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Luxury Walking – North Highland Coast

  • Hike among the wildest scenery in Scotland based from an exclusive and luxurious Highland lodge
  • Enjoy the leadership and insights of our expert guide as you explore one of the quietest areas of the Highlands
  • Superb food and drink, created from wonderful local ingredients. All included in the cost and freshly prepared for us by the in-house chef
  • 6 nights accommodation in an exclusive and luxurious Highland lodge
  • All meals, from lunch on Day 1 through to lunch on Day 7 (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Wine with dinner each night
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
  • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Inverness
  • Zodiac trip on Day 3

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.

This luxury walking holiday enjoys beautiful accommodation in a private Highland lodge set among the hills and woodland of Sutherland. The lodge offers sumptuously appointed rooms with lots of space and exceptional homemade food made from local ingredients

Accommodation is a choice of double or twin rooms. The rooms at the lodge are not ensuite however there are 4 large bathrooms so with our small group size there will plenty of time for everyone.

Single Rooms

There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers. On this trip there is no supplement for single rooms as we have exclusive use of the lodge. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking.

Make it Private

This wilderness lodge is perfect for an extra special get together with family or friends. If you have a group of up to 14 that would love to explore the remote landscape around the lodge with a professional guide then speak to us about making this trip private for your small group.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Inverness Railway Station at 9:00am on Day 1 of your trip. We aim to be back at the station by 4.30pm on the final day. Your guide will meet you beside the fixed seating in the centre of the station. It is a small station so your guide should be easy to find and holding a Wilderness Scotland sign.

Trip Details

New for 2018! Join us for our new flagship luxury walking experience.

We have created a special adventure in the furthest reaches of northern Scotland. Stunning scenery and hiking, beautiful accommodation with superb food and an expert Wilderness Scotland guide make this a trip you’ll never forget.

You will stay at a private lodge that offers the last word in hospitality, set beneath the craggy slopes of Ben Loyal. Here at the lodge you’ll dine on some of the best food to be found anywhere in Scotland and sleep soundly in sumptuously appointed rooms.

From the lodge we set out each day by minibus or zodiac to hike the peaceful mountains, beaches and islands of Sutherland. The scenery is wild and spectacular, and we will keep our eyes peeled for wildlife such as golden eagles, red deer and otters while we walk.

This ancient landscape has seen century on century of human lives too, and we will listen for the voices of the past as we also visit an iron-age ‘broch’, a ruined castle and abandoned crofters villages. 

Make it Private: This trip is perfect for an extra special get together with family or friends. Explore the remote landscape around the lodge with a professional guide and have the lodge to yourself.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Duncansby Head and John O’Groats

We meet at the train station in Inverness at 9am and transfer in our vehicle to the northern tip of mainland Scotland. Here we do a coastal walk around Duncansby Head to view the spectacular sea stacks and look out for seabirds above the turbulent waters of the Pentland Firth. We can also make a visit to the famous John O’ Groats for coffee before we head west to our accommodation in Kinloch. (L, D)

Hiking notes: 12km, 200m elevation, 4-5 hours

Day 2 – The Moine Path

A short transfer takes us to the shores of Loch Hope. From here, we follow an ancient trail which crosses the wild moorland beneath the bulk of Ben Hope. The trail offers a sense of the Sutherland wilderness, as well as wonderful views over the Kyle of Tongue. Near the end of the path we take a small detour to see the remains of an iron age ‘broch’, with key features of this ancient dwelling still intact. The trail leads us right back to the door of the lodge, where afternoon tea and cakes will be waiting. (B, L, D)

Hiking notes: 16km, 400m elevation, 5-6 hours

Day 3 – Island Hopping on the North Coast

Using the lodge’s zodiac, we venture out to the nearby islands to explore and enjoy easy walks. We visit the now uninhabited islands of Eilean nan Ron and the Rabbit Islands. With sea stacks, caves and arches, these islands offer easy walking with beautiful views. The empty houses, abandoned in the 1930s, give us insight to a human history adding further intrigue to the day. (B, L, D)

