Scottish Wilderness - Suilven

3 Days

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Trekking
Wilderness

A legend of the remotest mountains, it's not for the faint hearted

  • Scottish Wilderness - Suilven image
  • Highlights
  • Magnificent views to the sea
  • Ancient walling spanning the top ridge
  • A real wilderness expedition to a legendary mountain
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 Lochinver, Sutherland, Northern Highlands
Length: 24km / 15 miles
Ascent: 915m / 3002ft
Time: 10 hours

Difficulty: Suilven is a serious proposition whichever route you tackle it by. Firstly, the formidable nature of the mountain itself must be taken into account: it is a whaleback of sandstone, its flanks steep cliffs. The only natural breach in these defences being the Bealach Mor running north to south over the ridge. Secondly, it is extremely remote, with a considerable distance of rough terrain separating it from the road, and the length and remoteness of this walk are important considerations.        

Approaching from the distant west, our route in fact traverses the ridge of the mountain from east to west, and from this direction there are two sections of technical difficulty. The first and most trying of these is the descent from Meall Bheag to the gap below (east of) Meall Mheadhonach: although physically this is not unduly difficult, it is extremely exposed and requires careful route-finding (Scrambling Grade 2). Secondly, the descent from Meall Mheadhonach involves the negotiation of a 12m rock band (Scrambling Grade 2). Of course, in winter conditions the traverse of the mountain is a mountaineering expedition (Winter Mountaineering Grade 2).

Seasons
: Summer conditions prevail from June to September; winter conditions from October to May.

Comment
: Although there are easier ways to climb Suilven, this circular outing is one of the finest. It is an outstanding wilderness expedition to a legendary scottish mountain.

Suilven is one of the most beguiling and intriguing of all British mountains. It is also massively impressive, its bulk dominating the wilds of Sutherland, the great flats of interwoven heather, the myriad lochs and the grey, rumple-skinned gneiss. From the west, looking from the sea over Lochinver, the head is a massive, vertical-sided rock dome: this is the aptly named Caisteal Liath. From here a 2km spine runs east, first falling to the saddle of Bealach Mor, then rising again to the raised hump, the high conical spire of Meall Mheadhonach. Further still to the east, separated by a fearsome rift, is the bobtail of Meall Mheadhonach. Suilven is a famous landmark known to mountaineers and to all who pass this way.

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 and transfer to accommodation

Day 2

Saturday: Complete the Suilven East-West traverse. Return to accommodation.

Day 3

Sunday: Return to airport for flight home

What's Included?

  • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Packed lunch
  • Vehicle hire and 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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