A Cape Wrath Trail
Guided Walking: A Cape Wrath Trail
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!
Please note it is possible to walk the whole Cape Wrath Trail from Fort William to Cape Wrath. Contact the Polmont Office for more details.
At a Glance
- Grade: 3, 4
- Price: POA
- Duration: 19 days
- Accommodation: 18 nights
- Accom type: Hostels & Guest House / Full Board
- Walking/Exploring: 17 days
- Travel: 2 days
- Group min: 5
- Group max: 7
- Meet: Stirling Train Station
- Finish: Stirling Train Station
Your walking tour includes:
- Qualified Mountain Leader
- Support Manager
- 17 walking days
- 2 Ferry Journeys
- 15 nights Hostels plus 3 nights Guest House accommodation
- All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 19 are included with the exception of lunch on days 1 and 11, and dinner day 11
- Transport from and back to Stirling
- Daily transport as required for people and for baggage
- VAT at the current rate
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> / 100m^. 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> / 640m^.
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> / 740m^. Stay at Ratagan 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> / 600m^.
Day 5: We’ll follow the ancient hill route from Morvich, between Sgurr an Airgid and Beinn Bhuidhe, to Nonach Lodge; ~15km> / 740m^.
Day 6: From here our route heads into the heart of Attadale Forest to get to Achintee near Strathcarron; ~19km> / 735m^. Stay for 3 nights at Torridon hostel.
Day 7: Next is Achintee to Achnashellach via Bearnais; ~18km> / 900m^.
Day 8: Then across the lovely Coulin Pass to Kinochewe and the tiny hamlet of Incheril beyond; ~18km> / 540m^.
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> / 940m^. 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 our final destination at Ullapool; ~10km> / 250m^.
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; ~25km> / 520m^. Stay for 4 nights near Lochinver.
Day 13: Continue to Oykel Bridge and onward to Loch Ailsh near Benmore Lodge, following the River Oykel; ~20km> /450m^.
Day 14: Loch Ailsh to Inchnadamph, crossing the amazing pass between Breabag and Conival; ~17km> / 575m^.
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> / 750m^.
Day 16: Kylesku up across the undulating moor to Ben Dreavie and Loch Stack; ~20km> / 890m^. 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> / 780m^.
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> / 460m^. (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.
15 nights hostel accommodation (small, shared, bunk-bed dormitories) in hostels at the following – Great Glen(2), Ratagan(3), Torridon(3), Ullapool(3), Achmelvich(4), and 3 nights guest house accommodation in Durness. In hostels, rooms are usually separate for men and women, and generally for our exclusive us; bed linen is provided but participants need to bring their own soap and other toiletries; hot showers and drying facilities are available and Ratagan, Torridon and Ullapool hostels have laundry facilities. In the guest house, rooms are two person ones and ensuite.
All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 19 are included with the exception of lunch on days 1 and 11, 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!); we’ll probably book somewhere together.
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
- 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 Asynt – 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 – OS Landranger 1:50,000
- No.25 Glen Carron & Glen Affric – OS Landranger 1:50,000
- No.33 Loch Alsh, Glen Shiel & Loch Hourn – OS Landranger 1:50,000
- No.34 Fort Augustus – OS Landranger 1:50,000
- No.41 Ben Nevis – OS Landranger 1:50,000
|31 July – 18 August 2021||n/a||Cancelled|
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