Hiking notes: Short walks on the island – 3-4 hours hiking maximum

Day 4 – Ben Hope

Ben Hope is a prominent feature of the North Coast skyline, and the most northerly mountain in Scotland. This will be the most challenging hike of the trip (comparable to Blue Grade 6) but is still within most peoples’ ability and will be a great added challenge. The ascent is fairly short but steep. The views from the summit, gazing over the rugged coastline and seemingly endless North Atlantic, are quite outstanding. (B, L, D)

Hiking notes: 8km, 950m elevation, 6 hours

Day 5 – Achinver Coast and Crofts

Today we enjoy a coastal circuit, following a grassy track that takes you over beautiful beaches and through community-owned lands with a patchwork of crofts surrounded by animal grazing lands. Afterwards, we hike up to the ruins of Castle Varrich, which sits on a prominent headland with views across the Kyle of Tongue. This is the ancient seat of Clan McKay – and may date back even further to the time of the Vikings (B, L, D)

Hiking notes: 10km, 190m elevation, 3-4 hours

Day 6 – Exploring Cape Wrath

A memorable day where we get to experience the UK mainland’s most north-westerly point. After a short transfer we cross the Kyle of Durness by boat, and from the pier we catch a lift in a minibus up to the lighthouse at Cape Wrath. After enjoying a cup of tea in its remote café, we set off hiking east along the tops of the high and dramatic cliffs. When we finish the hike we are picked up then cross back over the Kyle of Durness and so we return to the lodge for a final night dinner. (B,L,D)

Hiking notes: 16km, 600m elevation, 6 hours

Day 7 – Into the Wild

For our last morning we hike along the riverside path from the lodge to a small bothy with picture perfect views across Loch an Dithreibh. We then have a choice of walking back to the lodge or catching a lift in the Landrover. Upon our return we set out for the journey back to Inverness, arriving at the station for 4.30pm. (B,L)

Hiking notes: 7km, 150m elevation, 2-3 hours (option to walk back by slightly different route, doubling the distance)

PLEASE NOTE – The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guide with regard to weather conditions and other factors.

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Prices and Dates

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2018 Trip Dates

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23rd Jun - 29th Jun 2018
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4th Aug - 10th Aug 2018
Trip Full
1st Sep - 7th Sep 2018
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2019 Trip Dates

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11th May - 17th May 2019
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22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2019
8 place(s) left
13th Jul - 19th Jul 2019
8 place(s) left
31st Aug - 6th Sep 2019
8 place(s) left
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Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 review(s) of Luxury Walking – North Highland Coast

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by Ann Bedard 31/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

I would highly recommend a trip with Wilderness Scotland. Everything on our North Highland Coast tour was first class - the scenery was gorgeous, the accommodations outstanding and the people we dealt with, from the guide to the folks in the office, were wonderful.

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by Elaine McKinnon 25/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

So memorable. Stunning vistas, challenging walks, great tales of history and information about the ecology.....I'll be back.

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by Anne-Laure Courbes 23/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Before I do this, let me give a word about Rupert who accompanied us to take pictures/films. Athough with us to tell the trip story / take pictures, Rupert was always ready to help and support Tim on the more challenging parts of the hike (Seal island for ex). Before the trip, I was wondering how this filming would go but I must admit this added an additional pleasure to the whole experience. Rupert is extremely kind and considerate when taking pictures. Felt i was filmed/photographed by a friend. And btw, love the pictures he took of us. They reflect perfectly the “joie de vivre” that was shared by all the members of our hiking group.
so in a nutshell, as I said in introduction, one perfect blissful week of hiking in wonderful and varied landscapes with a wonderful group of people which I would have loved could never finish! Icing on the cake being Kinloch Lodge and its wonderful and always responsive staff.

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by Felicity Tyndall 21/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Very glad to know your company. Having been on 2 trips now I'd easily recommend you. It must have been good if coming home, I might do a third!
The only reservation was on the first day at John o Groats - the drive from there to Kinloch Lodge seemed a bit too long, but I can't think how that could be shortened, except to miss out going to John o Groats, but clients may not want that. It's a difficult one as the sea stacks were lovely too, but we did have gorgeous weather! But can't do anything about that!

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Next trip: 23rd June

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Luxury

Difficulty: 4

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