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      Luxury Walking
      North Highland Coast

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      Trip created by Rupert Shanks
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      Region: North West Highlands
      Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
      Comfort: Luxury
      Confirmed: When 4 Traveller(s) Book


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      Trip Details

      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 Highlights

      • 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.

      Day by Day 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)

      Walk details: 12km/ 7 miles | 200m/ 650 ft of ascent | approx. 4-5 hours

      Day 2 – Into the Wild

      Today 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 two routes for walking back to the lodge, either following the path back or exploring some of the nearby hills.  (B, L, D)

      Walk details: 14km/ 8 miles | 150m/ 490 ft of ascent | approx. 4-6 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)

      Walk details: 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 of the Munros (Scottish hills over 3000ft in height). The ascent is fairly short but steep, however, a good trail makes progress relatively easy. This will be the most challenging hike of the trip (comparable to a Blue Grade 6). The views from the summit, gazing over the rugged coastline and seemingly endless North Atlantic, are quite outstanding. (B, L, D)

      Walk details: 8km/ 5 miles | 950m/ 3120 of ascent | approx. 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)

      Walk details: 10km/ 6 miles | 190m/ 623 ft of ascent | approx. 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)

      Walk details: 16km/ 10 miles | 600m/ 1968 ft of ascent | approx. 6 hours

      Day 7 – Heading Home

      On our last morning, we have a choice, either we explore the North Highland Coast a little more on a short walk in the area, or we plan a leg stretch on the journey back to Inverness. Lunch will be along the return journey, arriving at the station for 4.30 pm. (B, L)

      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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      North Highland Coast

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

      This luxury walking holiday enjoys beautiful accommodation in a private Highland lodge set among the hills and woodlands 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 and bathroom space 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. There are a limited number of single rooms available on this trip at no extra charge, and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

      If there are no single rooms available you will be required to share a twin room with a fellow traveller of the same sex.

      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.

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

      The lodge offers exceptional homemade food made from the finest local ingredients.

      Travel - All transport throughout the trip Read More

      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 be seen holding a Wilderness Scotland sign.

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      As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a speciality. In his spare time, Stevie runs the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, bringing the world’s most inspiring adventure filmmakers and athletes to an audience of over 1,500 each year. His experience of living in the Highlands for over 7 years has helped design this exciting luxury walking trip.

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      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.

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.96 out of 5 based on 24 review(s) of Luxury Walking – North Highland Coast



      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.


      Phyllis Stanin

      Reviewed on 14/09/2019

      Age: 60 - 70
      Trip Date: 31/08/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Regarding the North Highlands Trip (September 2019) (summarized from screen 4): Wilderness Scotland is a highly professional, and well-run outdoor touring company with a heart. They are committed to walking lightly on the land, preservation of natural resources, and the concepts of "leave no trace." This isn't "lip-service"; these are their values. We had the best possible guide ever in David Murray Greer. Dave's deep knowledge of the Land, professional leadership for the logistics and the hikes, impressive understanding of the social and natural history of Scotland, reverence for the natural resources (flora and fauna), and a sensibility of man's relationship to the earth made the trip special. We also enjoyed the small group of wonderful, interesting, like-minded people who became our fellow-hikers and our friends. The lodge accommodations were high-end, beautiful, and comfortable with amazing food, professional staff, local trails over varried terrain, and a breath-taking view of Ben Loyal out the front sunroom! The North Highlands are so beautiful. Mountains, lochs, glacial valleys, and coastal environs blend effortlessly into amazingly varied terrain. We did not have the "best" weather; rain, wind, sun, clouds were essentially part of every day. But even hiking in the rain was marvelous (and, please note that I would NOT have said that BEFORE this trip). The varied weather matches the terrain perfectly and seems to be the core essence of Scotland; we pretty much fell flat in love with it!


      Joseph Hickey

      Reviewed on 09/09/2019

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 31/08/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line


      Mark McClain

      Reviewed on 09/09/2019

      Age: 50 - 60
      Trip Date: 31/08/2019
      Trips Taken: 2

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      We've taken two trips with Wilderness Scotland and are deciding which itinerary will be our next. Guides on both trips were outstanding, itineraries took us to less-travelled sights, food and lodging were very good - more so for the luxury trip we took (Wilderness Scotland should look into more luxury trips).

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