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Wilderness Walking – Wilds of Assynt

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Price from: £1,145

Next trip: 25th July

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

31 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.

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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 Toni Norman 01/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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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

by Laura Meyer 08/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Website was thorough and easy to move around. Follow up was good after booking our trip.
Trip Comments
The only negative thing on our trip were the different abilities of the group. The weather was cold, rainy, and even had some snow which was no bother since your packing list meant we were prepared for that weather. The inclement weather meant we weren't able to keep to the itinerary (also no bother) but there were people in the group who wouldn't have been physically able to do the tougher hills even in good weather. This would have meant significant disappointment for those of us that could have completed those climbs. It would be nice to have a better screaning system in place so abilities are better matched for each trip.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodations were wonderful. The owner of the guest lodge was very kind. Lunches provided on the trail were nutritious and had something for everyone. Dinner at a different restaurant each night made me feel like we got a true taste of Scotland.
Your Guide
Tim Willis was absolutely fantastic. He took a week of pretty awful weather and found a way to get us out and about each day even though it was impossible to keep to the itinerary for safety reasons. He never gave up or lost his sense of humor. He kept the group moving and entertained. He watched the weather constantly and found ways to chase what little good weather there was on Assynt that week. I can't even imagine the stress that must have caused but he never showed any signs of wear. A true professional all around.
The Bottom Line
I would recommend Wilderness Scotland and would even consider doing this exact trip again

by Pamela Meyer 08/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very responsive!
Trip Comments
Although there was a lot of "weather" Tim still managed to make the week memorable. He was very well organized, know,edge able, and we always felt safe
Accommodation and Food
Loved the B&B. Service was great. Lunches were delicious and plentiful, and dinners were varied and also delicious
Your Guide
Tim was awesome.
The Bottom Line
Wonderful trip. I'd take another one for sure!

by Susan Wittmann 07/06/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I would have rated it excellent because it really was. The only reason for the 'good' rating is that it would have been nice to get a reply to my email regarding laundry facilities before I left for the trip to help me with my packing. Other than that - excellent.
Trip Comments
Excellent trip, beautiful scenery, and a phenomenal guide.
Accommodation and Food
Ardvreck B&B was wonderful and located in a beautiful area in Ullapool. Evelyn is an amazing host and went out of her way to be sure all of our needs were met. Breakfasts were great and hearty before our daily walks. Lunches were prepared daily by West Coast Deli--they were amazing, varied every day, and even my request for gluten/dairy free were thought out and delicious. Dinners were in varied locations, some prearranged, others decided by the group. Each one was excellent.
Your Guide
Tim Willis - where do I begin? He was absolutely great!! I understand a guide's position is challenging. He met and exceeded everyone's expectations with his professionalism, knowledge, humor, attention to detail, care for his customers, and his ability to work with varied personalities and physical abilities. The weather was challenging and Tim worked everyday to alter the schedule to ensure we had the best experience possible. If someone in the group was unable to complete the scheduled walk Tim quickly altered the day to give everyone the best experience possible. He is, for sure, an asset to your company and a valuable representative. Despite the challenging weather, it was Tim that made the experience amazing.
The Bottom Line
The trip and experience with everyone was excellent.
One last suggestion - put an asterisk next to leg gaiters for essential. Only those that had them stayed truly dry. Those that didn't have them wished they did.

by Matthew Marchewka 01/06/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Your Guide

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by Hume Gravell 01/06/2015

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An excellent experience marred by dreadful weather, but Wilderness Scotland cannot be blamed for that.

by Martin Bigler 15/09/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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Trip Comments
Great trip, great guide, great landscapes, great hikes...
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by Faith White 09/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I corresponded with Debbie several times and she was very helpful.
Trip Comments
I had hoped for a challenging trip and I got a challenging trip! Dave Anderson (my guide) was super optimistic, encouraging and enthusiastic. On the ascent of Suilvan on our second day - I was getting nervous because the rest of the group was getting quite a bit ahead of me (20ish year old men and i'm a middle aged woman). Dave encouraged me to go at my own pace and I was very pleased to succeed
Accommodation and Food
I highly recommend Ardvreck House, where we stayed in Ullapool. The staff was so friendly and helpful, my room was super comfortable. It felt like a real home away from home (and the food was excellent)
Your Guide
Dave Anderson (my guide) was super optimistic, encouraging and enthusiastic. He encouraged me to go at my own pace and I was very pleased to succeed
The Bottom Line
I would encourage potential clients to do their homework: read up on the different trips and their difficulty levels, and be honest with yourself about your fitness level and capabilities. I was impressed that Wilderness Scotland offered such a variety of trips and difficulty levels. I would definitely like to come back to Scotland in future and go on another trip with them.

by Lorraine Plauth 13/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation 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
This was the only downside to the trip. The accomodations at The Shieling were clean and suitable. The breakfast was good. BUT, the lunches were terrible, terrible and not adequate for a full day of hiking. The lunch was nothing to look forward to consisting of meager sandwiches, a piece of fruit and the same "dessert" of a small slice of tasteless fruit cake. Our guide supplemented our lunch by buying trail mix choices for us.
And, the husband and wife proprietors were beyond unfriendly. It felt like they resented us being there. The few requests we had were met with the feeling that we were imposing on them. I asked for an extra bed sheet and the woman indicated that that would mean extra laundry.
I believe you will get similar comments about this place. I recommend that Wilderness Scotland make other Ullapool arrangements for the future!
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.

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.

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21st May - 27th May 2016
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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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103 people viewed this trip in the last week

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Price
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25th Jul - 31st Jul 2015
£1,195
1 place(s) left
15th Aug - 21st Aug 2015
£1,195
3 place(s) left
10th Oct - 16th Oct 2015
£1,145
Places available
21st May - 27th May 2016
£1,195
Places available
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
Excellent and we will be back !

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

Toni Norman
01/07/2015

5

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

Barbara Macleod
10/06/2015

5

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