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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 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 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 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.

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.

Customer Kudos

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.

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by Phyllis Applebaum 18/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Ken is knowledgeable and organized. He adjusted hikes to weather conditions when necessary. I am not a strong hiker and Ken was encouraging and reassuring so i was able to maximize my experience.
The Bottom Line
The trips (Sutherland and Skye) which we did back to back were beautiful.

by Mark Siegal 12/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Service was fine except for disappearing PDF documents from WS. Other people commented on this also so the issue must be on your end.
Trip Comments
On the Sutherland luxury tour we had three participants which made the trip almost a private one. It is good that you will do a trip with so few people.
Accommodation and Food
On the Sutherland luxury trip the two hotels were both excellent. We ate all meals in the hotels which, while great food, was somewhat repetitive. I think the trip would be improved if some meals were eaten outside of the hotels.
Your Guide
I thought our guide, Ken, was quite attentive to the needs and desires of our small group.
The Bottom Line
The trip was a good way to walk in an area of Scotland that was not known to us before. The hiking was pretty easy - in some of your literature it was rated a 2 and in some places a 3 - you need to make it clear that it is a 2.

by Dianne England 13/06/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
As we were leaving Australia well ahead of trip departure date there was a bit of confusion about final arrangements.
Trip Comments
Gordon was an excellent guide and made our Scottish experience memorable, meaningful and fun.
Accommodation and Food
Accomodation very good and hotel staff esp at Coul House could not be better.
Your Guide
Gordon, you are a Highlands treasure.
The Bottom Line
It is difficult to pinpoint improvements, however we would recommend this trip for a group of friends ie like souls.

by Barbara Macleod 13/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Your Guide
As with all the guides I've had on your trips, Gordon was wonderful. Knowledgeable, personable,with a lovely sense of humor.
The Bottom Line
I am still in haggis and black pudding withdrawal but, as usual, I can't say enough good things about my experience(s) with Wilderness Scotland.The only thing I might have passed on was the distillery tour. Probably because I am not a fan of whiskey and the whole process was way over my head. A back yard still might have been more to my liking. As long as my geriatric knees keep working I am up for more trips with you!

by David Stevenson 05/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Your Guide
Gordon was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the areas we visited and hiked.
The Bottom Line

by Jacqueline Gladstone 05/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very responsive
Trip Comments
Gordon our guide was AWESOME! Hotels and Food were Great!
Accommodation and Food
Both were GREAT! Both at the hotels and places we stopped for Lunch.
Your Guide
Gordon was AWESOME! He is an asset to your company!!!!
The Bottom Line
Great experience visiting Scotland for the first time. Wilderness Scotland provided a great trip with exceptional value. Very impressed with the company and the quality that they provided.

by Lisa Stevenson 05/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Your Guide
Gordon was fun, informative, and accommodating. Superior Guide!
The Bottom Line
There was no information on the website or in paperwork regarding tippingthe tour guide.

by Sonja Lane 07/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
My daughter did all the arranging and she said it was easy and worked well.
Trip Comments
Cory, our guide, is very knowledgeable about the mountains, plants and animals - fun too. Just standing up high and seeing a 360 degree view of the different mountain shapes and sizes with the clouds changing the view every minute was calming.
Accommodation and Food
The Coul House Hotel ranks EXCELLENT for friendly, helpful staff and wonderful food. I would have happily spent the entire time there. The Roux charging a fixed price for dinner even if you only ate one part (i.e. appetizer) did not seem practical.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks for your feedback, I'm glad you enjoyed your trip with us, we'll have a look at the way we include dinners on this trip to see if we can give more flexibility.
Your Guide
Cory, thank your for being certain I was able to navigate the trails and then letting me do it on my own and not treating me like a baby just because one arm was in a brace. It would have been nice If I had more time to learn even more from you.
Sonja
The Bottom Line
I would love to go again. Also, start with the eastern highlands then move to the western highlands to really be awed by the mountains.

