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Wilderness Walking – High Points of the Outer Hebrides

  • Hike to the summits of Scotland’s most remote and spectacular hills, surrounded by sea and sky.
  • Witness stunning vistas of the Hebridean Islands with their unique mix of green hills, white sand beaches and blue waters.
  • Relax in comfort at our exclusive wilderness lodge, located on the shoreline.
  • 7 nights accommodation in an exclusive wilderness lodge.
  • All meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
  • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Inverness
  • All private boat and ferry transfers

Blue Graded Walking Holidays

Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

Our accommodation is a private wilderness lodge set on a hillside, with spectacular views across the water and of the hills on its own 500 acre farm above Loch Erisort. It is a wonderful base for our adventure. It comfortably sleeps 15 people across 7 rooms but we have exclusive use, so with our smaller group there will be plenty of space. The lodge is equipped with its own drying room.

The lodge team will keep us well fed with freshly prepared cooked breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals using local produce. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.

SINGLE ROOMS

There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers but, depending on the group configuration, you may need to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you prefer a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. As we usually have some couples on our trips, it should be possible for solo travellers to have their own room (7 rooms for a group of 8), but this cannot be guaranteed.

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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 John Yates 17/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
1. I wasn't notofied of chnage of guide
2. Alchol availability info was wrong
Trip Comments
Just a wonderful experience of the Hebrideas with their wonderful hills and beaches ....and we were so so lucky with the weather. Paul was a great guide and Soval Lodge a superb base.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation great.
Alchol availability needs sorting out properly.
Your Guide
Great Paul adjusted to both the wants, needs and experience of the group as well as taking good aadvise from the natives - Tim the ghillie in particular.
The Bottom Line
Just a magical week

by Fabienne Tougas 17/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Great tour guide, great hikes, great accommodation
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Our guide, Paul, was excellent! He went above and beyond to make our trip what we hoped for. He was always pleasant and up beat, and created a great atmosphere among the group.
The Bottom Line
This is my second "Wilderness" experience (the first being 2 years ago with Wilderness Ireland). I have nothing but good things to say about the company and trips, and would highly recommend this to others (and will likely plan another trip soon!).

by Jane Wilkinson 16/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The equipment list was particularly helpful.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Marie at Soval put a lot of effort and love into her cooking.
Your Guide
Paul was knowledgeable and professional- he did a great job of modifying the itinerary as appropriate to the group and to individuals.
The Bottom Line

by Louise Fletcher 16/05/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Good kit list and detailed itinerary.
Trip Comments
Excellent guide, accommodation, food, walks, company and totally unexpected dry sunny weather
Accommodation and Food
Very impressed with everything, especially how willingly my no fish diet request was met. Lovely room, wonderful views, great food, staff couldn't be more helpful. Only VERY small problems were that the water pressure struggled a bit at shower times and there was no bar facilities which we weren't made aware of.
Your Guide
Paul was a surprise last minute replacement but we cannot fault the service he gave. He was knowledgeable, caring, a brilliant walk leader, amusing and provided an excellent repertoire of poems. He adapted the itinerary to suit our needs by including a sunset visit to the Stones of Callanish (should definitely be on the main itinerary) and ensuring we got the chance to see the wildlife we wanted. Thank you Paul.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

We’re so glad you enjoyed the trip and had such an amazing time with Paul. We do always try to keep the itinerary flexible with regards to the weather and the group and we're a bit sneaky because a sunset visit to the Callanish Standing Stones is part of the itinerary for this trip. We don’t mention it on the main itinerary because we’re never sure which day will be best to do this and it’s nice to keep some aspects of the trip a bit of a surprise for the group! We're so glad you enjoyed it.
The Bottom Line
Excellent!

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Trip Details

On this adventure to Scotland’s wildest islands you will enjoy superb hiking to the peaks of Lewis and Harris, the most rugged of all the Outer Hebridean islands.

You will have the chance to experience the unique island environment, culture and wildlife that makes the Outer Hebrides so enchanting. Accompanied by an expert guide you will be lead on thrilling hikes up the local summits and along wild coastlines.

