Hillwalking around Ullapool

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Included is transport from Ullapool with meeting at the Royal Hotel Ullapool car park. We offer another meeting point at the start of the walk for most walks. A lot of our walks are linear and two vehicles are a must with two drivers. We offer this and this is planned into our pricing.

Walks around Ullapool

Ben More Coigach from West to East

Ben More Coigach dominates the landscape north of Ullapool and it`s long, table shaped summit plateau is an ideal mountain to master in a day.

The best route is a linear route to experience all the features this striking mountain has to offer. With 743 metres (2438 ft) it seems fairly straightforward. But this walk is steep in places, off-path offers some airy ridges (can be bypassed if needed).

The views are worth this effort and there are not many better days out than this to the north of Ullapool. To the north and east side, you have the lonely giants of Assynt and to the west and south, you have the mighty mountain chains of the Fisherfields, Fannichs and An Teallach.

Walk details: 7 miles, 11 km – Ascent 620 m, Descent 730 m – Walking time 4h

Beinn Dearg Loop and the ‘famine’ wall

The highest peak in the Northern Highlands, Beinn Dearg is a fine big nugget of a hill, dominating views south-east from Ullapool.

This walk takes you up the beautiful Glen Sguaib to the famous Beinn Dearg and our return follows the west flank along a wonderful ridge. This is the shortest way up and down this grand mountain.

A great drystone wall runs from the bealach up the eastern flank of Beinn Dearg, over the summit plateau and down the long west ridge.

It’s a phenomenal piece of engineering, constructed from blocks of stone and, in places, is almost two metres (6ft) tall.

It’s known as a “famine wall” and is part of the often sad history of the people who once scraped a living in the shadow of the hills where today so many spend their leisure time.

Walk details: 12.3 miles, 20 km – Ascent 1066 m, Descent 1066 m – Walking time 7 h

Explore the highest Waterfall in Scotland with 658 ft (200 m)

This rough walk takes you into the heart of Assynt’s rocky landscape, past pretty lochans and streams to reach the top of Britain’s highest waterfall, Eas a’ Chual Aluinn.

We start this walk in Inchnadampf and make our way past some amazing views alongside Lochs and mountains before we ascend onto an alpine-style pass.

We zig-zag a well-built path down before we make our way off-path to the highest waterfall in Scotland.

This is a linear route and we still have a long way along rough terrain towards Loch na Gainmhich before we can relax. A fantastic day ends with another impressive waterfall before driving back to Ullapool.

Walk details: 9.4 miles, 15 km – Ascent 840 m, Descent 700 m – Walking time 5 – 6 h

Hillwalking around Ullapool

Suilven with a cycling and walking approach

This is a very exciting way of climbing this magnificent hill. Instead of having a long walk in and out for the ascent, we will cycle in, leave the bikes at the bottom of the big steep ascent and walk to the westerly summit Caisteal Liath for breathtaking views all around.

The return is on the same route we walked up and cycled in. With this approach we make a long day walking wise much more enjoyable and allowing more time for breaks.

An iconic day gets even more epic by combining two outdoor activities, cycling and walking. You can bring your own bike or hire one through us with the help of Ullapool Bike Hire.

We offer this day entirely as a walking trip as well on either the same dates or separate.

Walk 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 h

Hillwalking around Ullapool

Cul Mor, one of the highest peaks in Assynt

Assynt in the far North West of Scotland is literally jaw-dropping, the landscape is so outstanding and other wordly that you’d think you’d travelled to another planet.

One of the highest peaks in Assynt, Cul Mor’s rocky summit is a window both to beautiful views and to the history of how the surrounding landscape was formed. Cul Mor, meaning ‘big back’, rises up from Knockan Crag to the east to overlook Loch Sionascaig and the neighbouring peak Stac Pollaidh to the west.

Despite its higher altitude, it is less well known than two of its other neighbours, Suilven and Stac Pollaidh, but being higher, it commands views over these and other neighbours as well as extensive stunning views out to the Summer Isles.

Walk details: 8 miles, 13 km – Ascent 670 m, Descent 670 m – Walking time 5 h

Hillwalking around Ullapool

Quinag and a magnificent ridge walk

Quinag is an 808 m high mountain range in Sutherland with just a 45-minute stunning car journey north from Ullapool.

