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Wilderness Walking – Wilds of Assynt

  • 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.
  • 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)

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.

Gordon Anderson

18th Aug - 24th Aug 2018

Gordon Anderson
Hailing from Skye and growing up in Inverness, Gordon has a rich Scottish heritage.
Tim Willis

1st Sep - 7th Sep 2018

Tim Willis
Chocolate-mad Tim is also a risk around Weetabix. Read his guide bio here.
Ben Walker

29th Sep - 5th Oct 2018

Ben Walker
Ben Walker may hail from the Lake District but he can be found all over the world leading trips!
Will Snow

6th Oct - 12th Oct 2018

Will Snow
Will has biked further than you can imagine! He's not saddle-sore yet. Read more here.
Ben Walker

18th May - 24th May 2019

Ben Walker
Ben Walker may hail from the Lake District but he can be found all over the world leading trips!
Paul McCaffrey

25th May - 31st May 2019

Paul McCaffrey
Paul has been flying high for as long as he can remember!
Gill McMillan

8th Jun - 14th Jun 2019

Gill McMillan
Walking through the woods with Gill may result in some on the side badger watching, but that's no problem - she'll make it up to you with her expert guidance, enthusiasm and knowledge of the area.
Paul McCaffrey

15th Jun - 21st Jun 2019

Paul McCaffrey
Paul has been flying high for as long as he can remember!
David Picken

13th Jul - 19th Jul 2019

Dave Picken
Meet Dave Picken, expert guide and bee-keeper extraordinaire.
Myles Farnbank

24th Aug - 30th Aug 2019

Myles Farnbank
Our Head of Guides and Training shares a few facts about himself, including that Myles is not his original name...

31st Aug - 6th Sep 2019

Kirsty Chuchla
Join the effervescent Kirsty as she leads groups to Scotland's beautiful wild places.
Keith Miller

5th Oct - 11th Oct 2019

Keith Miller
Hugely experienced and passionate naturalist. Keith has been guiding for many years.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

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. 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.

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, this is a supplement of £250 is charged.

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.

Trip Details

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, which will allow us to experience all aspects of this wonderful region of Scotland.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – View Rock

After meeting in Inverness, we travel to the North-West Highlands, stopping on the way for a short walk that will take us past the impressive Rogie Falls where we can watch the cascade. Continuing on we follow a circular route that takes us through the forest to a high clearing with gorgeous views. (L, D)

Walk details: 7.5km, 230m ascent

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, 730m ascent

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. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 4km, 440m ascent

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 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 of walking in Scotland. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 22km, 910m ascent

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 its turquoise waters. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 7.5km, 150m ascent

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 but the views from the summit out to the Summer Isles are simply glorious. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 15km, 800m ascent

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 our guide will select a route which allows us to arrive back in Inverness for 1600 hours and the trip end. (B, L)

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2018 Trip Dates

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18th Aug - 24th Aug 2018
£1,295
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1st Sep - 7th Sep 2018
£1,395
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29th Sep - 5th Oct 2018
£1,395
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2019 Trip Dates

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18th May - 24th May 2019
£1,395
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25th May - 31st May 2019
£1,395
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8th Jun - 14th Jun 2019
£1,395
8 place(s) left
15th Jun - 21st Jun 2019
£1,395
7 place(s) left
13th Jul - 19th Jul 2019
£1,395
8 place(s) left
24th Aug - 30th Aug 2019
£1,395
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31st Aug - 6th Sep 2019
£1,395
8 place(s) left
5th Oct - 11th Oct 2019
£1,395
8 place(s) left
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Rated 4.91 out of 5 based on 120 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – Wilds of Assynt

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by Emily Kwong 01/08/2018

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The trip was fantastic, views from the top were great, and the rest of the group were great! If you are looking for an active, physically challenging (but rewarding and satisfying) vacation where locals make most of the decisions for you, with other like-minded, friendly people, this was a great experience. We were looking for something more physically challenging - that is the only reason for a 4 out of 5 star rating.

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by Lars Hallgren 01/08/2018

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by Susan Silberman 30/07/2018

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by Ulrike Berg 28/07/2018

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This was my third trip with Wilderness Scotland - and more are on my love-to-do-list.

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Next trip: 18th August

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