The Cape Wrath Trail

Overview

Introduction to The Cape Wrath Trail

This is a 11 day walk on one of the most challenging trails in the UK. Our Cape Wrath Trail is 154 miles of the most diverse walking in Scotland. Starting in Kinloch Hourn and finishing at the North West Point of Scotland, you will get to experience the most amazing scenery, from stunning coastline to intimidating mountains and everything in between.

Highlights of This Trail

  • The chance to trek the UKs hardest long distance trail.
  • Fantastic view of The Torridon Mountain Range
  • One of Scotland’s most remote but beautiful beaches, Sandwood Bay.
  • Reaching The Cape Wrath Lighthouse, the North West Tip of the UK.

What's Included with this Holiday

  • A qualified Mountain Leader on each day of the trek
  • A Cape Wrath Trail Information Pack
  • All accommodation (ranging from hostels to hotels)
  • Breakfasts at all B&Bs/hotels
  • Luggage transfer to each accommodation
  • Maximum group size of 7
  • Free transport back to Fort William if required
  • Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
  • Free pick up and drop off to Fort William train station

Is this trail right for me?

The Cape Wrath Trail is the most challenging 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 trek, 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.

The Cape Wrath Trail 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, bunkhouse or your wild camp spot for 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 - 10 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 10 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 Hostel in Glen Shiel

Day 3: Walking to Killilan – 14 miles

Today it will take about 6 hours to walk the 14 miles to Killilan. Highlights today include views of The Falls of Glomach before an exposed descent to the River Elchaig below, which you will then follow into Killilan.

Accommodation Hostel in Glen Shiel

Day 4: Walking to Achnashellach Station – 15 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 you leave Achnashellach and begin a steady climb once more into the forest. Once you leave the forest you will get views of The Torridon Mountain Range for the rest of the day. In the afternoon you will be following rivers and negotiating woodlands before heading down into Kinlochewe itself.

Accommodation B&B or Hotel in Kinlochewe

Day 6: Walking to Loch a Bhraoin – 15.5 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 Inverbroom - 17 miles

Today you will first retrace yesterday's path back to the Loch an Nid, from there you will follow the glen to join a vehicle track giving more views of the Torridon Mountain Range. You will follow a series of lochs, streams and woodland before passing Loch An Tiompain and then descending into Inverbroom.

Accommodation B&B in Ullapool

Day 8: Rest day in Ullapool

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 5 days of trekking.

Accommodation B&B in Ullapool

Day 9: Walking to Oykel Bridge – 16 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. Once at Oykel Bridge we will drive to Scourie, this is a longer drive and takes around 45 minutes. Be aware that in doing so we will be missing a 27 mile road walking section, as we will be driving this part instead.

Accommodation B&B in Scourie

Day 10: Walking to Lone – 9 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 a second night.

Accommodation B&B in Scourie

Day 11: Walking to Rhiconich – 16 miles

Highlights of today 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 which will take us to Rhiconich itself.

Accommodation B&B or hotel Kinlochbervie

Day 12: Walking to Blairmore – 10 miles

You will begin the day by a walking a lengthy section of road firstly to the small fishing village of Kinlochbervie, then through Oldshoremore until reaching Blairmore.

Accommodation B&B or hotel Kinlochbervie

Day 13: Walking to Cape Wrath – 10 or 20 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 Kinlochbervie

Day 14: Day 14 - Depart

Today we will drive you back to 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 two weeks.

The Cape Wrath Trail 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 is very basic. During the trail you will be staying in a mixture of B&Bs, hostels and hotels, please see below for more information.

Bed and Breakfasts and Hostels

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 hostels or bunkhouses. These are shared dormitory style rooms usually with cooking facilities so on these nights you will be cooking your own meal for dinner.

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.

2018 Treks
Date of Trek Availability
Tuesday 5th June 2018 to Monday 18th June 2018 FULL - Waiting List Only
Tuesday 3rd July 2018 to Monday 16th July 2018 Spaces
Tuesday 7th August 2018 to Monday 20th August 2018 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.

2019 Calendar

We are hoping to publish our calendar for 2019 in the spring of 2018. 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 and Hostels:

The price of this trip is £1599 per person (based on two sharing).

To book this trip we will require a £400 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 £1599.

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.