WALKING HOLIDAYS IN
DATES: Open holiday dates for 2017:
May 14-21; 28 May-4 June; £995
No single supplements
Other dates available by arrangement for groups
The magical combination of sea and mountains provides a unique and inspiring landscape, with abundant wildlife and you'll love the friendly and generous Highland hospitality. The walks vary from the unmissable coastal trek from Cape Wrath to Sheigra, via the iconic Sandwood Bay, to the fine pyramid of Ben Stack, the sands of Faraidh Head and the rocky wilderness of Quinag and Arkle.
In springtime you'll benefit from the fantastic spectacle of the return of the nesting sea birds and the vibrancy of springtime following the long Highland winter. During the autumn the wonderful colours, migrating birds and the autumn deer rut provide lots of interest, while in deep winter you could encounter pretty much anything from crystal clear starlight to spectacular storms. We've a range of accommodation options including fine hunting lodges set on the Reay Forest Estate, where we can take advantage of the estate's friendly and knowledgeable staff, argos and boat to access the area's most inaccessible places. Make no mistake, this special place is one of Europe's finest.
HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES: Transfers from Inverness, all local transport, full board accommodation at Stack Lodge with 5 evening meals (2 evenings are left free for meals at local pubs), housekeeping, ferry to Handa Island and the services of a walking guide for the week. The holidays also feature an introduction to the area from the estate manager.
ACCOMMODATION: Our base for the week is Stack Lodge - a hunting lodge in a spectacular position at the head of Loch Stack, with fantastic views of Arkle and Ben Stack. Rooms are a mix of twins, doubles and singles, and there is no single supplement. Stack Lodge has limited internet access, no TV and is set away from the road. It's the ultimate in 'get away from it all' ! The quality and fantastic location of the accommodation on offer cannot be overstated - it's a really special place. For groups, there are a range of wonderful accommodation options - please ask for further information.
THE WALKS: This is a walking holiday with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the wildlife of the area, with walks generally being in the easy to moderate categories, with a couple of harder walks available as options. The shortest and easiest walk is around Handa Island - approx 5km, with other coastal walks available including the incredible walk from Cape Wrath to Shiegra (16km), Smoo Caves and Sea Cliffs at Durness (8km) and Faraidh Head at Durness (10km). Mountain walks available include Ben Stack, steep in places but a short day, Arkle - a full day out with an easy, but spectacular summit ridge and amazing views, Quinag and the Stack of Glencoul.
Walks undertaken each day depend on the weather and the group. You're also welcome to miss a walk out and relax at the lodge. Wildlife seen normally includes seals, puffins, arctic and great skua, razorbill, guillemot, fulmar, gannet and many other sea birds, red deer and golden eagles.
NORTH WEST HIGHLANDS HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS
- Unique landscape of coast, mountains and lochs
- Walking of the highest quality
- Iconic wildlife from red deer to eagles, puffins, otters and the beautiful ptarmigan
- Ferry to Handa Island and spectacular cliff-top walk around the island itself
- Visit the most north westerly point in Britain - Cape Wrath - and walk the remote coast
- See ptarmigan on the rocky summit ridge of Arkle
- All transport included from Inverness and for all walks
- Home cooked food and housekeeping included
- Homely accommodation with everything included