Walking & Hiking in Wester Ross:
This has to be one of the best destinations in Europe for a walking holiday. Wester Ross has a huge network of paths available to suit a range of abilities from a short, level stroll around Flowedale (in Gairloch) to a full expedition up and around An Teallach, which has been used as a training location for Himalayan climbs!
Many people are attracted by the fact that it is relatively quiet here even at the height of summer, and it is often possible to have a days walking without meeting anybody on the hill. The other side of the coin, however, is that you must be aware of the potential dangers. Unlike several walking destinations abroad, there are few stairs, ropes, signs and waymarkers on any of the hills. paths are often only wide enough for a single person to walk over at any one time, and there are rivers and streams to cross without the benefit of bridges. Most importantly of all, the weather on the West coast of Scotland can change very rapidly indeed - Sunshine in the morning, then rain, high winds, and dramatic alterations in temperature by evening are not at all unusual. So, please make sure you are aware of the weather forecast for the day.
- Local weather forecast from the official UK Met Office
- Detailed mountain forecast by the Mountain Weather Information Service
Short Walks, relatively flat:
- Flowerdale (Gairloch)
- Lael Forest (Between Braemore Junction and Ullapool)
- Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve (Includes "All Abilities" routes) (Download PDF)
- Along the River Ewe towards Kernsary
Walks from 2 - 4 hours, including some uphill treks:
- Beinn Eighe Mountain and Woodland Trails
- Poolewe to Loch Maree by Slattadale
- Corrie Hallie towards Shenaval (on the A832 Dundonnell - Braemore road)
- Mellon Udrigle to the ruined village of Slaagan
- Ullapool Hill Path Network (Download PDF)
- Beinn Enaiglair stalkers path circuit (Braemore)
- Reiff to Achnahaird (Coigach)
FULL day outings, requiring a good level of fitness and walking ability:
- The Heights of Kinlochewe
- Beinn Eighe via the Triple Buttress
- An Teallach
- Beinn Dearg via Inverlael
- Ben More Coigach and Cul Mor
The Heritage Paths website contains walks and guides to historical routeways that were used by the people of bygone years to travel around the area. Many of these still exist today, albeit slightly overgrown and out of use now. So grab a feel of some local history and take a walk down memory lane!
Ordnance Survey "Landranger" maps, on a 1:50,000 scale, are ideal. For this area, you will need map numbers 15, 19, 20, 24, or 25 - depending on exactly where you intend walking.
Walk Highlands website
This excellent online resource has maps, route information, and links to a variety of helpful sites covering nearly every aspect of walking here. It covers low level walks, short walks, long walks and mountain / hillwalking. The site has extensive coverage of Wester Ross with sections for each area:
- Ullapool and Dundonnell
- Gairloch and Poolewe
- Torridon: Kinlochewe to Shieldaig
- Glen Carron: Lochcarron to Achnasheen
- Applecross and Kishorn