Forget the hectic bustle of Ben Nevis and Fort William, or even Skye! Few people make it this far…. and those that do treasure the open spaces and the tranquility. North West Scotland is one of the country’s most scenically diverse regions ….rewarding, refreshing, revitalizing, and with a quality that gets into your soul.
Whether you’ve got just a couple of days or a couple of weeks, Mountain Freedom really helps you get to know the place – we know it like the back of our hand, so with our help you can get straight down to the things you want to do. We offer walking, mountaineering, multi-day treks into remote territory, whatever you fancy.
Wester Ross, Coigach and Assynt
For many the essence of North West Scotland can be found in Wester Ross, particularly in the area surrounding Loch Torridon. Two vast estates, the National Trust for Scotland’s Torridon Estate and The Ben Eighe National Nature Reserve form a huge tract of unspoilt land. The mountains here are some of the oldest on the planet, and their sandstone terracing gives them a cathedral-like quality. The ridges of Ben Alligin, Ben Eighe and Liathach give some of the finest scrambling on the British mainland, as well as offering challenging routes for the hill walker. There are many other equally stunning mountains set amongst some of the most remote country in Europe. As well as some classic peak bagging and gentler walking programmes, we also also offer a variety of camping and backpacking trips that allow you to fully explore.
Further north, and accessible from the villages of Lochinver and Ullapool, lie Coigach and Assynt – Surely some of the the most other-worldly scenery you’ll ever encounter. Iconic mountains such as Stac Pollaidh and Suilven rise above a a grarled landscape of bare lewissian Gneiss studded with a thousand lochans in every direction. A truly unique environment.
More Than Mere Mountains
The scenery of North West Scotland at sea level is no less spectacular, and the area is famous for its pristine waters and thereby the quality of its shellfish. The village of Shieldaig is perhaps the quintessential west coast village, just a row of simple white houses by the shore. There are beaches on the Applecross peninsula, at Gairloch, and around Gruinard Bay which, if they were on England’s South Coast would be packed. Here you can have them to yourself. Only the calls of the oystercatchers will break the quiet solitude.