Each year we complete the trail in three stages: The Knoydart Expedition, Cape Wrath Trail South and Cape Wrath Trail North. I underestimated the effects of a heavy rucksack (as mentioned in the early stages) and the virtues of lightweight gear cannot be overemphasised. Your account has done more than any other to impress on me how difficult and dangerous this can be. The Trail climbs slightly then trends northwest above a scattering of lochs. • Your personal hiking kit Starting in Fort William and finishing at Cape Wrath, the 400km, 8-day journey winds through the world's most inspirational landscapes including Knoydart, Kintail, Torridon, Assynt, and Sutherland. I had some flour and made chapattis to go with the dhal. This event has been designed so that it is possible to complete it by following the GPS track. We finally settled on a spot, which had several large boulders we could use to pick a way across. 11/04/19 Stage 13: Loch Càrn nan Conbhairean to Glendu Bothy, 15 miles (24km). https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/guides/walking-the-cape-wrath-trail Pack light. While there I met a man who was part of the early Cape Wrath Trail movement. Stage 17, Inchnadamph to Kylesku. I wanted to avoid civilisation as much as possible, so opted to go east. The wind had continued all day and wasn’t stopping. There followed a disastrous start. ), and began the walk towards Kintail. It typically takes between two and three weeks to walk. Very soon I was eating a good meal, in front of a warm fire, while enjoying a cold beer saved from yesterday’s booty. It is well appointed and has a pub right next door, which helps take the edge off the stranded feeling you may get. The route leads you across most of the north west coast of Scotland via Morar, Knoydart, Torridon and Assynt, winding through its most beautiful glens and mountains. 1) Tent. The Trail is too long a hike to carry all your food with you, and there are few shops en-route to make purchases from. The climb out of Kinlochourn is steep and unforgiving; just keep following the line of pylons and push on through. I made another error before this point; by taking the wrong left turn, I took a path that went southwest instead of northwest. I enjoyed a full river wash, following the departure of my colleagues for the night. In the end it is about 1kg too heavy (2.2kg), and I am looking to replace this. I arrived as darkness was falling. I doubt I could have got a better day for it. Other factors were possibly favourable, such as the cooler weather and the lack of traffic, however the shorter days would mean less time to complete each stage. From here the scenery becomes much more dramatic; the remote nature of Knoydart really begins to hit home. There was a little whisky to follow our meals, and a memorable night was had. The dog ate about 250g of cooked square sausage or liver per day, plus treats. Cold sleet buffeted around me, adding to the difficult nature of the descent away from the waterfall. Cape Wrath Trail, GPS Tour, Stage 2-7 Trail Einführung. Just be sure to book in advance. My calves still ached a lot from the initial impact of that terrible first day, however the good weather helped to lift my mood and overcome the pains I was suffering. One of them dropped a shawl, and the French boy quickly began to try and douse the flames with a bottle of water he had. When walking the Cape Wrath Trail, shops are so few and far between that when you do find one you tend to go nuts. As I passed through this huge wilderness I was surprised to meet a group of teenagers doing their Duke of Edinburgh awards. The 8 stages of Cape Wrath Ultra vary from 16 miles to 45 miles and these rank somewhere along a scale of ‘quite easy’ to ‘very hard indeed’. The route is not waymarked on the ground, and so you will be required to navigate using a GPS device and/or map. I could have stayed at the bothy, but this is Sandwood Bay; tomorrow everything will be full of sand but it didn’t matter. Following quite a difficult river crossing we neared Riconich, and the ground became flatter and much easier. If you want to view the falls it is worth it, but bear in mind the route off follows a line from the sign above the falls. 12/04/19 Stage 14: Glendu Bothy to Loch Garb-bhaid Mòr, 15 miles (24km). 