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A Cape Wrath Trail North

Guided Walking: A Cape Wrath Trail North

The northern section of this very achievable, definitely adventurous, continuous trek covers the ~90 miles Ullapool to Cape Wrath portion. There is no need to stay in tents or bothies, or to carry heavy kit; daily support is provided. It forms a great stand-alone holiday, and 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!

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map - A Cape Wrath Trail North walking holiday

Your walking holiday includes:

  • Qualified Mountain Leader
  • Support Manager
  • 7 walking days
  • 1 Ferry journey
  • 8 nights Hostel accommodation [The 2019 May trip will have 3 nights guest house and 5 nights hostel accommodation]
  • All meals from breakfast day 2 to breakfast day 9 are included.
  • Transport from and back to Stirling
  • Daily transport as required for people and for baggage
  • VAT at 20%

A Cape Wrath Trail North brief itinerary:

Day 1: Leave Stirling and travel by mini-bus to Ullapool Overnight at Ullapool hostel for 1 night.

Day 2: Possibly joined by those who have done the southern section, 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> / 540m^. Stay for 4 nights near Lochinver.

Day 3: Continue to Oykel Bridge and onto Loch Ailsh near Benmore Lodge following the River Oykel; ~17km> / 450m^.

Day 4: Loch Ailsh to Inchnadamph, crossing the amazing pass between Breabag and Conival; ~17km> / 575m^.

Day 5: 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> / 750m^.

Day 6: Kylesku up across the undulating moor to Ben Dreavie and Loch Stack; ~20km> / 890m^. Stay at Durness for the next 3 nights.

Day 7: Loch Stack, around the base of Arkle, to Rhiconich, then along the road to Blairmore; ~24km> / 780m^.

Day 8: We’ll get started early to ensure we can complete the walk from 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> / 460m^. (Doing it this way takes the worry away about reaching the ferry before it finishes for the day).

Day 9: Return to Stirling via Inverness, tired but happy and exhilarated, arriving about 17:00.


8 nights’ hostel accommodation (small, shared, bunk-bed dormitories) in hostels at the following – Ullapool(1), Achmelvich(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 can be hired - £2)Hot showers and drying facilities are available. Ullapool hostel has laundry facilities. nb. [The 2019 May trip will have 3 nights guest house and 5 nights hostel accommodation]


All meals from breakfast day 2 to breakfast day 9 are included. 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.

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Maps of the area & background reading

To get the most from your C-N-Do Scotland activity you may wish to do some background reading prior to departure.


Books which you may find informative are:


Maps which you may find informative are:

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Dates Price SRS Spaces  
11 - 19 May 2019 £1395 n/a Limited spaces available
30 July - 7 August 2019 £1395 n/a Spaces available

At a glance

  • Grade: Grade 3
  • Price: From £1095 p.p
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Accommodation: 8 nights
  • Accom type: Hostel
  • Walking/Exploring: 7 days
  • Travel: 2 days
  • Group min: 5
  • Group max: 7
  • Meet: Stirling Railway Station or C-N-Do Office, Stirling
  • Finish: Stirling
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