It’s not a single mountain but a dramatic range of peaks called Sàil Gharbh, Sàil Ghorm, and Spidean Coinich in Scottish Gaelic. This translates to the rough heel, the blue heel and the mossy peak. Owned and looked after by the John Muir Trust.

Quinag is unusual in offering the general walker no fewer than three separate mountains over 2,500ft (Corbetts) a tour of all the summits is a fairly major undertaking. This means that this is no easy day out if you tackle all three. This is why we only take two mountains into our route for the day to make it more achievable for most.

Your effort will be well rewarded with breathtaking views over Loch Assynt to the south, Conival and Ben More Assynt to the south-east and Loch a’Chàirn Bhàin.

Walk details: 7.5 miles, 12 km – Ascent 800 m, Descent 800 m – Walking time 5 – 6 h

Hillwalking around Ullapool

Beinn Enaiglair – the gateway to the west

An outlier of the Beinn Dearg group, Beinn Enaiglair is prominent in the view from Ullapool harbour. The peak provides excellent views from its summit.

The mountain is classed at a Corbett, with a height of 889 m and gives one of the most outstanding views in the west.

Beinn Enaiglair is overlooking Beinn Dearg, An Teallach, the Fisherfields, Fannichs and all the way to giants of the north in Assynt.

We walk this Corbett on a through route starting at Loch Droma, via the summit, passing some stone circles before finishing at Lael Forest Garden.

Walk details: 8.5 miles, 13.5 km – Ascent 650 m, Descent 870 m – Walking time 5 h

Hillwalking around Ullapool

Walk up Stac Pollaidh for a magnificent sunset

Stac Pollaidh (also known as Stac Polly) is possibly the best-known mountain in Coigach and Assynt Scotland.

612 m high, Stac Pollaidh may be a small mountain in comparison to many of Scotland’s bigger hills, but offers incredible views of the mountains of the Inverpolly Nature Reserve and across to the mighty Suilven. This mini-mountain punches well above its weight. 

Climbing the hill is relatively simple thanks to the well-made steep path up to the bealach (pass). We will walk the circular route which will take you around the base of the pinnacles.

Our biggest highlight is that we ascend in the evening before the light fades, watch an ever-changing sunset at the bealach or eastern summit. Before finishing the route with an adventurous descent in the dark with headtorches if needed.

Walk details: 2.75 miles, 4.5 km – Ascent 470 m, Descent 470 m – Walking time 2.5 -3 h

Ullapool Hill and Beinn Eilideach Loop

We begin this day by walking up onto Ullapool hill from Ullapool village, the views over the village and out to the summer isles are fantastic.

From the summit of 270 metres, we continue our route over fairly rough ground to Beinn Eilideach which stands at 559 metres high.

The summit treats us to wonderful views in all directions. There is a lochan near the top known locally as the infinity loch which is great for a quick dip on a warm day!

We return via a different route finding our way through some amazing crags to finally be back onto Ullapool hill footpath and make gradually make our way back to the village.

This all makes for a super day out over varied terrain!

Walk details: 8 miles, 13 km – Ascent 575 m, Descent 575 m – Walking time 5 h

Braebag and the Bones Caves

This walk offers much variety and makes for a moderately challenging and exciting day out for those looking for a bit of adventure.

We begin by taking the path towards the dramatic bone caves which sit high up in an impressive limestone valley. There are 4 main caves where several species of animal bones were discovered over a century ago, including lynx, wild cat, arctic fox and polar bear!

After exploring the caves we continue our walk over varied terrain eventually gaining steep ground onto the summit top of Breabeg, which opens up to wonderful views of the mountains of Conival and Ben more Assynt whilst Canisp and Suilven can be seen in the other direction.

Our descent once again allows us lovely views of the mountains and valleys before we eventually rejoin the path back to our start point.

A super day out!

Walk details: 8.5 miles, 13.75 km – Ascent 650 m, Descent 650 m – Walking time 4.5 h

Hillwalking around Ullapool

We take full payment for the ‘Hillwalking around Ullapool’ days 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.

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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.