1. Located in Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland, Cape Wrath is the most northwestern point of the UK. Confidence was growing with the improved weather and waning aches. ... being done in stages over long weekends, coming back to meet the trail at various times. From here look left and head for a distinctive line of stones; pass them from above. I dropped down to cross the river by a good bridge before taking the torturous final 5km to reach the bay. As you reach the coast, you can immediately see the impressive stack Am Buachaille to the south of the bay. I took it straight on, without any hesitation, and reached Kinlochourn after just three hours. The Glenfinnan Viaduct, the first landmark along the Cape Wrath Trail. Wild fires dotted the hillside opposite to give a dramatic scene. Fantastic account on this epic hike! In die Endbewertung zählt viele Eigenschaften, damit relevantes Ergebniss zu sehen. I hitched the 6km into Durness. The stages so far had been long and testing, and not making the bothy last night had left me with the need to reassess my plans. I didn’t have a definite idea in mind where I would finish. By this time I could make out the buildings where the bothy was. 1) My rucksack. I grabbed the shawl that one of the girls had dropped and quickly used it to smother the fire; it worked, the fire was out, but what a mess. The skies were blue and an early sun was peering over the dunes. 3. My fingers felt a scalded sting, but I was very lucky not to have had a more serious injury. This easy option was not how I had imagined the stage to go; I had enjoyed the challenges the Trail had given me so far and this seemed like a bit of a cheat, however it would have been foolhardy to go the more difficult way being so far behind on time. ( Log Out / I was walking with another hiker, headed for Inverie, whose company was good if a little slow. I used Leki Carbonlight weighing 408g per pair. It is one of the charms of hiking through such a remote wilderness that you can do most of it with neither phone signal nor Wi-Fi, and when you achieve your goal, arguably one of the greatest moments you will have, you cannot let your friends and loved ones know what you have just done. As the path reaches the top and you begin the descent to the north, it becomes less distinct. https://www.cicerone.co.uk/walking-the-cape-wrath-trail-third Video documenting my April 2018 attempt of the Cape Wrath Trail. Guided Walking: A Cape Wrath Trail Very achievable, definitely adventurous, continuous trek, from Fort William in the heart of the Highlands, to Cape Wrath, the north west tip of the UK mainland; about 225 miles of fascinating wild landscapes and ever changing vistas in 17 one day stages. I saw a policeman in his car at the Strathcarron Hotel, and asked him. and a pack of red lentils to make dhal with. In an instant the whole bottle had ignited, with flames leaping 3ft into the air. Taking out food, this meant a base weight of around 12kg, which is at the top end of where you want to be. • Travel and logistical Support from Inverness It goes through ten places that could loosely be termed towns or villages in its entirety, but few of these will coincide with the end of a day’s trekking. What happened next highlights how dangerous the most simple of tasks can become; how easy it is to court disaster. Onyx looked fine, no obvious signs of distress. This is such an important thing, leaving fuel for the next visitor. This rugged, windswept headland is renown for its natural beauty and challenging coastal path. Sadly the shop sold little in the way of fresh produce, and since sausages and beer were on my mind (I just needed a treat!) Length 219.3 mi Elevation gain 24291 ft Route type Point to point. Coming off the hill I had developed a strong yearning (perhaps from the disappointment of missing the sausage sandwich) that a cheeseburger and a pint were in order from the Kintail Lodge Hotel, and this was a driving force that pushed us on through the dreadful weather. This book definitely does justice to the tough character of the trail. Tag 9 Cape Wrath Trail – Was für ein harter Tag! While we’re talking about kit – what happened to the gear you left at the first bothy? My supplies were running low, the nearest petrol station being at my destination in Shiel Bridge. Sunday (25km): Beginning at Ullapool we will head north-east through the hidden Glen Douchary for our first night wild camping, Monday (25km): We head to one of the most beautiful areas of the UK on this day – Assynt – with isolated mountains scattered across the otherwise flat landscape filled with lochs and moors. The plan had been to stay at the bunkhouse attached to the hotel, however it is not dog friendly and we were turned away. Despite all the immediate connectivity with social media, there is still that special preserve of the distant hinterland that the Cape Wrath Trail threads its way through. I spoke to nobody about it. • food & drink before/after the hike and on any rest days. The Facebook page is the most helpful group I have encountered; all questions were met with a genuine wish to help. I guess it’s Ultralight because they say so – who can say how heavy a UL tent should be…but 2.2kgs is NOT UL in my view! Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It is approximately 200 miles in length and is considered to be one of the most challenging long distance walks in the UK. Fantastic Views of the Torridon Mountain Range. The trail offers a number of activity options. The Cape Wrath Trail is a remote and challenging 200-mile hike through the Scottish Highlands. From here it is relatively straightforward, following a decent 4×4 track all the way past Schoolhouse Bothy and finally reaching the Oykel Bridge Hotel at around 1700hrs. And fabulous pictures!! Clearing the bealach I began a descent into cold, icy sleet. This final part to reach Sandwood Bay seemed to take much longer than it perhaps should, but eventually all the hard work paid off. The excellent facilities on offer here were tempting me into a rest day, but after much thought the prospect of worse weather to come drove us on into the stage ahead. It had been a difficult, long day, and it seemed prudent to have a good meal inside me. For a long time the thought of walking the Trail was just that- no more than a thought. The plan for the whole trip was to optimise the use of bothies, and this stage was originally going to end at Knockdamph Bothy. It was devastating to see that I had somehow gone around 5km off-route. The Cape Wrath Ultra® is Scotland’s finest multi-stage ultra running event. Loch Garb-bhaid Mòr is visible about 1km northwest. The bothy was comfortable, with a cast-iron firebox, so I left Onyx to sleep while I walked the 3km down to the road from where I hitched a ride to the nearby village to source some supplies; coal, wood, kindling, beer, treats and snacks. While my resupply package was being retrieved, the proprietor checked the register and noticed that nobody had actually booked into the bothy rooms yet. Onyx had a plate of sausages; a fine way to mark the end of our journey. See the spectacular 370ft (113m) Falls of Glomach. – we will then continue our journey along the north coast until we reach the small coastal town of Durness, where we will check-in to our hostel accommodation for the night. Onyx and me again, felt nice to be alone. 01-09 April 2021 This is the first of three, back-to-back, 1-week trips in total taking in the entire Cape Wrath Trail, an unofficial long-distance route from the foot of Ben Nevis, to the far north-west coast of Scotland. Cape Wrath Ferry ( from Keoldale jetty) 2. As luck would have it, I met a friend from Mallaig. This was significant, considering the difficult ground that crosses Ben Dreavie. The lighthouse, now fully visible and growing larger with each step, beckoned me onward. Poor Onyx! It was difficult finding a decent spot to cross the river outside the bothy. Here’s what to expect: 1.Wet feet. The sun shone down from a windy blue sky as I reached the lighthouse and touched its walls. A comprehensive guide to the Cape Wrath Trail, one of the most challenging long distance walks in the UK, published by Cicerone and now in a fully updated Second Edition. 07/04/19 Stage 10: Strath na Sealga to Glen Douchary, 19 miles (30½ km). Clicking the 'Add To Cart' button is taken as confirmation that you have read and understood the Participation Statement. Wednesday (25km): We will head further north, on relatively easy/flat terrain, eventually reaching the coast and a camp on a small hilly peak What to expect from the Cape Wrath Trail . The day was straightforward, however there was an incident at the bothy, which could have been very serious indeed. Difficulties and delights. Be prepared to stay a night at the campsite. It is a relatively short distance into Sourlies Bothy from A’Chuil, however that doesn’t make it easy at all. Nach erstem Anschein ist der Trail noch anspruchsvoller geworden, weil er jetzt für die Asphaltstrecken Ersatz bietet. I drew up a draft outline of the route I wanted to take. Used for the Viewranger app. Spent the day relaxing and drying kit. I also decided to avoid towns as much as possible, so I missed out the popular diversion into Ullapool. It was difficult to leave all this reverie behind, but I still had to reach Sandwood Bay, which meant I had to get walking. Onyx was a concern. The guidebook has the stage ending in Riconich, but I thought that would be optimistic and always planned on a wild camp somewhere around Loch Stack. This guidebook describes the Cape Wrath Trail, a long-distance trek from Fort William to Cape Wrath crossing the wild north west of the Scottish Highlands. Trying not to panic I smothered it under my arm to extinguish it; patted out my burning clothes. However; the route is familiar to us and the rewards as you walk south from the most northerly point on the island are many in terms of:• Spectacular mountain views - passing many mountain ranges that are often considered to be the