Old Man of Stoer
June 9th to 15th
July 21st to 27th
Single Room Supplement: £200
- 5 days walking
- 6 nights hotel accommodation
B&B, Guest House and small hotels
Depart from Edinburgh: 9am Sunday
Return to Edinburgh: 4pm Saturday
New for 2018! Our week long walking holiday to the Far North West of Scotland. The first half of this trip is based in Ullapool, exploring more parts of the beautiful and remote Assynt area not covered by our North West Highlands holiday. The second half of the week, we explore the North Coast of Scotland from our base in Kyle of Tongue; wild coast, secluded beaches and rugged hills in the long, long evenings of mid-Summer.
This holiday includes 5 days guided walking and 6 nights accommodation: three nights are first spent in Ullapool or Lochinver followed by three nights further north in Kyle of Tongue. Departure will be from Edinburgh at 9.00 am on the first Sunday of the holiday, returning around 3pm the following Saturday. The walks described below follow our typical itinerary for the week.
Day 1 (Sunday): Travel to Ullapool - Depart Edinburgh in the morning (9am) from where we'll travel northwards to your accommodation at Ullapool. The journey takes about 5 hours, so there is time for a few hours walking en route.
Day 2 (Monday): Traligill Caves - The Assynt area has Scotland’s largest area of limestone containing many horizontal and vertical cave systems. Many of the cave ebtrances which can be visited on a short but interesting walk from Inchnadampf, north of Ullapool.
5m/8km, footpath, boggy in places, 300m/1000ft, 5 hrs
Day 3 (Tuesday): Quinag - Today we will aim for a slightly more challenging hillwalk up Quinag in Assynt. Steep sided but on good footpaths with a minimal amount of scrambling. - the views from the summit are amongst the most breathtaking in the country.
900m/3000ft, 7m/11km, mountain path, some rough ground, 7hrs
Day 4 (Wednesday): Old Man of Stoer - Today we walk a cliff top route from the Stoer Lighthouse to the Old Man of Stoer, a spectacular sea stack. There is good chance of spotting dolphins and whales and the views to the surrounding Assynt and Sutherland mountains are inspirational.
6 miles/10km, track, path, peat bog, some rough ground and cliff-top paths, 5 hours.
We than travel onwards to our accommodation at Kyle of Tongue.
Day 5: (Thursday): Sandwood Bay - At the far North-West corner of Scotland, the beach at Sandwood Bay, only accessible on foot, is often described as Britian’s finest. We hike in on good paths over rolling moorland before hitting the beach: miles of golden sand, atmospheric cliffs and a spectacular sea stack make up the view. 300m/1000ft, 10km/6miles, track, beach
Day 6 (Friday): Ben Hope - Scotland’s most northerly Munro - a short but steep, well-marked trail leads to spectaucular views of the northern wilderness and the North Atlantic streching away in the distance. A fitting finale for the week!
927 m/3000ft, 5m/8km, good path, steep in places, 6 hrs
Day 7: (Saturday): Return to Edinburgh - After breakfast you will travel back to Edinburgh, arriving back to the city at around 4pm.
Accommodation and Meals
Our accommodation for this trip is in small but friendly bed and breakfast houses in the Ullapool and Kyle of Tongue areas. We only use places we have personally visited and approved. Please note that single rooms are increasingly hard to obtain in this remote area and that en-suite facilities for singles may therefore not always be available.
Evening meals for the whole group are normally taken at a local inn or restaurant or at the guest house. Guest houses will offer a set menu of first class home cooked food with vegetarian option, restaurants will provide a wider choice of courses. On all our tours we make a special effort to ensure that your evening meals are a highlight of the trip and seafood is a particular speciality in this area. Specific dietary requirements can normally be catered for if we know in advance. Packed lunches are not included.
Grading of Walks
The walking throughout this tour we class as “Moderate/Challenging” – suitable for people of reasonable fitness who enjoy walking or the outdoors but who needn’t necessarily have any previous hiking experience. Walks each day are normally between 6-8 hours, with several days involving some mountain ascent in the order of 2000-3000ft and distances covered of between 4-9 miles (10-14km). but also a couple of less strenuous days (please read the detailed itinerary above). You will be on mountain paths throughout the week but some rough or boggy ground and rugged terrain should be expected. As always, your enjoyment of the trip is paramount and if in doubt - please ask. Read our grading guide here.