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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.

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.

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by Sue Cheeseman 09/10/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Fantastic food, great accommodation. Guide was very knowledgeable; we had rubbish weather (strong winds and rain) most days but he still managed to get us on great walks everyday and we all felt safe under his watch. We were extra lucky as we had a member of staff with us as a guest which gave the group more flexibility. Our group got on very well and we all had lots of fun. Highly recommended trip.
Trip Comments
Kylesku restaurant by the water- trying whisky and gin and sharing puddings after a great day on the hills.
Accommodation and Food
Food was fanstastic. The B+B provided an excellent breakfast to set you up for a day on the hills. Beautiful spot to stay.
Your Guide
Felt very safe in their hands. Brilliant knowledge of the area and we had a good walk everyday despite the weather.
The Bottom Line
Loved it. I'd do it again (but ideally not in the aftermath of hurricane Irmer!)

by Felicity Tyndall 09/10/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Excellent guest house with lovely hosts and comfy rooms and delicious breakfasts. I enjoyed going to all the different restaurants which were all excellent and staying out after a day out to eat, even in walking gear was a good idea. We had a change of guide on the Tuesday morning which was no problem and very smoothly done, including the help of another member of your team on our trip. The weather wasn't great but our clever and thoughtful guide took us to terrific places and I felt very safe as knew we weren't being taken anywhere where there was a risk to us. We had a brilliant group and we all 'gelled' quickly and had great fun hearing about each other, especially as half the came from different parts of the world! Also, lunches from the sandwich shop were delicious and catered for all diets.
Accommodation and Food
I think I've said some already! But the positioning of the guest house was perfect from views, comfort and near to the walks we would be going on. I can't think how you can improve on that. As said, all the restaurants chosen fitted in with the day's walking. Being full board, it was exceptional value for money and I didn't need to spend much extra!
Your Guide
As you obviously know, we had a change of guide on the Tuesday which went very smoothly. They were both considerate and kind and friendly and helpful and I had no need to feel worried as I felt a bit unsure of some of the terrain, but a helping hand was always nearby. With the rather dreadful weather a lot of the time, our guide found suitable and good walks that were safe. I enjoyed Ken's poem readings!!
The Bottom Line
Good value, caring and considerate guides, marvellous scenery and well chosen walks, though I know we couldn't do them all in the itinerary because of the weather, but felt relaxed and refreshed! Your extra member of staff was a huge asset to us all !

by Uschi Hofmann 09/10/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Prompt and helpful advice, especially when I struggled to open attachments in emails
Trip Comments
Lovely group, cosy and friendly accommodation, very competent and fun guide(s).
Accommodation and Food
What a lovely place at Ullapool, our host Evelyn made us feel so welcome, nothing was too much.
Choices of restaurants were great.
Your Guide
Both our guides were extremely comptetent, fun, engaging and knowledgeable. They had to be extremely flexible as the weather didn't allow us to stick to any firm plans. We still had a great time with lovely walks.
The Bottom Line
I have not been on a group trip before but am firmly planning my next adventure with WS.

by Anne Laskowski 19/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Excellent: efficient booking and very helpful information on all aspects of the trip.
Trip Comments
What fun I had - the whole week could not have been better. I loved the whole experience which was clearly based on such attention to detail by Wilderness Scotland. The ethos of Wilderness Scotland shone through. The walking was amazing.
Accommodation and Food
Evelyn at the guest house was so friendly and helpful, making the stay most comfortable. Dinners in the evening were the perfect end to the day - super restaurants and delicious food with great company.
Your Guide
Iain was truly the perfect guide. His amazing expertise, personal experience and extensive knowledge made this excellent week. He profoundly enriched my own appreciation of a landscape I already loved - something that will stay with me. He looked after us all with such good humour and kindness, always making sure that the experience was the best for everyone in the group. A further joy was having Chantal with us too.
The Bottom Line
Fabulous. Thank you.

by Michelle Peace 18/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Some of the group were not physically capable of completing scheduled hikes. Also, it would have been nice to have a room to myself.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

We do have some single rooms available on the trip but they are limited to a first come first served basis. Unfortunately, all the single rooms on this trip were allocated when you booked your place.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was excellent. I have allergies, etc and not all of the restaurants adhered to requests - was sick twice.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks so much for your feedback, we do pass on all allergy information to the restaurants but we will follow up with them about this to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Alison Williams 18/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All questions were answered.
Trip Comments
My highlight was Suilven, a place I have wanted to visit for ages and would never have done without a guide.
Accommodation and Food
The B&B is excellent and the choice of restaurants was great too.
Your Guide
Iain is well-organised and knowledgeable.
The Bottom Line
I really enjoyed this trip. The scenery is marvellous, the walks are varied, and the whole thing ran smoothly.

by Michele Robb 11/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I truly can't think of how this trip could be better. Our guide was knowledgeable, kept us safe, and an all round lovely individual. The guesthouse was wonderfully comfortable with friendly helpful staff. The restaurants were well chosen. I felt cared for, listened to and happy. A wonderful experience with scenery and people I shall never forget.
Trip Comments
I learned a great deal about myself, internally and externally. Found strength I didn't know I had and pushed past what I thought were my my limitations. I cannot single out any one thing as the trip as a whole felt like a highlight.
Accommodation and Food
The guesthouse was comfortable, the breakfasts great and terrifically friendly staff.
Your Guide
I can't say enough about Iain. He never lost his cool, has a dry sense of humor and treated us as individuals with specific needs. He's thoughtful, careful and went above and beyond in making sure everyone was happy and safe.
The Bottom Line
Outstanding.

by Hanna Makkonen 11/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
No hassle, and person to talk / write to.
Trip Comments
Weather we can't change, but everything else was top class - accommodation, guide, food, tours
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Iain is an excellent guide, with touring and talking - nothing too much, nothing too little but just right.
The Bottom Line

by Mikolaj Chwalisz 11/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I liked that online reservation process was saved automatically. We had troubles paying by credit card but it was solved by phone contact.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Great experience, very professional approach.

by Penny Gordon 09/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We found any emails and communication with WS to be responsive, timely and spot on in terms of responding to our queries.
Trip Comments
We had a fantastic time on the trip. The group bonded well thanks to Tim's leadership and the design of the program which eased us into the hiking program and into connection with each other.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation at Ardvreck House was very satisfactory with good breakfasts to start the day. The rooms were a good size to spread out and have some space. Evelyn the host went out of her way to meet our needs. We were particularly grateful for the support Evelyn gave Sue when she was sick for a couple of days and needed to see a doctor.
Something to consider for the future - one of the items we were given in our daily food package was a packet of chips - our preference would have been for healthy fruit and nut bars or energy boosting chocolate bars to help us up the hills.
Your Guide
Tim was a model of professionalism. He was polite, considerate, engaging, funny, absorbed and managed any challenges in the group, asserted his leadership role when it was required, and was very informative and supportive. We have been on lots of walking holidays around the world - Tim is up there with the best.
The Bottom Line
It was fantastic, and thanks to WS for your back up support when Sue was sick for a couple of days and plans required some adjustment. As an indicator of our time together I will send separately the poem (hurriedly written but you get the sense of things) I wrote and read out on the groups' last night together to say thanks to Tim.

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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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Customer Kudos
Loved it. I'd do it again (but ideally not in the aftermath of hurricane Irmer!)

Sue Cheeseman
09/10/2017

5

Good value, caring and considerate guides, marvellous scenery and well chosen walks, though I know we couldn't do them all in the itinerary because of the weather, but felt relaxed and refreshed! Your extra member of staff was a huge asset to us all !

Felicity Tyndall
09/10/2017

5

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