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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

Our Blue grade walking trips involve climbing some of Scotland’s best mountains and ridges. The walks are conducted at a good pace and you may be out hiking for 8 or 9 hours a day. The terrain underfoot can be anything from stalker’s paths to rough or boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops.

The daily walks will occasionally involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. To help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

Can you comfortably hike for 10+ miles (16+km), climbing mountains and covering a variety of challenging underfoot conditions? How often do you do this?

Accommodation
Our accommodation partners are carefully chosen according to a number of factors u2013 charming locations, very good facilities and a reputation for providing Highland hospitality. Wherever they are available, we will reserve ensuite rooms for you.
Single Room Supplement
There is no single person 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 £245 is charged if a single room is available.

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.

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 Richard Bentley 01/08/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Problem with credit card when booking. But when I phoned everything was dealt with efficiently.
Trip Comments
Excellent guiding and the area is beautiful. You just need to sort out the weather to get to excellent.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Nice guy good sense of humour massively knowledgeable.
The Bottom Line
Assynt is so beatiful it verges on the sureal. Wilderness Scotland are an efficient company and are good for running tours with small group sizes. But when you go to Scotland you are rolling the dice.

by Jonna Reeder 28/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Emails worked out, but sometimes phone (Skype to phone) was required a 2nd try to match schedules (time difference).
Trip Comments
(Caveat: I was moved from a level 2-3 Wilderness Ireland trip that didn't meet minimum numbers to this level 6 Wilderness Scotland in May. There wasn't another option as I had this trip between two other vacation segments. I consider "good" a fair outcome given the circumstances.)

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

I’m glad you were able to join our Wilds of Assynt trip and enjoyed it despite it being a harder hiking trip that you had intended.
Accommodation and Food
The B&B alone is excellent - our hostess went out of her way to help. Lovely location and spacious rooms. Food ranged from good to excellent with Skylesku hotel standing out positively for food quality and location. The simple place we ate (part of Ferry boat inn??) on Wed, July 19 was also quite good.
Your Guide
I marked excellent and felt Gordon did a good job overall. (See caveat on overall trip.) Note for future trips of WOS: any guide who considers the alternate hike to Eas A' chaul Aluin (waterfall of beautiful tresses), please strongly encourage hikers to take 1-2 walking sticks. Stunning lunch location to side of the falls and an interesting (fairly difficult) hike. However, with a couple of stream fordings, steep parts, boggy parts, and a steep+boggy part right before the lunch break, a walking stick is (would have been) advisable.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks for your feedback. We are aware you were offered the use of hiking poles from the spares we carry in the back of the van but decided not to use them for this hike. We will try and make it clearer that poles can be very helpful when hiking, especially when the terrain is rough and try to encourage guests to carry them even if they don’t think they’ll use them.
The Bottom Line
The scenic beauty and having the support of an experienced and support guide (both hiking and all the details) is a real plus. These trips go away from the crowds (except maybe for dinner). This is my second trip - and would consider another in the future.

by Alan Kirk 11/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Andy was the perfect guide in every way and went out of this way to ensure we all got as much as possible from our highland adventure.
The Bottom Line
I have always wanted to explore some of the wild places of Assynt. Wilderness Scotland provided me with the opportunity. I thought I may have left it too late but clearly not and i'm up for more.

by Carine Romaska 07/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Excellent, received all necessay info. It would have great to have also received info on the B&B (name and location so as to have a little peek!) and maybe the list of people booked on the trip -although only 8 so easier to remember all the names within a couple of days!
Trip Comments
Loved every minute of this trip: stunning scenery and beautiful walks. Some walks were quite challenging and long though so this could be difficult for some people. I did question myself whether I could do a few of them but thanks to our wonderful guide and group I did manage to do them all and enjoy them all!
Accommodation and Food
Perfect! Evelyn at the B&B was excellent, very helpful and had great recommendations on places to go. The B&B was very comfortable, clean and with stunning views. Food was delicious, fresh and plentiful. Loved the different places we went to eat. Great to have the choice and flexibility.
Your Guide
Andy was the perfect guide, I don't think we could have had better. Very caring, flexible, friendly, motivating and with a superb Scottish accent. He was always checking we were all ok and very accommodating with the choice of walks or places to go and eat. I would love to have him again on all my future tours!
The Bottom Line
First tour with Wilderness Scotland and not the last! I have already booked another tour for next year! Andy set the bar high so might be difficult to have the same or beat it (no pressure!) The group was also wonderful, with Andy they surely made that tour even more special. Loved everything about this tour and highly recommend it to all nature, wilderness lovers and walkers!

