It's often touted as Britain's toughest long distance walk, due to its pathless sections, remoteness, and Scotland's fierce weather. The Cape Wrath Trail is a long distance walk from Fort William to the northwesternmost point of mainland Britain, Cape Wrath. There’s really no shame at all in deciding it’s unsafe to proceed, even though the immediate feeling of failure can be all-consuming. As it happened, the crossing was straightforward: the water was rushing just below knee-height, and was so clear I was able to see my footing with ease. Ahead of me I had to follow a long path clinging close to the edge of a steep drop – but the path had been buried under what was left of the winter’s snow. I navigated most of the first week using just this book and a Silva compass. I reached Lochan a’ Mhaim in good spirits, and paused to appreciate the gentle hiss of rainfall in the slate-grey water. The Cape Wrath Ultra® is Scotland’s finest multi-stage ultra running event. Hard to imagine having the presence of mind to enjoy all of that if I had a companion with me. An enjoyable read and a timely reminder for myself who hopes to attempt it next Spring. Kinloch Hourn marks the penultimate stage of a really tough few days’ walking; I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s where most would-be trailblazers have to drop out. A comprehensive guide to the Cape Wrath Trail, one of the most challenging long distance walks in the UK, published by Cicerone and now in a fully updated Second Edition. I did not use leather boots for the CWT or Scottish National trail I use cloth based boots\trail shoes. I was to reflect on my own accident, and interview mountain safety experts on the psychological and practical factors that can lead even the most experienced hikers and mountaineers to grief. Still, my mood was buoyant and I felt strong. I wish there were more stories of sensibility, courage to quit, and lessons from mistakes in our community. Hi Andy I really enjoyed your account of the CWT. I thought he looked in better condition than me. I found myself high on the side of the corrie, on a precariously narrow ledge high above the valley floor. I did the Scottish National trail in August 2018 which encompasses the CWT and then I did the CWT again in 2019. It had been a beautiful walk, high above the twinkling Loch Hourn. A white-hot ball of pain erupted in my knee. The next day dawned dreich. The route leads you across most of the north west coast of Scotland via Morar, Knoydart, Torridon and Assynt, winding through its most beautiful glens and mountains. The Cape Wrath Trail is considered the hardest hiking route in the United Kingdom. Nice article Andy. As night deepened, Bob and I stood in front of the cottage beneath a coal-black sky fretted with pinprick stars and the faint arc of the Milky Way. Located in Scotland, it runs from Fort William, through the Highlands and Western Scotland, to the lighthouse at Cape Wrath, the northwestern-most point of Scotland. But here’s where things went badly wrong. So here, for the first time, is the full story behind my embarrassing misadventure – and how I’m already working to remedy it. It combines footpaths, Land Rover tracks, pathless sections and varies in length. That said, April’s mishap reminds me that the Pennine Way was also helped by spending some time trekking with a fellow wayfarer over a storm-blown Knock Fell, and on the final marathon to Kirk Yetholm. The owner of this site is using Wordfence to manage access to their site. Wary of growing too tired too quickly, I abandoned my planned route to the spectacularly isolated Kinbreack bothy; instead, I fell in with three fellow hikers and headed for A’ Chuil bothy. On the Cape Wrath Trail, our notes say we had 80-100% cloud cover on 12 of 17 days. I was planning on completing the West Highland Way, which I did, and then hoped to do parts of the extremely difficult Cape Wrath Trail. But day after day of cool, grey, rainy weather started to feel very dank. Which is basically my plan. Thanks Ionna. What to expect from the Cape Wrath Trail. Kinloch Hourn itself was silent and lonely. As I entered the Rough Bounds I realised my 15.4kg pack was too heavy (you can see my pack weight on LighterPack – a fantastic resource). If you think you have been blocked in error, contact the owner of this site for assistance. Even to start it is to participate in an incredible adventure. One week ago I completed the Cape Wrath Trail, a unofficial & unmarked route from Fort William to Scotland's most North-Western point, Cape Wrath.