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The scenery around Kylesku is stunning, and there are plenty of walks to do and hills to conquer to take in the gorgeous views. Whether you are interested in low level or hillwalking, there is plenty to do.
Here’s a list of some our favourite walks and climbs, we’ve tried to give a variety to suit different ages and abilities. Don’t forget, one of our staff will always be happy to give you a one to one “maps session”, and share our wealth of knowledge of the area with you to ensure you get the most out of your stay.
Stac Pollaidh is a relatively short climb, taking between 2-4 hours to reach the summit. Because it is the most visited peak in the North West of Scotland, the surface eroded over time, so now the hill has a constructed path resulting in good underfoot conditions.
This route heads up steadily, the final ascent is very steep, well worth the effort to reach the ridge. Looking south and west and you’ll be looking over Loch Lugainn to the Summer Isles in the mouth of Loch Broom. Look north and you’ll see the staggeringly beautiful Inverpolly Nature Reserve and the peaks of Assynt beyond.
Leitir Easaidh (45 mins)
Suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and prams, this path is a great walk for all abilities and ages. Allowing you to take in two lochs and two view points, you can take in the rugged beauty of the landscape, including a view of the nearby Quinag. Shelters and eco-toilets are available.
“Oor Hill”, Quinag’s impressive North Face can be seen from the hotel.
There are various summits, each offering a different view- over Assynt, out to sea or North, towards Kylesku.
To complete all summits involves a full day on the mountain, but it is possible to reach just one or two peaks if you are on a time limit or are simply just too tired!
Inchnadamph Bones caves
These limestone caves, which sit under the northern crags of Beinn an Fhuaran, are named as such because of the bewildering amount of bones discovered there over a century ago. There are three cave entrances- named Badger, Reindeer and Bone cave. Be sure to bring a torch to really get the most of your visit.
One of the most recognisable mountains in the area, Suilven, whilst not a long climb, is situated fairly remotely, meaning walkers must first complete a long journey to the base before even making a dent in the ascent. Accessible from various points, it’s a long day out, but as with all the hills in the area, the views from the summit definitely make it worth the effort.
Kirkaig Falls –
Another popular walk, the route to the Kirkaig Falls is also an access point to Suilven. If you’re not a hill enthusiast, this route will allow you to take in the gorgeous waterfalls, as well as a view of Suilven itself. Expect it to be boggy, and at times slippery underfoot conditions.
Please remember to always check the weather conditions and dress and pack accordingly. We provide weather reports every morning, but the conditions can turn very quickly. Always take a map and compass, and be sure to check the difficulty of walks and climbs before leaving. We can give advice on what routes and hills would best suit your abilities. Also have a look at www.walkhighlands.co.uk- a very comprehensive and useful guide to walking in Scotland, including blog posts from fellow walkers.