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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.
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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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Covid-19 Update (27/05/20)

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COVID-19 Statement

Our steps to ensure the safety of our clients

The health and safety of our clients is of the utmost importance to us. With this in mind we are in the process of establishing a framework for how we can run our adventures and trips in a safe manner.

We will take steps to protect you and mitigate the risk of contracting & spreading Coronavirus / COVID-19 while you are traveling on our adventures.

These are the principles we will make our decisons on:

SafeTrip provision will be informed and guided by a public health assessment of risk.
LawfulWe will respect government guidance and legal restrictions.
Evidence-basedWe will use the best available activity-specific evidence and analysis to guide our decision making.
Socially responsibleWe recognise that there must be a balance between economic growth and the welfare of local communities, society and the environment. Guests, suppliers and their staff are accountable for fulfilling their civic duty; the actions of an individual must benefit the whole of society.
ClearWe will provide clarity to our guests to enable compliance, engagement, and accountability.

At the moment we are awaiting guidelines and legal restrictions which will come into effect after the lockdown in Scotland is lifted by the government.

The guidelines will be established by the Mountain Safety Group (Scottish Mountain Rescue, Police Scotland, Mountain Training Scotland and Glenmore Lodge) on how we can deliver a phased return to the hills and mountains.

These proposals will be submitted to the Scottish Government outlining how mountaineering activities such as hill walking, climbing and bouldering can be re-introduced.

With these guidelines and how we can travel to and from a place, we will establish safety measurements for our activities. We will publish these here as soon we have updates from the Scottish Government and Mountain Safety Group.

Updated payment and refund policy (valid until 1st September 2020)

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

To make it easier for all new bookings for trips taken between July and September 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 1st September and valid for all new Tours that we run between July and September 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.


Please, follow the current Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance and ´hold the line´ to avoid travel and stay local for your daily exercise for now.

Despite an easing of restriction in England this week the advice for people in Scotland remains the same – stay home and only go out for essential work, food or health reasons – although people in Scotland may now go outside to exercise more than once daily.

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