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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, which will allow us to experience all aspects of this wonderful region of Scotland.
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
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
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
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
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. Dinner tonight is a lovely meal on a sailing boat. A very special meal in a spectacular location, and the perfect way to end the day. (B, L, D)
For the October departure only: Please note that dinner is not included on this day as the yacht is not available at this time of year.
Walk details: 7.5km/ 5 miles | 150m/ 492 ft ascent | approx. 4 hours
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Rated 4.91 out of 5 based on 127 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – Wilds of Assynt
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Reviewed on 18/09/2018
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The Bottom Line
The panoramas atop Cul Mor, Suilven and Quinag were incredible. I'll never forget the full rainbow on Quinag...truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Ardvreck House was lovely. Breakfast choices were varied and service was super efficient.
Can't say enough good things about David (first two days) and Billy (remaining days). Both suggested the best hiking options for the day considering the weather and conditions. Billy in particular did a great job accommodating the various abilities of trip participants, keeping the group together on the tougher sections and being flexible about participants going ahead, or staying behind, at other times. When appropriate, he pointed out hazards without being alarmist.
I would highly recommend Wilderness Scotland for anyone wishing to take an active vacation in Scotland. The Wilds of Assynt exceeded my expectations!
Reviewed on 14/09/2018
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
phone and emails answered promptly with good advice
Guides -David and Billy were knowledgeable and experienced so felt very safe in their hands-particularly their local knowledge of where to eat in the evenings!
lovely views-good to be outside Ullapool. good space in room and lovely breakfast
both were an asset to Wilderness Scotland. cheerful, dedicated to giving us a good and memorable week .
Great weather which always helps, very much looking forward to our next trip with Wilderness Scotland
Reviewed on 10/09/2018
Accommodation & Food
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I really liked our guide billy. He was very good and let everyone go at there own pace.
He was wonderful. He let everyone go at there own pace and was really knowledge about the area.
The trip was wonderful me and my husband had an amazing time. The mountains in the Assynt region was definitely challenging but worth it.
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