- 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.
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.
On this trip we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.
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 5pm 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. 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 Beinn Damph
This morning we leave our first accommodation behind and transfer to our next accommodation in Torridon. The route from today starts right from the front door. 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 where we settle in. (B, L)
Walk details: 12km, 980m ascent
Day 5: Slioch – 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. (B, L)
Walk details: 19km, 1170m 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. (B, L, D)
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 Jeremiah Wiley 24/09/2018
The pre-trip customer service was prompt at responding to my questions and their responses help me successfully prepare for the trip.
Everyday was a highlight as our great guide Kirsty, executed a well prepared plan and still provide enough flexibility for us to tailor the trip to our desires.
Accommodation and Food
We had a great experiences at the Mrytle Beach and Torridon Inns. The rooms were comfortable and the food was great after a long day of hiking.
Kirsty communicated well with all of the group to balance everyone's preferences. She also knew the terrain well and made sure we were all save in some difficult conditions.
by Amy Denton 18/09/2018
I found everyone to be friendly and efficient; nothing to improve. I probably didn't ask many questions. I appreciated receiving the email announcing that the trip would go, so that I could book my flights.
It really exceeded my expectations, despite relentlessly awful weather. I guess the trip highlight was getting to the top of Slioch in pretty difficult (rainy, windy, hail, slippery, boggy) conditions, but I really enjoyed the entire experience of seeing the wild, remote, and beautiful part of Scotland (after 2 days in Edinburgh it was nice not to hear any piped-in pipes), the physical challenges, the excellent food, the great accommodations, and of course Kirsty, who was probably the most naturally gifted group expedition leader I've ever encountered.
Accommodation and Food
I really liked the Myrtlebeach in Gairloch, had a retro-70s charm. The owner was lovely, and the hot showers and heated towel racks worked overtime for us after some really wet hikes. I also very much appreciate the availability of single rooms. I enjoy interacting with a group all day, but as someone who is quiet and generally an introvert, it is nice to be able to escape to my own room at night to unwind and reflect. Please continue to make single accommodations available on your trips whenever possible.
Kirsty was truly outstanding; I don't really have the words to describe her style. She is cheerful and upbeat, but also has an intuitive gift for sussing out group dynamics. She made a point to hike alongside everyone in the group to get to know us. She could immediately sense when some people were struggling and some people wanted to push harder and she managed to maximize the experience for all of us, suggesting modifications for those of us with sore knees that never made us feel like we were compromised or impacting the others in the group. She is a funny and interesting hiking companion, and she always had plenty of great alternatives when the weather failed to cooperate.
The Bottom Line
An amazing experience that I enjoyed more than I thought I would. I finished the trip feeling that I had not only seen a part of Scotland that most people don't get to see, but also like I had been physically challenged and accomplished something that I didn't think I could have done on my own.
by Tanya McFarland 19/08/2018
No matter how big or small the question they were ready to help answer it.
The beauty of the scenery I saw while hiking was incredible! I loved the Zodiac ride and coastal hike that ended at a beautiful beach. Hiking in the pouring rain and having 2 inches of water in my boots is also a memory of this adventure I will treasure.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations were clean and comfortable. The staff was friendly and warm always ready to help.
My guide Tim made sure all our needs were taken care of. He made the hiking interesting with his knowledge of the area as well as plant life. Also he had all the answers to my questions regarding the history of the area. We had some rainy days but we were never disappointed Tim always had a back up plan. He also knew the best places for after our hike to take a break relax and talk about the day.
The Bottom Line
It took me 5 years to reach my goal of visiting Scotland and I am so glad I did that with Wilderness Scotland. The hiking was incredible and I met the most wonderful people. I want to say Thank You for a magical experience.
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.