In February 2017, I walked the 240 miles from Fort William to Cape Wrath in 18 days. While the Cape Wrath is widely considered the toughest backpacking route in Britain I also chose to the do the trail in Winter. This posed me with some extra considerations, such as preparing for the poor weather and lower temperatures, as well as lack of amenities and accommodation in the off-season.
I would highly recommend tackling this long distance trail in Winter. There is a different kind of beauty to be found in Winter; there are no tourists, and importantly there are no midgies. I was lucky enough to walk the trail at the end of the Winter, and so overtime I witnessed the change in season.
Here is my trial diary, it is currently incomplete, but I am gradually adding to it.
|Day 0||Approaching Fort William|
|Day 1||Freak tides||Camusnagaul Ferry to Cona Glen|
|Day 2||Cona Glen to Sourlies|
|Day 3||Pete on the bog||Sourlies to Knoydart|
|Day 4||Rest day at Knoydart|
|Day 5||Inverie to Barisdale|
|Day 6||The Big Bealach||Kinloch Hourn to Shiel Bridge|
|Day 7||Wet, Wet, Wet||Shiel Bridge to Falls of Glomach|
|Day 8||Kindness of Strangers||Falls of Glomach to Gerry’s Hostel|
|Day 9||Meeting Bubbles||Gerry’s Hostel to Kinlochewe|
|Day 10||Shenavall Bothy||Shenavall to Ullapool|
|Day 11||Rest day in Ullapool|
|Day 12||The Schoolhouse||Ullapool to The Schoolhouse|
|Day 13||The Secret Bothy||The Schoolhouse to Glen More via Oykel Bridge|
|Day 14||The Wish That Came True||Glen More to Inchnadamph|
|Day 15||Kindness of Strangers||Inchnadamph to Achfary|
|Day 16||Night hike to Strathan||Achfary to Strathan via London Stores|
|Day 17||Sandwood Bay||Strathan to Strathchailleach|
|Day 18||To The Lighthouse||Strathchailleach to Kearvaig via Cape Wrath|
|Day 19||Escape from Cape Wrath||Kearvaig to Durness|