5 of the Best Wilderness Walks in the Scottish Highlands
We're all about nature and the great outdoors here at Wolf & Wander Co and are always on the look out for out of this world wilderness walks. Safe to say that the Scottish highlands have more than their fair share of breathtaking trails.
Take a look at our pick of five of the best wilderness walks in the Scottish highlands below:
The Ring of Steall, Mamores
This stunning wilderness trek begins in Glen Nevis, at the foot of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, and you follow the route of the river into the hills themselves. The Falls of Steall boast one of the most gorgeous views to be had in the Scottish Highlands and at 120m high it has Scotland’s highest waterfall.
Whilst the route has is suitable for wilderness novices, there are quite a few extremely narrow and some would say treacherous sections of rocky ridge line to tackle, but these will add to the feeling of accomplishment you feel when you successfully conquer the trails.
The Old Man of Hoy, Orkney
To enjoy this fantastic wilderness walk in the Scottish Highlands, you need to catch a ferry to the island of Hoy, which is found in the Orkney archipelago, a stone's throw from Scotland's northeast coast. When here, you'll be able to take in some of Britain’s highest sea cliffs before catching feasting your eyes on the legendary red sandstone sea stack: the Old Man of Hoy.
This much loved wilderness hike takes you uphill from Rackwick along a well-defined, easy-to-follow coastal path as you make your way towards the UK’s tallest sea stack, which juts from the Atlantic Ocean at a vast height of some 450 feet.
Stac Pollaidh, Assynt
Billed as one of the best ‘little mountains’ in Scotland, Stac Pollaidh stands at a mere 613m high in the Northwest Highlands, with peaks hewn from Torridonian sandstone. Boasting an abundance of pinnacles and steep gullies, it’s often likened to a porcupine in appearance and has spectacular sweeping views across the highlands.
Taking around three hours, a hike around Stac Pollaidh will see you climbing up the steep winding pathways with perhaps a little scrambling in the final stages. This is unadulterated wilderness and delivers unbeatable views that are really are second to none.
Loch An Eilein, Cairngorm National Park
Situated deep in the forest of Rothiemurchus, Loch An Eilein has been voted Britain’s Best Picnic Spot. You'll find that it is pleasingly sheltered by ancient Caledonian pines and beyond these, you're treated to views of a 13th century island castle. On your way to the castle, keep an eye out for forest wildlife, which typically includes red squirrels and Scottish crossbills.
Loch An Eilein isn't just home to the UK's highest funicular railway, it also has plenty of other activities beyond hiking to enjoy, from mountain biking in summer to skiing in winter, it’s not hard to see why the Cairngorms are one of Scotland’s most popular destinations for lovers of the great outdoors and wilderness culture.
Isle of Eigg, Summer Isles
There aren't many rock features in the British Isles which can come close to the grandeur of An Sgurr, the highest point on the island of Eigg, which has an ascent of a, somewhat gruelling, 393m.
The dramatic plug of columnar pitchstone bursts forth abruptly from wild moorlands and the route is pretty uncomplicated but does typically require a steep climb and a short rocky scramble meaning that particular care should be taken on the summit. Atop its breathtaking sloping peak, you'll discover impeccable vista of this gorgeous and diverse island. Cast your gaze across to the nearby emerald wedge of Muck, one of the Small Isles, and right over to Skye and Ardnamurchan.