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North to the Cape

349 km / 217 miles

A backpacking trekking route through the West Highlands from Fort William to Cape Wrath, for the experienced walker. Taking 2-3 weeks, this crosses wild land of Scotlandís northwest coast including Morar, Knoydart, Applecross, Torridon and Assynt on its way to the Cape. It visits Lochs Arkaig, Hourn, Duich, Carron, Maree, Broom, Assynt and More before reaching the northern coast to finish.

Strider News - August 2018 (Route Diversions)

For walkers on the Cape Wrath Trail Glenfinnan Variant (Knoydart) the crucial bridge over the River Carnach at NM866965 has gone and is unlikely to be re-built before May 2018. This river is impossible to cross in spate. See and This route may have been an option for TGO challenge entrants also affects North to the Cape.


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Very Challenging; Coastal; Forest/Woodland; Lake/Reservoir/Loch; Moorland; Mountain
NN094751 - Fort William, Highland
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NC258747 - Cape Wrath, Highland
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349.2 Km (217.0 miles)
12,143 m (39,839 ft) ascent
712 m (2,336 ft)  maximum height