best the UK has to offer (The Assynt is our particular favourite :)• Coastal scenery - from beaches to cliff-tops in areas that are remarkable but almost unvisited• Visiting remote communities, and;• Superb opportunities for watching wildlife. The track soon changes into rough indistinct ground, and the weather was deepening as I reached the foot of the climb up to the Forcan Ridge. You can also check out the excellent trip reports below for further photos and personal experiences from the trail. I stepped back, staring at my hand covered in burning fuel. This route has been devised for those who prefer to get well away from the beaten track and is a trip never to be forgotten! Iain has found a good balance between guiding the reader in rough terrain and offering challenging or safer alternatives. Small lochans were useful for navigation. This rendered the river well charged, and a crossing point was difficult to find. A picture had formed in my mind of me sitting in the bar, roaring fire, and enjoying some of the pub fare while chatting to the barmaid. It is basic, vestigial, cold and uninviting; very simple and somehow unwelcoming. I joined the Cape Wrath Trail Guide Group on Facebook, and began some earnest research regarding kit. Water is readily available along the Trail and it seemed better to keep hydrated like this rather than carry all your water for the day in your pack. Drying kit in a one-man tent is no fun for anyone, and given the abundance of bothies that are available this seemed the most sensible option. Description: A 15/16-stage unmarked (!!!) The CWT is about survival, and I soon realised that I had brought quite a bit of kit I didn’t need. There are a million different variations, directions, and ideas when it comes to this route. 14/04/19 Stage 16: Sandwood Bay to Cape Wrath, 5 miles (8km). Fine weather forced a way through, and I prepared coffee with confidence and good feelings around me. We breakfasted on the last of the sausages and readied for the final stage to reach the lighthouse at Cape Wrath. There is a small lochan that marks the top of the climb. I woke to a lovely day, stepping from the bothy under clear and calm skies. The landscape over the bealach is quite unique and striking. I navigated most of the first week using just this book and a Silva compass. I have more armour now to weigh up whether it is a possible or impossible dream for me. The route follows a metalled road for a short distance before crossing left through some houses- keep looking for Falls of Glomach signs. Also, the hotel had ‘bothy rooms’ that I had read about in the guidebook, and I suddenly warmed to the idea of staying in the relative luxury of one of these rooms. Couldn’t wait to leave the place. The Cape Wrath Trail takes you to beaches, glens and mountaintops that see very few humans pass by in a year. 03/04/19 Stage 7: Maol Bhuidhe bothy to Strathcarron, 18 miles (29km). He is a very engaging character, and following my little shopping spree I went outside to repack my bag. The 5km left to walk were mostly downhill; we gained the final 4×4 track that takes you to the buildings, the first view of the lighthouse finally emerging as we contoured around Dunan Mòr. 4. However, even if you are navigating using a GPS device, it is mandatory to carry at all times the Harvey Maps 1:40 000 scaleevent mapthat we will supply at registration. Having said that he was brilliant throughout, and it was a great source of strength to have him alongside me. The bridge that spanned the water had been in severe disrepair for some time; it was removed because it had been deemed too dangerous to use, and the replacement hadn’t yet been installed. The location of all MBA bothies can be found on their website here. It was 12km to the Schoolhouse Bothy, but a further 6km to the Oykel Bridge Hotel where my next resupply package was. At 1424hrs on Friday 12th April 2019 my dog and I reached the lighthouse at Cape Wrath; the culmination of over two year’s thought and planning. It was with such great relief when we found the path that descends into Kinlochewe, arriving at 2115hrs after 13 very tough hours in the hill. Cape Wrath trail route. A fairly straightforward day after the desperation of the previous stage; dry and overcast, cool conditions made for good progress over a single 600m ascent and then finding a thin stalker’s path that leads to Loch an Nid. It turned out the booking had been cancelled the day before, and so there was availability! After clearing the bealach, we dropped down to find the spectacular Falls of Glomach. The Scottish National Trail. I set off with 4 days worth of food, and made up 4 resupply packages each containing 3 days rations. Stage 15: Oykel Bridge to Loch Ailsh, 13,3 km. The downward path into Shiel Bridge