The Cape Wrath Trail, Scotland

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Scotland, United Kingdom
7 days per section
Max 8 per group

Adventure overview

An at-home expedition In the wildest and most remote parts of the UK in three sections - choose to walk one, two or all three

*Note that we do the Cape Wrath Trail in 3 sections. (Stage 1 - 110km = easy, stage 2 - 120km = tough, stage 3 - 120km = moderate). Each stage will need to be booked separately.

Stage 1- Fort William to Morvich 110km

  • 11 am - Pick up from Inverness airport/train station, head to our lodging for a gear review and trip overview.
  • Wander through Glenfinnan, dive into Rough Bounds of Knoydart, and hit the coast.
  • Wrap up with a climb to Kintail and either chill in Inverness or take a breather.
  • Transfer to Inverness midday ish (arrive Inverness 3 pm ish) for your return home (or stay on for next stage)

Stage 2 – Morvach to Ullapool/ Oykel Bridge 120km

  • Start fresh in Inverness, roam around Glen Affric, and trek those Achnashellach peaks.
  • Head north to Kinlochewe, pass by Slioch, and stroll to An Teallach.
  • Finish with a cool hike to Oykel Bridge and either crash there or head back to Inverness.
  • Transfer to Inverness midday ish (arrive Inverness 3 pm ish) for your return home (or stay on for next stage)

Stage 3 - Ullapool/ Oykel Bridge to Cape Wrath 120km

  • Jump in at Inverness, camp out in Glen Douchary, and explore those hidden glens.
  • Move through Assynt, make it to Sandwood Bay, and camp beachside.
  • Round it off with a trip to Cape Wrath, wander to Durness, and then head back to Inverness.
  • Transfer to Inverness midday ish (arrive Inverness 3 pm ish) for your return home (or stay on for next stage)

*Note that we do the Cape Wrath Trail in 3 sections. (Stage 1 - 110km = easy, stage 2 - 120km = tough, stage 3 - 120km = moderate). Each stage needs to be booked separately.

The Cape Wrath Trail is an unofficial, unmarked 350km hiking route from Fort William in Scotland to Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point in mainland Britain. We’ll be hiking through some of the UK’s most wild, rugged and remote landscapes, wild camping along the way. A proper adventure right on the doorstep!

You can join for 1-week, 2-weeks or for all 3-weeks of awesome, remote hiking!

Stage 1 (easy) - Fort William to Morvich 110km

This is the first of three, back-to-back, 1-week trips tackling the entire Cape Wrath Trail, an unofficial long-distance route from the foot of Ben Nevis, to the far north-west coast of Scotland.

Friday evening

Arrival at Inverness train station/ airport and transfer to our accommodation for a kit check and trip briefing as we get to know our fellow adventure buddies and ready ourselves for the adventure ahead.

Saturday (15km):

Leaving Fort William, we take the ferry to begin our hike into Cona Glen, for our first wild camp of the trip in the heart of the glen.

Sunday (15km):

We’ll break camp and continue our journey into the Highlands, heading through the glen to Glenfinnan and its famous railway viaduct - you’ll recognise it from the Harry Potter films! We’ll be eager to escape the day-tripping crowds and head back into the wilderness to pitch our tents.

Monday (17km):

The going gets rougher but stunningly beautiful as we head north towards the Rough Bounds of Knoydart. We’ll cross our first mountain pass to a remote valley and head to a loch to camp by its shores.

Tuesday (15km):

We head down the valley towards the coast and along the shores of a sea loch towards a remote beach that’s only accessible by boat or a long hike through the wilderness. Anyone up for a swim in the sea?

Wednesday (18km):

A longer day - we'll hike through a valley before tackling a munro. Our journey takes us through the next valley to camp by the sea again – or, if the weather allows, maybe a cheeky summit camp.

Thursday (15km):

A relatively easy day today. We’ll hike along the shores of the sea loch we reached last night to head into the lovely region of Glenshiel.

