Wild and Rugged North West

COST from £564 with discounts for groups of 3 or more.  INCLUDes BOAT TRIP AND CAVE ADMISSION. EXCLUDES ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND DRINK.

AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE DRAMATIC AND WILD MOUNTAIN TERRAIN WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF LOCHS, WATERFALLS, AND FINE BEACHES. DESCRIBING THIS AREA WILL MAKE YOU RUN SHORT OF SUPERLATIVES! THIS TOUR IS CAREFULLY PUT TOGETHER TO ENSURE A GOOD CROSS SECTION OF WALKS THAT WILL TAKE US INTO STUNNING PLACES IN THIS WILDERNESS AND TO THE VERY FAR NORTH COAST. THE MIGHTY CAIRNGORM MOUNTAINS ARE PASSED THROUGH ON THIS TRIP AND THERE WILL BE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE SOME OF THE STUNNING PICTISH STONES EMBOSSED WITH MYSTERIOUS SYMBOLS OF GREAT ARTISTRY.

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'The Wild & Rugged North-West' has 2 length options;

the 4-day and the 7-day

 
 
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The 4 Day Trip & Trek

COST: £564 with discounts for groups of 3 or more (see 'Buy' tab). INCLUDes BOAT TRIP AND CAVE ADMISSION. EXCLUDES ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND DRINK.

Day 1

Pickup from Edinburgh for 09:30 departure.

Going north over the Firth of Forth and up into the Highlands at Dunkeld

Drive over the barren Drumochter pass

Packed lunch to eat overlooking Loch an Eilean after a climb and wander through the Caledonian pine woods. Grading: moderate to difficult over some rough sections without a path. Distance: 5.5kms Height: 155m

Over the Slochd pass and descend to Inverness and Moray Firth.

Saunter down on foot to view the Falls of Rogie Grading: Easy along paths, steep in places. Distance: 1.5kms. Height: 80m

Break to view the spectacular Corrieshalloch Falls. Grading: Easy on steep paths with a head for heights required over the suspended bridge above the deep gorge. Distance: 2kms. Height: 93m

Travel over to the west coast for accommodation in Assynt.

 

Day 2

Travel around the spectacular, glacier carved Assynt region with its summits of rocky               towers and buttresses.

Depending on group’s wishes, ability and the weather, we could either tackle an ascent of Cul Beag with dramatic views of Stac Pollaidh. Grading: strenuous, steep hill climb. Distance: 7.5kms  Height: 720m. OR a low-level, more sheltered walk if climbing Cul Beag isn’t possible. This lower level alternative would be up a wooded river valley with plenty of cascades and then over a rocky landscape with the peak the Vikings called ‘Suilven’ – meaning ‘the pillar’ – often in view. Grading: Moderate with hill section and bogs. Distance: 6.5kms. Height: 130m

At the pretty coastal village of Lochinver, we’ll visit a famous pie shop and take our purchases for a picnic at Achmelvich Sands.

Drive past the stunning peaks of Quinag, and return to same accommodation.

 

Day 3           The order of this itinerary is weather and tide dependent but will include the following:

Drive and then walk to the impressive Inchnadamph hill caves where Neolithic man lived and a polar bear skull was found. Grading: Moderate walk along paths which are narrow and steep near the caves. Inside the caves it can be wet and slippery.  Distance: 4.5kms  Height: 210m

On to Kylesku for a highly recommended boat trip to see seals and possibly otter and other wildlife on the sheltered waters of a sea loch. We will sight Britain’s tallest waterfall.

Back on terra firma, we’ll drive to the far north, over the Kylesku straits and via the broad sweeping, desolate hills of the remote NW corner of Scotland. First we’ll reach the lovely stretch of water known as the Kyle of Durness before reaching the town of that name.

Visit Smoo Caves. Good grippy footwear necessary due to slippery rocks. Requires agility to get into a rubber dingy down a ladder step.

Then onto the stunning long stretch of sands, dunes to walk to Faraid head where seals can be seen in season. Grading: Easy across the sands and up onto a headland along paths.  Distance: 6.5kms Height: 110m

Return to Kylesku and an evening meal at the vibrant inn and on to accommodation.

 

Day 4   

Visit the ruins of Ardvreck castle on the shores of Loch Assynt. Grading Easy. Distance: 1km height gained: 10m

Heading eastwards through Strath Oykel passing through the beautiful woodlands of Rosehall, we’ll take in some of the Pictish Trail at Hilton, Balintore and Nigg, looking at the splendid incised stones of the enigmatic Picts who left these fascinating expressions of their mysterious culture in stone.

Cross the Cromarty Firth on the Nigg ferry.

Lunch in the old town charm of Cromarty

Onto Inverness going south through the Cairngorm National Park back to Edinburgh.

Stop en route to enjoy the Hermitage Falls near Dunkeld Grading: Easy round walk of 1km along the level.

