Sandwood Bay on the Cape Wrath Trail

Cape Wrath Trail (North)

Overview

Customers walking along a track on The Cape Wrath

Introduction to the Cape Wrath Trail (North)

This 7 day walk covers the Cape Wrath Trail from Ullapool to Cape Wrath. One of the most challenging treks in the UK, this 101 mile trek is not to be missed taking you through the spectacular far north of Scotland. Some big days allow you to see magnificent mountains and stunning coastlines as well as everything in between before finishing at Cape Wrath the north westerly point of the UK mainland.

Cape Wrath Lighthouse

Highlights of the Cape Wrath Trail (North)

  • The chance to trek the UK’s hardest long distance walks.
  • Fantastic view of some of Scotlands most Iconic Mountains.
  • One of Scotland’s most remote but beautiful beaches, Sandwood Bay.
  • Reaching The Cape Wrath Lighthouse, the North West Tip of the UK.
Sandwood Bay on the Cape Wrath Trail with small rolling waves

What's Included with this Holiday

  • A qualified Mountain Leader on each day of the trek
  • Trek Manager
  • A Cape Wrath Trail Information Pack
  • All accommodation in B&Bs, Inns and Hotels
  • All Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer to each accommodation
  • Maximum group size of 7
  • Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
  • Free transport from Cape Wrath back to Ullapool or Fort William if required
  • Free pick up and drop off to Fort William train station
  • 15% discount at Cotswolds Outdoor, Snow and Rock, and Summiteer

Is the Cape Wrath Trail (North) Right For Me?

This 7 day walk covers the Cape Wrath Trail from Ullapool to Cape Wrath. The Cape Wrath Trail is the most challenging long distance trek we offer. This is not only because of the total distance involved but also because a lot of the walking is off path over uneven and boggy terrain. We would recommend that all customers booking this trip have completed long distance trails and/or mountain walks in the past. In addition to the walking you will also have a variety of basic and remote accommodation on the route, so you will need to be prepared to go without life’s luxuries. If you are unsure if you are suitable for this challenge please ask us for our honest opinion.

Cape Wrath Trail (North) Guided Walking Itinerary

Daily Plan

Daily Plan

We will spend the entire day guiding you along The Cape Wrath Trail, there is no need for you to worry about being lost. We will be with you from the moment you set off in the morning to the moment you finish in the evening. At the end of each day you will be shown to your B&B, inn or hotel to get a good nights rest before continuing along the Cape Wrath Trail the following day.

You will only be expected to carry your day rucksack (what you will need to keep you warm, dry, fed and watered for the day), everything else will be transported to your next accommodation for you. Everything will be arranged for you so all you need to worry about is the walking itself!

Strath Dionard view with blue sky on The Cape Wrath Trail

Day 1: Arrive in Ullapool

This is your chance to get to the start of your holiday by making your way to Ullapool. We will have a B&B arranged for you for this first night, so you just need to turn up and tell them your name. It may be possible for us to meet you at some point in the afternoon in Fort William and give you a free lift up to Ullapool. If you do need a lift do email us before you book. In the evening you will usually get a chance to meet the rest of your group as well as your guides at a local pub for a drink or two.

Accommodation B&B in Ullapool

Day 2: Walking to Oykel Bridge – 18 miles

Today you will start the by leaving the road and heading into the forest before climbing steadily up to 600m and crossing a river using a wire suspension bridge. From the river it is just a short walk to Loch an Daimh, a beautiful spot for a lunch break. You will be leaving Loch an Daimh by heading north east on small foot paths for most of the day walking through Glen Elning before following forestry tracks all the way to Oykel Bridge.

Accommodation B&B in Ullapool

Day 3: Walking to Inchnadamph - 20 miles

We begin this day on a good track up glen Oykel alongside the river and forestry. A smaller rougher trail then takes us from Salachy to Benmore Lodge before we head up into the beautiful hills of Assynt. Passing through the bealach to the south west of Conival, we reach our highest point for the day at 560m. We then start heading down to Inchnadamph also passing the bone caves where a polar bear skeleton from the ice age was found. We’ll finish the day at Inchnadamph.

Accommodation B&B in Scourie

Day 4: Walking to Kylestrome – 17 miles

A challanging day. This day takes us through the wild heart of Assynt and some of the most spectacular scenery in the highlands. We start by heading over the hills to the second of the great waterfalls on the Cape Wrath Trail – Eas a’ Chaual Aluinn. This is the UK’s highest waterfall an a spectacular sight. The day continues with stunning scenery as we follow rough tracks around the shores of Loch’s Glencoul and Glendhu. We also pass two bothies (remote mountain shelters). As we pass the second of these the path starts to improve and guides us in to Kylestrome and views of Kylesku bridge with Quinag in the background.

