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May 2021 – Day Walks around Ullapool

We are delighted to offer 1 Day Walking Adventures “Walks around Ullapool” (within 45 minutes drive maximum) on a monthly basis.

New for this year and going forward we are offering some fantastic 1-day walking adventures. Ideal for those wanting to get out into the hills around Ullapool and further afield with a qualified mountain leader providing a safe and fun day out.

We will mix each week with difficulty levels from easy to hard and will outline the week regularly on our BlogFacebook and Instagram pages in advance.

All groups will be run with a maximum of 1:7 Guide to client ratio.

More walks will follow and we add them every week. Here you can read more about each walk and book straight online 24/7.

May 2021

DateDayWalk NameWalk DetailsDifficulty
05/05/2021WednesdayCuileig & Gleann Mòr circuit4.5 miles, 7.5 km – Ascent 210 m, Descent 240 m – Walking time 2.5 hLevel 1
06/05/2021ThursdayBraebag and the Bones Caves8.5 miles, 13.75 km – Ascent 650 m, Descent 650 m – Walking time 4.5 hLevel 3
07/05/2021FridayQuinag and a magnificent ridge walk6.5 miles, 10 km – Ascent 750 m, Descent 750 m – Walking time 4.5 – 5 hLevel 3+
08/05/2021SaturdayExplore the highest Waterfall in Scotland with 658 ft (200 m)9.4 miles, 15 km – Ascent 840 m, Descent 700 m – Walking time 5 – 6 hLevel 3+
09/05/2021SundayCul Mor, one of the highest peaks in Assynt8 miles, 13 km – Ascent 670 m, Descent 670 m – Walking time 5 hLevel 3
10/05/2021MondayAlong the Coffin Road to Clachan Church6.5 miles, 10 km – Ascent 400 m, Descent 450 m – Walking time 3.5 hLevel 2
11/05/2021TuesdaySuilven with a cycling and walking approachWalk details: 3.2 miles, 11 km – Ascent 515 m, Descent 515 m- Walking time 3 – 4 h, Ride details: 9 miles, 14.5 km – Ascent 115 m, Descent 115 m – Cycling time 1.5 hLevel 3+
12/05/2021WednesdayCulnacraig to Blughasary via the Postie Path7 miles, 11 km – Ascent 500 m, Descent 500 m- Walking time 3.5 – 4 hLevel 2+
13/05/2021ThursdayBeinn Enaiglair – the gateway to the west8.5 miles, 13.5 km – Ascent 650 m, Descent 870 m – Walking time 5 hLevel 3
14/05/2021FridayHanda Island Explorer Day4 miles, 6 km – Ascent 150 m, Descent 150 m – Walking time 2 h
Level 1
15/05/2021SaturdayBen More Coigach from West to East7 miles, 11 km – Ascent 620 m, Descent 730 m – Walking time 4hLevel 3
16/05/2021SundayBeinn Dearg Loop and the ‘famine’ wall12.3 miles, 20 km – Ascent 1066 m, Descent 1066 m – Walking time 7 hLevel 4
17/05/2021MondayUllapool Hill and Beinn Eilideach Loop8 miles, 13 km – Ascent 575 m, Descent 575 m – Walking time 5 hLevel 2+
18/05/2021TuesdayCul Mor, one of the highest peaks in Assynt8 miles, 13 km – Ascent 670 m, Descent 670 m – Walking time 5 hLevel 3
19/05/2021WednesdayLoch Toll an Lochain, a Corrie not to miss6.2 miles, 10 km – Ascent 270 m, Descent 380 m – Walking time 3 – 4 hLevel 2+
20/05/2021ThursdayCulnacraig to Blughasary via the Postie Path7 miles, 11 km – Ascent 500 m, Descent 500 m- Walking time 3.5 – 4 hLevel 2+
21/05/2021FridayQuinag and a magnificent ridge walk6.5 miles, 10 km – Ascent 750 m, Descent 750 m – Walking time 4.5 – 5 hLevel 3+
22/05/2021SaturdayAlong the Coffin Road to Clachan Church6.5 miles, 10 km – Ascent 400 m, Descent 450 m – Walking time 3.5 hLevel 2
23/05/2021SundayMagnificent Sandwood Bay9.5 miles, 15 km – Ascent 360 m, Descent 360 m – Walking time 4.5 hLevel 2+
24/05/2021MondaySuilven with a cycling and walking approachWalk details: 3.2 miles, 5 km – Ascent 515 m, Descent 515 m- Walking time 3 – 4 h, Ride details: 9 miles, 14.5 km – Ascent 115 m, Descent 115 m – Cycling time 1.5 hLevel 3+
25/05/2021TuesdayExplore the highest Waterfall in Scotland with 658 ft (200 m)9.4 miles, 15 km – Ascent 840 m, Descent 700 m – Walking time 5 – 6 hLevel 3+
26/05/2021WednesdayHanda Island Explorer Day4 miles, 6 km – Ascent 150 m, Descent 150 m – Walking time 2 hLevel 1
27/05/2021ThursdayUllapool Hill and Beinn Eilideach Loop8 miles, 13 km – Ascent 575 m, Descent 575 m – Walking time 5 hLevel 2+
28/05/2021FridayMagnificent Sandwood Bay9.5 miles, 15 km – Ascent 360 m, Descent 360 m – Walking time 4.5 hLevel 2+
29/05/2021SaturdayStac Pollaidh at sunset2.75 miles, 4.5 km – Ascent 470 m, Descent 470 m – Walking time 2.5 -3 hLevel 2+

