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click map Fort William Glenfinnan Glen Dessarry Barisdale Shiel Bridge Strathcarron Kinlochewe Strath na Sealga Inverlael Oykel Bridge Inchnadamph Glendhu Rhiconich Sandwood Bay Cape Wrath
  1. Cape Wrath Trail

    I'll be walking alone 350km through wilderness of Scotland on one of the Britain's toughest trail. Roll your mouse over the numbers on the map and find out about all the stages of the walk.

  2. Fort William

    This place named in honour of William III is where everything starts. I will get ferry from Fort William to Camusnagul and then just walk to Glenfinnan, where I pitch my tent for the first time and cook my first meal. Distance on this leg: 34km, climb: around 600m.

    I have chosen the route introduced by Iain Harper and all the numbers come from his website:

  3. Glenfinnan

    I will wake up at the head of Loch Shiel, before I walk the next part of the walk, which will be much harder then the first one - no clear paths. It means I have to be really carefull where I'm going. I hope to see famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, which was built between July 1897 and October 1898. The viaduct overlooks the Glenfinnan Monument and the waters of Loch Shiel. Next stop - Glen Dessarry.

  4. Glen Dessarry

    My second camp. I will need to get some rest before the next leg of the route. There will be lots of climbing (around 900m), passing Sgurr nan Coireachan, Sgurr na Ciche and Gargh Cioch Mhor. It will be early might for me then and proper breakfast next morning. This time I will walk towards Barisdale.

  5. Barisdale

    This is very small estate, which lies within Barisdale Bay along the south shores of Loch Hourn on the Knoydart Peninsula. I hope the weather will alowe me to enjoy spectacular views of Beinn Sgritheall, Ladhar Bheinn and Luinne Bheinn (all over 3000 ft). I promise to take lots of photos . Next day will be even harder. Distance - 31km, climb - over 1230m and difficult river crosing.

  6. Shiel Bridge

    It's a small village on the south east mouth of Loch Duich. I'm not sure if I get there in one day from Barisdale. I think I will need some rest before the next part to Strathcarron (40km with over 1400m climbing). Before I do so I want to enjoy the view of Five Sisters of Kintail. The area consists of the mountains to the north of Glen Shiel and the A87 road between the heads of Loch Duich and Loch Cluanie; its boundaries, other than Glen Shiel, are generally taken to be the valleys of Strath Croe and Gleann Gaorsaic to the north and An Caorann Mor to the east.

  7. Strathcarron

    This village is situated at the head of the sea loch, Loch Carron, between the rivers: River Carron and River Taodail. There's nothing but rail station and hotel. I can see myself walking by the hotel to find the best spot for camping and dreaming about hot shower and comfy bed. Next day won't be easier. I'll be walking to Kinolechewe (distance - 37km, climb - 1100m).

  8. Kinlochewe

    Just before this village I should be passing the place where in March 1951 a Lancaster bomber crashed near the summit of Beinn Eighe. The whole crew from RAF Kinloss died. Kinlochewe is well known for its spectacular mountain scenery, especially the Torridon Hills which includes such peaks as Beinn Eighe and Liathach. Although many peaks in the North-west highlands exhibit Torridon geology, the Torridon hills are generally considered only to be those in the Torridon Forest to the north of Glen Torridon. This will be the first place where I'll try to restock some of my supplies. The next day should be easier. I'll be walking to Strath na Sealga (distance - 27km, climb - 700m).

  9. Strath na Sealga

    After easier legs of the route I hope to find the right spot for camping early in the day, cook myself some nice dinner and even prepare some kind of dessert. It will be a good time to read a book and take a few photos of the oustanding view. Strath na Sealga will be defintely the place to do so. Next step - Inverlael.

  10. Inverlael

    This is the part of the route where I will need to make a decision: to stay on the route or to turn towards Ullapool to use all the goods provided by civilization. I'm not sure what I'm going to do. It depends on how the wilderness treated me over the past days.

  11. Oykel Bridge

    Walking to this spot will be hard. The paths are dissapearing completely and I need to pay attention when reading the map. Oykel Bridge lies on the river Oykel, which is the major river in northern Scotland and it's famous for its salomon fishing (it was known to the Vikings as the Ekkjal).

  12. Inchnadamph

    This 30km leg is not really hard and for the most of the route I can enjoy the view on amazing Glen Oykel. Inchnadamph is an anglicisation of the Gaelic name Innis nan Damh meaning "meadow of the stags". It's a special place, as the "Bone Caves" of Inchnadamph contain relics of Eurasian Lynx, Brown Bear, Arctic Fox, Reindeer (dated to as long ago as 47 000 BP), the only evidence of Polar Bears so far found in Scotland.

  13. Glendhu

    This leg won't be easy, but I hope that the view will make it up for me. I'll be climbing back out of Inchnadamph, skirting Cnoc an Droighinn and entering superb mountain country. I will need to get some rest before the next leg to Rhiconich.

  14. Rhiconich

    This is one of the toughest legs of the walk. I will walk over rough, remote trackless terrain with lots of river crossing. Rhiconich is located at the head of Loch Inchard. At this point I'll be very close to reach my destination.

  15. Sandwood Bay

    This will be my last stop before Cape Wrath. Sandwood Bay is one of the Scotland's finest beaches. It's a natural bay, best known for its mile - long beach and Am Buachaille - a sea stack, composed of Torridonian Sandstone. It was first climbed in 1968 by the mountaineers Tom Patey and Ian Clough. The name means "The herdsman" in Scottish Gaelic. One legend tells of a mermaid spotted on one of the two jutting rocks there a hundred years ago.

  16. Cape Wrath

    This section is really tough, but I don't think it will matter, knowing how close I am. This is where I will eat a proper meal from the remotest cafe on the British Mainland opened 24/7. After that I have to escape the Cape Wrath somehow, which will be a chellange itself :) But I'll tell you all about it when I'm back.