• Ben More, Assynt


  • A route alternative for Assynt

    One of the things I've been keen to do with the new guidebook is suggest an alternative route option that traverses the heart of Assynt for those that choose to detour via Ullapool.

    Suilven rears majestically out of the bogs (Copyright John Chapman)

    The alternative to re-join the main route is an easy and somewhat uninspiring trundle from the back of Ullapool along the Rhidorroch River via Knockdamph bothy to Glen Oykel before reaching the stupendous Ben More.

    A route through Assynt was also suggested by David Paterson in his original book on the Cape Wrath Trail, so I was also keen to include something that paid homage in this new version.

    Make no mistake, this is a route only for the most experienced walker and crosses some of the most wild, remote country in Scotland, including several potentially treacherous river crossings before rejoining the main route at Inchnadamph.

    My feeling is that this alternative is probably too hard to be included in the final book, but for those that are seeking an extra element of challenge it's worth considering.

    Here's the prospective route

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