2021 – Walks around Ullapool

We take full payment for the day walks at the time of booking. All payments will be 100 % refundable until 24 hours before the walk starts. This should give you enough flexibility regarding COVID-19.

We offer a reduction of “Adults” tickets for groups from 2 onwards and two different Family tickets for 4 & 5 members.

All Walks around Ullapool can be offered as a private departure. We can tailor-make you any day walk you prefer within a 1h 30 min drive from Ullapool. This includes Torridon, Dundonnell, Gairloch, Assynt and parts of Sutherland.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via Whatsapp, Facebook, email or phone call.

Pricing 2021

1 Adults (16+) – From GBP 35 pp
2 Adults (16+) – From GBP 30 pp
3 Adults (16+) – From GBP 27 pp
4 Adults (16+) – From GBP 25 pp
(Tier Pricing is only for one booking of up to four Adults)

Children (7 – 15) – From GBP 25 pp
Concession (65+) – From GBP 25 pp

Family Ticket 2 Adults 2 Children – GBP 110

All McKenzie Mountaineering – Guided Walking Adventure walks and courses are limited to 7 places, to give you a great experience and to minimise our impact on the environment.

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Re-opening of hospitality in Scotland

With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions set to continue from the 26th of April in Scotland, and hospitality opening up we are sure everyone is as happy as us to be able to make plans, book holidays and enjoy the spring sunshine.

We have been busy working on our website and creating new exciting walking trips, including 1-day adventures and long-distance trails. We also have a new online booking system that allows you to book your chosen trip directly, whilst we are still always available for a telephone chat should you need more information or have any questions.

You can book now for 2021 and 2022 tours and there really is something for everyone and every ability.

We can also offer tailor-made trips for groups or families if there is something specific you have in mind and we are happy to organise multi-activity trips including bike hire, stand up paddling and kayaking.

Re-opening of hospitality in Scotland
Quinag Ridge
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April 2021 – Walks around Ullapool

From April 2021 (depending on COVID-19 Rules at the time) we are delighted to offer 1 Day Walking Adventures “Walks around Ullapool” (within 45 minutes drive maximum) on a monthly basis.

We will mix each week with difficulty levels from easy to hard and will outline the week regularly on our BlogFacebook and Instagram pages in advance.

All groups will be run with a maximum of 1:7 Guide to client ratio.

More walks will follow and we add them every week. Here you can read more about each walk and book straight online 24/7.

