Eagle Way Walking Adventure Guided Tour

Our partner: Mckenzie Mountaineering - Guided Walking Adventures

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Description

  • Explore this very new long-distance trail in the far north of Scotland
  • Eas a’ Chual Aluinn with a 200 m unbroken fall height, the tallest waterfall in Scotland and the UK
  • Following ancient paths and valleys and bealach`s (Scottish name for a pass)
  • Stay in old inns and very rural accommodation giving you a truly Scottish hospitality experience.
  • Enjoy the last two evenings in the tranquil and splendid coastal village of Ullapool

The guided Eagle Way Adventure is a new trail in the north-west of the Scottish Highlands.

We are so excited about this and walking trail from the Atlantic coast all the way through to some of the most spectacular mountain ranges the Highlands have to offer.

Starting at Gruinard Bay and a beach we make our way past mighty An Teallach, over from Little Loch Broom to Loch Broom and further towards the Schoolhouse Bothy.

The second part of the route goes into a very different area than before with single, lonely giants standing proud on moorland before finishing at the foot of Quinag. This is part of the stunning north-west Geopark.

On the last day, you can climb the famous Stac Pollaidh with us or relax in Ullapool.

Mckenzie Mountaineering created this trail in 2020 and since 2021 we run regular trips.

DATES
  • 07/06/2021 – 13/06/2021
  • 25/07/2021 – 31/07/2021
  • 16/08/2021 – 22/08/2021
  • 17/10/2021 – 24/10/2021
PRICE
  • B&B/Hotel: £1029 pp including dinner
  • B&B/Hotel: £849 pp excluding dinner
  • Single Supplement: £150 pp

AT A CLANCE
  • Group size: 4 – 7
  • 6 days walking
  • Deposit: 20 % of the full amount
  • Start: Inverness Train Station at 9.30 am
  • Finish: Inverness Train Station 12 pm
  • Extension in Ullapool possible
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
  • 6x breakfast
  • 6x nights B&B/Hotel
  • all breakfasts included

What´s Included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 days of guided walks
  • backup van for the whole trip
  • Travel info to the start and finish in Inverness
  • baggage transfer to each day to finish point
  • taxi transfer where applicable
  • one or two experienced and friendly guides (qualified mountain leader)

Itinerary

DAY 1
Day 1 - Pick up in Inverness and getting to the trailhead
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Day 1 - Pick up in Inverness and getting to the trailhead

In the morning we meet at the train station of Inverness, after a heartfelt welcome we have a 1h 30 minutes drive to Gruinard Bay our first start point on the Guided Eagle Way Adventure.

On lonely hiking trails and animal paths, with views of the surrounding mountains, we make our way to our first bealach (mountain pass).

Our aim is the Dundonnell Hotel, which is sitting tranquil beside Little Loch Broom.

Walk details: 16.75 km/ 10.5 miles | approx. 5.5 hours | Ascent 570 m/1860 ft | Descent 590 m/1920 ft

DAY 2
Day 2 – An Teallach and the Coffin Road
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Day 2 – An Teallach and the Coffin Road

After a short climb we already have impressive views of An Teallach, one of the most famous mountains in Scotland.

We cross the Scottish moor on lonely old hiking trails named Coffin Road with views of the surrounding mountain ranges open up over and over again.

Our destination is Loch Broom and the River Broom. A short transfer to the stunning village of Ullapool and we have time to experience the lovely hamlet atmosphere.

Walk details: 14.5 km/ 9 miles | approx. 4 hours | Ascent 430 m/1415 ft | Descent 400 m/ 1340 ft

DAY 3
Day 3 – Leckmelm to the Schoolhouse Bothy
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Day 3 – Leckmelm to the Schoolhouse Bothy

In the morning we journey to our starting point for the day in Leckmelm. Between Sitka Spruce forests we are walking uphill along Strath (valley) Nimhe.

Most of the time we follow an old path which takes us towards Oykel Bridge. We finishing at the Schoolhouse Bothy, a lovey hut for basic overnighting.

But not for us, a short drive takes us to our hotel with an adjacent Loch for a possible cool down before dinner.

Walk details: 19.75 km/ 12.5 miles | approx. 5.30 hours | Ascent 275 m/900 ft | Descent 450 m/1485 ft

DAY 4
Day 4 – Golden Eagle’s and the bone caves of Assynt
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Day 4 – Golden Eagle’s and the bone caves of Assynt

After breakfast, we shoulder the day packs and start straight from the accommodation. Immediately it goes pathless and uphill to the Lochan Sgeireach. From here there are breathtaking views over the wild and lonely giants of Assynt.

Below the Braebag summit, the path continues to the bone caves. There the bones of lynx, reindeer and polar bear were found during excavations, which were native to this area in times long past.

In the end, we have to cross the last pass before going through the nature reserve of Inchnampf to the hamlet of the same name.

Walk details: 16 km/ 10 miles | approx. 4.5 hours | Ascent 510 m/1680 ft | Descent 580 m/1910 ft | 

DAY 5
Day 5 – Eas a’Chual Aluinn – Scotland’s highest waterfall
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Day 5 – Eas a’Chual Aluinn – Scotland’s highest waterfall

Today’s hike takes us deep into the heart of Assynt. On rough and arduous paths you go up to the pass Na h-Uidhe. Perhaps we will discover an eagle gliding majestically in the rising air currents above us.

We have our well-deserved lunch break directly above the Eas a’Chual Aluinn, the highest in the UK with a drop of 200 meters. In the afternoon we descend to Loch na Gainmhich.

From here, you can take a dream trip to Ullapool, the largest town in the region with 1,500 inhabitants.

With a last hearty dinner, we review the week and in one of the pubs in the village we let the last energy out with Scottish chants.

DAY 6
Day 6 – Optional hill walk of Stac Pollaidh, beaches & free time
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Day 6 – Optional hill walk of Stac Pollaidh, beaches & free time

The walk is optional today and you could just relax in the village of Ullapool.

Stac Pollaidh is by far the most famous and best-known mountain in Coigach and Assynt.

It is very distinctive from miles away and the rocky ridge look almost impregnable.

Not for us today, the path is well built and big steps boulders will take us up to the bealach and eastern summit. The views from here are out of the world and well worth the effort.

Walk details: 4.5 km/ 7.25 miles | approx. 2.5 hours | Ascent 510 m/155 ft | Descent 510 m/155 ft |

DAY 7
Day 7 – Say goodbye to the majestic northern Scottish Highland’s
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Day 7 – Say goodbye to the majestic northern Scottish Highland’s

In the morning we drive past the Corrieshellach Gorge and some further places where our journey started. If there is still time there is the possibility to explore Inverness, the largest town of the Highlands.

After all, questions have been answered, transfer to Inverness Airport or train station.

Now it’s time to say goodbye to your guides and the rest of the group.

Walk details: no walking or only very short distance for photos