- 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.
11th May - 17th May 2019
Kirsty ChuchlaJoin the effervescent Kirsty as she leads groups to Scotland's beautiful wild places.
22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2019
Tim WillisChocolate-mad Tim is also a risk around Weetabix. Read his guide bio here.
13th Jul - 19th Jul 2019
Dave GreerDiscover why Dave sports a massive mountain beard…
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.
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. 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.
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.
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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.
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 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 (comparible 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)
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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by Patricia Charles 20/09/2018
Complete info and prompt responses to questions from friendly knowledgeable staff members
I was truly awed by the scenery in the highlands, Kinloch Lodge was a wonderful experience; perfect location, comfortable, wonderful food served by a charming young couple. Each day was special but my favourite day was the hike up Ben Hope.
Having said that, we had excellent weather and the midges were not a problem.
I would do this trip again.
Accommodation and Food
Comfortable in an a beautiful, private location. Excellent food and staff.
Kept us well informed of plans, and involved us in making or changing plans. Ken took the time to ensure that everyone in the group was having the experience that was right for them. He was very knowledgeable re history and all things Scottish!
The Bottom Line
I think I have said it all........I will travel again with Wilderness Scotland and I could easily do this Northwest Highland trip again.
by Jacqueline McCallum 18/09/2018
Bridget is always ready to answer any queries promptly.
Exactly as I'd hoped! Stunning landscapes, golden eagles, perfect weather, peace and quiet and a delightful sense of remoteness. The walks were varied in terms of terrain and scenery, so something for everyone. We were also lucky enough to have a great group of like minded walkers who clicked from the first day. However, that is the luck of the draw!
Accommodation and Food
Kinloch Lodge is set in a beautiful landscape with Ben Loyal overlooking the pretty conservatory. The staff could not have done more for us and were always happy and smiling. As for the food - we were well and truly spoilt at every meal, every day. The whole lodge had a welcoming home from home atmosphere with lovely walks from the door. Sharing a bathroom was certainly not a problem.
This was my second trip with WS and Ken. Ken always goes the extra mile to ensure that the whole group gets the maximum from each trip. After the first day he seems to know, intuitively, what each person is physically capable of achieving with enjoyment and makes sure everybody is happy with the walks planned. His knowledge of flora, fauna and Scottish history is wide and he even entertained us with short poetry readings whilst out on the hill! That was certainly an added bonus!
The Bottom Line
I'm about to book a third trip!
by Maggie Hayes 10/09/2018
by Maura Buchanan 12/07/2018
Office staff were very helpful. Good information provided, especially around things to bring. The grading was a good indicator on the level of difficulty and therefore the fitness required for this trip
The whole trip was amazing so it is hard to pick out highlights. To start with we had a lovely group of individuals who got on well and made the week really fun.
Successfully climbing the munro, Ben Hope, was a personal achievement. We spent an hour at the summit in the sunshine just admiring the fantastic scenery all around us. The trip on the zodiac along the north facing coast was remarkable. The calm sea on that day allowed us to sail close to the cliffs and into the sea caves. Cape Wrath was special too. There aren't many calm days when you can stand on the cliffs at the lighthouse there just enjoying the view. We were so lucky with the weather, just perfect throughout the week.
This trip really does take you to a wilderness with the most dramatic and stunning scenery. I hadn't expected this part of Scotland to be so beautiful - & I'm a Scot!
Accommodation and Food
A beautiful lodge set in lovely surroundings. The rooms are tastefully furnished and all bedrooms have a wash-hand basin. Our hosts, Mairi and Blair, were charming and made us so welcome. All the staff were great and so cheery.
Craig was an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. He was flexible in managing our programme to suit conditions and to ensure we had the best experience. The North Highland roads can be a bit of a challenge, but we always felt safe with Craig driving.
The Bottom Line
An amazing trip! Stunning and dramatic scenery in real wilderness Scotland and a programme designed to give you the best experience of it.