Scottish Wilderness - Arkle-Foinaven

3 Days

Price from: £599.00

Ref No: Activus 069

Trekking
Wilderness

One of the most spectacular ridge walks Scotland has to offer

  • Scottish Wilderness - Arkle-Foinaven image
  • Highlights
  • Superb ridge walk
  • Timeless landscape
  • Foinaven ridge
  • Real wilderness challenge
Here is an opportunity to truly get away from it all for a long weekend. You will be picked up from Inverness airport on a Friday and transferred to you accommodation. The next day you will undertake this demanding mountain walk with the help of an experienced mountain guide. On Sunday you will be returned to the airport for your flight home.

Flights are available to Inverness from:

Luton, Gatwick or Bristol with Easyjet
Gatwick, Southampton, Birmingham or Manchester with Flybe

Activity Information

Location: Above Laxford Bridge, Sutherland.
Length: 26km / 16 miles
Time: 12 hours
Difficulty: This is a very long and arduous walk, with many sections of strenuous ascent; the going is predominantly over rough and difficult terrain. Add to all this the extreme remoteness, and it will be clear that this is a very serious and demanding proposition.  

Seasons: Summer conditions may be expected from June to September; winter conditions from October to May. Deer stalking may be in progress from August to October.

Comment: This is a real wilderness challenge and a marvellous ridge walk with sustained interest, particularly along Foinaven's narrow undulating crest and follows a linear route. This walk should not be underestimated, and once you have successfully achieved the summits, the route back is long and tiring. The landscape of these far northern climes is vastly different to any other in Britain. It has an incomparably ancient, timeless feel, of desolate vastness and openness of sky. It is a world of endless moor and loch, the distant mountains looming upwards like giants of wizened grey, heads bleached white by weather and age.

Lewissian gneiss is the dominant rock, capped by quartzite on the tops. It's great longevity puts things into perspective, for it is one of the oldest rocks in the world and has stood here for some three billion years: our fleeting existence by comparison hardly registers.

The long ridge of Foinaven is most remarkable. From the south and west its apparently rounded shoulders bely the reality, because it is in fact perilously narrow, even knife-edged in places, requiring your constant vigilence and energy. Approaching via Arkle - itself a worthy prize - heightens the feeling of challenge and commitment, and the vast emptiness of this breathtaking region: the scenery is majestic Scottish wilderness at its best and this excursion is truly a walk on the wild side!  

The Summits
:
Foinaven: Creag Dionard - 778m/2552ft, Cadha na Beucaich Top - 808m / 2651ft, A' Cheir Ghorm - 869m / 2851ft, Ganu Mor - 914m / 2999ft, Ceann Garbh - 902m / 2959ft  
Arkle: Sail Mor (Arkle) - 787m / 2582ft, Arkle South Top - 758m / 2487ft, Meall Aonghais - 581m / 1906ft

Pre-requisite:

This package is designed for pre-formed groups of 4-6 people. It is a pre-requisite that you have a good level of fitness and/or summer mountain walking experience. Dates may also be available mid-week upon request.

Itinerary

Day 1

Friday: Arrive Inverness airport. Transfer to accommodation.

Day 2

Saturday: Arkle - Foinaven walk.

Day 3

Sunday: Return to airport to fly home

What's Included?

  • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Packed lunch
  • Vehicle hire & driver/support guide
  • Qualified & experienced mountain guide
  • Transfers to/from airport
  • Discount outdoor clothing voucher for Cotswold Outdoor and Montane

Not Included

  • Flights to Inverness

Information

Price is per person based on a group of 6, prices for groups of 4 or 5 will be higher. Please specify group size at time of booking.

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