April 2021

DateDayWalk NameWalk DetailsDifficulty
01/04/2021ThursdayNavigation and Mountain Safety DayEASY
02/04/2021FridayStac Pollaidh at sunset2.75 miles, 4.5 km – Ascent 470 m, Descent 470 m – Walking time 2.5 -3 hLevel 2+
04/04/2021SundayUllapool Hill and Beinn Eilideach Loop8 miles, 13 km – Ascent 575 m, Descent 575 m – Walking time 5 hLevel 2+
05/04/2021MondayLoch Toll an Lochain, a Corrie not to miss6.2 miles, 10 km – Ascent 270 m, Descent 380 m – Walking time 3 – 4 hLevel 2+
06/04/2021TuesdayCul Mor, one of the highest peaks in Assynt8 miles, 13 km – Ascent 670 m, Descent 670 m – Walking time 5 hLevel 3
07/04/2021WednesdayExplore the highest Waterfall in Scotland with 658 ft (200 m)9.4 miles, 15 km – Ascent 840 m, Descent 700 m – Walking time 5 – 6 hLevel 3+
08/04/2021ThursdayUllapool Hill and Beinn Eilideach Loop8 miles, 13 km – Ascent 575 m, Descent 575 m – Walking time 5 hLevel 2+
09/04/2021FridayStac Pollaidh at sunset2.75 miles, 4.5 km – Ascent 470 m, Descent 470 m – Walking time 2.5 -3 hLevel 2+
10/04/2021SaturdayNavigation and Mountain Safety DayEASY
11/04/2021SundaySuilven with a cycling and walking approachWalk details: 3.2 miles, 11 km – Ascent 515 m, Descent 515 m- Walking time 3 – 4 h, Ride details: 9 miles, 14.5 km – Ascent 115 m, Descent 115 m – Cycling time 1.5 hLevel 3+
12/04/2021MondayLoch Toll an Lochain, a Corrie not to miss6.2 miles, 10 km – Ascent 270 m, Descent 380 m – Walking time 3 – 4 hLevel 2+
14/04/2021WednesdayStac Pollaidh at sunset2.75 miles, 4.5 km – Ascent 470 m, Descent 470 m – Walking time 2.5 -3 hLevel 2+
15/04/2022ThursdayUllapool Hill and Beinn Eilideach Loop8 miles, 13 km – Ascent 575 m, Descent 575 m – Walking time 5 hLevel 2+
16/04/2021FridaySuilven with a cycling and walking approachWalk details: 3.2 miles, 11 km – Ascent 515 m, Descent 515 m- Walking time 3 – 4 h, Ride details: 9 miles, 14.5 km – Ascent 115 m, Descent 115 m – Cycling time 1.5 hLevel 3+
17/04/2021SaturdayQuinag and a magnificent ridge walk6.5 miles, 10 km – Ascent 750 m, Descent 750 m – Walking time 4.5 – 5 hLevel 3+
19/04/2021MondayLoch Toll an Lochain, a Corrie not to miss6.2 miles, 10 km – Ascent 270 m, Descent 380 m – Walking time 3 – 4 hLevel 2+
20/04/2021TuesdayMagnificent Sandwood Bay9.5 miles, 15 km – Ascent 360 m, Descent 360 m – Walking time 4.5 hLevel 2+
21/04/2021WednesdayBeinn Dearg Loop and the ‘famine’ wall12.3 miles, 20 km – Ascent 1066 m, Descent 1066 m – Walking time 7 hLevel 4
22/04/2021ThursdayUllapool Hill and Beinn Eilideach Loop8 miles, 13 km – Ascent 575 m, Descent 575 m – Walking time 5 hLevel 2+
23/04/2021FridayQuinag and a magnificent ridge walk6.5 miles, 10 km – Ascent 750 m, Descent 750 m – Walking time 4.5 – 5 hLevel 3+
24/04/2021SaturdayNavigation and Mountain Safety DayEASY
25/04/2021SundayLoch Toll an Lochain, a Corrie not to miss6.2 miles, 10 km – Ascent 270 m, Descent 380 m – Walking time 3 – 4 hLevel 2+
26/04/2021MondayBone Caves to Traligill Caves and Inchnadampf6.5 miles, 10 km – Ascent 400 m, Descent 470 m – Walking time 4 hLevel 2+
27/04/2021TuesdayCul Mor, one of the highest peaks in Assynt8 miles, 13 km – Ascent 670 m, Descent 670 m – Walking time 5 hLevel 3
28/04/2021WednesdayBeinn Dearg Loop and the ‘famine’ wall12.3 miles, 20 km – Ascent 1066 m, Descent 1066 m – Walking time 7 hLevel 4
29/04/2021ThursdayStac Pollaidh at sunset2.75 miles, 4.5 km – Ascent 470 m, Descent 470 m – Walking time 2.5 -3 hLevel 2+
30/04/2021FridayQuinag and a magnificent ridge walk6.5 miles, 10 km – Ascent 750 m, Descent 750 m – Walking time 4.5 – 5 hLevel 3+

2021 – Walks around Ullapool

All McKenzie Mountaineering – Guided Walking Adventure walks and courses are limited to 7 places, to give you a great experience and to minimise our impact on the environment.

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Animals Outdoors

Ways to spot Highland ‘Coos’

Ways to spot Highland “coos” on your next walking adventure!

Scotland is best known for its rugged landscapes, magnificent castles, historical landmarks, and beautiful, picturesque coastlines.  Another unmistakable part of Scotland’s landscape is our beloved Highland coos!

Best known for their docile temperaments (although you’ll want to keep your distance, just in case), long hairy fringes, distinguishable ginger coat, rubbery noses and prominent horns, Highland coos bring smiles to the faces of locals and visitors alike. They are undeniably a big part of Scotland’s rich history and one of the stereotypical icons often associated with Scotland (along with Haggis and Tartan, of course!).

