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    Wilderness Walking

    Wilds of Assynt

    166 reviews

    Next Trip: 29th - 5th May 2023 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

    From £1,775 View Prices & Dates

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    Region: North West Highlands
    Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
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    Explore the wild and beautiful regions of Assynt and Coigach in the North West Highlands.

    Located just to the north of Ullapool, the hills and lochs create a landscape of outstanding natural beauty. The hills have a regal and distinctive feel as they rise boldly from the moors, each peak with its own place on the otherwise loch-strewn landscape. The coastline is just as memorable, as picture-perfect sandy beaches are interspersed with rugged cliffs and sea stacks.

    So unique is the structure of this landscape that it was the first area in the UK to be designated a UNESCO Geopark, which marks its geographical significance and heritage.

    Although many of the hills which we may climb on this trip are below 3000 feet, it is certainly one of the most spectacular mountain areas in the Scottish Highlands. We will enjoy a combination of hill, glen and coastal walks, allowing us to experience all aspects of this wonderful region of Scotland.

    Trip Highlights

    • Enjoy guided hikes up iconic Scottish mountains such as Suilven and Stac Pollaidh.
    • Discover some of the best coastal walking in Scotland including the Old Man of Stoer.
    • Relax and look for marine wildlife on a cruise around the Summer Isles.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Travel North

    After meeting in Inverness, we travel to the North-West Highlands. On the way, we’ll stop for a walk before travelling to our accommodation. Options include lovely woodland strolls to impressive waterfalls or a short hill walk. (L, D)

    Walk details: 3-7km/ 1-4 miles | 230m/ Max 230m/ 754 ft ascent | approx. 1-2 hours

    Day 2 – Hiking Cul Mor

    This distinctive mountain dominates the skyline and offers superb vistas from its lofty summit. We follow a good trail for the initial ascent before climbing quite steeply to the cairn which marks the high point to enjoy wide-reaching views across both mountains and sea. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 14km/ 9 miles | 730m/ 2395 ft ascent | approx. 6 hours

    Day 3 – The Summer Isles and Stac Pollaidh

    Our day starts with a relaxing cruise through the Summer Isles, a beautiful archipelago with striking rock features. We’ll stop for lunch at the wonderful Achnahaird Beach before making an afternoon ascent of Stac Pollaidh – which is one of the best ‘little mountains’ in Scotland. It stands just 613m high and the hike will only take around 3 hours but the summit vista is pure wilderness and is an unforgettable view. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 4km/ 2miles | 440m/ 1440 ft ascent | approx. 3 hours

    Day 4 – An Ascent of Suilven

    After a couple of fairly relaxing days, you should be ready for the challenge of hiking up Suilven. Although just 731m high, this is a remote mountain and the approach walk to the foot of the mountain takes around 2 hours. A steep climb lifts you onto its wide summit plateau where you will be rewarded by one of the most sensational views you will ever see. A long but fantastic day’s walking. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 22km/ 14 miles | 910m/ 2985 ft ascent | approx. 7-8 hours

    Day 5 – Coastal Walks to The Old Man of Stoer and Achmelvich

    Today will be an easier day, after the exertions of climbing Suilven. The Old Man of Stoer is a sea-stack and provides a superb half-day coastal walk. We’ll follow this with a visit to Achmelvich Beach – on a sunny day, you could be fooled into thinking this is the Caribbean as you walk on the white sand or paddle in turquoise waters.  (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 7.5km/ 5 miles | 150m/ 492 ft  ascent | approx. 4 hours

    Day 6 – A Hike on Ben Mor Coigach

    This rarely climbed hill is one of Scotland’s best kept hill-walking secrets. Although just 743m high, our sea level start means that you will hike up every metre! The rocky ridges which link its tops are scree covered which can be tough going but the views from the summit out to the Summer Isles are simply glorious. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 15km/ 9 miles | 800m/ 2620 ft ascent | approx. 6-7 hours

    Day 7 – A Walk in Easter Ross

    On our final day, we will head south from Ullapool back towards Inverness. There are many options for walks and your guide will select a route that allows us to arrive back in Inverness for 1600 hours and the trip end. (B, L)

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    This walking holiday enjoys accommodation in a 4-star guest house located just outside Ullapool. The guest house enjoys stunning views across Loch Broom is conveniently located close to the hills which we will be exploring. Accommodation is a choice of double or twin rooms, which are en-suite with a shower.

    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 request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of £250 is charged.

    Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Meals Read More

    Evening meals will be taken either in Ullapool, which offers a good choice of restaurants to suit every taste, or perhaps in a different location depending on where the group have been walking on a particular day.

    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.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation in a 4-star Guest House
    • All meals, from Dinner on Day 1 through to lunch on Day 7 (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
    • A boat trip through the Summer Isles (not included on the October departure)
    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 10.30am on Day 1 of your trip. We aim to be back at the station by 4.00pm on the final day.

    If you would like to use your own vehicle on the trip please get in touch with our team to discuss.

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    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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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 4.92 out of 5 based on 166 reviews of Wilderness Walking – Wilds of Assynt

     

    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.

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    Margaret Carol Sanderson

    Reviewed on 11/07/2022

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 25/06/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Great trip, extremely well organised. Booking our next one shortly!

    JL

    Jackie Lever

    Reviewed on 10/07/2022

    Age: 40 - 50
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 25/06/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I had a great time, and thought everything was very well organised. My only suggestion would be that personally I would prefer to be able to go back to the guesthouse before dinner, rather than go straight to the restaurant on the way back from the walks (although it was clearly stated in the trip notes that this would be the case), and have dinner closer to the guesthouse. I realise this was due to lack of restaurants in Ullapool, but it did mean that that we had some long journeys back after dinner some evenings, and when the walks had been changed due to the weather, it meant a long journey to the restaurant too when we had gone back to the guesthouse on that occasion.

    AL

    Anne Laskowski

    Reviewed on 01/06/2022

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 14/05/2022
    Trips Taken: 4

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Another fabulous holiday with wonderful Wilderness Scotland

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