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      Open Canoeing
      North West Highlands

      47 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 3rd Aug | 14th Sep Duration: 6 night(s)

      From £1,145 View Prices & Departures

      Trip Details & Highlights

      Trip created by David Russell
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      Region: North West Highlands
      Trip Type: Canoeing
      Comfort: Wilderness Camping
      Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
      Deposit From £286.25

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      Trip Details

      This incredible trip journeys through one of the most pristine wilderness areas of Scotland.

      Inverpolly in the North West Highlands comprises of undulating heather moorland, peat bogs and lochs.

      Pockets of birch, hazel and rowan woodland cover the low-lying areas while the skyline is dominated by towering Torridonian Sandstone peaks.

      Our journey takes us through a system of glacial lochs, allowing us to climb some of the peaks by remote and rarely-trodden routes. At night, we camp on small islands in sandy coves, basking in the glorious views all around and sit by our small campfire as the sun drops behind the mountains.

      This is genuinely wildland – golden eagle country – and journeying by canoe allows us to travel quietly and observe the rich and varied wildlife of the region. This is an unforgettable wilderness adventure in one of Scotland’s most beautiful and remote areas.

      Trip Highlights

      • Journey through a stunning network of remote lochs that lie within the magnificent amphitheatre of mountains in Inverpolly.
      • Camp on isolated beaches and islands with amazing panoramic views of Scotland's most iconic peaks.
      • Enjoy days exploring the high peaks on foot as well as paddling through Scotland's most beautiful wilderness region.

      Day by Day Itinerary

      Day 1 – Expedition Begins

      We meet in Inverness this morning and drive to the Northwest Highlands. When we arrive at the start point the guides will deliver a comprehensive briefing before we practise some basic open canoe skills and discuss safety procedures. Then it’s time to load up the boats and set off down the loch towards our first overnight camp. Welcome to the wilderness! (L, D)

      Day 2 – Fionn Loch / Suilven

      After breakfast, we paddle westwards along Fionn Loch, where we have the opportunity to ascend the mighty Suilven by a route that very few people use. Our descent takes us back across the moor and the myriad of lochans that dot the landscape to our campsite beside Fionn Loch. (B, L, D)

      Day 3 – To Loch Sionascaig

      Portaging over to the beautiful Loch Sionascaig, we head for our wilderness campsite on a tiny island with phenomenal panoramic views of the surrounding mountains – arguably the most stunning camping location in Scotland! (B, L, D)

      Day 4 – Cul Mor

      Canoeing to a secluded beach in Loch Sionascaig, we begin our ascent through the lower flanks of birch woods up to the summit of Cul Mor. This is red deer country and it is not uncommon to watch these majestic animals traverse the high corries. Sometimes we even see the deer swimming in the lochs – they can swim several hundred metres to reach islands where they can graze. (B, L, D)

      Day 5 – Loch Sionascaig

      We choose to climb either Cul Beag via a circular route or the classic mini-mountain of Stac Pollaidh – both of which offer superb views of Coigach. We may be lucky enough to see golden eagles soaring between the mountain tops of Inverpolly. Looking down at our canoes far below, we savour the views across this magical wilderness. (B, L, D)

      Day 6 – Expedition Ends

      We canoe up Loch Sionascaig for a short portage into Loch Buine Moire. Our final paddle takes us across the loch to the endpoint. We rejoin the vehicle and head to our B&B accommodation in Ullapool for a well-deserved shower and celebratory dinner in a local restaurant. (B, L)

      Day 7 – Return to Inverness

      Following breakfast we load up the vehicle and return to Inverness, arriving late morning. (B)

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      What's Included

      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      ACCOMMODATION
      On this trip we wild camp near the loch shore in spectacular locations.
      We provide tents and also carry a base camp tipi, which means that we can all gather together for dinner and a hot drink even if the weather is inclement. If you require a single tent we are happy to provide this, but otherwise we do ask that those who are happy to share a tent with other travellers do so.This helps to keep our camp size small, giving us more options of where to pitch and reducing our environmental impact on these precious places.

      Meals - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Read More

      Great food is essential to all our trips and expeditions are no different. While the guide will co- ordinate the cooking and help out, everyone is asked to lend a hand as this ensures the best meals in the shortest possible time after what are often long days. We will carry plenty of food to cater a varied and satisfying menu throughout the trip, and some of these may even be prepared on an open fire. Dietary requirements can still be catered for but please ensure we know at the time of booking.

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      ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
      You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Inverness Railway Station at 10:30am on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Inverness Station for 11:00am on the final day of the trip.

      For advice on getting to and from Scotland please our travel advice page on our website: www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/travel-to-scotland/

      Trip Dates & Prices

      Trip Dates for 2019 Availability Status Price Book
      3rd Aug - 9th Aug 2019 4 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,145 Book Now
      14th Sep - 20th Sep 2019 6 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,145 Book Now
      Trip Dates for 2020 Availability Status Price Book
      2nd May - 8th May 2020 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,145 Book Now
      27th Jun - 3rd Jul 2020 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,145 Book Now
      25th Jul - 31st Jul 2020 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,145 Book Now
      8th Aug - 14th Aug 2020 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,145 Book Now

      Make This Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

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      David loves the lure of wild places. He’s regularly seen heading off with his canoe, camera and tent for a night under the stars. David spent 5 years as an outdoor guide and instructor with qualifications from the Mountain Training Association and British Canoe Association. He’s passionate about landscape photography and has been commended for his striking images of Scotland’s wild places.

      - David Russell

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      Red Graded Open Canoeing Holidays 7-9

      This Red graded trip combines canoeing and hillwalking. It is suitable for people with no previous experience of canoeing but a good level of fitness and hiking experience is required. This is very physically demanding trip as we canoe on wild lochs, hike remote routes on rough ground, portage our boats from loch to loch and camp in wild terrain.

      We will be active for up to 8 hours each day. The hikes will be mostly off-path and include ascending peaks up to 3000ft high over rough, boggy and bouldery terrain. The canoeing will be on flat-water lochs but this can be challenging in windy conditions and there may be small waves. We also have to carry or ‘portage’ all our boats and gear from loch to loch – an integral part of journeying by canoe.

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.81 out of 5 based on 47 review(s) of Open Canoeing – North West Highlands

       

      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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      Andrew Tremlett

      Reviewed on 28/08/2018

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      The Assynt is truly awe-inspiring, and seeing from a canoe on Loch Sionascaig is something I will never forget.

      CB

      Carolyn Betz

      Reviewed on 04/06/2018

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      I enjoyed the trip very much. However, portaging the canoes and all the gear over rough and muddy terrain and aside waterfalls proved unnecessarily challenging as we could have put in at a different spot to avoid all of these obstacles. Hiking to/from the base of the peak (10 km RT) we wanted to climb also prevented us from actually reaching the summit. Perhaps another, shorter way up would have allowed us to reach the peak. TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONCE: Thanks for your feedback. The itinerary on this trip did have to be adjusted based on the weather. The put in places were chosen to give the best options for paddling and hiking but it sounds like the explanation for this could have been clearer and we’ll follow up on that.

      KJ

      Kathy Joynson

      Reviewed on 31/05/2018

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      I loved the trip. Everything was arranged and all equipment provided. Made it so easy for me as I usually have to do all the work myself. A lovely change to not have tents and gear all over my house after a caneoe trip

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