Friday (15km):

Our last day for this section of the trail! An ascent of another munro brings us to the spectacular region of Kintail – a fitting climax to the first part of our adventure!

We’ll spend the night in a hostel by the coast for a much-needed shower and well-earned pub meal.


For those departing today, you’ll be transferred to Inverness arriving around 3 pm for your return home. If you’re staying with us for the next section, today’s a rest day to chillax or explore the delights of Kintail.

Stage 2 (moderate) – Morvach to Ullapool/ Oykel Bridge 120km

Saturday evening

Arrival at Inverness train station/ airport and transfer to our accommodation for a kit check and trip briefing as we get to know our fellow adventure buddies and ready ourselves for the adventure ahead.

Sunday (17km):

We’ll kick things off by walking near the glorious Glen Affric – the lair of the elusive Scottish Wildcat – will we be lucky enough to glimpse one? We’ll pass by huge but hidden waterfalls, and remote lochs to make our camp on a mountain summit or next to a high mountain lake.

Monday (18km):

We’ll follow the river as it meanders through the high mountains and woodland of Achnashellach.

Tuesday (18km):

We’ll be on good paths for most of the day as our journey takes us ever northwards to Kinlochewe. We’ll enjoy spectacular views of the huge and impressive mountains of Beinn Eighe and Slioch.

Wednesday (16km):

Today’s a relatively easier day, hiking along the shores of a loch as we head to a remote glen for our camp for tonight.

Thursday (18km):

Passing the impressive bulk of Slioch, we’ll head to An Teallach and make our camp at the foot of the mountain.

Friday (18km):

Saying a reluctant farewell to An Teallach, we’ll head east into the Inerlael Forest and Glen Douchery.

Saturday (15km):

We’ll spend our final day on the second part of the trail hiking through the valley to Oykel Bridge, where we’ll have a comfy bed for the night and a well-earned hot shower and a meal. Bliss!


For those departing today, you’ll be transported to Inverness for around 3pm for your return home.

For those staying on for the final week of our adventure, we’ll have the morning and early afternoon to chill and explore, before we continue on our journey in the evening.

Stage 3 (tough) - Ullapool/ Oykel Bridge to Cape Wrath 120km

Sunday (10km):

Arrival at Inverness train station/airport and transferral to the trailhead ready for a full pre-trip briefing and kit check. We'll head north through the vast and jagged landscape of Glen Douchary and set out from Oykel Bridge to experience our first wild camp of the trip.

Monday (15km):

We'll make our way through the wild and remote glen, passing under the twin munro peaks of Ben More and Conival where we'll assess the weather conditions for our wild camp (up high for a cracking sunset/ sunrise hopefully!)

Tuesday (20km): 

A slightly longer day today. We continue north towards the sparsely-populated but beautiful Assynt. The terrain is a sweeping open land full of glistening lochs and mountains that sprout up through the heather.

We'll find a suitably dramatic spot for our camp for the night.

Wednesday (15km):

Today we'll hike around the shores of two interconnecting, remote lochs. Home for the night is a remote wild camping spot next to one of the beautiful lochs.

Thursday (15km):

We'll begin today's hike on good tracks, climbing to a mountain pass before dropping down into our next valley. Here the terrain gets a bit technical as we pick our way over flat but trackless bog.

We'll make our way to our wild camping spot on the slopes of Arkle.

Friday (20km):

We'll continue making our way across the boggy moorland to a road - it's rather a rough road but it'll be a relief after the pathless trudge through the bogs! The possibility of a cafe will no doubt further brighten our spirits!

We’ll hug the coast all the way to Sandwood Bay, an untouched and quintessentially western Scotland beach, boasting metres of golden sand and crystal clear waters. We camp on the beach for the night in this iconic location.

