Cape Wrath South
Guided Walking: A Cape Wrath Trail South
Very achievable, definitely adventurous, continuous trek, from Fort William in the heart of the Highlands, to Ullapool, ~130 miles into this 225 miles route; fascinating wild landscapes and ever changing vistas in 10 one day stages. There’s 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! Hopefully you’ll return to do the rest some other time.
This is a full-on trip from the start that you need to prepare for!
At a Glance
- Grade: 4
- Price: £1495
- Duration: 11 days
- Accommodation: 10 nights
- Accom type: Hostels / Full Board
- Walking/Exploring: 10 days
- Travel: 2 days
- Group min: 5
- Group max: 7
- Meet: Stirling Railway Station
- Finish: Stirling
Your walking tour includes:
- Qualified Mountain Leader
- Support Manager
- 10 walking days
- 1 Ferry journey
- 10 nights Hostels accommodation
- All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 11 are included.
- Transport from and back to Stirling
- Daily transport as required and for baggage
- VAT at the current rate
A Cape Wrath Trail South 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: Return to Stirling via Inverness, tired but happy and exhilarated, arriving about 17:00.
10 nights hostel accommodation (small, shared, bunk-bed dormitories) in hostels at the following – Great Glen(2), Ratagan(3), Torridon(3), Ullapool(2). 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. Ratagan, Torridon and Ullapool hostels have laundry facilities.
All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 11 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.
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.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
|3 – 13 May 2021||£1495||n/a||Cancelled|
|31st July – 10th August 2021||£1495||n/a||Cancelled|
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