The hills of the Outer Hebrides punch well above the weight that their diminutive height would otherwise suggest. These remote and heather-clad hills are full of character. They offer the keen hill enthusiast wild and rocky vistas and plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife such as golden eagles and red deer roaming free.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Meet Inverness, transfer to Hebrides and hike

After meeting in Inverness at 8am we drive west through the Highlands to the port of Ullapool. Here we board the ferry and transfer across the Minch to the Hebrides, keeping our eyes peeled for whales and other marine wildlife. After landing we cross the Isle of Lewis to the beautiful island of Great Bernera, linked by a small causeway, and enjoy a warm up hike. We then head to our wilderness lodge and settle in. (L ,D)

Walk details: 11km/ 7 miles approx 3.5 hours, 250m/ 820 ft ascent

Day 2 – Harris Peaks

Today we set out to enjoy a dramatic ridge walk, taking in up to four Hebridean summits. We set off following a good track up one of the wildest glens to be found anywhere in Scotland before branching off and ascending to the summit of Muladal. We then traverse the next 3 peaks on the ridge, enjoying superb views of the wild and alien landscapes that make up Lewis and Harris. On a clear day your view will be peppered with hills and islands, you might even be able to see all the way to St Kilda in the West. We’ll celebrate our first day out in the hills tonight with a hearty meal in our waterside lodge. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 15km/ 9 miles, approx 6.5 hours, 900m/ 2950 ft ascent

Day 3 – RIB trip and coastal hike

This morning offers us an easier day as we embark on the estate’s private RIB to explore the nearby coast by both boat and foot. We split into two groups – one to walk first with the guide and the other to board the RIB and look out for wildlife with the local ghillie. We meet again and enjoy lunch with everybody on a small wild island before swapping over. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 9.5km/ 6 miles, approx 5 hours, 850m/ 2788 ft ascent

Day 4 – Ascent of Mealaisbhal

Today we set out for the highest point on the Isle of Lewis. The peak of Mealaisbhal may be low at 576m but it is a hill of great beauty, offering lots of bare rock and a tremendous viewpoint from which to view the island. We first ascend to the shoulder of Mula Mac Sgiathain which gives us great views across the Uig Sands before gaining the rocky upper slopes of the hill. We boulder hop a little to the summit and drink in the views before descending to the West. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 11.5km/ 7 miles, approx 5 hours, 580m/ 1900 ft ascent

Day 5 – Blackhouse village and Coastal Hike

Our hike today starts from the Gearrannan Blackhouse village on Lewis. The village will provide an insight into to the traditional dwellings of the islands and how island life used to be. From here we set out west onto the rugged headland to make a circuit enjoying the wild terrain of sea cliffs and rocky outcrops. After hiking out to the small lighthouse at the end of the peninsula we then return along the other side of the headland. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 8.5km/ 5 miles, approx. 3.5 hours

Day 6 – Ascent of Clisham

Today we hike on the Isle of Harris again, taking on the ascent of Clisham, the highest point in the Outer Hebrides. From the summit we enjoy unrivalled views across the wildest islands in Scotland. It will be a challenging yet rewarding day, offering superb hiking amongst varied and wild terrain. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 14km/ 9 miles, approx. 8 hours, 1050m/ 3444 ft ascent

Day 7 – Beinn Dubh and the Sands of Luskentyre

On our final day of hiking we enjoy one last peak and then take a relaxing stroll on the finest beach in Scotland. Beinn Dubh offers us a final adventure onto the rough slopes of the hills. The walking is steep initially but this soon eases and we enjoy the amazing views across the beach all the way to the summit. Here we drink in our final Hebridean High Point before descending to the incredible Luskentyre sands to walk barefoot along the Atlantic shore. (B,L,D)

Walk details: 11.5km/ 7 miles, approx. 5 hours

Day 8 – Return to Inverness

After breakfast we will have time for a last walk, exploring the north of the Isle of Lewis. We then catch the ferry from Stornaway back to Ullapool and return to Inverness, returning in the evening for 6:00pm. (B, L)

Walk details: 2 – 4 km/ 1-2 miles, approx. 1-2 hours

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Just a magical week

John Yates
17/05/2017

5

This is my second "Wilderness" experience (the first being 2 years ago with Wilderness Ireland). I have nothing but good things to say about the company and trips, and would highly recommend this to others (and will likely plan another trip soon!).

Fabienne Tougas
17/05/2017

5

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