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Cape Wrath Trail (2019)


Trail Hikers on a clear day with An Teallach in the distance

Introduction to the Cape Wrath Trail (2019)

This is an 11 day walk on one of the most challenging hiking routes in the UK. Our Cape Wrath Trail is 158 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 magnificent scenery, from stunning coastline to intimidating mountains and everything in between.

Sea Stack by Sandwood Bay

Highlights of the Cape Wrath Trail (2019)

  • The chance to trek the UK’s hardest long distance walks.
  • 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.
Strath Dionard view with blue sky 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
  • Free transport from Cape Wrath Trail 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
  • 15% discount at Cotswolds Outdoor, Snow and Rock, and Summiteer

Is the Cape Wrath Trail (2019) 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 that all customers booking on to 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 whether you are suitable for this challenge please ask us for our honest opinion.

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Cape Wrath Trail (2019) 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 for a good night’s 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!

Fisherfield Hills on The Trail

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 of walking along the road before we head off into the hills again. When we leave the road we head for a glorious stream that 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: Rest day in Ullapool

Today is a rest day. After 6 days of hard walking along The Cape Wrath Trail 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 – 18 Miles

Today you will start 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 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 up by the support van to stay in Scourie for a second night.

Accommodation B&B in Scourie

Day 11: 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 Kinlochbervie

Day 12: Walking to Blairmore – 12.5 miles

You will begin the day by 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 – 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 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 while trekking The Cape Wrath Trail.

Cape Wrath Trail Map


Cape Wrath Trail (2019) 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.

2019 Treks
Date of Trek Availability
Tuesday 6th August 2019 to Monday 19th August 2019 Guaranteed - 2 Spaces Left

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.


Price for Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Hotels:

The price of this trip is £1799 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 £1799.

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 (2019) Online

Tuesday 6th August 2019 to Monday 19th August 2019 Currently we only have spaces on this date.

Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Hotels - £1799 Currently we only offer this accommodation type on this trek.

Trek Cost: £1799

Deposit: £400 Due now to secure your holiday.

Final Payment: £1399 due a month before your trip departs.

Please note we use a secure website for our shopping cart. You will be taken to that site when you press the book now button.

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.