- Immerse yourself amongst the true wilderness of the North West Highlands – a land of magnificent mountains, sweeping glens and silvery lochs.
- Enjoy superb hiking, ascending both classic and rarely climbed peaks with panoramic views.
- Discover the Highland culture – warm hospitality, and living life close to the land.
- 6 nights accommodation in 4-star Guest House & Inn, with breakfast each day.
- Most meals during the trip, including trail snacks (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
- The services of an experienced and knowledgeable Wilderness Scotland Guide throughout.
- All transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness.
- Welcome lunch on a locally-owned croft.
- Private zodiac trip from Gairloch.
Red Graded Walking Holidays
Red graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers used to more challenging routes and rough terrain. The terrain will be varied but include rough hill tracks, boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops. There may be ridge walks or short non-technical scrambling so a good head for heights is useful. Daily distances will be 15 – 20km a day and often include an ascent of a major peak up to 3000ft / 900m high. Daily hikes are available in the itinerary.
8th Sep - 14th Sep 2018
Kirsty ChuchlaJoin the effervescent Kirsty as she leads groups to Scotland's beautiful wild places.
4th May - 10th May 2019
Mark CoxMark really likes nature on his doorstep, with 5000 rockhopper penguins he's cracked it...
7th Sep - 13th Sep 2019
John WalkerJohn can be found in the hills at all times whether it be on foot, climbing, cycling, or motoring. Amongst other things, he was the 4429th person to complete all the Munros!
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
We spend our nights in welcoming and friendly guesthouses and inns: the first three nights in Gairloch and the next three in Torridon. Accommodation is in twin or double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities.
Food is of paramount importance and our meals are prepared from the best local produce. We’ll enjoy wonderful home-cooked meals each evening, with good, healthy portions. Naturally, vegetarians and other dietary requirements are willingly catered for – simply let us know at the time of booking.
There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. A single room supplement of £390 is charged if a single room is available – please see booking form terms and conditions.
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 9am on Day 1 of your trip. Most people choose to stay in Inverness before the trip. We aim to have you back by 6pm on the last day.
Explore the magnificent mountains of Torridon and Wester Ross in the North West Highlands, hiking up both iconic and rarely-climbed peaks to experience the wilderness.
Far from the noise and bustle of city life in the Highlands of North West Scotland lie hundreds of square miles of mountains and lochs, isolated even today from civilisation and accessed by just one or two main roads.
The laws of the wild still hold sway here, and moments of time are counted in millennia rather than minutes. Save for the occasional hiker this is wild land – the domain of eagles – a landscape best taken in from on high. Hiking in these mountains can bring extraordinary moments, from close encounters with wildlife to dramatic changes in the light. At the end of each day we will return to our welcoming inns to enjoy hearty Highland cooking and a peaceful night.
Day 1: Peaks & Crofts
We meet in Inverness and transfer to the North West Highlands. To introduce us to this amazing region and the lifestyle of the local people, we visit a tiny crofting community where we take a hearty home-cooked lunch. We then take to the hills, climbing the short but exceptional peak of Beinn Ghoblach (635m). From its fine summit, you will now have no doubt that you are in the wilds. We then descend and make the short transfer to our hotel , where we settle in before gathering for a welcome dinner. (L, D)
Walk details: 12km, 670m ascent
Day 2: The Hill of the Birds
Today we set out for Flowerdale Forest – one of many so called ‘deer forests’ in these parts that feature remarkably few trees but many deer and mountains! Our objective is the rarely climbed Beinn an Eoin (855m). Have no doubt, this is in the very heart of the wild, with panoramic views across the Torridon massifs – all that remains of a single gigantic mountain from ancient times. The long ridge walk today will introduce you to the 1.5 billion year old characteristic sandstones that make up the mountains of this area. (B, L)
Walk details: 20km, 970m ascent
Day 3: A Wild Coastline
After a relaxed breakfast, we jump aboard a privately charted RIB (zodiac) which takes us out of Gairloch and south towards Loch Torridon, enjoying the exceptional coastal scenery of the North Minch as we travel. We are dropped off at the remarkable harbour of Diabaig and the zodiac disappears! Our hike follows a coastal trail heading north-west to Redpoint fishing station. The scenery is wonderful and, just before the end of the hike, we pass a gorgeous beach where we can enjoy a cooling paddle before jumping back into the van for the short transfer back to the hotel. (B, L)
Walk details: 14.5km, 410m ascent
Day 4: Hiking ‘The Spear’
With our appetites whetted for the higher peaks, today we set out to ascend the mighty mountain of Slioch (which translates as The Spear). This magnificent peak dominates the landscape and to hike to its summit is a long and challenging day. However, it’s a rewarding route as we ascend into a high corrie and from there make the final pull up to the summit at 981m. We then enjoy a short ridge walk to a subsidiary peak, completing the circuit and enjoying views north across the Fisherfield wilderness before starting the descent. Back at the van, we transfer south for 30 minutes to our next hotel. Here, we settle in, relax, enjoy dinner … and discuss options for tomorrow. (B, L)
Walk details: 19km, 1170m ascent
Day 5: A Torridon Summit
Our planned hike today starts directly from the door of the inn – no driving required!Overlooking the shores of Loch Torridon are many splendid peaks, one of the best of which is Beinn Damh, which dominates the south shore of the loch. We start by hiking through pretty Scots Pine forest, next to a rumbling burn. We gain height quickly and soon break out onto the open slopes above. We then follow a broad ridge to the summit, where we are rewarded with an outstanding view north towards the Torridon giants of Beinn Alligin and Liathach. The descent follows the same route but enjoys glorious views north all the way back to the hotel. (B, L)
Walk details: 12km, 980m ascent
Day 6: A Peak of our Own
Sgurr Dubh (781m) boasts a commanding position at the head of Glen Torridon and is a rocky mountain of unanticipated interest and character. Starting by the river, we make our ascent of this rugged peak, taking in a remarkable mountainside gorge and exceptional views of the Torridon Munros. We then turn south and walk across a complex plateau to take in a second peak overlooking two fine high lochains. This is a rewarding and challenging hike, with great views – and we’re almost guaranteed to have it to ourselves. Back at the hotel, we enjoy a final night dinner and reflect on a great week in the mountains.
