Our Cape Wrath Trail is rapidly becoming a much sought after prize by many walkers. It is probably the most adventurous and wildest trek within the UK. Yet it is very achievable for regular walkers when walked over 17 one-day stages.
It is a route of incomparable contrasts, of wild passes and lonely glens, of some rough walking but awe-inspiring wild mountains and stunning coastlines. The isolation and remoteness is incomparable.
Although our Cape Wrath Trail is not a waymarked trail (and doesn’t even follow a path for much of the way) it is becoming recognised as the ultimate UK achievement for long distance walkers. Our experienced and qualified guide takes care of the tricky navigation which may be encountered on the open pathless hill and moorland sections, enabling you to fully enjoy the walking experience to its fullest.
Logistics are complicated in this part of the country with accommodation being sparse and usually not where you want it to be. Our dedicated support manager is able to solve these problems by providing mini-bus transport and a baggage carrying service as well as serving sumptuous meals at the end of a long day’s walking.
The opportunity for wild-life spotting is considerable. 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. Our knowledgeable guide will help you make the most of these opportunities.
Our continuous Cape Wrath Trail route from Fort William to Cape Wrath in the far North West corner passes through 220 miles of fascinating wild landscapes and ever changing vistas. It’s hard to believe there is so much wild, untamed terrain in the UK, and as part of our small group (maximum 7) you can be there!
We regret that due to the rough, pathless nature of much of the terrain and the accommodation / transport logistics, this route is not available on a self-guided basis.
This trip involves travelling by Ferry. There is always a slight possibility on trips involving ferries, that severe weather conditions or other reasons will prevent a scheduled sailing. However unlikely this may be on this trip, it may not be possible to keep to the planned timings. Any additional expenses incurred through changes in the ferry schedule will not be met by C-N-Do Scotland.
Out of Season Scottish Ways
If you like to explore the countryside when it's quieter, then doing so out of season is the way; that adds to the adventure and also to the challenge. Between mid October and Easter you can have the ways and trails pretty much to yourself – they're absolutely great then! Contact us on +44(0)1786 445 703 for more details.
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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 except lunch and dinner day 11.
- Transport from and back to Stirling
- Daily transport as required for people and baggage
- VAT at 20%
A Cape Wrath Trail brief itinerary:
Day 1: Leave Stirling and travel to Fort William; walk to Clunes; ~22km. Overnight in the Great Glen for 2 nights.
Day 2: Clunes to Loch Garry; ~32km.
Day 3: Loch Garry to Cluanie via the Mam na Seilg and Glen Loyne; ~22km. Stay Ratagan for 3 nights.
Day 4: Cluanie to Loch Duich via Glen Affric and Glen Licht; ~23km.
Day 5: Loch Duich to Nonach Lodge via the ancient hill pass; ~15km.
Day 6: Then to Achintee via the Attadale Forest; ~19km. Stay Torridon for 3 nights.
Day 7: Achintee to Achnashellach via Bearbais; ~18km.
Day 8: Across the Coulin Pass to Incheril, just beyond Kinlochewe; ~18km.
Day 9: Across the challenging wilderness of Kinlochewe and Dundonnell Forests to Corrie Hallie; ~29km. Stay Ullapool for 3 nights.
Day 10: Relaxing day to reach Altnaharry and our boat across to Ullapool; ~10km.
Day 11: Day off in Ullapool to chill out, recycle possessions, take a boat trip to the Summer Isles or even Stornoway, visit Highland Stoneware, etc, etc. NB. Only breakfast is provided on this day.
Day 12: Onward from Ullapool to over into Glen Einig and Duag Bridge; ~27km. Stay 4 nights near Lochinver.
Day 13: Duag Bridge to Loch Ailsh via Oykel Bridge; ~17km.
Day 14: Loch Ailsh to Inchnadamph, passing between Breabag and Conival; ~17km. Stay Accommodation for the next 2 nights at Achmelvich.
Day 15: Inchnadamph to Loch na Gainmhich and Kylesku,via the ‘Loch of the Green Corrie’; ~18km.
Day 16: Kylesku to Ben Dreavie and Loch Stack; ~20km. Stay Durness for 3 nights.
Day 17: Loch Stack, around the base of Arkle, to Rhiconnich and on to Blairmore; ~24km.
Day 18: Finally Blairmore to Cape Wrath via Sandwood Bay; ferry across the Kyles of Durness; ~20km. (This day might be done the opposite way if weather gives rise for concern regarding the ferry).
Day 19: Return to Stirling via Inverness. ETA ~17.00.
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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:
- Highways and Byways in the West Highlands - Seton Paul Gordon
- Companion Guide to the West Highlands of Scotland - WH Murray
- Crofts and Crofting - Katharine Stewart
- The Highland Clearances - John Prebble
- A Light in the Wilderness : The History of Cape Wrath - David M. Hird
Maps which you may find informative are:
- No.9 Cape Wrath - OS Landranger 1:50,000
- No.15 Loch Assynt - OS Landranger 1:50,000
- No.16 Lairg, Loch Shin - OS Landranger 1:50,000
- No.19 Gairloch & Ullapool - OS Landranger 1:50,000
- No.20 Beinn Dearg & Loch Broom, Ben Wyvis - OS Landranger 1:50,000
- No.24 Raasay, Applecross & Loch Torridon - OS Landranger 1:50,000
- No.25 Glen Carron & Glen Affric - OS Landranger 1:50,000
- No.33 LochAlsh, Glen Shiel & Loch Hourn - OS Landranger 1:50,000
- Grade: -
- Price: from £1895 p.p
- Duration: 19 days
- Accommodation: 18 nights
- Accom type: Guest House / Hostel
- Walking/Exploring: 17 days
- Travel: 2 days
- Group min: 5
- Group max: 7
- Meet: C-N-Do Office, Stirling
- Finish: C-N-Do Office, Stirling