Plan your trip
Find a full route description at www.walkhighlands.co.uk/ ullapool/ben-more-coigach.shtml. Download route guides for Stac Pollaidh and Suilven at www.lfto.com/bonusroutes.
The walk starts from parking area near Culnacraig (grid ref NC061041), seven miles by crow north west of Ullapool but 28 very scenic ones by the A835 and single track roads. Bus from Ullapool to Badenscallie, two miles from start (Mon to Sat).
WHERE TO STAY
One of the best hostels in Scotland is on the doorstep at
Acheninver (01854 622283, www. acheninverhostel.com). Housed in a couple of crofts looking out to sea, and reached by a burnside path, it used to be an SYHA and is now run as an independent by a local family. Great atmosphere and a cosy set-up with views you could gaze at for days. Dorms from £20/pn. For B&B, try Tigh Uisdean ( www. achiltibuiebedandbreakfast.co.uk) just down the way. From £30/pn.
WHERE TO EAT
For great-value breakfast baps, coffee, cake and homecooking, pop into the café at the
Piping School (01854 622777). For supper served straight from the sea, book (and you will need to book) into Salt (01854 622380, www.saltseafood.com), a seafood chalet where the menu includes Achiltibuie hand-dived scallops, lobster mac ’n cheese and the traditional fish soup, Cullen Skink. And there’s also the Summer Isles
Hotel ( www.summerisleshotel. com), with restaurant and bar.
www.coigach.com or call Ullapool iCentre on 01854 612486.