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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 a walk to the Old Man of Stoer
  • Relax and look for marine wildlife on a cruise around the Summer Isles

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?

This walking holiday enjoys accommodation in a 4-star guest house located close to the town centre in Ullapool. The guest house enjoys stunning views across Loch Broom is conveniently located close to the hills which we will be exploring.

Accommodation is in a choice of double or twin rooms, which are en-suite with a shower.

 

SINGLE 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 – please see booking form terms and conditions.

 

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 13:00 on Day 1 of your trip. Inverness is a small station so you should find the group and guide quite easily! For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.

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 Carolina Coleman 05/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The customer service personnel were friendly and very responsive to my questions.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Our B&B was absolutely lovely. We were located on a large loch and the view outside of my window was scenic. The women running the B&B were engaging and thoughtful. There were sheep nearby. It never hurts to have sheep nearby. The restaurants were stellar. Special thanks goes out to the West Coast Delicatessen who catered our lunches. I am gluten free and I have to tell you that my lunches were invariably hearty, delicious and creative.
Your Guide
Gordon was fantastic. I'm sure that all of the hikers in our group are using adjectives to describe him such as, 'knowledgeable, professional, thorough'. These are apt statements but he was also engaging, thought provoking and humorous. His side comments were particularly amusing. He was well prepared. I felt that he could handle any untoward situation which arose.

Gordon inspired confidence. On the one day that I thought to myself, "Really? You want us to do what? I don't think that's possible. I'm going to die". It occurred to me that he had led that trip many times before without injury, and besides, he was looking quite calm. Therefore, everything was going to be fine. Which, of course, it was. It was better than fine. It was a blast.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland provided a stellar experience in every way possible. I've already recommended this program to my family, friends and my colleagues.

by Lorraine Regan 04/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Andy Lewis 30/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I booked late and wanted a single room. This initially seemed a problem but got quickly sorted and I was ready to go. All very simple.
Trip Comments
Couldn't fault it. The Assynt trip certainly gave me the challenge I was looking for. Well thought itinerary and great B&B (Ardvreck House) and restaurants for dinner. Gordon, our guide, is a super guy - very keen to impart his excellent knowledge on geology, flora and fauna, history, and much else - plus friendly and great sense of humour, but kept us all organised and punctual. I was fortunate to be with a lovely group of fellow walkers - very sociable and from varied backgrounds and interests - we all got on great.
Accommodation and Food
As mentioned in the previous section, all good. Despite the need for fairly long drives each day to the walk starts, I thought staying in one place was the best approach - no need to pack and unpack again.
Your Guide
For the reasons mentioned in an earlier section, Gordon was first class. I can't think of any areas needing improvement.
The Bottom Line
Top class trip. Provides perfect blend of challenge, the chance to experience and find out more about the local ecosystems, and the opportunity to meet interesting and knowledgeable people. I'm already looking to go on another (probably Torridon) and would thoroughly recommend you to others (in fact I already have to three interested friends).

by Ian Young 29/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Friendly response and offered suggestions and guidance
Trip Comments
Everything went perfectly - including the weather
Accommodation and Food
First class, including the lunch pack - great sandwiches
Your Guide
He (Gordon Anderson) was the perfect guide. Nice, easy personality, good sense of humour and superb knowledge of the area of our trek, of nature, of Scottish history and indeed of many other subjects. He very soon had us all bonding as a group.
The Bottom Line

by David Lilley 29/08/2016

3Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The need for midge nets should have been categorized as Essential given that the locals all need and use them. Some duplication on questions which had already been answered eg dietary needs

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks for your feedback. We do recommend bringing midge nets and repellant in our equipment list, the hope is you don’t have to use them but it's always good to have them just in case!
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
B+B was very good and hospitable and restaurant selection was excellent including the marvelous Pie Shop
Your Guide
Already commented on Gordon's knowledge of local history, fauna and flora and his enthusiastic leadership. Was very attentive to safety and interacted well with a diverse group and adapted to our needs. I would highly recommend any trip that Gordon leads
The Bottom Line
Overall a wonderful trip with an enjoyable group in fabulous country

