Cape Wrath Classic

Guided Trail

Code: XILDW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • High Mountains
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Hard
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Holiday overview

Our Cape Wrath Classic route takes a selection of the best bits of the most northerly section of this fantastic wilderness, walking south from Cape Wrath to reach the west coast fishing village of Lochinver. You’ll enjoy a genuine wilderness experience amongst Britain’s finest scenery, coupled with warm highland hospitality and a chance to see a fantastic range of wildlife.

Please note the terrain we walk in is exceptionally remote, and guests should be aware of this, and the relative remoteness of the hotels. Weather and local sea/mountain conditions may cause changes to the published programme.

Holiday highlights:

  • Visit Cape Wrath - the most north westerly point in Britain
  • Step on Sandwood Bay - one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain
  • Ascend the spectacular pyramid of Ben Stack
  • Visit the bird reserve on Handa Island and view the Great Stack of Handa 
  • Chance to see red deer, ptarmigan, ravens, buzzards and a host of coastal wildlife; even an eagle if we are lucky
  • Walk through the wilderness to Lochinver, beneath Canisp and Suilven

 Prices include:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full Board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8
  • Return transfers from Inverness airport or rail station
  • All transport on walk days
  • The services of an HF Holidays' walks leader
  • Boat charters for Handa Island
  • Ferry across Kyle of Durness and minibus to Cape Wrath

Accommodation

Situated just 13 miles south of Cape Wrath and overlooking Loch Inchard, the Rhiconich Hotel (4 nights) offers a warm welcome and excellent food. There is a lounge and public bar, an upstairs dining area that makes the most of the views across the loch and a residents' reception room with a log fire. The surrounding area is remote stalking and fishing country, the nearest village being the fishing port of Kinlochbervie, 6 miles away. All rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities. Some mobile phone reception is available and rooms have TV.

Inchnadamph means 'meeting place of the deer' and you’ll see plenty of red deer here. The rather isolated Inchnadamph Hotel lies at the foot of the main mountains of Assynt such as Ben More Assynt and Conival and nearby are the well-known ‘Bone Caves’, where relics of lynx, arctic fox, reindeer, polar bear and human skeletons have been found. The area is also a mecca for geologists. The hotel offers a public and residents' dining area along with a popular walkers' bar. Many rooms have views out to Quinag. Please note, there are no TV facilities at this hotel and very poor mobile phone reception.

On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

Planned Itinerary

Arrival day

Transfer from Inverness rail station and airport, leader introduction and evening meal.

Cape Wrath

We use a ferry to cross the Kyle of Durness and a minibus takes us to Cape Wrath, the most northerly point on the mainland in a stunning setting with its lighthouse sitting on top of some of the highest cliffs in Britain. From Cape Wrath you'll walk across pathless terrain to Sandwood Bay and its famous sea stack, Am Buchaille. This is a wild and remote area. There are no escape routes or vehicular access and the route can involve crossing rivers, bog and peat hags. The rewards however are spectacular. 14 miles (22.5 km) with 1500 ft (450m) of ascent.

Ben Stack

Walk along the delightful banks of the River Laxford, one of Scotland's finest salmon rivers, followed by an ascent of the pyramidal Ben Stack. The walk on Ben Stack is steep in places with only intermittent paths and leads to a fine summit ridge with fine views to Arkle and Foinavon. 7.5 miles (12.5 km) with 2300 ft (700m) of ascent.

Achfary to Glen Coul

Follow a good path across to Kylesku at the mouth of Loch Coul, and take a boat trip on Glendhu Loch with spectacular views of the local mountains and amazing geology and bird life. 9 miles (14.5 km) with 1200 ft (360m) of ascent.

Handa Island

A short ferry crossing takes you to this RSPB Bird Reserve where we have plenty of time to watch the sea birds and enjoy a superb cliff top walk around the island visiting the Great Stack of Handa. Occasionally dolphins and even whales can be seen. 4 miles (6.5 km) with 492 feet (150m) of ascent.

Bealach a Bhuirich

A walk from Loch an Gainmhich through wild and remote scenery to the delightful Loch Bealach a Bhuirich from where an excellent stalkers' path brings us up to the pass. In good weather we have an option to explore the adjacent hills where ptarmigan can often be seen, before descending across country to our hotel at Inchnadamph. 10.25 miles (16.5 km) with 1970 ft (600m) of ascent.

In the shadows of Suilven

Trek through some of the wildest and most dramatic scenery in Scotland beneath Canisp and the iconic Suilven, whose ever changing form and dramatic outline will captivate you. The route finishes at Lochinver where we can celebrate at the famous Lochinver Pie Shop and café. 13.75 miles (22km) with 800 ft (240m) of ascent.

Departure Day

Transfer back to Inverness airport and rail station.

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

Local area

Smoo Cave
A spectacular limestone cave with walkways on the coast near Durness. Smoo Cave was formed over many thousands of years, carved along the line of a weak fault both by the river and by the sea, which still laps the back wall of the cave at high tide.

