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      Wilderness Walking
      Wilds of Assynt

      147 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 26th Sep | 24th Apr Duration: 6 night(s)

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      Trip created by David Russell
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      Region: North West Highlands
      Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
      Comfort: Classic
      Max Group Size: 8
      Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
      Deposit From N/A £406.25


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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 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 – 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/ 5 miles | 230m/ 750 ft ascent | approx. 3-4 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 which allows us to arrive back in Inverness for 1600 hours and the trip end. (B, L)

      Walk details: 15km/ 9 miles | 750m/ 2460 ft ascent | approx. 6-7 hours

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      Wilderness Walking
      Wilds of Assynt

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      What's Included

      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels 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.

      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 - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) 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.

      Travel - All transport throughout the trip 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.

      Trip Dates & Prices

      Trip Dates for 2020 Availability Status Price Book
      26th Sep - 2nd Oct 2020 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £1,625
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      4th Sep - 10th Sep 2021 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £1,625

      Make This Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

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      Rachael is a true gem and we regularly receive feedback thanking her for designing inspiring itineraries and for being such a pleasure to chat to. In many cases the people Rachael designs tailor-made trips for, actually become friends and she’s had more than one invite to far off lands as a result. Rachael believes in only the highest levels of customer experience and service and the Assynt walking trip she created uncovers some of the most beautiful mountainous areas that Scotland has to offer.

      - Rachael Gavan

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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 147 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – Wilds of Assynt


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      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.


      Hezi Zakai

      Reviewed on 04/09/2020

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 01/08/2020
      Trips Taken: 3

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      initially i was reluctant going to a hiking trip in the middle of the pandemic, but as scotland was a better option than most other destination , i went and was pleasantly surprised , we were only four of us, and any reluctance faded away the minute i started walking, i would defiantly recommend


      Janet Milne

      Reviewed on 04/09/2020

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 01/08/2020
      Trips Taken: 3

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      The Bottom Line

      For us this trip was a really good introduction to the Assynt area in that we saw a range of environments within quite a small geographical area. This is the third trip we have done with Wilderness Scotland and as in previous years we have been very impressed with the level of organisation and thought that has gone into providing an interesting itinerary - especially this year given the unknown nature of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many thanks indeed for such an enjoyable trip.


      Hillary Lee

      Reviewed on 26/10/2019

      Age: 40 - 50
      Country: Singapore
      Trip Date: 05/10/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

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