1. The Cape Wrath Trail

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

This is the tough­est of the bunch on the grounds of a) length (some­thing like 200 miles), b) ter­rain (it tra­verses the wildest wilder­nesses of the north-west High­lands) and c) nav­i­ga­tion (there are at least three vari­ants of the route, none of them marked on OS maps or way­marked on the ground, and with lim­ited ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions). So why do it? Well, be­cause it starts at the foot of Ben Ne­vis and just gets wilder and more mag­nif­i­cent with every one of its (roughly) 20 days. Knoy­dart, Tor­ri­don (above), Kin­tail, Wester Ross, Assynt, Suther­land, Cape Wrath: real wilder­ness, real en­durance, real wow. WALK IT: The most com­pre­hen­sive guide­book is Cicerone’s Walk­ing the Cape Wrath Trail (www.cicerone.co.uk) which ex­plains all the al­ter­na­tives in a 14-stage itin­er­ary.


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