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 wildland – 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.
We meet in Inverness this morning and drive to the Northwest Highlands. When we arrive at the start point the guides will deliver a comprehensive briefing before we practise some basic open canoe skills and discuss safety procedures. Then it’s time to load up the boats and set off down the loch towards our first overnight camp. Welcome to the wilderness! (L, D)
After breakfast, we paddle westwards along Fionn Loch, where we have the opportunity to ascend the mighty Suilven by a route that very few people use. 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)
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)
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 corries. Sometimes we even see the deer swimming in the lochs – they can swim several hundred metres to reach islands where they can graze. (B, L, D)
We start from the village of Kinlochleven where will climb on a good trail through the forest. You’ll soon be able to hear the thunder of falling water – The Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall is impressive falling almost 50 feet. We’ll continue on our hike as the path comes out of the woods and eventually reaches a remote loch, surrounded by mountains and wild moorlands. On the return, we’ll enjoy stunning views down the length of Loch Leven to the Pap of Glencoe. In the evening, a storyteller shares tales of the Glencoe’s dark history before dinner. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 13km/ 8 miles | 350m/ 1150 ft of ascent | approx. 5 hours
We canoe up Loch Sionascaig for a short portage into Loch Buine Moire. Our final paddle takes us across the loch to the endpoint. We rejoin the vehicle and head to our B&B accommodation in Ullapool for a well-deserved shower and celebratory dinner in a local restaurant. (B, L)
Following breakfast we load up the vehicle and return to Inverness, arriving late morning. (B)
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Inverness Railway Station at 10:30am on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Inverness Station for 11:00am on the final day of the trip.
On this trip we wild camp near the loch shore in spectacular locations.
We provide tents and also carry a base camp tipi, which means that we can all gather together for dinner and a hot drink even if the weather is inclement. If you require a single tent we are happy to provide this, but otherwise we do ask that those who are happy to share a tent with other travellers do so.This helps to keep our camp size small, giving us more options of where to pitch and reducing our environmental impact on these precious places.
Great food is essential to all our trips and expeditions are no different. While the guide will co- ordinate the cooking and help out, everyone is asked to lend a hand as this ensures the best meals in the shortest possible time after what are often long days. We will carry plenty of food to cater a varied and satisfying menu throughout the trip, and some of these may even be prepared on an open fire. Dietary requirements can still be catered for but please ensure we know at the time of booking.
Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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