group were from North America. Even though it's easy to do a conversion, it might be useful to include the elevations in feet as well as meters.
Accommodation and Food
We were easily able to call from the United States and speak to someone directly (Craig Little) to ask for details and to sign up for our tours. We spoke with Craig multiple times and each time, we got the answers to the questions we had. In addition, he sent websites independent of WS that helped us plan for the week following our WS tour, when we were going to have another week hiking on our own. We needed a place to stay that week, and Craig recommended one Wilderness Scotland uses for their tours. Wilderness Scotland gave up one of the rooms being held for them so that we could stay for a week in the lovely Old Pines Inn in Spean Bridge.
Your Guide
Our guide, John Ormiston was outstanding as a trip leader. He clearly explained every night what we would be doing the next day. He knew how to get to every place we were going, how long the drive would take, how long the hike would be. He pointed out interesting things as we travelled. He gave us choices of what we could do as a group if we wanted to alter the plan and made great recommendations for our dinner options were. We enjoyed each other's company so much that every night we ate as a group and John was definitely part of the group! The evenings were equally as good as the days.
We had complete trust in John's skill and knowledge as a guide. He knew each person's ability as a hiker. He never discouraged anyone from trying a challenge and left it up to the individual to decide if something was too difficult for them. I am sure he would have made a decision for a person if he thought they would be hiking beyond their ability.
We had a serious incident on one of our hikes when someone started to slide out of control, down a steep pitch. It could have resulted in a medical emergency, or worse. John instantly was on his way down the pitch to try to rescue the hiker. She was able to stop herself just before John reached her. He tended to her physical and mental well-being with his wilderness medical experience, and kindness, to assess the situation and to tend to the needs of the injured person. Luckily, she was able to hike out on her own.
He was keenly aware of certain individual challenges. He knew of the emotional difficulty the injured person was having during the next big climbing day, following her harrowing accident. Because of her trust in him and his quiet support of her, she was able to do the hike, something she wasn't sure she would be able to complete.
John's knowlegde of birds, plants, geology, history, the mountains made each day a fascinating experience. He took time for each person and all questions.
I can't say enough about how wonderful it was to have John as our guide. He was a huge part in making this the best group trip I have been on.
The Bottom Line
This well organized trip was such a pleasure to be a part of. It will always be a hiking trip I will look back on with the fondest of memories. It will be right up there at the top of the list as one of the best hiking experiences I have had.

Suggestion: that in this survey, you might have a category for 'Any Other Suggestions". One idea I did have would be to have patches available at the end of the trip that people can sew on their backpacks that have the name of the tour (Wilds of Assynt, or whatever) with Wilderness Scotland also written on it. I would have loved that as a keepsake and it would be great advertisement of WS when like-minded people would ask about the patch.
I would love to do another trip with you. I have already recommended you to all of my hiking friends.I couldn't have asked for anything more to have made this a better trip. Thank you so very much for this lifetime memory.

by Lisa Lombardo 23/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Your website is very informative and every question I had was answered by the info provided, or by the staff over the phone. Only annoyance was the requirement to sign up to receive PDF dossiers of the trip, but that wasn't a deal breaker for me.
Trip Comments
I had a great time on the trip. Your guide John Ormiston was an amazing guide and the hikes we did were unbelievably beautiful. I think your organization is very well structured, organized, and everything ran smoothly. The highlight for me was the hike up Ben Mor Coigach and Quinag.
Accommodation and Food
Your website is very informative and every question I had was answered by the info provided, or by the staff over the phone. Only annoyance was the requirement to sign up to receive PDF dossiers of the trip, but that wasn't a deal breaker for me.
Your Guide
John was a fantastic guide! We all really enjoyed his company and his stories about the history and geology of the area. He did a great job of keeping the group organized, was good with conversation, and even put his rescue skills to good use when Pam had a fall on Suilvan! He clearly enjoys his job and that really made us enjoy our trip even more. I would definitely do another trip with him as a guide. Thanks John for an amazing trip!
The Bottom Line
The Wilds of Assynt was the trip of a lifetime, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is a serious hiker who wants to experience the Scottish Highlands. Wilderness Scotland were very organized and professional from the initial conversations through to the end of the trip.

by Neil Smoke 21/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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John was awesome, knowledgeable, and clearly enthusiastic in making the trip a fantastic and safe experience!
The Bottom Line
Excellent from beginning to end!

by Bob Davis 20/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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The people, the food, and the scenery could not have been more spectacular. Way beyond expectations.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
John Ormiston was Fabulous!! His knowledge and skills as a mountain guide made the whe trip.
The Bottom Line
Challenging and awesome.

by Richard Stowe 14/07/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

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by Susana Moreira 09/07/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

