The unique combination of ancient mountain landscape, vast moorlands, vertiginous cliffs, sea stacks and solitude in this part of Sutherland proves a powerful magnet for anyone who loves walking. On this moderate grade holiday we explore this wonderful part of Sutherland.
Cape Wrath, Scotland's sparsely populated north-western tip, is wild and unspoilt with views to Orkney, North Rona and west to Lewis from some of Britain's highest cliffs, some reach more than 120m. The remote Cape Wrath lighthouse, built in 1828 by Robert Stevenson stands guard over this remote corner of the north.
Sandwood Bay is undoubtedly one of the jewels, with its two miles of golden sand, twisted pink and grey rock and the crashing surf of the Atlantic it provides a memorable day's walking. We usually veer off to follow the coast, past the slender sea stack of Am Buachaille ('the herdsman') at the bay's southern end and providing exceptional views of what is undoubtedly one of the finest beaches in Britain.
Another day will take us south to Lochinver where we will walk in the shadow of dramatic peak of Suilven to the remote bothy of Suileag. It is easy to see why the Norse gave Suilven the name 'the Pillar'.
From Scourie we will walk over to Tarbet and take the small ferry to the internationally recognised island of Handa famed for its seabirds. With a little luck we will spot puffin and Artic Skua.
Wednesday is usually a free day allowing you to enjoy the pleasant surroundings of the Scourie Hotel.
Out final day of the holiday takes us back to the north coast to visit Smoo Cave and climb the small hill of Beinn Ceannabeinne which provides stunning view of the north coast and Loch Eriboll.
Day 1 - Arrive
Day 2 - Sandwood Bay
Day 3 - Handa Island
Day 4 - Lochinver and Suileag Bothy
Day 5 - Free Day
Day 6 - Cape Wrath & Kearvaig Bay
Day 7 - Beinn Ceannabeinne & Smoo Cave
Day 8 - Depart
Meet at Inverness Railway Station 14:15
Finish in Inverness 11:00
Orkney is famed for its archaeological sites such as the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae. The islands offer wonderful walking along the dramatic coastline where we can view the incredible array of breeding seabirds
There are few wild, unspoilt and least explored corners of Europe than this far-flung group of 18 islands. The Faroes lie in the middle of the North Atlantic with sheer black cliffs, sea stacks, rugged mountains and fjords that contrast with the picturesque villages
"Very enjoyable, great weather, hotel very good especially the food. Lovely area."
"I very much enjoyed staying in the Scourie Hotel. It was friendly and relaxed. The food was good and excellent choice of menu. The grade of holiday was well matched and a good variety of walks."
"I enjoyed my holidays so much! The daily plans were well organised and of great interest. Our guide was kind and informative and a great representative of Scotland."
Ms R Woodard
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