Introduction to the Cape Wrath Trail (South)
This is the southern section of our Cape Wrath Trail. This 6 day walk starts at the remote Kinloch Horn and takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery that the Scottish Highlands have to offer, finishing where the trail passes near Ullapool. On the 81 mile route you'll find historic Jacobite battle grounds in Kintail, beautiful Caledonian Pine forest near Kinlochewe, and traverse the Fisherfields known as the last great wilderness of the UK.
Highlights of the Cape Wrath Trail (South)
- Complete our southern section of the UK’s hardest long distance trek.
- Fantastic Views of the Torridon Mountain Range.
- See the spectacular 370ft (113m) Falls of Glomach.
- Experience the remote wilderness of the Fisherfields.
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 pick up at Fort William train station
- 15% discount at Cotswolds Outdoor, Snow and Rock, and Summiteer
Is the Cape Wrath Trail (South) Right For Me?
This 6 day walk covers the Cape Wrath Trail from Fort William to Ullapool. 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 all customers booking on to this trip to 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 (South) Guided Walking Itinerary
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!
Day 1: Arriving in Fort William
This is your chance to get to the start of your holiday by making your way to Fort William. 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. If you plan to get the train to Fort William and would like a lift to your B&B this can usually be arranged just email us and let us know. 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 Fort William
Day 2: Walking to Glen Shiel - 12 miles
Today we will begin by driving you to the start of our Cape Wrath Trail, Kinloch Hourn, this beautiful drive will take about 2 hours. Once there we will be walking to Glen Shiel it is 12 miles in length and will take the rest of the day. Half of todays’ walking will be on paths and the other half we will have to create our own. Highlights include views of The Saddle and your first river crossing.
Accommodation B&B in Glen Shiel
Day 3: Walking to Killilan - 14 miles
Today we rejoin the Cape Wrath Trail with a short section walking along the road before we head off into the hills again. When we leave the road we head for a glorious stream which runs down the valley, which we then follow on good paths underfoot. The stream leads us to beautiful woodlands with excellent forestry tracks before we exit the forest and make our way to the Falls of Glomach. After crossing the River Elchaig we are able to follow a land rover track making our way into Killilan. Once here we will drive you back to the same B&B as last night, in Glen Shiel.
Accommodation B&B in Glen Shiel
Day 4: Walking to Achnashellach Station -16 miles
Today you will follow the River Ling, and pass several stunning waterfalls and rapids before heading across moorland and through forest until reaching the small village of Atterdale. The walking gets much easier from here as we wind along the banks of the river Carron to Achnashellach.
Accommodation B&B or Hotel in Lochcarron
Day 5: Walking to Kinlochewe - 11 miles
Today we leave Achnashellach and begin a steady climb once more into the beautiful forest for a short while. Once we leave the forest we will continue on the same path to the Coulin Pass giving great views back down Glen Carron on the way. From here we will descend to Loch Coulin and spectacular views of the Torridon Hills, one of the highlights of The Cape Wrath Trail. From here we make our way along the flanks of Glen Torridon negotiating woodlands before heading down into Kinlochewe itself.
Accommodation B&B or Hotel in Kinlochewe
Day 6: Walking to Corrie Hallie - 18.5 miles
Today you will start by ascending steadily from Kinlochewe until gaining views of the surrounding mountains of Slioch & Beinn Tarsuinn before we pick our way through the hills to a path just south of Loch an Nid. From here you will follow the path past Loch a Bhraoin down to the road.
Accommodation B&B in Ullapool
Day 7: Walking to Leckmelm - 10 miles
Today we will begin by ascending a rough track on to the moorland above. Passing a series of lochs, streams and woodland with fantastic views of An Teallach behind. We then descend into Inverbroom before joining the road to Leckmelm.
Accommodation B&B in Ullapool
Day 8: Departure
Today you will depart from Ullapool. Ullapool has excellent public transport links including a coach to Fort William or Inverness. For anyone intending to drive up to Fort William to start this trek the easiest way back to Fort William is to use the coach. However, if you have used public transport to get to Scotland then using the coach to Inverness is the most obviously choice. Inverness has a large train station, coach station and airport.
Cape Wrath Trail (South) 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.
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.
|Date of Trek||Availability|
|Sunday 10th May 2020 to Sunday 17th May 2020||Spaces|
|Sunday 12th July 2020 to Sunday 19th July 2020||Spaces|
|Sunday 2nd August 2020 to Sunday 9th 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.
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.
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.
Price for Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Hotels:
The price of this trip is £1199 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 £1199.
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.
Book Cape Wrath Trail (South) Online
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.