A year or so ago, I learned of the Cape Wrath Trail. To quote walkhighlands.co.uk, this is  “a long distance walk from Fort William to the northwesternmost point of mainland Britain, Cape Wrath. It is a superb route for very experienced long-distance backpackers, passing through magnificent wild landscapes for most of the route“. The more I read about it, the more I wanted to do it. After careful research and testing of gear, and lots of training walks with a heavy pack, I drove up to Fort William the end of May 2016. Limitations of time meant that I intended to do the route in two halves, and this trip was to do the southern half. It was to take 7 days. Here are some images from this walk, I’ve placed them in order. Conditions were mostly superb. I saw no rain, little cloud, and the bogs and deep river crossings which can make the trail tricky were completely absent. There was also enough wind to keep the midges away!

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Day 1 – Walking down the side of Loch Linnhe, early morning sunlight filtering through the trees.

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Day 1 – small lochan in Cona Glen.

Cape Wrath Trail Day 2 - Glenfinnan to Glenn Dessary

Day 2 – heading towards the bealach at the top of Glen Finnan

Cape Wrath Trail Day 2 - Glenfinnan to Glenn Dessary

Day 2 – wild camp by Lochan A’Mhaim

Cape Wrath Trail Day 3 - Glen Dessary to Barisdale

Day 3 – rickety bridge near Carnoch

Cape Wrath Trail Day 3 - Glen Dessary to Barisdale

Day 3 – descending to Barisdale from Mam Unndalain

Cape Wrath Trail Day 4 - Barisdale to Kinlochhourn

Day 4 – Ladhar Bheinn from the path to Kinlochhourn

Cape Wrath Trail Day 4 - Barisdale to Kinlochhourn

Day 4- looking west up Loch Hourn, Isle of Skye in the distance.

Cape Wrath Trail Day 5 - Kinlochhourn to Morvich

Day 5 – a rare cloudy morning, brightened up later. The Forcan ridge as I headed up to yet another bealach. Crossed a lot of bealachs on this trip!

Cape Wrath Trail Day 5 - Kinlochhourn to Morvich

Day 5 – from the bealach, looking down along Glen Shiel.

Cape Wrath Trail Day 5 - Kinlochhourn to Morvich

Day 5 – the ridge looking N from Meallan Odhar

Cape Wrath Trail Day 6 - Morvich to Maol Bhuidhe

Day 6 – early morning in Strath Croe, heading up to the Falls of Glomach.

Cape Wrath Trail Day 6 - Morvich to Maol Bhuidhe

Day 6 – herd of Deer near Iron Lodge

Cape Wrath Trail Day 6 - Morvich to Maol Bhuidhe

Day 6 – my lodgings for the night, I was sole resident of the wonderfully situated and very isolated Maol Bhuidhe bothy

Cape Wrath Trail Day 7 - Maol Bhuidhe to Achnashellach

Day 7 – if you want to photograph summer sunrises in Scotland, you have to get up at stupid o’clock. It can, however, be worth it….

Cape Wrath Trail Day 7 - Maol Bhuidhe to Achnashellach

Day 7 – sun rising at Maol Bhuidhe bothy

In summary, an absolutely wonderful walk in perfect conditions. I am already planning a return visit to do the northern half!

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