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in the North West Highlands

  • Where?

    Scotland

  • Altitude

    1,100m

  • Duration

    7 days

  • Weather

  • Physical

    P2

  • Technical

    T2

  • P2 - Prolonged walking over varied terrain. There may be uphills and downhills, so a good solid fitness is required. Expect to be able to do a 6 to 8 hour walk over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.

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  • T2 - Consider this a trek, although there may be occasion to use hands for short sections of easy scrambling. No previous climbing or trekking experience is necessary.

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  • Overview

  • Date & Prices

  • Pics & Vids

  • Itinerary

  • Kit List

  • FAQ's

Overview

Spend a week based in a beautiful cottage on the shores of Loch Torridontrekking the rugged beauty of the North-West coast and mountains of Scotland. With an abundance of wildlife in both the sea and on land, this trip promises to be one never to be forgotten!

Mountains! Of course, there will be mountains that we will trek. There are a plethora of mountains in the vicinity with over 10 Munros – the highest of the Scottish mountains – on our doorstep and many, many more a short drive away!

Looking for a little more adventure? One or 2 days will be allocated to scrambling – whether it is into the waterfalls directly behind the cottage, or a day trekking along the famous ridge of Liathach!  Rated by many mountaineers and hill walkers as Britain’s finest ridge traverse!

Wild Camping? If the weather is right, we will also spend a couple of days on an adventure in the wilderness, getting away from all that the civilised world offers, to sleep under the stars in this designated dark sky area of the UK.

Whilst the specific itinerary won’t be decided until closer to the date (weather! tsk!), be assured that this week will involve trekking, scrambling and wild camping (whilst having the comfort and warmth of our cottage throughout the entire week!). We will also dine one evening at one of the best seafood restaurants/pubs in Scotland.

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Date & Prices

Departure & Return

Duration

Price (excl. flight)

Price (incl. flight)

Start: 20 April 2019
End: 26 April 2019

Price without flights:  £645

20 April 2019

26 April 2019

7 days

£645

N/A

Included

  • 5 days guided trekking with 360 Leader
  • Transfers to and from Inverness airport/city centre
  • 6 nights cottage accommodation (twin/double rooms)
  • Camping equipment (tent, sleeping mats and sleeping bags) -if we wild camp
  • All meals as described in itinerary
  • All hot & soft drinks in the cottage

Not Included

  • Return travel to Inverness
  • Personal equipment
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Dinners on day 3 & day 6
  • Any unscheduled pub meals
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early

 

Pics & Vids

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Arrive Loch Torridon

You will be met at Inverness Airport at 11 am and driven to our accommodation and base for the week: a beautiful 5-bedroom cottage on the shores of Loch Torridon.

We will have a full trip briefing while enjoying a home cooked dinner and enjoying our surroundings for the first time.

(D)

DAY 2 : Trek Ben Alligin

We will arise early to give us as much time on the mountain as possible. After breakfast we will have another trip briefing and safety discussion before heading out to ascend Ben Alligin (the mountain directly behind our cottage).

We will then return to the cottage for dinner.

(BLD)

DAY 3 : Ghyll Scrambling/Gorge walk

We will leave our cottage and take a short stroll directly up the river. Negotiating plunge pools and waterfalls as we go.

We will return to the cottage for lunch and then change in to our trekking kit before heading out on a coastal trek to a remote fishing community for dinner.

(BL)

DAY 4 : Trek another local mountain, or scramble up and along the famous Laitach Ridge

What we do today will depend on the group’s appetite for adventure. We could trek or we could scramble.

(BLD)

DAY 5 : Wild camping adventure

We will pack an overnight bag, drive a little further north and head out on a wild camping adventure to the remote northern highlands. Specific location will be decided based on the weather, but we are likely to visit some of the oldest mountains in the world in an environment that could be taken straight out of pre-historic fiction!