So, to inspire your future trip to Scotland (for when COVID restrictions allow), we’ve shared some of Scotland’s top coo hotspots below so that you can make the most of them during your walking adventures. VisitScotland has also created a guide on where to spot these iconic beasts.

And if you can’t wait to see them in person, then check out this Coo Cam which gives you an up-close and personal view of Highland cows in their natural environment as they bask in the glorious rolling hills and Scottish sunshine.

Ways to spot Highland 'Coos'

Cairngorms Mountain Adventure

Our Cairngorms adventure includes taking you to the second-highest mountain in the UK, Ben Macdui, and the Cairngorms, the UK’s largest National Park. While here, there’s plenty of opportunities to see Highland coos. You’ll find cattle in the surrounding fields of The Glenlivet Distillery, which is located just north of the park, while Rothiemurchus Estate in Aviemore has its own Highland coos and even a dedicated safari to see the animal’s close-up!

Assynt Mountain adventure

Before heading to Ullapool to walk Stac Pollaidh, this adventure starts in Inverness. While in the town, why not go to see some Highland cattle at one of Scotland’s most historic sites, the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre where the cows are able to be seen from a field beside the centre.

Island hopping walking tour

If you’d like to make the most of your trip to Scotland, our island tour incorporates Arran and the Inner Hebrides. When visiting the Island of Mull to conquer Scotland’s most westerly Munro, enjoy time either side of your walk to take in the island’s gorgeous surroundings and plentiful Highland Cows. The Island’s Glengorm Castle is a good spot. Highland cattle also roam freely on the Isle of Islay so there’ll be lots of chances to catch a glimpse while visiting some of the island’s best-known whisky distilleries as part of your visit.

Ways to spot Highland 'Coos'

Our walking tour packages include guide and accommodation options and we can help you find ways to spot Highland ‘Coos’. If you love the outdoors and being surrounded by Scotland’s nature, you may want to tag some extra days to your trip and make the most of the rural life by staying on a farm.


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COVID-19 Payment Policy Update – 14/01/2021

As the situation regarding COVID-19 is still very uncertain and holidays are booked very short notice we want to be more flexible with our COVID-19 Payment Policy for the coming month and 2021 for you.

We decided to update our payment and refund policy even further in regards to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation.

To make it easier for all new bookings for trips taken between now and the whole of 2021, we take the usual 20 % trip deposit at the time of booking but this is refundable.

Any trip longer than 3 days, the balance has to be paid 8 weeks before as usual. This will be refunded in full including deposit if a cancellation because of COVID-19 is necessary.

All walking holidays shorter than 3 days the full payment has to be made at the time of booking. Nevertheless, the payment is fully refundable until 24 hours before the Walking Adventure is commencing.

If you have to cancel without a COVID-19 situation, cancellation policies are shown in each booking widget.

For our 1 Day and 3 Day Walking Adventures, we have a policy of free cancellation until 24 hours before the walk/trip starts.

For our 7+ walking adventure trips, these are between 3 days and 2 weeks before a trip commences.

If we have to cancel for guideline reasons, illness or travel restrictions you will receive a full refund of deposit and balance as soon as possible after our or your cancellation.

This COVID-19 policy will be in place until the 31st December 2021 and is valid for all new Tours that we run between January 2021 until January 2022.

We will review the situation weekly and if there is further uncertainty after this date we may extend this policy well in advance and give notice here.

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Walking in Ullapool and surroundings

In this blog “Walking in Ullapool and surroundings” we describe 5 shorter walks. Each of them is a maximum of 20 minutes drive or starts within the village.

Along the River Broom

A delightful river walk, starting from the T-junction and bridge towards Loggie. You can make this walk as long or as short as you like.

A great time to do this walk is in the springtime when the bluebells begin to bloom, but any other time of year offers a serene and relaxing setting.

Inverbroom estate has done a fantastic job with bridges, stairs and signs for the various pools within the river. There are so many choices for a lovely dip into the refreshing (cold) water.

Short walks in Ullapool
Corrie waiting patiently
Ben in deep thoughts in a very tranquil scenery

The beauty of walking Ullapool Hill or Meall Mòr

This short but relatively strenuous walk from Ullapool gives great views over the village and across Loch Broom in one direction, and in the other direction, towards the surrounding hills and high mountains which offers a totally different experience.

Although short, it is rocky and muddy underfoot in places boots are highly recommended.

There are plenty of benches to stop at and enjoy the view out to sea and towards the Summer Isles on the paths towards and up and down Meall Mòr.

