It’s been a little while since the Wigwam team ventured north and enjoyed some camping in the Scottish wilderness, but in the first weekend in July, the highlands were calling and we accepted the cries of adventure.
Max, Janis and myself, Ali, met up with a bunch of talented individuals: Lawrence, Michael, Edgars, Diana, Merlin, Stuart and Hamish. We drove up from the central belt through the Cairngorms towards Ullapool in around four hours.
After a quick stop for food, we headed up to one of my favourite castles, Ardvreck. The 16th Century rock jutting out of Loch Assynt was built by the MacLeods and now lies in ruins. The castle, which sits in a glorious backdrop of mountains and lochs, is well worth a visit if you are ever in the Sutherland area.
Afterwards, the crew camped near the village of Inchnadamph, where our campfire helped fend off the swarms of midges and allowed us to enjoy some burgers and beverages. After a long day of driving and sightseeing, I think everyone was glad to relax, enjoy our surroundings and each others company.
The next day we travelled around the Assynt area, heading back to get supplies from Ullapool before venturing back into the landscape. First up was the Kylesku bridge, the main banner picture at the top of this post. A trip to the Wailing Widow waterfall was next on our agenda, a breathtaking cascade where some of the team even went swimming. Just a little too cold for my taste!
For the rest of the day, we travelled around the area, set up camp near Achnahaird and hiked up Stac Pollaidh for sunset, which didn’t really flourish into much but it was still worth making it to the top to see the view before the fog rolled in. A tired but happy group left the mountain for the campsite, where we laughed and ate well before a deserved rest after a long day.
The area of Assynt and Sutherland is not as well known and has different geology compared to it’s more renowned cousins of Skye and Glencoe, but it’s landscapes are just as impressive and captivating. This region feels quieter and much more like an ‘authentic Scotland’ – off-the-grid and away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Just what we wanted and needed.