Cape Wrath Trail Scenery

Cape Wrath Trail (South)

Overview

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 83.5 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.

In an effort to continually improve our route choice, from 2025 an extra day will be added to our Cape Wrath Trail South treks. This will give us more scope to explore the Strathcarron section of the trail and will be reflected here on the trek page once our 2024 bookings have closed. If making an advanced booking for next year you will be informed of the imminent changes before any deposit payment is taken.

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 Fisherfield.

Hill Path on The Cape Wrath Trail

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

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

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!

Walking towards Beinn Eighe, Scotland

Day 1: Arriving in Fort William

This is your chance to get to the start of the trek by making your way to Fort William. 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 Fort William

Day 2: Walking to Glen Shiel - 12 miles

TThis is the first day of walking, where the trip really begins. We will begin the day 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. Most of today’s walking will be on hill paths, with a section where we will have to create our own! But it will all be well worth it as you will be inspired by the spectacular views of The Saddle giving you a great idea of what the coming days have to offer. Tonight you will be staying in a B&B near Shiel Bridge. Distance: 19km/12 miles; Ascent: 910m.

Accommodation B&B in Glen Shiel

Day 3: Walking to Killilan - 14.5 miles

TToday we start with a short section walking along the road before we head off into the hills again. When we leave the road we follow a stream towards the mountains. The stream leads us to the woodlands beyond with excellent forestry tracks, before we exit the forest and head up towards the moorland above. The paths become rougher and wetter at this point. We descend to the Falls of Glomach and after crossing the River Elchaig we are able to follow a land rover track and metalled road, making our way into Killilan. Once here we will drive you back to the same B&B as last night. Distance: 23km/14.5 miles; Ascent: 710m.

Accommodation B&B in Glen Shiel

Day 4: Walking to Achnashellach Station -17 miles

Today we ascend Glen Ling, we will pass several waterfalls before we head across moorland and through forest to reach the Attadale estate. The walking gets much easier from here, but does include some unavoidable road sections, as we wind along the banks of the river Carron to Achnashellach. The Pottery makes an excellent lunch/coffee stop. Once in Achnashellach we will drive you the short distance to nearby Lochcarron for our accommodation. Distance: 27.5km/17 miles; Ascent: 490m.

Accommodation B&B or Hotel in Lochcarron

Day 5: Walking to Kinlochewe - 10.5 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. From here we make our way along the flanks of Glen Torridon negotiating woodlands before heading down into Kinlochewe itself. Distance: 17km/10.5 miles; Ascent: 525m.

Accommodation B&B or Hotel in Kinlochewe or Gairloch

Day 6: Walking to Corrie Hallie - 19 miles

Today is our longest day on the Cape Wrath Trail South. You will start by ascending steadily from Kinlochewe until gaining views of the surrounding mountains of Slioch and Beinn Tarsuinn. From Lochan Fada we pick our way through the hills of Fisherfield over rough ground at first. With the aid of stalkers tracks, and a river crossing or two we will join a path just south of Loch an Nid. From here you will follow the river down the glen to join a vehicle track to Corrie Hallie. By this final section the legs will be tiring but excellent mountainous views are the perfect distraction. Distance: 30.75km/19 miles; Ascent: 890m.

Accommodation B&B in Ullapool

Day 7: Walking to Dun an Ruigh Ruadh - 10.5 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. The remote Munros to the north of Loch Broom come into view. We then descend steeply into Inverbroom before joining the road. We will walk the quiet road on the south side of Loch Broom to Dun an Ruigh Ruadh, opposite the starting point of our Cape Wrath Trail North, Leckmelm. Distance: 16.75km/10.5 miles; Ascent: 890m.

Accommodation B&B in Ullapool

Day 8: Departure

f you are continuing onto the North section of the Cape Wrath Trail then today is a rest day. After 6 days of hard walking we are sure you will appreciate it! This is your chance to relax and prepare yourself for the next 7 days of trekking. Otherwise, today will be your departure day. A lift to Inverness is available and will leave Ullapool around 9:00am. Inverness has excellent transport links to the rest of Scotland and the UK by bus, rail and air. If you need to return to Fort William for your car, please let us know in advance and we can help you make your return to the start point.

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 (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.

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 5th May 2024 to Sunday 12th May 2024FULL - waiting list available
Sunday 16th June 2024 to Sunday 23rd June 2024FULL - waiting list available
Sunday 4th August 2024 to Sunday 11th August 20243 spaces left
2025 Treks
Date of TrekAvailability
Sunday 11th May 2025 to Sunday 18th May 2025Spaces
Sunday 31st August 2025 to Sunday 7th 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

Pricing

Price for Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Hotels:

The price of this trip is £1299 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 £1299.

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 - £1299 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.