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Wilderness Walking – Sutherland: The Great Wild North

  • Explore the spectacular landscapes of the Northern Highlands on a series of gentle hikes.
  • Experience how the landscapes changes as we hike on the east coast before traversing Scotland to discover the rugged west coast and mountains.
  • Relax as you stay in two beautifully located hotels in the Scottish Highlands
  • 6 nights accommodation in carefully selected hotels
  • Most meals during the trip, from dinner on the night of arrival to lunch on the day of departure (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
  • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Inverness
  • Dolphin-spotting boat trip

Green Graded Walking Holidays

Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

This itinerary is based in two different locations throughout the course of the week, with 3 nights in Contin, outside Strathpeffer and 3 nights in Lochinver. Accommodation is in a choice of double or twin rooms, with en-suite facilities.

Food is of paramount importance when enjoying the Wilds of Scotland and throughout the journey varied local produce will be served up in hearty and imaginative meals. Seafood is a speciality with beef, lamb and venison also popular and of course, any special dietary requirements can be catered for.

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.

SINGLE ROOMS

There is no 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 £300 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 1pm on Day 1 of your trip. It’s a small station so you should find the group and guide easily! For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.

Trip Details

Hike along gorgeous coastlines; discover forests and waterfalls; drink in mountain panoramas and connect with culture and wildlife on this all inclusive itinerary.

This walking trip is perfect for those wishing to enjoy excellent hiking, encounter the wildlife and experience the best of Highland culture.

The Northern Highlands contain an extraordinary variety of landscapes, wildlife and history for so ‘small’ an area. From the rolling forests, glens and comparatively gentle shores of Easter Ross to the rugged and ancient mountain-scapes of  wild Sutherland. Since times long forgotten the people of these lands have lived lives close to the landscape – shaping it and being shaped in return.

Based from our beautiful hotels you will set out each day with your wonderful guide to enjoy this fascinating tapestry of wilderness and history. We will hike to roaring waterfalls, white sand beaches and seek out Dolphins in the waters of the Moray Firth. At all times we will be well catered for with hearty meals made from delicious local ingredients and opportunities to enjoy local music, arts and crafts.

Trip Itinerary

Day One – Rogie Falls and View Rock

Meeting at Inverness railway station, we transfer north over the Kessock Bridge, heading towards the village of Strathpeffer. We’ll stop and hike at the lovely Rogie Falls, where we can watch the water cascade over the rocks and, in late summer, look out for salmon leaping. Continuing the hike, we’ll follow a circular route that takes us through a forest of pine and silver birch before arriving at a clearing with great vistas across Ross-shire and Loch Achilty.  A short transfer takes us to our hotel, arriving in time to settle in before dinner.  (D)

Walk details: 7km, approx 3 hrs

Day Two – Dolphins and Devils

After breakfast, we venture to the east coast and a peninsula known as the ‘Black Isle’. The coast here is one of the best places in Scotland to spot dolphins, so we’ll head to the harbour and join a boat trip to see the local pod. After lunch enjoy a hike along the pretty coastline, taking in the villages of Rosemarkie and Fortrose as well as elevated views of the Chanonry Point peninsula. Along the way, we’ll pass a memorial where the Brahan Seer – a 17th century futurologist – was burned to death in boiling tar! (B, L)

Walk details: 8km, approx 3-4 hours walking

Day Three – The Touchstone Maze & Knock Farril

Our aim today is the little peak of Knock Farril – an impressive ridge and viewpoint. The hike begins in forest and passes a series of wooden sculptures before we reach the Touchstone Maze. This recent project has 81 small standing stones arranged in concentric circles. The stones are example of different rocks found in Scotland and are aligned with the solstices. Moving on, we climb steadily up the broad ridge to the summit of Knock Farril, where we will find the remains of an Iron Age fort and are rewarded with beautiful views. (B, L)

Walk details: 7km, approx 3 hours walking

Day Four – West to Assynt and Coigach

After a relaxed breakfast, we leave the hotel and transfer west. Just before reaching Ullapool, we’ll stop at Corrieshalloch Gorge for a short hike to this dramatic chasm. We’ll arrive in Ullapool with some free time to explore this pretty fishing village before lunch in a local café. In the afternoon, there are a number of hiking options, as we venture into Assynt & Coigach. A popular choice is to hike up Ullapool Hill for great views down Loch Broom and inland to this beautiful wilderness region. Afterwards, we transfer to Lochinver, where our accommodation enjoys fabulous views of the mountains. (B, L)

Walk details: 6km, approx 2.5 hours walking

Day Five – The Old Mill & Achmelvich Beach

We enjoy a point-to-point hike along the beautiful Assynt coastline today. After a short transfer west, we start hiking at the site of an old grain mill. The millstone was reputedly hewn from the summit of the 731m high peak of Suilven, which dominates the views looking east. The hike takes us towards stunning Achmelvich Beach, passing a secret beach just before the main bay is reached. From here, we follow a quiet road for half an hour or so before cutting across the peninsula on a good trail which takes us back to Lochinver village. Arriving back in the village, we can visit the Highland Stoneware Pottery, to watch the local artists at work and perhaps pick up a souvenir of the trip. (B, L)

Walk details:  10km, approx 5 hours walking

Day Six – Inverkirkaig Falls & Achiltibuie

Heading south from Lochinver, we follow a narrow road along the coastline to the trailhead. The hike takes us alongside the pretty River Kirkaig, passing through rich native woodlands. The path is fairly level but gains a little bit of elevation towards the end, offering great views of the iconic Assynt peaks of Suilven, Stac Pollaidh and Cul Mor. Soon afterwards, we reach the waterfall, which roars into a steep-sided ravine. If energy levels permit, we can continue a short distance past the falls for an uninterrupted view of the Assynt mountains – worth the effort!

Afterwards we continue south to reach the small village of Achiltibuie, which offers outstanding views across the Summer Isles. The village has some craft shops and a bar where you can enjoy a well-deserved drink while enjoying the sea views – a great way to end the trip! We return to Lochinver in time for a celebratory dinner. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 8km, approx 4 hours walking

Day 7 – Hiking to Little Assynt

After a leisurely breakfast, our journey home begins. On the way there is time for one last venture into the wilderness. We enjoy a short hike in a region known as ‘Little Assynt’, following a good trail to a secluded loch with great views over the mountains and moors of Coigach and Assynt. It’s a great place to stop and reflect back on our week in the wilderness. Afterwards, we enjoy lunch in a café in Ullapool before returning to Inverness. (B, L)

Walk details: 5km, approx 2 hours walking

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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Rated 4.85 out of 5 based on 20 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – Sutherland: The Great Wild North

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by Sarah Whittier 07/09/2018

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Overall, I enjoyed the trip. It matched the description on the website, so I knew what to expect for difficulty of hikes. The Lochinver area is really lovely.

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The trip was completely enjoyable and I would be happy to hike with Wilderness Scotland any time!

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Excellent in every regard! This trip was one of the best I have ever taken.

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