Suilven Stac Pollaidh Assynt Trek Picture 1
Suilven Stac Pollaidh Assynt Trek Picture 1

Next departure:  Label

Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  723m

Dist:  40km

Min age: 

Duration:  4

Suilven Stac Pollaidh Assynt Trek

Trek Adventure

Imagine a lost corner of the British Isles. Imagine a peak like none other. A peak left behind long after the surrounding land has been scoured away - like a towering lost pinnacle. And now imagine yourself striding across lazily meandering Scottish burns and through pristine wild heather to reach this enigmatic mountain. Tolkien couldn't have dreamed a more mysterious land - join us as we explore the Lost Peaks of Assynt - Suilven, Stac Pollaidh and Cul Beag.


This will be a true wilderness experience - although with the wonders of modern transportation we can be in Inverness by midday on Friday - ready for the short transfer to Ullapool (allow one and a half hours) - with a short walk en route - making the most of daylight hours. We'll spend an enjoyable evening in Ullapool - sampling some local cuisine - and then preparing ourselves for our main event - the weekend's trek out into the wilds of the Inverpolly Nature reserve to get up close and personal with two of Scotland's least known but best loved peaks. We shall spend two days well and truly 'Out There' - away from the rest of the world - and enjoying nature's finest spectacles in one of the remotest areas of the country. We will only return to the civilisation (of sorts) of Ullapool in the evenings for a good hot shower and Scotish Cuisine! On Monday we may have time for a little exploring around Ullapool and delving a little deeper into the area's culture, before returning to catch our return flight home again.

 


Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly to Inverness - Transfer to Ullapool. Afternoon short walk out from Ullapool to a small peak. Return to Ullapool for overnight evening meal and preparations for following day.

Day 2 - Short Transfer to beginning of trek to Stac Pollaidh - take in summit, and continue return trek via Cul Beag to drop off point. Arrive in Ullapool late afternoon for hot  showers, and celebratory evening meal and drinks. Overnight in lodge.

Day 3 - Transfer out from Ullapool and begin big trek to legendary peak of Suilven. Enjoy stunning walk and scramble up to one of Scotland's most enigmatic and arguably  its most beautiful peaks before retuning to Ullapool for further celebrations!

Day 4 - Easy breakfast - time to explore Ullapool. Depart from Ullapool around lunch- time - depending upon team flight times. Afternoon flight back home again.

 


Accommodation

Night 1 - Ullapool - Lodge Type Accommodation - good clean simple. Breakfast provided.

Night 2- Ullapool - Lodge Type Accommodation - good clean simple. Breakfast provided.

Night 3 - Ullapool - Lodge Type Accommodation - good clean simple. Breakfast provided.

 

What is a Level 3.0 Trekking Challenge Like?

These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 9 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect a lower daily duration, but of course the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however you will need to be more resilient, due to simple living conditions. UK single day or weekend level 3 treks are suited to walkers and trekkers with some previous history of upland walking or alternatively a good amount of lowland training behind them.

 

How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Trek’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside; 7 hours plus . You should be doing regular exercise, possibly with some running. Your running speed will be fairly steady; nothing too fast, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs). These other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level. e.g. spinning, circuits, swimming, or other sports.

 

Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.

 

Insurance Details

Label

 

Included In Trip

Coach Transfers, Leading for the event, Tent provision, Stove Provision, Accommodation in Ullapool,

 

Excluded From Trip

Excluded - flights to Inverness. 

 

Equipment Required

Medikit
Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc

Washkit
Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)

Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s) 
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.

Warm clothing
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava

Trek Clothing
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear

Waterproofs
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Other
Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery

Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife

Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb

Kit Hire

It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.

 

Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.

 

Weather

Weather in the far North West of Scotland is extremely variable - but in winter can be extremely cold - snow and ice are distinct possibilities. In Spring and Autumn one may get fine mild weather - but one should never count upon it! Good quality outer protective clothing are essential.

 

Notes on Trekking Events

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Suilven Stac Pollaidh Assynt Trek Picture 2
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