by Osmo Saari 08/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
I know this isn't your fault, but the Scottish breakfast is way too heavy for me.
Your Guide
Our guide was the greatest. There was always an option if the weather was not so perfect for the original plan.
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by Ashley Bartel 31/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Quick email response time. Helpful with other non-trip items such as finding the right train line etc.
Trip Comments
Our guide Jenny was great! She was very nice and kind. She was able to make quick schedule changes due to the weather and we were still able to see everything planned. I also liked that dinner was at a restaurant every night.
Accommodation and Food
B&B was nice and clean. I appreciated that they changed the towels everyday. It was nice to have dinner at a restaurant every night, gave people the chance to eat what they want with good variety,
Your Guide
Jenny was great and very helpful. She watched the weather and planned things accordingly.
The Bottom Line
I would book a trip with Wilderness Scotland again. Our guide Jenny was very nice and made the trip very enjoyable! Having a great guide really makes or breaks a trip and Jenny was great! B&B accommodations were nice and clean (beautiful view) and food was good.

by Jan Kennedy 06/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I loved that David called back when I had a question, even though it was from outside theUK
Trip Comments
The guesthouse we stayed in, Ardvreck, was so much more luxury than I'd expected, but also more welcoming. A really good bedside light is unusual. Great cotton sheets and a good bathroom shelf. Might sound funny but was so useful!
Accommodation and Food
Great Ardvreck guesthouse breakfasts, fantastic packed lunches and different places for supper!
Your Guide
Tim was friendly and volunteered lots of extra information. His love of the Highlands was almost tangible and his patience with the slower walkers ( me) was wonderful.
The Bottom Line
I loved every minute of my holiday - ate superbly well, walked about as much as I could and felt happy and satisfied with every single day

by David Rosenkrantz 04/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Your Guide
Tim's combination of knowledge, humor and energy was superb.
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by Susan Zarrow 02/07/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
- Had difficulty getting the payment to go through on the website.
+ Questions were answered quickly and in a friendly manner by email.
- Requested info on a reliable travel agent in Scotland to handle the non-WS parts of our trip. Was emailed website links to do all of the research and all of the bookings myself.
Trip Comments
The flexibility was great. I liked how the trip was tailored to the weather for the week, and I liked how we could eat wherever it was most convenient - if we finished a hike in the early evening, we could have dinner in the nearest town - we didn't have to drive all the way back to home base. The restaurants were excellent, and I appreciated being able to order whatever we wanted.
Accommodation and Food
Ardvreck guest house was lovely in every way, except that the extremely weak and slow wifi was very aggravating. The wifi needs to be stronger, and available in the guest rooms, not just in a small area in the downstairs sitting room. We wanted to dispatch with online business quickly, so it wouldn't intrude on our holiday, but the wifi situation meant that it took up a lot of time in the evenings.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
I hope that this didn't detract from your enjoyment of the trip. The WIFI in the Highlands can be a bit spotty at times but I hope that you still managed to unplug and unwind and enjoy your trip.
Your Guide
Tim is great. Capable, professional, personable, organized. He was an absolute delight to be with. He tended to the group's needs brilliantly. He tailored the itinerary to the weather very well.
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1st Oct - 7th Oct 2016
£1,195
Trip Full
20th May - 26th May 2017
£1,195
Places available
17th Jun - 23rd Jun 2017
£1,195
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15th Jul - 21st Jul 2017
£1,195
Places available
19th Aug - 25th Aug 2017
£1,195
Places available
30th Sep - 6th Oct 2017
£1,195
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Trip Details

This walking holiday explores the 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 feel regal and distinctive 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 – The Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve

After meeting in Inverness, we travel to the North-West Highlands, stopping on the way for a short walk at the impressive Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve and the 50m high Falls of Measach.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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1st Oct - 7th Oct 2016
£1,195
Trip Full
20th May - 26th May 2017
£1,195
Places available
17th Jun - 23rd Jun 2017
£1,195
Places available
15th Jul - 21st Jul 2017
£1,195
Places available
19th Aug - 25th Aug 2017
£1,195
Places available
30th Sep - 6th Oct 2017
£1,195
Places available

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Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

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Wilderness Scotland provided a stellar experience in every way possible. I've already recommended this program to my family, friends and my colleagues.

Carolina Coleman
05/09/2016

5

Lorraine Regan
04/09/2016

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