Saturday (20km):

Onwards to Cape Wrath and our penultimate hiking day! As we reach the most north-westerly point on the British mainland we will be rewarded with dramatic ocean views and plenty of time to snap some photos. We’ll then continue on to the famous lighthouse at Cape Wrath, celebrating with a few selfies no doubt.

We'll set up camp high above the cliffs of this wonderfully remote location, watching the sunset over the most north-westerly point of the Scottish mainland, celebratory camping mug of wine in hand.

Sunday (20km):

For our final day's hiking, we use a well-paved military track, heading east towards the small village of Durness, where we'll catch the ferry for the short crossing.

Our accommodation for the night is a hostel with the luxury of proper showers and beds! After a well-earned and no doubt much-needed shower, it's time for a celebratory and beers on our final night of the trail.


A hearty breakfast and a morning on the beach exploring the Smoo Caves before heading back to Inverness for 3pm for the journey back home.

Fwar! What an adventure!

  • Wild camping and B&B


  • Guide - Fully qualified and experienced guides
  • Meals - All grub when hiking (except pub meals)
  • Accommodation (tents for wild camping, hostels, and B&B's)
  • Transfers - from Inverness to start location and back to Inverness


  • Transport - to and from Inverness
  • Personal kit
  • Meals - food and drinks not on the trek or rest days
  • Travel Insurance - we recommend Campbell Irvine
  • Pick-up can be arranged at Inverness train station or airport but please arrive no later than 11am.
    • Transfers to and from the trail are included.
  • We return to Inverness after our trip for 3pm (best to book an open travel ticket just in case we're delayed).


Is this a good trip if I'm travelling solo?

  • Absolutely! Many solo adventurers, couples, and groups join us. It's a fab way to meet awesome folks.
  • More than half of our guests book on solo, so you’ll be in good company.

What's the typical age range?

  • We see a mix, from 20s to 50s.
  • Don’t focus too much on this though…

Is there a minimum age for this trip?

  • 18 years old

How fit do I need to be?

  • You'll need a moderate level of fitness for this one and be willing and able to walk the distances set out in the itinerary. Don't worry though, you don't need to be a super hiker. 
  • This will be the biggest hike ever attempted for many on the trip. Keep in mind that you'll be carrying kit for wild camping too.

What size will the group be?

  • Up to 8 guests per group (usually).

How many mountain leaders will be walking with us?

  • One guide per group of 8.

Do I need travel insurance?

  • Yes, check that it covers the trip you’re interested in
  • We recommend Campbell Irvine
  • We also recommend you get some personal insurance to cover you for injury or any personal loss or damage.

Is the guide insured?

  • Yes, our guiding partners are insured for all the activities they offer, but you’ll still need to take out your own travel insurance.


How do sleeping arrangements work if three people book this trip?

  • We’ll provide 1-man tents and can offer 3-man tents for couples or two people – or friendly groups of three.


How heavy will my pack be?

  • With good packing and only essential kit the bag should weigh around 12kg, but some people overpack and can get up to 15kg. We'd recommend keeping it as light as possible.

What kit should i bring?

  • We’ll send a full kit list after you book but here are some of the things you’ll need
    • personal kit (clothes)
    • tent (our tents weigh 1.7kg approx)
    • sleeping bag (1.5kg approx)
    • roll mat (0.2kg approx
    • food and share of group kit (1kg approx)
    • The cooking kit is a part of the shared group kit.
    • This is a supported trip so clothes/kit/food can be replenished every few days


Is there a discount for group bookings?

  • Unfortunately not, we offer a competitive and fair price so we can’t offer further discounts.

Is there a discount if I make my own way there or travel from a different starting point?

  • Unfortunately not for this trip.

Can we have a campfire?

  • Unfortunately, campfires aren’t allowed as we like to leave no trace. That doesn’t stop you enjoying a brew under the stars though.
  • Free cancellation or date change up to 65 days before departure
  • Deposits are non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled by us, then you'll get a full refund

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