(BLD)

 

DAY 6 : Return from wild camping adventure

Returning from our wild camping mini-adventure, we will freshen up at the cottage before heading to Applecross and what is often described as one of the best seafood pubs in the UK.  A special treat for our final night in the area.

(BL)

 

DAY 7 : Return home

Today  we will pack the minibus and head back to Inverness for your connections back home .

Expect to arrive at Inverness airport around 4pm.

(B)

These are subject to minor changes depending on flight arrival and departure times, weather, group dynamics and fitness and so on, but the itinerary outlined provides an excellent indication of the trek and what you will experience.

Kit List

Bags & Packs

Daysack

Approx. 30-35L capacity. Your day to day pack that you carry with your daily essentials, fitted with shoulder straps and importantly a waist belt

Rucksack

A large rucksack – minimum 65L. To use for wild camping

Waterproof/Dry bags (optional)

Sleeping Gear

4 Season sleeping bag (available to borrow from 360)

You should get a sleeping bag rated to -5C and choose a sleeping bag that functions within the comfort rating of this temperature. A silk sleeping bag liner will enhance this rating on the coldest nights. If you do not have a sleeping bag then 360 can lend you one

Sleeping mat (available to borrow from 360)

A full length self-inflating rather than ¾ length Thermarest. If you do not have a sleeping mat then 360 can lend you one

Sleeping bag liner

Silk is best for keeping the bag clean and you a little warmer

Headwear

Warm headgear

This can be a warm hat, beanie, balaclava, anything to reduce the heat loss from your head

Wide brimmed hat

Keeps the sun off exposed areas like ears and the nape of the neck

Sunblock

Lip salve

Upper Body

Non-cotton T-shirts (with one long-sleeved)

Ideally at least 2, with one being long-sleeved

Mid layer (long sleeved fleece tops)

These are typically lightweight microfleeces or similar technology that provide varying degrees of warmth and insulation without being overly bulky or heavy to pack

Warm insulated jacket

Waterproof jacket

In case it rains

Warm gloves

Lower Body

Trekking trousers

These tend to be polyester so they dry quickly after a shower and weigh little in your pack. Consider perhaps a pair with detachable lower legs as an alternative to shorts

Waterproof trousers

In case it rains

Underwear

How many pairs you take is entirely up to you

Long Johns (optional)

Thermal insulation for the lower body

Feet

3-4 season walking boots

Well worn in 3-4 season waterproof boots with mid to high ankle support

Comfortable trainers

A comfortable pair of old trainers for any ghyll scrambling activities and/or for use around the cottage grounds

Socks

Change of socks

Hydration

Water bottles / bladder

2L capacity either in a combination of bladder and Nalgene bottle or just Nalgene bottles

Evening Wear

Change of clothing for evenings

Comfortable clothes for the evening

Toiletries

Wash kit

Keep it simple on the mountain. Essentials are toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. Moisturiser is advisable, everything else is a luxury!

Travel towel

Travel towels from the likes of Lifesystems are perfect

Wet wipes

These are great for washing when modern shower facilities become a thing of the past

Alcohol gel

A must have for good camp hygiene

Medications

Personal first aid kit

The 360 med kits are designed to be used in emergencies and akin to an A&E rather than a pharmacy on Expeditions so please come prepared with useful meds for yourself such as painkillers (Ibuprofen if you can take it and a Paracetamol) plus blister plasters, plasters, antiseptic, rehydration sachets and any muscle rubs you wish to use.

Personal medication

Keep this in your daysack

Misceallaneous

Trekking poles

These tend to be a personal preference but help with your stability and can dampen the pressure on the knees coming down hill

Camera

Bring plenty of spare batteries and memory cards

Head torch

We recommend Petzl head torches. Bring spare batteries.

Insect repellent

Maps (optional)

Compass (optional)

Snacks

Although you will be fed well we do we advise bringing a small selection of energy bars. Have a couple per trekking day

Cup

To use when wildcamping

Bowl

To use when wild camping

Cutlery/Spork

To use when wild camping

FAQ's

Guides

Where do I meet my guides?

