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.

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

At a Glance

  • Grade: 3, 4
  • Price: £2725
  • Duration: 18 days
  • Accommodation: 17 nights
  • Accom type: Hostels & Guest House / Full Board
  • Walking/Exploring: 16 days
  • Travel: 2 days
  • Group min: 5
  • Group max: 7
  • Meet: Stirling Train Station
  • Finish: Stirling Train Station

A Cape Wrath Trail 

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Meet Up Stirling - mini-bus to Fort William

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^. Two overnights in Laggan.

Clunes to Loch Garry

Walk from Clunes to the west end of Loch Garry using good tracks; ~32km> / 640m^.

Glen Garry / Glen Loyne / Cluanie / Ratagan

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.

Glen Affric / Glen Licht / Morvich

From Cluanie head over the hill pass to Glen Affric and turn down Glen Licht to Morvich on Loch Duich; ~23km> / 600m^.

Morvich / Sgurr an Airgid / Beinn Bhuidhe

We’ll follow the ancient hill route from Morvich, between Sgurr an Airgid and Beinn Bhuidhe, to Nonach Lodge; ~15km> / 740m^.

Attadale Forest / Achintee

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.

Achintee to Achnashellach

Next is Achintee to Achnashellach via Bearnais; ~18km> / 900m^.

Coulin Pass / Kinochewe / Incheril

Then across the lovely Coulin Pass to Kinochewe and the tiny hamlet of Incheril beyond; ~18km> / 540m^.

Kinlochewe / Dundonnell Forests / Corrie Hallie

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.

Altnaharry / Ullapool

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^.

Ullapool / Glen Achall / Glen Einig

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.

Oykel Bridge / Loch Ailsh

Continue to Oykel Bridge and onward to Loch Ailsh near Benmore Lodge, following the River Oykel; ~20km> /450m^.

Loch Ailsh to Inchnadamph

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

Inchnadamph to Loch na Gainmhich and Kylesku

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^.

Kylesku / Ben Dreavie / Loch Stack

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

Loch Stack / Arkle / Rhiconich / Blairmore

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

Blairmore to Cape Wrath via Sandwood Bay

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).

Return to Stirling via Inverness

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

Fixed Price – £2725

Single supplement – On request

What’s included?

  • Qualified Mountain Leader
  • Support Manager
  • 16 walking days
  • 2 Ferry Journeys
  • 14 nights Hostels plus 3 nights Guest House accommodation
  • All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 18 are included 
  • Transport from and back to Stirling
  • Daily transport as required for people and for baggage
  • VAT at the current rate

What’s not included?

  • Day 1 = Lunch
  • Travel Insurance
Dates Single Supplement Spaces
22 April – 9 May 2022 £2725 Full

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