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A Cape Wrath Trail guided walking holiday

About A Cape Wrath Trail

A Cape Wrath Trail walking holiday

This is a new route for 2015.

Very achievable, definitely adventurous, continuous trek, from Fort William in the heart of the Highlands, to Cape Wrath, the north west tip of the UK mainland; about 225 miles of fascinating wild landscapes and ever changing vistas in 17 one day stages. (No need to stay in tents or bothies, or to carry heavy kit; daily support is provided).

It’s hard to believe there is so much wild, untamed terrain in the UK. This is a route of incomparable contrasts, of wild passes and lonely glens, between awe-inspiring mountains and along stunning coasts. The opportunity for wild-life spotting is considerable, as we pass through habitats where one would not be surprised to see creatures like – red deer, golden eagles, ptarmigan, otters, seals, basking sharks…. to name but a few. This is a great adventure for the intrepid!

This is a full-on trip from the start that you need to prepare for!

What customers said about this holiday

“Wonderful – Loved it absolutely & unconditionally. Never experienced anything like it.”

“The North West of Scotland more than lived up to its reputation – absolutely stunning!”

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Your walking holiday includes:

  • Qualified Mountain Leader
  • Support Manager
  • 17 walking days
  • 2 Ferry Journeys
  • 18 nights Hostel accommodation
  • All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 19 are included with the exception of lunch and dinner on day 11
  • Transport from and back to Stirling
  • Daily transport as required and for baggage
  • VAT at 20%

A Cape Wrath Trail - Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Leave Stirling and travel by mini-bus to Fort William. Start walking up the Caledonian Canal as far as Clunes on the shores of Loch Lochy; ~22km. Overnight in a private hostel nearby for 2 nights.

Day 2: Walk from Clunes to the west end of Loch Garry using good tracks; ~32km.

Day 3: Carry on along Glen Garry to reach and cross the hill path over the Mam na Seilg to Glen Loyne and on up to the old (now closed) Glen Loyne road to Cluanie; ~22km. Stay at Ratagan hostel for 3 nights.

Day 4: From Cluanie head over the hill pass to Glen Affric and turn down Glen Licht to Morvich on Loch Duich; ~23km

Day 5: We’ll follow the ancient hill route from Morvich, between Sgurr an Airgid and Beinn Bhuidhe, to Nonach Lodge; ~15km.

Day 6: From here our route heads into the heart of Attadale Forest to get to Achintee near Strathcarron; ~19km. Stay for 3 nights at Torridon hostel.

Day 7: Next is Achintee to Achnashellach via Bearnais; ~18km.

Day 8: Then across the lovely Coulin Pass to Kinlochewe and the tiny hamlet of Incheril beyond; ~18km.

Day 9: And then across the great challenging wilderness of Kinlochewe and Dundonnell Forests to emerge at Corrie Hallie near the end of Little Loch Broom; ~29km. Stay 3 nights in Ullapool.

Day 10: A more relaxing day to follow to reach Altnaharry from where a boat will take the group across to Ullapool; ~10km.

Day 11: Day off in Ullapool to chill out, recycle possessions, take a boat trip to the Summer Isles, visit Highland Stoneware, etc, etc. NB. To leave you flexible only breakfast is provided on this day.

Day 12: Refreshed and raring to go again, walk out of Ullapool, up Glen Achall and over into Glen Einig, all day on good tracks, to be picked up somewhere beyond Duag Bridge; ~27km. Stay for 4 nights at Achmelvich.

Day 13: Continue to Oykel Bridge and onward to Loch Ailsh near Benmore Lodge, following the River Oykel; ~17km

Day 14: Loch Ailsh to Inchnadamph, crossing the amazing pass between Breabag and Conival; ~17km. Day 15: Inchnadamph to Loch na Gainmhich and Kylesku, using the fascinating stalkers path to the pass and then via the ‘Loch of the Green Corrie’; ~18km.

Day 16: Kylesku up across the undulating moor to Ben Dreavie and Loch Stack; ~20km. Stay at Durness for the next 3 nights.

Day 17: Loch Stack, around the base of Arkle, to Rhiconich, then along the road to Blairmore; ~24km

Day 18: And finally, Blairmore to Cape Wrath via Sandwood Bay in time to get transported to the Kyle of Durness ferry before it finishes. Alternatively we’ll do this last section the opposite way; ~20km. (Doing it this way takes the worry away about reaching the ferry before it finishes for the day).

Day 19: Return to Stirling via Inverness, tired but happy and exhilarated, arriving about 17:00.

Accommodation:

18 nights’ hostel accommodation (small, shared, bunk-bed dormitories) in hostels at the following – Great Glen(2), Ratagan(3), Torridon(3), Ullapool(3), Achmelvichr(4), Durness(3). Rooms are usually separate for men and women but could be shared with other guests. Bed linen is provided but clients need to bring their own towel and soap.(Towels often can be hired – £2). Hot showers and drying facilities are available. Ratagan, Torridon and Ullapool hostels have laundry facilities.

Meals:

All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 19 are included with the exception of lunch and dinner on day 11. Meals are prepared by our support manager with a wee bit of help from the group in preparation and clearing up. Special diets can be catered for if notified in advance. On day 11 there is a variety of eating places in Ullapool for meals (your chance to have fillet steak!).

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