Sutherland: The Great Wild North






Overview

Hike along gorgeous coastlines; discover forests and waterfalls; drink in mountain panoramas and connect with culture and wildlife on this all inclusive itinerary.

The Northern Highlands contain an extraordinary variety of landscapes, wildlife and history for so ‘small’ an area. From the rolling forests, glens and comparatively gentle shores of Easter Ross to the rugged and ancient mountain-scapes of  wild Sutherland. Since times long forgotten the people of these lands have lived lives close to the landscape – shaping it and being shaped in return.

Based from our beautiful hotels you will set out each day with your wonderful guide to enjoy this fascinating tapestry of wilderness and history. We will hike to roaring waterfalls, white sand beaches and seek out Dolphins in the waters of the Moray Firth. At all times we will be well catered for with hearty meals made from delicious local ingredients and opportunities to enjoy local music, arts and crafts.

Trip Highlights: The Great Wild North

  • Explore the spectacular landscapes of the Northern Highlands on a series of gentle hikes
  • Experience how the landscapes changes as we hike on the east coast before traversing Scotland to discover the rugged west coast and mountains.
  • Relax as you stay in two beautifully located hotels the Scottish Highlands

What’s Included

  • 6 nights accommodation in carefully selected hotels
  • All meals during the trip, from dinner on the night of arrival to lunch on the day of departure (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
  • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Inverness
  • Dolphin-spotting boat trip
  • Guided whisky tasting session at the hotel

Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day One – Rogie Falls and View Rock

After meeting in Inverness we will head to our first hike at the lovely Rogie Falls, enjoying a circular route through Caledonian forest and with loch views and vistas of the local area. Afterwards we arrive and settle in to our hotel, enjoying a welcome dinner in the evening. (D)

Walk details: 7km, approx 3 hrs

Day Two – Dolphins and Devils

This morning we go east to the coast and join a boat trip to spot the local pod of dolphins in the Moray Firth. Afterwards we enjoy lunch at a local cafe and then take an afternoon hike on the coast. Along the way we will pass through the villages of Rosemarkie and Fortrose, discovering some rich and gruesome local history! (B, L, D)

Walk details: 8km, approx 3-4 hours walking

Day Three – The Touchstone Maze & Knock Farril

Today’s hike begins in forest and heads up to a recently built stone circle. We then continue on to an impressive ridge and viewpoint, finding the remains of an original Iron Age fort at the summit which enjoys wonderful views. After descending and returning to the hotel we will enjoy some live traditional music by a group of local musicians before dinner. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 7km, approx 3 hours walking

Day Four – West to Assynt and Coigach

Today we journey to the West Coast, stopping to explore the extraordinary and unexpected chasm of Corrieshalloch Gorge. Lunch will be taken at cafe in the famous fishing town of Ullapool. Afterwards we will choose from a range of options for a local hike offering views of the amazing highland wilderness that make this area a magnet for lovers of the outdoors. We then continue on to our hotel enjoying spectacular views all the way, and from the windows of our fabulously positioned hotel in Lochinver. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 6km, approx 2.5 hours walking

Day Five – The Old Mill & Achmelvich Beach

We enjoy a point-to-point hike along the beautiful Assynt coastline today. Starting from an old grain mill we head for the beautiful sands of Achmelvich beach, your guide pointing out the secrets of the landscape along the way. Then we walk along a quiet roads and good trails through the wild country back to Lochinver where we can explore the village and visit a famous local craft shop. (B, L, D)

Walk details:  10km, approx 5 hours walking

Day Six – Inverkirkaig Falls & Achiltibuie

Today we take a short drive along the twisted ribbon of the coastal road to our start point. From here we follow the lovely river Kirkaig through welcome forest. All the way we enjoy improving views of the astonishing peak of Suilven and the iconic mountains of Stac Pollaidh and Cul Mor. Our objective is the tremendous Falls of Kirkaig where the river plunges with a roar into a deep ravine. Afterwards we will drive south again to the crofting township of Achiltibuie where we enjoy views over the Summer Isles, craft shops and a drink in the bar. A wonderful place to round off a great trip. We return to our hotel for a celebratory dinner, preceded by a whisky tasting. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 8km, approx 4 hours walking

Day 7 – Hiking to Little Assynt

On the way back to Inverness there is time for one last short hike. Exploring ‘Little Assynt’ with a hidden loch and vistas of the mountains and wilds, it’s the perfect place to thank the landscape for the new memories we will be leaving with. Afterwards we will again have lunch in Ullapool before saying goodbye in Inverness. (B, L)

Walk details: 5km, approx 2 hours walking

Grading

Grading

Green Graded Walking Holidays

Our Green grade walking trips involve straight forward hiking, following generally good trails with no major ascents.

These walks are pretty leisurely and will last for around 5 hours each day. The terrain underfoot will usually be on paths or hill trails, which may still be muddy or rough in places. The daily walks are mainly glen and coastal hikes, with some ascents of low level hills, up to around 1,500 feet / 450m high. So to help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

Can you comfortably hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascent, with rough ground in places? Have you done this recently?

 

Departures/Prices

Departures & Prices

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Sutherland: The Great Wild North

Trip Date

Price AU$ Availability

Status

27th May – 2nd Jun 2017

4175 2 place(s) left

Confirmed

22nd Jul – 28th Jul 2017

4175

Trip Full

26th Aug – 1st Sep 2017 4175 Places available

Unconfirmed