North to the Cape

This unique holiday is a wonderful 70 miles (112 km) Highland journey from Ullapool all the way north to Cape Wrath, the north-west tip of the mainland. We cross wild and rugged mountain passes and follow the windswept cliffs of the coastline

We start out on the trail on Saturday afternoon, trekking from Ullapool to Strathcanaird. Over the following days we will trek across the haunting moors of Assynt and Sutherland to reach Ledmore, Inchnadamph, Kylesku, Achfary and Riconich. On the last day we tackle a truly classic coastal walk where towering sea stacks and shimmering beaches are bounded by the Atlantic Ocean as we head south from Cape Wrath to Sandwood Bay. Mostly, the paths used are stalker’s paths to take us through remote scenic glens, along rushing rivers and pretty birch woods. On some days, there are no paths but you are guided, and will ascend up to 600m over dramatic rugged mountain passes.

Highlights

  • Supported journey from Ullapool to Cape Wrath
  • Truly scenic and wild walking in the far northwest
  • Stunning coastal scenery
  • Walk on famed Sandwood Bay Beach

At a Glance

From £1025 per person
Single room: a limited number of single rooms are available from £100

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Duration8 Days
LocationHighlands Mainland
StartInverness Station @ 11.00
FinishInverness Station @ 12.00
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At a Glance

From £1025 per person
Single room: a limited number of single rooms are available from £100

Grade
Duration8 Days
LocationHighlands Mainland
StartInverness Station @ 11.00
FinishInverness Station @ 12.00

Itinerary

Please note that we do not physically walk the complete distance between Ullapool and Cape Wrath. This means we are not always starting to walk from exactly the same place where we finished the day before. This trip is based in Ullapool & Scourie; the walks are minibus supported meaning we’ll only have to carry a daypack and we will be picked up and dropped off at the start /finish of each walk.

Day 1 – Ullapool to Strathcanaird

After your pick-up from Inverness railway station, we travel northwest over the Moray Firth to Ullapool (approx 70 mins) drive to your accommodation. We then begin our journey walking from Ullapool to Strathcanaird (approx 7 miles). Starting from ‘Ullapool hill’ you will have lovely views of the Western seaboard out to the Summer Isles and beyond. Saturday evening you are invited to join your group and dine together. This will give your leader the opportunity to give a briefing on the coming week.

Day 2 – Strathcanaird to Achiltibuie

Today you continue your trek from Strathcanaird to Achiltibuie along the ‘old postman’s track’. You will climb over the far shoulder of Coigach; the mountain dominating the skyline and follow the rough coastal path with wonderful ever- changing seascapes.

Day 3 – Benmore to Inchnadamph

Your trek begins from Benmore walking into the heart of the Assynt mountain range. With majestic mountains all around, you ascend up and over a high pass with dramatic views all the way down to Inchnadamph.

Day 4 – Inchnadamph to Kylesku

Starting at Inchnadamph you walk from the shores of Loch Assynt on stalkers paths up and over the high col between Glas Bheinn and Beinn Uidhe. Gushing waterfalls and rough mountain slopes mark our way to Loch na Gainmhich.

Day 5 – Kylestrome to Achfary

Today you say goodbye to Ullapool and hello to Kinlochbervie. After your breakfast, we pack and head for Kylestrome to begin your trek; an easier and shorter walk awaits you. The walk is on good tracks, finishing at Achfary Forest on the shores of Loch More. Although an easier walk, you will be treated to wonderful views of Arkle and Ben Stack along the way. After today’s walk you travel on to Scourie, where you will be staying the last 3 nights.

Day 6 – Loch Stack to Gualin

Today you will have a great walk through the timeless landscape of the north. A long but rewarding day ascending high amidst the dramatic mountains of Foinaven and Arkle.

Day 7 – Cape Wrath to Blairmore

Our final walking day is a classic coastal walk. First, you take a boat and then a bus to the most north-westerly tip of Scotland. From Cape Wrath you walk south to beautiful Sandwood bay. There are many river crossings, so it will be a challenge to keep our feet dry!

Day 8 – Travel back to Inverness


What's Included

Included:

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast in comfortable guesthouses
  • 2 x dinner (first and last night)
  • 6 days walking with a qualified and experienced NWF leader
  • All road and boat transport during the trip

Excluded:

  • Travel to and from Inverness
  • (Packed) lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Miscellaneous expenses like drinks, entrance fees etc

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