View towards the Golf course and Morefield.
Activites in Ullapool
Loch Broom as it best.

Lael Forest Circuit

If you are just looking to go for a stroll with some gorgeous views over Beinn Dearg in the far distance, this walk has it all in just under two hours.

You start at the Walkers car park for Beinn Dearg and make use of the forest tracks and two old connection tracks (now a path) to do a loop within the woods.

View over to Beinn Dearg
Ullapool Community Trust, locally organised Lael Forest Walk Group

Walking through the history of Geology at Knockan Crags

This trail brings the geology of the Moine Thrust to life as the path climbs past the exposed rocks and up onto the top of the Knockan Crag.

From here there are spectacular views over Assynt towards Cul Mor, Cul Beag and Ben More Coigach. The trail includes sculptures and poetry and places to sit and enjoy the views.

A fairly easy trail to follow, if you go clockwise there is a steep but short ascent to the top of Knockan Crags. From there on the path is meandering nicely above the Crags all the way back to the car park.

Horne and Peach discussing their findings.
Rosie walking along the top of Knockan Crags

Dùn Canna Fort and Camas Mòr/Camas Beag beach

A delightful coastal walk to Dun Canna, a large Iron Age fort situated on a promontory at the foot of Ben More Coigach. There are beautiful views west to the Summer Isles and east along Strath Canaird.

The cliffs protecting the fort and overlooking two pebble beaches are stunning and a great place to explore for a family walk. This can be a day’s outing – enjoying the walk, inspecting the fort, picnicking, bathing and beachcombing.

The path, which follows the River Canaird, is easy to follow but can be sometimes a bit more hands-on and muddy in places. Depending on how much rain has been the days before.

Nevertheless, it is a great fun outing with only 1.5 miles (maximum 1h) to walk each way.

Walking in Ullapool
Walking in Ullapool

For more information about walking in Ullapool or what the area around Ullapool can offer, please send us an email.

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COVID-19 Payment Policy now valid until Jan 2022

As the situation regarding COVID-19 is still very uncertain and holidays are booked very short notice we want to be more flexible with our COVID-19 Payment Policy for the coming month and 2021 for you.

We decided to update our payment and refund policy even further in regards to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation.

To make it easier for all new bookings for trips taken between October 2020 and the whole of 2021, we take the usual 20 – 25 % trip deposit at the time of booking but this is now refundable.

The balance is only due on the day the activity is commencing (if the trip is not longer than 3 days). This should give you and us a much more flexible approach if there are any changes in guidelines or travel restrictions.

Any trip longer than 3 days, the balance has to be paid 8 weeks before as usual. This will be refunded in full including deposit if a cancellation because of COVID-19 is necessary.

If we have to cancel for guideline reasons, illness or travel restrictions you will receive a full refund of deposit and balance as soon as possible after our or your cancellation.

This COVID-19 policy will be in place until the 31st December 2021 and is valid for all new Tours that we run between October 2020 and January 2022. 

We will review the situation daily and if there is further uncertainty after this date we may extend this policy well in advance and give notice here.

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Further update to payment and refund policy regarding COVID-19 (valid until 31st October 2020)

We decided to change our payment and refund policy further in regards to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation.

To make it easier for all new bookings for trips taken between July and October 2020, we take the usual 20 – 25 % trip deposit at the time of booking but this is now refundable. You can cancel any time before the trip without any explanation and we will refund the deposit in full.

The balance is only due on the day the activity is commencing. This should give you and us a much more flexible approach if there are any changes in guidelines or travel restrictions.

If we have to cancel for guideline reasons, illness or travel restrictions you will receive a full refund of deposit and balance as soon as possible after our cancellation.

This COVID-19 policy will be in place until the 31st October and valid for all new Tours that we run between July and October 2020. We will review the situation daily and if there is further uncertainty after this date we may extend this policy well in advance and give notice here.

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For your next adventure in the Great Outdoors!

Hi everyone, after a lot of consideration we decided to create this crowdfunding pledge page as a pay forward scheme for future walking trips with us.


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We know so many people are super keen to get back to enjoying walking in the great outdoors and we can’t wait to get back to guiding and sharing the experiences with you, so as an incentive, we are offering 25% on top of everything that is pledged. So, for example, a £50 pledge would be issued as a voucher with a value of £62.50.

We will send you an e-voucher which can be used on any trip including tailor-made within the next 5 years.

We will also enter every pledge into a fantastic prize draw at the end of the crowdfunding! Please take the time to have a look at our page and watch the short video. Thanking you in anticipation 🙏.

We will update the crowdfunding page regularly with news and Interesting content! Click on the link here to see our page.

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