was characterised by this, turning to heavy rain as we lost height. Cape Wrath Trail Complete is a 219.3 mile point-to-point trail located near Fort William, Highland, Scotland that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. *10% discount for joining 2 stages - contact us by email before signing up for the discount to be applied, **20% discount for joining all 3 stages - contact us by email before signing up for the discount to be applied, • Guided hiking by a highly experienced and qualified Mountain Leader It was very picturesque and there were many photo opportunities, but progress was quite slow and it took over three hours to reach Knockdamph Bothy. Oykel Bridge to Loch Ailsh. The scenery on this stage is spectacular. 10/04/19 Stage 12: Oykel Bridge to Loch Càrn nan Conbhairean, 15½ miles (25km). There are many variations along the length of the Trail. I was elated, and planned to treat myself to a sausage sandwich at the tearoom there. I sorted through my kit and jettisoned some more stuff that I wasn’t using, including shaving gear, half my first aid kit, river shoes, and 3l bladder. All the rest were at bothies, with the exception of the bunkhouse at Kinlochewe. Here you want to turn left to find Ben Dreavie. The MBA is a charitable organisation and they rely on donations to fund the work they do. Cape Wrath Trail is a hiking route that runs through the Scottish Highlands and along the west coast of Scotland.. Sadly, it was closed, which was more depressing than perhaps it should have been! The ground around was rough and uneven; camping would have been difficult. Fortunately, I had arranged to meet a colleague in the bar, and she was waiting for me with her friend who was the proprietor of the local Post Office (where I also had a resupply package to collect). Though I think you can probably guess which end of the scale most tend towards (in difficulty and length). If I were to do this again I would aim to reduce this to around 8 or 9kg. The first thing I did was to decide on a date. ” It’s like they’re saying – though it’s a ‘1’, that two people would carry it!! I headed there and found a fine spot to pitch the tent. You will find the route out much easier. Many thanks go your way. This stage felt really remote. However, I underestimated the time it would take, covering over 20 miles and with three ascents. Awoke from the best sleep of the whole trip so far, despite the howling weather outside. The schedule I settled on had 4 nights out of 16 under canvas. The French girls screamed and ran from the table to get out of the bothy. My feet gave me no issues at all. 1. Change ), Stage 2: Glenfinnan to A’Chuil Bothy, 11½ miles (18, Stage 6: Morvich to Maol Bhuidhe Bothy, 18 miles. As I walked I began to realise things were not perhaps as they should be, but I pressed on. These were invaluable; they got me up many hills and across many rivers. The bag felt noticeably lighter, and after coffee and breakfast I felt able to carry on. The only downside was they didn’t serve cheeseburgers; will we ever get one I wondered? I carried water in a 1 litre Sigg bottle that I had attached to the waist belt on my rucksack. The path narrows to nothing as you reach the river source, and there is a curious gate with no fence; everyone usually succumbs to the urge to go through it. Living in Mallaig I am familiar with a lot of the area that comprises the first few stages, from Fort William to Barrisdale, and slowly the idea coalesced in my mind that I should make an attempt. Eventually you find yourself overlooking Strathan Bothy, with Sandwood Loch stretching out to the north. BOOK IT! The Cape Wrath Trail is challenging and frustrating, mostly because the "Cape Wrath Trail" is something that someone (probably on the internet) made up. I was up early in anticipation of a long day with two 600m climbs ahead. Before long we were leaving Sandwood Bay and making our way back inland. Auch das Wetter trägt seinen Teil dazu bei. I chose a Bergans Helium Pro 55. There was sunshine but my camp was in the shade of the imposing 800m Arkle to the southeast. The sunset was magical, fitting for such an amazing and beautiful place. The Cape Wrath Trail does not offer hikers the luxury of certainty: flexibility is a critical part of the trailblazer’s mountain kit. The Cape Wrath Trail is actually not one path but an entire system of them. The Cape Wrath Fellowship was founded in 1949 and it has captured the imagination of thousands of intrepid cyclists ever since. Der Cape Wrath Trail ist ein ca. I hadn’t even noticed the lit tea-lights that were on the surface, in amongst all the usual clutter you find in bothy kitchens (pasta, oats, tins etc). Cape Wrath Trail Gear List. Oddly the description says “It is ideal for fast, lightweight backpacking