This incredible trip journeys through one of the most pristine wilderness areas of Scotland.
Inverpolly in the North West Highlands comprises of undulating heather moorland, peat bogs and lochs.
Pockets of birch, hazel and rowan woodland cover the low-lying areas while the skyline is dominated by towering Torridonian Sandstone peaks.
Our journey takes us through a system of glacial lochs, allowing us to climb some of the peaks by remote and rarely-trodden routes. At night, we camp on small islands in sandy coves, basking in the glorious views all around and sit by our small campfire as the sun drops behind the mountains.
This is genuinely wild land – golden eagle country – and journeying by canoe allows us to travel quietly and observe the rich and varied wildlife of the region. This is an unforgettable wilderness adventure in one of Scotland’s most beautiful and remote areas.
Day 1 – Inverness to NW Highlands; Canoe Expedition begins
Our journey to the North West Highlands passes the unmistakable peaks of Stac Pollaidh, Suilven, Ben Mor Coigach, Cul Mor and Cul Beag, we drive to Elphin where the open canoe expedition begins. Before setting off down Loch Veyatie for a paddle down the loch to our first overnight camp, we discuss safety procedures and basic open canoe skills. (L, D)
Day 2 – Canoeing in Fionn Loch and ascent of Suilven
After breakfast, we paddle our open canoes westwards along Fionn Loch, where we have the opportunity to ascend the mighty Suilven by a route that very few people pass. Our descent takes us back across the moor and the myriad of lochans that dot the landscape to our campsite beside Fionn Loch. (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Canoeing Fionn Loch to Loch Sionascaig
Portaging over to the beautiful Loch Sionascaig, we head for our wilderness campsite on a tiny island with phenomenal panoramic views of the surrounding mountains – arguably the most stunning camping location in Scotland! (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Canoeing in Loch Sionascaig and ascent of Cul Mor
Canoeing to a secluded beach in Loch Sionascaig, we begin our ascent through the lower flanks of birch woods up to the summit of Cul Mor. This is red deer country and it is not uncommon to watch these majestic animals traverse the high carries. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Canoeing on Loch Sionascaig and ascent of Cul Beag
We climb Cul Beag via a circular route to witness incomparable views of Coigach and Stac Pollaidh. We may be lucky to see golden eagles coast the skies between the mountain tops of Inverpolly. Looking down at our canoes far below, we savour the views across this wilderness. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Loch Sionascaig to Loch Buine Moire
We canoe up Loch Sionascaig for a short portage into Loch Buine Moire. After a short paddle, we rejoin the vehicle and head to Ullapool for a well-deserved shower and then dinner in a local restaurant. (B, L)
Day 7 – Ullapool to Inverness
Following breakfast we load the vehicle and return to Inverness. (B)
Red Graded Open Canoeing Holidays 7-9
Our Red grade canoeing trips are also suitable for those with no paddling experience. However, you will need a good level of fitness. You can expect up to 7 hours of paddling each day. These trips also may include some long days hill walking over rough ground, portages and consecutive nights camping in some truly wild places.
Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:
Are you happy paddling up to 7 hours each day?
Are you used to some long days hill-walking?
Do you enjoy truly wild camping?
Book with confidence – we guarantee our trips to run as soon as 2 people book.
|06th May – 12th May 2017||$||Confirmed|
|16th Sep – 22nd Sep 2017||$||Trip Full|