Sandwood Bay on the Cape Wrath Trail

Cape Wrath Trail (North)


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.
  • Hike through the geologically significant and iconic mountains of the North West Highlands
  • Visit one of Scotland’s most remote but beautiful beaches, Sandwood Bay.
  • Reaching The Cape Wrath Lighthouse on the north-west tip of Scotland.

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/Inverness/Fort William if required

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 the trek by making your way to Ullapool. In the evening you will get a chance to meet the rest of your group as well as your guides in a local pub for an evening welcome meeting.

Accommodation B&B in Ullapool

Day 2: Walking to Oykel Bridge – 18 miles

Today you will start by leaving the road and heading into the forest above Loch Broom climbing steadily up to 600m. We will descend into Glen Achall and cross the river using a wire suspension bridge. From the river it is just a short walk to Loch an Daimh, a beautifully remote spot for a lunch break. You will be leaving Loch an Daimh by heading north east on small foot paths walking through Glen Elnig before following forestry tracks all the way to Oykel Bridge. Once at Oykel Bridge we will return to Ullapool, this is a longer drive and takes around 45 minutes, but it is a chance to enjoy the scenery of Coigach and Assynt including spectacular views of Suilven. Distance: 29km/18 miles; Ascent: 750m.

Accommodation B&B in Ullapool

Day 3: Walking to Inchnadamph - 20 miles

We begin this day on a good track eating up the miles through Glen Oykel, alongside the river and forestry. A smaller rougher trail then takes us from Salachy to Loch Ailsh, before we head up into the beautiful mountain of Assynt. We hike into the isolated Dubh Loch Mor as our trail peters out. We then traverse to a rocky bealach (mountain pass) to the south west of Conival, and reach our highest point for the day at 560m. We then pick our way down steep slopes and onto well worn tracks to Inchnadamph. We’ll finish the day at the Inchnadamph Hotel. Distance: 32km/20 miles; Ascent: 700m.

Accommodation B&B in Scourie

Day 4: Walking to Kylestrome – 17.5 miles

robably the most challanging day of the whole trek and for this we will make an early start. 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’ Chual Aluinn. This is the UK’s highest waterfall and a spectacular sight in spate. The day continues with stunning scenery as we follow rough tracks around the shores of the sea Lochs of Glencoul and Glendhu. We 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. Expect a later finish and after 10-12 hours on foot and over 1100m of ascent today, you’ll be ready for the short section which follows tomorrow. Distance: 28.5km/17.5 miles; Ascent 1100m.

Accommodation B&B in Scourie

Day 5: Walking to Achfary – 7.5 miles

A shorter day is in store today. You will begin the day by ascending steeply on landrover tracks but the angle will soon ease as you continue past a number of small lochans and gain views of the sea. A diversion can be made (for groups with enough energy) to the flat rocky top of Ben Dreavie. This is a wonderful viewpoint of the north-west coast and is well worth the extra 2 miles on a good weather day. You will then enter Achfary forest to descend to the road. After a small section on the road you will be picked by the support van and taken to your accommodation. Distance: 12km/7.5 miles; Ascent: 480m.

Accommodation B&B in Scourie

Day 6: Walking to Gualin House – 15 miles

Highlights of today include an atmospheric walk past mountain lochans and incredible rock formations. The imposing eastern walls of Foinaven provide an impressive backdrop to Loch Dionard. Much of today's walking will be on paths, however we will also be tackling smaller sections of rough boggy terrain unaided by any paths. We will eventually finish the day by following the River Dionard on land rover track to the road. Distance: 24.5km/15 miles; Ascent: 750m

Accommodation B&B or Hotel in Kinlochbervie

Day 7: Walking to Blairmore – 11 miles

This is a day of 2 halves. You will begin the day by a walking 2 lengthy sections of road, split by a short cut through Achriesgill, to the small fishing village of Kinlochbervie. Then you will leave the road and follow the rugged shore line passing two beautiful sandy beaches below the hamlet of Oldshoremore to reach Blairmore. (This section is a Thistle Trekking addition to the original CWT route and avoids further road walking - it has even been commented as a favourite section of the whole trail by a few of our walkers since we introduced it in 2018!) Distance: 18km/11 miles; Ascent: 420m

Accommodation B&B or Hotel in Kinlochbervie

Day 8: Cape Wrath – 12 or 24 miles

f the Cape Wrath Ferry is running on this day (which cannot be guaranteed until you are on it!), then we will use the ferry to get to Cape Wrath and walk south down the coast to Blairmore. This makes the final day much more achievable. If the ferry isn’t running then we will make a very early start and attempt a there and back to the Cape. This final day of walking is not an easy one, even with the aid of the ferry, as you will not be using any paths for most of the day. Once photos and maybe a tea/coffee have been taken at the lighthouse we will set off south on the rough lighthouse road. After this short section of easy walking we strike out across the boggy terrain. From here we follow clifftops, ascend to viewpoints, and cross multiple rivers aiming for Sandwood Bay. The Am Buachaille sea stack gives an indication of progress. With one final river crossing we arrive on the glorious sands. As footpath of around 4 miles takes back to Blairmore ready for a celebratory drink or two! Distance: 19.5km/12 miles; Ascent: 530m

Accommodation B&B or Hotel in Kinlochbervie

Day 9: Depart

Today we will drive you back to Ullapool/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 one/two weeks.

Cape Wrath Trail T-shirts

Before or after your trek you might like to purchase one of our very own range of souvenir t-shirts. These are all made from organic cotton and come in a range of colours and styles. Head over to our store to have a look.

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.

2024 Treks
Date of TrekAvailability
Sunday 12th May 2024 to Monday 20th May 2024FULL - waiting list available
Sunday 23rd June 2024 to Monday 1st July 20242 spaces left
Sunday 11th August 2024 to Monday 19th August 2024Spaces
2025 Treks
Date of TrekAvailability
Sunday 18th May 2025 to Monday 26th May 2025Spaces
Sunday 7th September 2025 to Monday 15th September 2025Spaces

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.

Future Dates

Our trekking calendar is released a year in advance each spring. Keep an eye on the 'Year Planner' in the menu above, or send us a request for an email alert when the latest calendar is published. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you, do feel free to get in contact with us to suggest a date


Price for Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Hotels:

The price of this trip is £1349 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 £1349.

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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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.