trips requiring extra strength, and weighing in at less than 1kg per person. Has someone won a bonanza there? After a well earned shower, we will have food and drinks to celebrate our achievement. I spent time in the bar planning the rest of the route, charging my phone and power bank, updating social media and generally chilling with bar meals and a few beers. Hard and steep, 90 minutes to climb 500m. My mood was definitely brightened and I walked with a smile on my face. Really interesting blog – thank you. Glencoul Bothy is in one of the most sensational settings imaginable. The ground from the loch was mixed, occasional path, boggy and uneven. The Cape Wrath Trail is a 230 mile, 3-week challenge through wild and magnificent landscapes, such as Morar, Knoydart, Torridon and Assynt. Dry shelter and wet company. They are found in England and Wales, but mainly concentrated throughout Scotland. I doubt I could have completed it without him. 30/03/19 Stage 3: A’Chuil to Sourlies Bothy, 7 miles (11km). My main food was several vacuum-packed meals (I had access to a vacuum packer!) A small and simple gesture that made this bothy infinitely more comfortable for us. The staff at the hotel were more than helpful, offering to launder all my clothes for me. A windy tent means a restless night. I walked him around the campsite, watching his gait and trying to gauge his feeling. At the end of a long and (truthfully) somewhat boring walk along Loch Eil’s southern shore, I finally reached a point where I could leave the asphalted road behind and start heading north along a … Thursday (20km): Hugging the coast, we will make our way to the remote beach of Sandwood Bay. I had to find strength to continue at times when all I wanted was for it to end. I took this but never used it. Heading north in the shadow of the ridge system that leads to Ben More Assynt I was absorbed by the silence. Cape Wrath / ˈ r æ θ / (Scottish Gaelic: Am Parbh, known as An Carbh in Lewis) is a cape in the Durness parish of the county of Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland.It is the most north-westerly point in mainland Britain. Each pack weighed around 3kg with the exception of the last one that contained whisky and weighed around 1kg more. The guidebook shows a crossing point to the east of Loch Cruoshie; I wandered some way upstream before finding a suitable place, but I soon found myself trapped in a horrid, peaty, boggy, nightmare landscape that was defined by random hidden watercourses making forward progress almost impossible. I thought that this would make the experience more comfortable, especially in the event of a prolonged spell of poor weather. And having the day that I was having, I just wanted to get past Loch Stack and find a place to camp. 31/03/19 Stage 4: Sourlies to Barrisdale, 8½ miles (13½ km). I reached the glen by 5pm, and then endured the long walk out past Iron Lodge before turning to ascend the final bealach of the day and a seemingly endless walk to the bothy. Guidebook: Iain Harper, Walking the Cape Wrath Trail (Cicerone Guides) | Kindle version available | The book includes logistical beta, basic trekking notes, elevation profiles, maps, town information, and time and distance estimates for each of the 14 stages. There were photograph opportunities at every turn. The scene was terrifying. How to Visit Cape Wrath in 3 stages. 02/04/19 Stage 6: Morvich to Maol Bhuidhe Bothy, 18 miles (29km). Cross the Kyle of Durness. There used to be a website that he ran until around 4 years ago, helping to try and get the route out there for people to discover. The gear that was left at Corryhully I had wrapped in a large tarp that was there. • All food whilst hiking - excluding any pub meals throughout the hikes. You can become a member of the MBA and help; details can be found on their website. Nach heute weiß ich, es ist nicht nur das Gelände, was den Cape Wrath Trail zu einem so harten Trail macht. I did 11 of the 14 stages in this book and I must say Iain Harper did a great job writing this book. All was now where it should have been and as I crested the hill Loch Càrn nan Conbhairean came into view. I was really looking forward to that sandwich…. There was a 400m climb in front of me, and as I gained height the missing lochan appeared. Hostilities had recently ceased some three days before our arrival, however the brutal winds were still battering us. I took a stroll along the River Oykel behind the hotel under blue skies; I heard birds singing and it felt like the first day of spring. The first summit was relatively straightforward; it was cold across the bealach, with ice and snow crusting the ground. It is necessary to descend, find and then follow the 400m contour. 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