Your guide will meet you at Inverness Airport at 11am.

Food and Water

What will the meals be like?

At the cottage, breakfast will be of a continental-style and dinner will be hearty, home-cooked food to refuel after a day on the hills.

Lunches will be taken on the hills and will typically be a sandwich/wrap, crisps, fruit and a chocolate bar.

Whilst wild camping, breakfast will be porridge and dinner will be dehydrated camp food (a variety of options are available).

How often will water be replenished throughout the day?

Initially, water will be taken from the cottage, but in the hills, we will source fresh Scottish Spring water directly from its source.

I have food allergies, can these be catered for?

Absolutely, please inform the office of any allergies or intolerances and we will ensure that these are taken into account on the expedition.

Accommodation

What kind of accommodation will we use?

We will base ourselves in a beautiful 5-bedroom cottage on the shores of Loch Torridon. Where we can sleep in either twin or double rooms.

If the weather is right for wild camping, we will be using 3-person tents between 2 people (or, feel free to bring your own tent if preferred).

Health and Safety

What medication do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your specific medication that you take for any medical condition that you have and pack it in your rucksack for each trek. Please notify your guide of any specific medication that you may be on prior to trekking.

It is also worth taking a simple first aid kit such as painkillers, blister plasters, plasters, antihistamines and insect repellent.

What happens if there is an accident on the mountain?

Accidents can happen and anyone undertaking these adventures has to accept there is a degree of risk due to the nature of the activity. Our mountain crew are all experienced in dealing with problems that may arise

All leaders hold wilderness first aid certificates and can handle any emergency to the highest level of competency.

Kit

What is the best type of footwear to use for this trip?

Because of the huge variety of terrain encountered when trekking in the Scottish Highlands, it is very important to have the right footwear.

Boots should be sturdy, waterproof, insulated against the cold and offer adequate ankle support. In addition, it is highly recommended that your boots are well worn in to prevent the formation of blisters.

Additionally, it is highly recommended that you bring an old pair of trainers for any ghyll scrambling activities and/or for use around the cottage grounds.

How warm does my sleeping bag need to be for the wild camping?

These should be rated to a comfort rating of -5 C. Whilst we are likely to be experiencing end of summer temperatures, it is not uncommon for colder temperatures around this time of year.

The Trek

How big is the group?

The group will have a maximum of 8 people.

The Weather

What is the weather like?

We will be on the west coast of Scotland which can have unpredictable weather at the best of times. It could be hot and sunny, it could be cold and wet. This is why the itinerary will remain flexible until closer to the trip, with activities planned to ensure the best possible time, regardless of the weather.

Will there be midges at this time of year?

The peak midge season in Scotland is the end of May until mid September. We do not expect to have a problem with midges, but you never know!

Travel

Do I need to book my own travel to Inverness?

Yes, you will. Easy Jet flies regularly to Inverness. Usually costing £40 for a return ticket (without luggage).

Insurance

Do I need special travel insurance for the trip?

You must carry individual travel insurance to take part. We cannot take you on the expedition without proof of insurance.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip. To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip. Your insurance details are requested on the booking form, however this can be arranged at a later date.

360 Expeditions will be requesting your insurance details 8 weeks before your departure.

Training

How fit do I need to be to join this trip?

You don’t need to be super-fit and all hikes and mountain routes will be geared towards the group.

However, you should be of a level of fitness that enables you to hike up and down a hill in a day (likely to be at least 1,000m ascent/descent per day on day hikes) and to be able to hike with a 12-15kg rucksack for the wild camping micro-adventure.

I had a super time in the Highlands and would recommend this trek to anyone who’s keen on a true Scottish experience! Stuart is very professional and knowledgeable! He takes his job seriously but also knows when to have fun! An experienced, responsible and well-prepared guide who knows and understands his job!

Aggi Haig, Trekking in the North West Highlands, 2018
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