North by North West

Stac Pollaidh

If you are a munro-bagger, the far north of Scotland is a place renowned for being the inconvenient location of the two most northerly munros  – Ben Hope and Ben Klibreck.

However, if you are a normal human being with a passion for the outdoors, Sutherland and Caithness are just fabulous.

Jacqueline and I are just back from a great trip up to the north of Scotland.

 

It’s “only” four hours to Ullapool and another hour and a bit to Durness. Before you leave, it always seems like a long drive, but once you get there, you realise what a brilliant place it is!

Quinag

In our five days we scrambled on Stac Pollaidh; walked all three of the Corbetts of Quinag; watched the Army pound Cape Wrath with artillery shells fired from Faraid Head; went to the remote and beautiful Sandwood Bay; ticked off the most Northerly Munro; and scrambled on the lovely rock at Portskerra.

What we didn’t do is now a list as long as your arm – so many amazing hills to explore; heaps and heaps of rock climbing – with possibilities for new routing on the 1000s of unclimbed crags; long distance walks; remote bothies and wild camping; sea kayaking, beach-combing, chilling and relaxing. The big problem for the next trip is what to do first…

 

Sandwood Bay

If you haven’t been that far north, you really must go!

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2 Responses to North by North West

  1. Jacqueline says:

    Well you beat me to it with your post Jason. So I’ve just put up my own version on my own blog 🙂 Yep, was a fantastic holiday, missing the scenery already. Definitely worth a visit or two.

  2. tamsinmacbride says:

    Such a fantastic place, we’re heading up for New Year, can’t wait!

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