Walk details: 15km, 1050m ascent
Day 7: A Final High Point
We make the most of our last day with a final foray into the hills. We head south and drive to the top of the Bealach na Bà pass – the highest road in Britain – to get a head start on our final peak. At the top of the pass, we set out to cross a ridge to the stunning peak of Beinn Bhàn. From the summit we are gifted with an outstanding view down into the magnificent corries and ridges of this complex peak, and further afield towards the various mountains we have climbed over the past week. We toast the trip and return to the van for the transfer back to Inverness, where we arrive late afternoon. (B, L)
Walk details: 11km, 680m ascent
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by Sylvia Staude 18/07/2018
Prompt and helpful answers to questions.
Tim brought a lot of knowledge, from plants to history. And discreetly adapted hikes to weather conditions and fitness.
by Bethany DeLude 15/05/2018
Prompt and courteous responses to questions and extremely well thought-out planning documents, e.g., what to wear.
Our guide, Paul, was knowledgeable, personable, and especially adept at fine-tuning our daily experiences to meet the needs of both the group and its individuals - not an easy feat, yet handled seemingly effortlessly. So many highlights, it’s hard to choose, however, something extra special occurred at the end of a nearly 14 mile hike in torrential rain and high wind. We were feeling well rewarded by a breathtaking vista; yet also well tested by the conditions. After celebrating the sight of our travel van, we observed a piece of writing paper in the gas cap and a package on the front tire. Intriguing .... what could it be? Well, a lovely note from a gentlemen we passed along the path up and fancy new hiking socks for each of us! Smiles all around.
Paul was 100% committed to our having an extraordinary experience in the Highlands - appreciating its history, fauna and flora, geology ... just everything. He exceeded our expectations at every turn. And, his encouraging words enabled us to push ourselves to meet the demands of a Level 7 walk and to realize the beauty that awaits those who go for it!! Sincere thanks and gratitude to you, Paul.
The Bottom Line
A++++++++++++. I can not say enough good stuff about Wilderness Scotland. The itinerary was well thought out, flawlessly executed, and created the foundation for many priceless memories.
by Jennifer Campanella 14/05/2018
Booking was super easy and office always answered questions immediately. They were always very pleasant too.
This was my second trip with WS and once again I could not have enjoyed it more. Everything we did was amazing and I just had such a wonderful time which was a direct reflection of what WS arranged and how great our guide was.
Accommodation and Food
Both locations were great. Our second location specifically was outstanding. Just so comfortable and big and even with what seemed to be a fully booked inn it still felt secluded and peaceful
Paul was so good and so much fun!! He did an amazing job accommodating us when I wanted to do the harder hikes when the others weren’t as keen. He was so very focused on ensuring we were happy and above all safe. We put our trust in him completely and took great care of us. Our “guest” guide Ian was also great and he’ll make a great permanent guide. Thanks to Paul this trip was outstanding from start to finish.
The Bottom Line
I can’t say enough about how amazing this trip was and I do hope I can do another. I will happily tell everyone about WS!
by Linda Nankervis 20/09/2017
The "surprise" boat cruise at Skildig followed by dinner at the pub was fabulous after a hard days walking.
The flexibility of Kirsty in rescheduling walks around some very challenging weather was exceptional., she made it all seem so effortless. She really went out her way to make sure we had every opportunity to experience Scotland in all its wild variety.
Accommodation and Food
The Myrtle Bank Inn at Gairloch was excellent. The staff were very obliging and food was varied, interesting and offered something for everyone.
The Torridon Inn presented beautifully and the accomodation was very good. The service was, however, mixed. Meals were often very delayed and the young staff appeared to be let down by a lack of coherent Managment systems.
Kirsty is a legend. She seemed to glide effortlessly though the days while managing the constantly changing weather, interests and varied abilities of the group. We couldn't praise her skills enough.
The Bottom Line
Don't walk the Torridon in September. No, seriously, we had a great time and the weather just made it memorable in so many ways.