Walking in Scotland: Walks in Wester Ross

Wester Ross is one of my favourite holiday locations, and for the the purposes of these pages Wester Ross stretches from Loch Maree in the south to Suilven in the north. Wester Ross is one of the most interesting walking/hillwalking areas in Scotland – from the lochs and forests of the Loch Maree/Gairloch area to the bleak but stunning scenery of Assynt. This area offers the walker a wide variety of both low-level and higher level walks in unequalled scenery. I have chosen a selection of my favourite walks, ranging from the easy Beinn Eighe Woodland Trail to the more strenuous walk and climb to the summit of Suilven.

Here is a map of Wester Ross.







OS Landranger 1:50,000
No 15: Loch Assynt & Surrounding Area
No 19: Gairloch & Ullapool Area

See individual walks for recommended maps.

Further Information

  • West Highland Walks Volume Two: Skye to Cape Wrath by Hamish MacInnes, published by Hodder & Stoughton.
  • The Munros by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.
  • The Corbetts and Lesser Hills by Scottish Mountaineering Club.
  • The Scottish Peaks by W. A. Poucher, published by Constable.
  • 100 Best Routes on Scottish Mountains by Ralph Storer, published by Sphere.
  • Walks in Wester Ross by Mary Welsh, published by Westmorland Gazette.
  • Walks in Wester Ross by Richard Hallewell and Rebecca Johnstone for Ross and Cromarty Tourist Board, 1987.
  • The Cape Wrath Trail by David Paterson, published by Peak Publishing.

Local Walking Clubs

According to the book “Short Walks around Gairloch”, there are a local group of walkers known as “The Bootleggers”, who welcome visitors on their excursions in the area. Their walks are advertised in the “Diary” section of the local Gairloch and District Times.


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