by Barbara Godsalve 04/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I found photos and some information difficult to download but that may be just me as I am not very good with modern technology
Trip Comments
the climbing was quite challenging and I did feel this was not reflected in your blue 6 grading.Our excellent leader said that previous trippers had made this comment
Accommodation and Food
excellent b and b and more food than I could manage in the packed lunches
Your Guide
Andy was brilliant and very patient with us all
The Bottom Line
it was very hard but I enjoyed the challenge

by Harry Boyd 26/06/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
more information about where we would be staying & members of the group would have been nice
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Ethel Hickton 26/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I was happy with the information I got
Trip Comments
The food was amazing especially the 2 we had at venues close to the end of the day's walk - Loved the fact that changes were made according to circumstances - and the changes were actually for the better - flexibility is essential. Good humour and patience in the face of some difficulties. Ability to vary a day due to weather - excellent. Highlights were getting to the top of the 2 main mountains - even as in the case of Suilven missing dinner (worth it to get everyone up and give feeling of achievement to those unlikely to be able to repeat the experience)
Accommodation and Food
B/Bmore than excellent, apart from last night all food was excellent - amazing value. Fresh fish and what an excellent range
Your Guide
Andy displayed humour and patience - this made for a very relaxing experience.
The Bottom Line
Excellent

by Maggie Abbott 26/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Bit off a bit more than I could chew. But so happy I did it!
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The best experience ever!
Your Guide
Andy Hague was very caring & considered all of us.
The Bottom Line
I felt I was too slow for the others, but Andy made sure it was good for all. I'll choose an easier grade next time.

by Elaine Crosland 26/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
David was very helpful and phoned back promptly with information.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The B&B was excellent. Evelyn was keen to help and a great source of local knowledge. Breakfast was delicious. The packed lunches were great and I always had leftovers as there was so much. The local restaurants we ate dinner in had a large choice and the food was delicious.
Your Guide
Andy did a great job with a relatively varied ability group. He discussed routes and suggested changes with the group and was always full of energy & enthusiasm. He chatted with all the group and was very friendly. He was also very knowledgeable about the countryside, wildlife & plants and if he didn't know something would find it out. I would definitely go on another trip with him as guide.
The Bottom Line
A fabulous trip with amazing scenery.

by Pius Spescha 04/06/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Ardvreck-House ist an exzellent guesthouse. The service is friendly, the breakfest is good, the Roms are kleen and this all in a wonderful Place.
Your Guide
Marc showed us what we have hopen to see from the Scottland-Highlands: his fauna and flora, his mountains, his wilderndess and this all whis a great knowledge.
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2nd Sep - 8th Sep 2017
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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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2017 Trip Dates

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2nd Sep - 8th Sep 2017
£1,295
1 place(s) left
30th Sep - 6th Oct 2017
£1,255
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19th May - 25th May 2018
£1,295
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26th May - 1st Jun 2018
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9th Jun - 15th Jun 2018
£1,295
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16th Jun - 22nd Jun 2018
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18th Aug - 24th Aug 2018
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Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

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Customer Kudos
Assynt is so beatiful it verges on the sureal. Wilderness Scotland are an efficient company and are good for running tours with small group sizes. But when you go to Scotland you are rolling the dice.

Richard Bentley
01/08/2017

5

The scenic beauty and having the support of an experienced and support guide (both hiking and all the details) is a real plus. These trips go away from the crowds (except maybe for dinner). This is my second trip - and would consider another in the future.

Jonna Reeder
28/07/2017

4

Rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 82 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – Wilds of Assynt

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