Cape Wrath Trail 2017

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.


Trail Diary

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