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The guide was very professional!
always relaxed, with good sense of direction and knowledgeable about the land!
The Bottom Line

by Mitali Shah 07/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
As it was my first time taking an extended hiking trip and being in Scotland, I didn't quite have all the gear and relied heavily on your list and associates at my outdoor store. However, since most of them weren't familiar with the Scotland terrain that made things more difficult. I'm used to hiking in North America or Peru, where distinct trails are present and we don't have bogs - so I think some of the optional gear would have been more mandatory (hiking poles, etc). For the most part, I was fine but maybe more of an explanation of the terrain etc would be super valuable. (Related: Assynt trip)
Trip Comments
I absolutely loved the trip (weather and all) particular due to the two spectacular guides (Tim F and Mark C). My only suggestion would be to offer more of a hiking option for Hebrides trip. The trip itself was great but after the Assynt trip, it felt more like a "tour" than a walking adventure. The group was clearly split up in older and younger and 2-3 hours of hiking didn't feel like a lot of time. I absolutely recognized that it is an easier trip but I was expecting more "walking/hiking" than was planned for in the trip.
Accommodation and Food
As it was my first time taking an extended hiking trip and being in Scotland, I didn't quite have all the gear and relied heavily on your list and associates at my outdoor store. However, since most of them weren't familiar with the Scotland terrain that made things more difficult. I'm used to hiking in North America or Peru, where distinct trails are present and we don't have bogs - so I think some of the optional gear would have been more mandatory (hiking poles, etc). For the most part, I was fine but maybe more of an explanation of the terrain etc would be super valuable. (Related: Assynt trip)
Your Guide
Mark and Tim were incredibly helpful, patient, understanding and knowledgeable about the area.

Mark instinctively understood what each member from the team needed and delivered appropriately. I was definitely out of my comfort zone a couple of times with the sheer heights and weather and I have to say there was no one I would have trusted more to get me over them.

Tim really made the Hebrides come to life from a walking, culinary, and historical perspective.
The Bottom Line
I had the pleasure of doing both the Assynt and Hebrides trip back to the back. Both trips were very different allowing me exposure to a different landscape at every turn. The raw beauty of Scotland and how the guides made it came alive was very much appreciated and respected. The food and the accommodation were well cared and comfortable and convenient. As a vegetarian, I was a bit worried about available options but was pleasantly surprised by the available options. I would absolutely recommend both trips for a multitude of reasons.

by Fi Coster 04/07/2014

3Pre-Trip Service

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5Your Guide

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by Lidia Silva 03/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The idea of having extra equipamento and books on the van is excellent
Trip Comments
It wasn´t excelente for me, because the coastal trail, as a all day trail, didn´t have much special things. It will be better if it was just an afternoor or a morning trail,
Accommodation and Food
The idea of having extra equipamento and books on the van is excellent
Your Guide
It was realy na eelente guide, taking attention to all the group and providing us extra equipment when it was necessary without let us filling guilties. Really goog kwnoledge of the area
The Bottom Line
Amazing trails and places, excellent guidance. Remote and astonisching.

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by Louis Llambias Pell 29/08/2013

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Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
11th Oct - 17th Oct 2014
£895
Places available
23rd May - 29th May 2015
£945
Places available
20th Jun - 26th Jun 2015
£945
Places available
15th Aug - 21st Aug 2015
£945
Places available
10th Oct - 16th Oct 2015
£945
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 on The Quinaig

This fine mountain provides a good hike and a good introduction to walking in Assynt. It has three summits but we don’t need to climb them all! The highest point is 808m and provides dazzling views across Assynt.

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

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
11th Oct - 17th Oct 2014
£895
Places available
23rd May - 29th May 2015
£945
Places available
20th Jun - 26th Jun 2015
£945
Places available
15th Aug - 21st Aug 2015
£945
Places available
10th Oct - 16th Oct 2015
£945
Places available

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This well organized trip was such a pleasure to be a part of. It will always be a hiking trip I will look back on with the fondest of memories. It will be right up there at the top of the list as one of the best hiking experiences I have had.

Suggestion: that in this survey, you might have a category for 'Any Other Suggestions". One idea I did have would be to have patches available at the end of the trip that people can sew on their backpacks that have the name of the tour (Wilds of Assynt, or whatever) with Wilderness Scotland also written on it. I would have loved that as a keepsake and it would be great advertisement of WS when like-minded people would ask about the patch.
I would love to do another trip with you. I have already recommended you to all of my hiking friends.I couldn't have asked for anything more to have made this a better trip. Thank you so very much for this lifetime memory.

Lorraine Plauth
13/08/2014

5

The Wilds of Assynt was the trip of a lifetime, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is a serious hiker who wants to experience the Scottish Highlands. Wilderness Scotland were very organized and professional from the initial conversations through to the end of the trip.

Lisa Lombardo
23/07/2014

5

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