Cape Wrath Classic Guided Trail
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Our Cape Wrath Classic route takes a selection of the best bits of this fantastic wilderness, walking from Cape Wrath to end in the fishing village of Lochinver. You’ll enjoy a genuine wilderness experience coupled with warm highland hospitality and a chance to see a fantastic range of wildlife. Cape Wrath - the most north westerly point in Britain. 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 walk beneath the majestic Suilven.
- 7 nights’ Full Board en-suite accommodation
- Return transfers from Inverness airport or rail station to the hotels
- All luggage transfers and transport on walk days
- The services of an HF Holidays' walks leader
- Boat charters for Handa Island and on Glendhu Loch
- Ferry across Kyle of Durness and minibus to Cape Wrath
Rhiconich Hotel - 5nts
Situated just 13 miles south of Cape Wrath and overlooking Loch Inchard, the Rhiconich Hotel 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,hairdryer, TV and WiFi. There is a small drying room for clothes and boots
Inchnadamaph Hotel - 3nts
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. Rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer (on request). There are no TV facilities at this hotel, limited WiFi and very poor mobile phone reception. Drying facilities for clothing and boots is excellent.
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.
Day 1: Arrival day
Transfer from Inverness rail station and airport, leader introduction and evening meal.
Day 2: Highlights of Durness
Our first day gives us a chance to familiarise with the area and the type of walking we can expect for the next two days. We start on the coast just east of Durness and explore the abandoned township of Ceannabeine, before heading steeply up Beinn Ceannabeinne itself with stunning views in all directions. Taking an easier route down, we head for the famous Smoo Cave and the beautiful coastal scenery of the area. Passing the delightful Sango Sands beach and the village of Durness, we finish our walk at Balnakeil Craft Village to maybe enjoy a hot chocolate at Cocoa Mountain, or have a paddle on Balnakeil Beach. 8½ miles (13.7km) with 1,600 feet (490m) of ascent.
Day 3: 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 km) with 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent.
Day 4: 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. 7½ miles (12.5 km) with 2,500 feet (760m) of ascent.
Day 5. 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. 8 miles (13 km) with 1,320 feet (400m) of ascent.
Day 6: 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 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Day 7: Bealach na h-Uidhe
A walk from Loch an Gainmhich through wild and remote scenery to the delightful Loch Bealach a Bhuirich. From here an excellent stalkers' path brings us up to the pass between Glas Bheinn and Beinn Uidhe, where ptarmigan can sometimes be seen, before descending across country to our hotel at Inchnadamph. 10 miles (16km) with 2,250 feet (680m) of ascent.
Day 8: 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. 12 miles (19km) with 800 ft (245m) of ascent.
Day 9: Departure Day
Transfer back to Inverness airport and rail station.
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. The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors
By train to Inverness:
There are trains to Inverness from Glasgow and Edinburgh. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
Our group transfer will collect guests from Inverness station at 15:30. The 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.
At the end of your holiday, the coach will return to Inverness station for 09:30.
By air to Inverness:
Our group transfer will collect guests from Inverness Airport at 15:00. 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.
At the end of your holiday, the coach will return to Inverness Airport for 10:00.
The coach transfer from Inverness to Rhiconich is approximately 2½ hours with a short stop on the way.
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Prices are per person
- Single room: £100 (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: £10 per person