Durness
Small village with fantastic beach nearby, craft centre and the most northerly golf course in Britain.

Oldshoremore and Polin beaches
Two stunning white sand beaches in idyllic locations.

Kinlochbervie
A fishing port, much less busy than it used to be, on the shores of Loch Inchard.

Kylesku
Near the mouth of Loch Coul, Kylesku is in a truly spectacular setting, overlooked by the dramatic crags of Quinag. You can take cruises on the loch and see seals and other wildlife, visit the popular Kylesku Hotel and see the wonderful curved bridge that replaced the ferry that used to run from next to the hotel.

Bone Caves
The Bone Caves near Inchnadamph are famous for containing the relics of lynx, arctic fox, reindeer, polar bear and human skeletons. Approximately an hour’s walk, you can’t really delve into the caves without the right equipment, but they are in a beautiful setting.

Travel

Holiday start

Your holiday starts in Inverness. Our group transfer will collect guests from Inverness Airport or from Inverness Rail Station at the following times:

3.00pm: Inverness airport.The airport pick-up point is in front of the Terminal Building. Look out for our HF Holidays leader or the Durness Bus Company who will be holding an HF Holidays sign

3.30pm: Inverness railway station.The rail meeting point is in the station near WHSmiths. Our  leader may be on the coach from the airport, but will come to the meeting point and direct you to the coach.

The transfer from Inverness to Rhiconich is approximately 2½ hours with a short stop on the way.

Holiday Finish:  We will return you to Inverness railway station for 09.30am or to Inverness Airport for 10.00am.

Travel by rail:

There is a regular rail service to Inverness. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950.  For National Rail enquires from overseas call +44 (0)20 7278 5240

Travel by air:

There are a number of low-cost flights from around the UK to Inverness and if you are flying from overseas there are some international flights to Inverness.

Reviews

Date & Rating Customer Review HF Holidays says
31 Jul 2016, 11:20 a.m.

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Can't think of any negative comments at all.

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Well planned itinerary.
30 Jul 2016, 10:37 a.m.

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Good first hotel not such good customer service

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We did the whole iternary which was excellent. Charles very experienced good leader
28 Jul 2016, 8:36 p.m.

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Very good - nice to have the responsibility for walks taken care of

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Outstanding leader, great weather, good food and company - would recommend
28 Jul 2016, 7:59 p.m.

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Congrats on developing such an interesting and varied programme

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The best walking holiday we have ever had, excellent itinerary and leader
8 Jul 2016, 8:04 a.m.

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Booking was a bit of a problem, and seemed to go much better when I contacted HF again and there was a staff member who could work with a request for a room shared with a stranger. Inexperienced staff in the bookings department could reduce bookings.

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Somewhere between good and excellent. The walks were wonderful and the leader excellent. The first hotel was a little lack lustre, one of our rooms was fine, the other lacked storage. Although we did not have showers in our rooms at the second, the Inchnadamph Hotel had atmosphere, the food was really good and they had some good local beer. The staff felt accessible, and would do whatever they could to ensure that gusts felt welcome in a friendly and unassuming way. Last little gripe is that the Durness minibuses have stripes down the back windows, which look very good if you are not a passenger, but spoil the view for those in the back of the bus. Most of us walk for the scenery, among other things, and in west Sutherland, there is plenty to see from the road. Perhaps you could pass this on please.
19 Jun 2016, 7:57 a.m.

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Everything worked well

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Even the weather was good
16 Jun 2016, 5:48 a.m.

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Excellent service.

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A great and varied selection of walks, although a couple of days were rather short. Four hours on Handa Island was rather too much. Perhaps cutting this down to two and adding a short walk would be preferable. Quite a contrast between the two hotels. The food in the first was adequate at best, but the second it was excellent. However the cleanliness of the second hotel left much to be desired.
16 Jun 2016, 5:27 a.m.

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A most excellent holiday firm.

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This proved to be an excellent holiday . The icing on the cake was the weather ! No rain for a week and lovely and mild , lots of sunshine. The walks were good and the scenery stunning. Wilderness at its best ! Usual high standard of leader .
31 Aug 2015, 5:32 p.m.

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Everything went to plan

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probably a bit too strenuous, with walking distances probably a bit too long. When we booked, the mileage for the 2 long days was to be 12.5, but somehow by the time the detailed itinerary came 3 weeks before the holiday was to start, it had increased to 13.75, and in fact turned out to be even more than that.
27 Aug 2015, 8:55 a.m.

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Very well organised

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Wonderful holiday

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Dates & Prices

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26 Jun 2017 XILDW - Cape Wrath Classic 7 £1,029.00 £1,004.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 off pp - ends 3 October Book Now
17 Jul 2017 XILDW - Cape Wrath Classic 7 £1,029.00 £1,004.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 off pp - ends 3 October Book Now
7 Aug 2017 XILDW - Cape Wrath Classic 7 £1,029.00 £1,004.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 off pp - ends 3 October Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £63 (complete holiday)

If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead. 

  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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