Accommodation B&B in Scourie

Day 5: Walking to Achfary – 7.5 miles

You will begin the day by ascending steeply to start but the angle will soon ease as you continue past a number of small lochans and gain views of the sea before entering Achfary forest. After a small section on the road you will be picked by the support van to stay in Scourie for your final night in Scourie.

Accommodation B&B in Scourie

Day 6: Walking to Gualin House – 14 miles

Highlights of today's trek along The Cape Wrath Trail include an atmospheric walk through a small gorge as well as seeing Loch Dionard. Much of todays’ walking will be on steep paths, however you will also be tackling smaller sections on flatter ground but unaided by any paths. We will eventually finish the day by following the river Dionard to the road.

Accommodation B&B or Hotel in Kinlochbervie

Day 7: Walking to Blairmore – 12.5 miles

You will begin the day by a walking a lengthy section of road firstly to the small fishing village of Kinlochbervie, then we leave the road and head to the coast passing near Oldshoremore until reaching Blairmore.

Accommodation B&B or Hotel in Kinlochbervie

Day 8: Walking to Cape Wrath – 12 or 24 miles

The final day of walking, but not an easy one as you will not be using any paths nearly all day. At Blairmore you will leave the road, following landrover tracks for the first couple of miles, passing several scenic lochs before we descend into the glorious beach that is Sandwood Bay. After leaving Sandwood Bay you make your final push north up the coast with stunning scenery all around. Towards the end of the coast we will find the land rover track which will aid you on your final section of walking to the grand prize that is Cape Wrath!! You will then need to walk all the way back to Blairmore, making this a very tough day. If the Cape Wrath Ferry is running on this day (which cannot be guaranteed until you are on it!), then we will instead use the ferry to get to Cape Wrath and walk back down the coast to Blairmore following the route described above in reverse.

Accommodation B&B or Hotel in Kinlochbervie

Day 9: Depart

Today we will drive you back to Ullapool or Fort William. It is quite a long, slow journey which will give you plenty of time to admire the scenery you have been challenging yourself with over the last week while trekking this section of The Cape Wrath Trail.

Cape Wrath Trail (North) Accommodation Options

The Cape Wrath Trail is very remote and so is the accommodation. We do our very best to secure good accommodation but do be aware, due to the nature of the area, some of the accommodation can be a little more basic than the rest of the UK. During the trail you will be staying in a mixture of B&Bs and hotels, please see below for more information.

Example of a Dorm room

Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Hotels

In areas that B&Bs are available you will be staying in a mixture of average and good standard B&Bs, do be aware that this will usually be in a shared twin room with another member of the group of the same sex. All the B&Bs will be within walking distance to local pubs and shops so you will have opportunity to eat out on these evenings.

In areas where no B&Bs are available you will be staying in hotels or inns. Please do note that due to the area these can also be more basic than much of the rest of the UK, however, they are all comfortable.

Dates & Prices

The dates of our scheduled treks can be seen below. We also off the option of private bookings for groups. Please get in touch if you'd like to book privately.

2020 Treks
Date of Trek Availability
Sunday 17th May 2020 to Monday 25th May 2020 Spaces
Sunday 19th July 2020 to Monday 27th July 2020 Spaces
Sunday 9th August 2020 to Monday 17th August 2020 Spaces

No Suitable Date?

If there are no dates on this calendar to suit you please let us know, sometimes we can add extra dates if there is enough demand for an extra trip to be added.

Waiting List

If a trek is full but you would like to be added to the waiting list, please do let us know. The waiting list is there so that if anyone drops out of the trek we will contact you and let you know, so you can take their place on the trek instead.

2021 Calendar

We are hoping to publish our calendar for 2021 in the spring of 2020. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you please do feel free to get in contact with us.

Pricing

Price for Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Hotels:

The price of this trip is £1249 per person (based on two sharing).

To book this trip we will require a £200 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £1249.

There is no single supplement available for this trail as rooms are mainly of a shared basis.

How to Book

Booking is simple, you can either phone us, email us or use our online shopping cart below.

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Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Hotels - £1249 Currently we only offer this accommodation type on this trek.

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What Happens Once you Have Booked

Once we have received your booking (either through the online shopping cart, email or phone). We will then confirm with you that your accommodation option and room type, single, twin or double, is available. We will then send you a full booking form and information about paying your deposit for your trek. All deposits can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. Once we have received back both your booking form and deposit we will let you know and your place on the trip will be secure.