The Western Highlands provide a wide range of walking and climbing trails suitable for the complete beginner through to the seasoned professional.
At the back of the cottage lies Creag Loisgte which at just over 500 metres offers superb views of the area. Although steep, the walk is mainly easy apart from a short scramble at about 300 metres. Head straight up from the back of Taigh a' Bhraoin and keep to the left of the burn and the right of the crags. Allow a couple of hours for the walk and see An Teallach, Bienn Dearg, Ben Mor Coigach, Loch Broom and Little Loch Broom.
Some two miles from Taigh a' Bhraoin lies Lael Forest with its fairly easy walks and in Ullapool is Ullapool Hill.
Between Ullapool and Lochinver to the north is a singularly beautiful landscape which is ideal for the hill walker or climber. Overlooking Loch Lurgain is the 618 metre high Stac Polly or Stac Pollaidh - a conical sandstone mountain which is easily climbed for most of its height although care is required near the summit.
Some 4 miles north of Cul Mhor is the 738 metre Suilven, a spectacular mountain with a long summit ridge best approached from Lochinver. An extraordinary panorama of the area's intricate pattern of lochs and lochans can be enjoyed from the peaks.
Another very interesting area for walking lies north of Ullapool and covers a large remote area containing many different environments of interest to the naturalist and geologist. Facilities include a car park, information centre and a nature trail at the Knockan Crag.
Sandwood Bay is not to be missed. Only accessible by foot, the four mile each way walk is well worth the effort. But beware of the witches that supposedly haunt the magnificent beach.
Care must always be exercised when climbing and walking in the Scottish Highlands as weather conditions can change very quickly and often bringing in thick mist which can trap the unwary climber. Always be prepared for such conditions and inform someone nearby of your proposed route and expected time of return. By adhering to a few basic principles of common sense the hillwalker or climber can explore the rugged scenery in relative safety.
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