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10 Oct 2018

Walking in Wester Ross

Walkers at Glenshiel
Walktober events include a guided walk at the site of the Battle of Glenshiel
At number 26 on our 100 Ways list is Walktober – a series of walking events in Wester Ross.

There’s no better way to experience Scotland’s stunning countryside than walking through it. Providing access to these places has always been important to the Trust.

While the right to roam means that everyone can get out and explore, we think it’s important to go that step further and encourage walkers to take to the hills.

That’s what our Walktober programme is all about. This series of family-friendly walking events, now in its seventh year, is set against the exhilarating backdrop of Wester Ross.

Kintail’s Five Sisters are a challenge for walkers
Kintail’s Five Sisters are a challenge for walkers

The programme of guided treks, which includes an opportunity to spot wild red deer, hear stories from the past and take photos in the beautiful heart of north-west Scotland, will run from Friday 12 October until Sunday 21 October at Kintail, Torridon and Balmacara.

Walkers and adventurous spirits looking to get outdoors this autumn are invited to join our rangers to travel back in time to learn about the historic village of Plockton, discover the dramatic site of the Battle of Glenshiel and marvel at a rainbow of autumn colours sweeping across Lochalsh Woodland Park.

This year, the programme has grown to include a guided walk around idyllic Loch Coulin, hosted by the Skye and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust.

“Join us in exploring the beautiful landscapes of Wester Ross, which has now been recognised as a biosphere reserve – due to our devotion to protecting the area’s unique and diverse plants and wildlife.”
Gavin Skipper, Ranger

Highlights from the programme include:

Battle of Glenshiel Guided Walk, Kintail, 2–4pm, Friday 12 October, adults £3, children free, booking required. Call 01599 511231 or email

Torridon Autumn Deer Walk, Trust Countryside Centre, Torridon, 10am–4pm, Monday 15 October, adults £15, children £5, booking advised. Call 01445 791368 to book.

Historic Plockton Village Tour, Plockton Visitor Centre, Plockton, 10am–12.30pm, Tuesday 16 October, adults £5, children free, booking advised. Call 01599 566325 to book.

Autumn Antics, Lochalsh Woodland Park, Balmacara, 10am–12pm and 2–4pm, Thursday 18 October, adults free, children £2, no booking required. Call 01599 566325 for further details.

A walk around Loch Coulin, Gairloch, 9.30am–4pm, Sunday 21 October, donations welcome, booking essential. Call 01445 712899 or email  

Falls of Glomach Guided Walk, Kintail Ranger Service Office, Morvich, 10am–4pm, Sunday 21 October,  adults £15, children (over 10 years old) £5, booking required. Call 01599 511231 or email

Torridon has a great range of walks available.

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