by Connie Lane 06/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
David Russell was always very quick to respond to our questions about the trip and provided the answers we needed.
Trip Comments
The trip was wonderful! Although I had read the comments from previous clients and they were all positive, this trip exceeded our expectations.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations and food at the Coul House were EXCELLENT! The owners and all of the staff were friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend keeping this on your itinerary.
Unfortunately, our experiences at Inver Lodge in Lochinver were not as positive. Instead of having a room with twin beds, we were given a double bed. We eventually were able to receive a room with twins. The dining room staff were not always friendly and sometimes failed to bring the requested food. Having a fixed menu was sometimes challenging.
As an example, at the Coul House, we were able to order 2 starters rather than a starter and a main dish, based on our food preferences on the menu and how much we wanted to eat (or not eat(. This was not an option at Inver Lodge.
The views of Lochinver Bay were nice; and the hikes around Lochinver were wonderful.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks for your feedback. We did request twin beds for you so I’m sorry that you had a double bed when you arrived but it was great that this was rectified before you had to spend the night. Thanks you for your feedback on the menu, we’ll look into some other options.
Your Guide
Cory is an incredible guide. He always took the time to show us the area we would be hiking each day, he shared his knowledge of the plants and history in the area; and most importantly, he was always helpful in making suggestions or offering alternatives for anyone that might be challenged with a particular part of the trail.
He is friendly, easy to approach and always willing to share his experiences.
The Bottom Line
I have already recommended Wilderness Scotland to friends and family, and will continue to do so. I shared our incredible experience with hotel staff in Edinburgh and airport staff, before we returned home.
I am already trying to figure out when I might be able to make a return trip.

Thank you for such an incredible, memorable trip !!

by Gayle Aube 22/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The trip was fabulous and Gordon Anderson certainly made it extra special. Gordon was so knowledgeable and able to guide us around as well as answer all our questions. Furthermore, he was so personable and the perfect addition to our group.
Trip Comments
The whisky tasting with Gordon was great fun.
Accommodation and Food
The first accommodation Coul House was spectacular. Certainly one of the highlights for me.
Your Guide
No one could have done better or been better suited for our group than Gordon.
The Bottom Line
Above and beyond my expectations

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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

After meeting in Inverness we will head to our first hike at the lovely Rogie Falls, enjoying a circular route through Caledonian forest and with loch views and vistas of the local area. Afterwards we arrive and settle in to our hotel, enjoying a welcome dinner in the evening. (D)

Walk details: 7km, approx 3 hrs

Day Two – Dolphins and Devils

This morning we go east to the coast and join a boat trip to spot the local pod of dolphins in the Moray Firth. Afterwards we enjoy lunch at a local cafe and then take an afternoon hike on the coast. Along the way we will pass through the villages of Rosemarkie and Fortrose, discovering some rich and gruesome local history! (B, L)

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

Day Three – The Touchstone Maze & Knock Farril

Today’s hike begins in forest and heads up to a recently built stone circle. We then continue on to an impressive ridge and viewpoint, finding the remains of an original Iron Age fort at the summit which enjoys wonderful views. (B, L)

Walk details: 7km, approx 3 hours walking

Day Four – West to Assynt and Coigach

Today we journey to the West Coast, stopping to explore the extraordinary chasm of Corrieshalloch Gorge. Lunch will be taken at cafe in the famous fishing town of Ullapool. Afterwards we will choose from a range of options for a local hike offering views of the amazing highland wilderness that make this area a magnet for lovers of the outdoors. We then continue on to our hotel enjoying spectacular views all the way, and from the windows of our beautiful accommodation near Lochinver. (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. Starting from an old grain mill we head for the beautiful sands of Achmelvich beach, your guide pointing out the secrets of the landscape along the way. Then we walk along a quiet roads and good trails through the wild country back to Lochinver where we can explore the village and visit a famous local craft shop. (B, L)

Walk details:  10km, approx 5 hours walking

Day Six – Inverkirkaig Falls & Achiltibuie

Today we take a short drive along the coastal road to our start point. From here we follow the lovely river Kirkaig through forest. All the way we enjoy improving views of the astonishing peak of Suilven and the iconic mountains of Stac Pollaidh and Cul Mor. Our objective is the tremendous Falls of Kirkaig where the river plunges with a roar into a deep ravine. Afterwards we will drive south again to the crofting township of Achiltibuie where we enjoy views over the Summer Isles, craft shops and a drink in the bar. A wonderful place to round off a great trip. We return to our hotel for a celebratory dinner. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 8km, approx 4 hours walking

Day 7 – Hiking to Little Assynt

On the way back to Inverness there is time for one last short hike. Exploring ‘Little Assynt’ with a hidden loch and vistas of the mountains and wilds, it’s the perfect place to thank the landscape for the new memories we will be leaving with. Afterwards we will again have lunch in Ullapool before saying goodbye in 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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The trips (Sutherland and Skye) which we did back to back were beautiful.

Phyllis Applebaum
18/09/2017

4

The trip was a good way to walk in an area of Scotland that was not known to us before. The hiking was pretty easy - in some of your literature it was rated a 2 and in some places a 3 - you need to make it clear that it is a 2.

Mark Siegal
12/09/2017

4

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