Return to Edinburgh around 19:00

 

COST: £564 with discounts for groups of 3 or more. Includes boat trip and admissions but excludes accommodation and food/drink. Accommodation will be booked by us in a good standard of B&B or inn and will be paid by you direct to the provider. As it will depend upon availability at the time of booking, accommodation prices vary and so we recommend you budget around £95 for 2 people sharing a room. Single supplements are available but these vary widely from between £50-85 per person. We will quote you the exact amount once we've made a provisional enquiry with the accommodation provider. 

 


The 7 Day Trip & Trek - The Wild & Rugged North-West & Skye

Cost £975 - discounts for groups of 3 or more (see 'Buy' tab). Includes cost of boat trips, but excludes accommodation, meals and drink.

The same description for days 1 to 3. Then the itinerary goes on to Skye and returns via Loch Ness and Glen Coe.

Day 4    

Heading southwards along the outstanding beauty of the west coast, we’ll pass the              extremely rugged and much photographed An Teallach

Visit the Inverewe gardens – the work of a visionary who many thought crazy, creating a place of beauty and peace against an austere backdrop. Grading: easy paths. Distance: 2km. Height gained: 20m

Aiming for a boat trip to Isle Maree, visiting this special retreat of St. Mael Rubha and the graves of a Viking prince and princess. Hear tales of an island steeped in history, in a setting of outstanding splendour.

Drive SE along Loch Maree – the loveliest of lochs - with the fine stocky mass of the peak named Slioch dominating the view.

We’ll pass through Glen Torridon bordered by impressively steep mountains that seem unclimbable and along the sea loch to the attractive coastal village of Shieldaig with its palm trees, for a walk to the An Aird peninsula jutting out into Loch Torridon where we might see otters and herons; or the easy option of some refreshment. Grading: Moderate along some good paths, then rocky and wet sections.  Distance: 4.5kms Height: 165m

Take up our evening accommodation in the Loch Carron region.

 

Day 5           Visiting Isle of Skye

Photo stop at Plockton

Passing by Kyle of Lochalsh, over the water to Skye

Taking the lesser travelled road to Elgol and see the spectacular Cuilin peak of Blaven with its sheer towers and buttresses. Lunch in Elgol.

Afternoon hike to a pass to view the Cuillin Grading: Easy walk along a hill track to a pass. Distance: 4kms. Height: 160m.

Back over the bridge to visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle which appears on calendars and film sets and onto accommodation at Glenelg.

Optional evening stroll to visit the brochs at Glenelg. Grading: Easy walk along road then over grass to visit the two brochs. Distance: 1km. Height 20m.

 

Day 6

On through Glen Shiel overshadowed by the tall and very steep ‘Five Sisters of Kintail’ then east to Invermoriston and Loch Ness, then driving the southern section of the loch to Fort Augustus and morning coffee.

Many photographic opportunities of Loch Ness and the happy commotion of boats going through the series of locks at Fort Augustus on the Caledonian Canal.

Down the Great Glen and snap a shot of Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain) from a great viewpoint and on through the mossiest glen in Scotland to some fine waterfalls and forest walks. Grading: Moderate hill path beside highland stream. Distance 1.75kms. Height: 110m, or take a leisurely tour around the Clan Cameron museum nearby.

Taking the ‘back road’ to Fort William for lunch

Walk up Glen Nevis to see a spectacular gorge and waterfalls. Grading: Moderate but the path is rough over wet slabs in parts with big drops. Distance: 3.5kms. Height: 220m

On to accommodation in the Fort William area.

 

Day 7

Southwards along the sea of Loch Linnhe and onto Glen Coe steeped in stories of cattle raiders & massacres in an epic setting.

Walk to Glencoe lochan, a tranquil stretch of water in an ornamental woodland setting with the contrasting backdrop of the wild Glencoe hills. Grading: Easy. Distance: 2.5kms Height: 100m

Morning coffee at the Clachaig Inn.

Drive over the eerie Black Mount

Walk from Bridge of Orchy to lunch at the Inveroran Inn. Grading: Moderate hill path, section of the West Highland Way. Distance 3.5kms. Height: 170m

St Fillans stop for either coffee and stroll or walk to Dundurn. Walk to the ruined Celtic Chapel (site of St Fillan’s 6th century career) and climb the Hill of Dundurn, ancient seat of the warlords of the Fotla Picts. Grading: Moderate, some exposed rock slabs to walk. Distance: 3kms    Height: 70m

Tour ends with a drive down the entire length of Loch Lomond for late afternoon/evening drop-offs in Glasgow & Edinburgh.

 

COST: £975 with discounts for groups of 3 or more. Includes boat trips but excludes accommodation and food/drink. Accommodation will be booked by us in a good standard of B&B or inn and will be paid by you direct to the provider. As it will depend upon availability at the time of booking, accommodation prices vary and so we recommend you budget around £95 for 2 people sharing a room. Single supplements are available but these vary widely from between £50-85 per person. We will quote you the exact amount once we've made a provisional enquiry with the accommodation provider.We will quote you the exact amount once you make a provisional booking and we’ve made a reservation.

 

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