The unique combination of extraordinary, ancient mountain landscape, vast moorlands, sea stacks and solitude in this area of Sutherland is a powerful magnet for those who love walking holidays. Cape Wrath, Scotland's most north-westerly point, offers wild, unspoilt scenery, some of Britain's highest cliffs, sea birds galore, seals aplenty and the lighthouse, built in 1828 by Robert Stevenson. We walk from the Cape to the top of the Clo Mor cliffs. The beautiful, remote beach at Sandwood Bay is accessible only on foot or by boat. There is a good track most of the way but we usually veer off part-way to follow the coast past the sea-stack of Am Buachaille. The geology of the north end of the beach is fantastic with twisted pink and grey rocks.
On this trip there will be the chance, on the free day, to visit Handa Island, just north of Scourie. Nesting on Handa’s cliffs are tens of thousands of seabirds, including Britain’s largest colony of razorbills and guillemots. Puffins nest atop the Great Stack and we always see Great and Arctic skuas on our walk across the island. Well worth the visit!
The emphasis is on a leisurely pace with time to observe and interpret the area, its history and wildlife. We usually spend 5 to 6 hours walking up to 8 - 10 miles (12 -16 km). Gradients are generally easy and much of the walking is on paths, although these can be rough in places. Basic fitness required.
Scourie Hotel - we have been using this traditional, three-star fishing hotel as our base for many years and we love it. The hotel overlooks the sheltered waters and white sands of Scourie Bay. You will experience high-standard accommodation and excellent cuisine in a friendly atmosphere. The comfortable bedrooms are en suite.
11 August 2012 - 18 August 2012
Start: Saturday, Inverness Station 13:30
Finish: Saturday, Inverness 11:00
Price Includes: 7 nights in Hotel based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 5 days guided walking.
Single Room Supplement: £70
Joined InfoHub: Nov 2005
Client Request Served: 65
M05879 has been offering quality and unique small-group walking holidays in the wild and beautiful Scottish Highlands and Islands since 1986. A walking holiday with M05879 is a journey through the history, culture and nature that shaped the Highlands and Islands.
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