The Empty Quarter

Guided walking trip exploring Assynt including the iconic Slioch and the spectacular Col Mor

Empty of people, maybe, but not of hillwalking interest. This is the very distinctive wilderness of Assynt & NW Sutherland, where the superlatives really start to flow - ‘island mountains’ rising abruptly from a vast lochpitted tableland. The sense of space is superb. We could go on but to say these are the most eye-catching of mountains with fantastic walking


Includes: accommodation, guiding, transport, full board & pick ups etc as detailed in the itinerary.


Excluded: activities on day off, alcohol and other personal expenses.


Walks are not suitable for dogs or children. Please enquire for family options.

Please note

Andy and Rebecca, founders and owners of Scot Mountain Holidays are the most knowledgeable, experienced and innovative boutique lodge & tour operators in Highlands of Scotland. We offer a uniquely warm and welcoming hospitality that ensures guests become part of Andy & Rebecca’s ‘extended family’ of curious, Compassionate and nature-loving travelers who enjoy both the challenges of day hikes in and cultural tours in and around the forests, mountains, lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands (including Cairngorm National Park) and the camaraderie that is the hallmark of Scot Mountain Holidays. Andy’s exceptional knowledge and experience as a guide, naturalist and instructor, plus Rebecca’s renowned cooking—often using organic produce from their home garden—are but two of the many aspects that makes the a stay at Fraoch Lodge an affordable and immersive
experience unlike any other to be found in Scotland.

Ullapool/Empty Quarter accommodation
We have stayed in several different properties in the Ullapool & Achiltibuie area for this trip including the Old Mill. The property we book in 2013 will depend on demand. Though choice is limited compared to London, there is always an opportunity to book something of an excellent standard for our group.

Full itinerary

Arrive: Fraoch Lodge on day of arrival, preferably before 7pm so that you have time to settle in and meet the rest of the group before dinner.

Day 1: We head Northwest for the dramatic looking peak of Quinag. The array of rocky features belies a relatively easy but exhilarating tramp in typical Assynt splendour. We return from the mountain to our accommodation in the Lochinver area.

Day 2: We climb Cul Mor. Standing head and shoulders above its neighbours it’s a formidable peak. From its plinth, its craggy south, west and northern slopes sweep up at great angles to its summit plateau. Fortress like, it dominates the view across the loch strewn wilderness to the Atlantic beyond.

Day 3: With Ben Mor Coigach you couldn’t ask for more from a hill. It has complex landforms, a nice ridge, and several tops. The biggest advantage of BMC is that you can see Suilven, Stac Pollaidh, Cul Mor and Beg all in one view from here, with the Summer Isles and An Teallach, Beinn Dearg and Fannichs, and Western Isles filling the remaining quarters

Day 4: From breakfast onwards this is a day off for us all. It’s a chance to explore Ullapool a little more, or go for a gentle walk along the shore. The day is rounded of with us all going out to dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5: Suilven - the area’s most depicted mountain - its western prow stands defiant ahead of this fin of a mountain. The approach is a wonderful gander leading to an enthralling ascent of this incredible peak.

Day 6: We head up to Stac Pollaidh before heading back to Fraoch Lodge. This modest but striking mountain gives a superb viewpoint to view the week’s routes.

Depart: morning after walking finishes.

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