The old counties of Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, and Caithness, form Scotland's far north, contain some of the country is most spectacular scenery, and boast many of the most shapely and challenging hills in the British Isles. Stac Pollaidh, Suilven, and Ben Loyal have been favourite postcard peaks for generations and many visitors come to the far north just to enjoy the unique scenery with its knobbly gneiss moors, jutting peaks, rugged coastline, and unspoilt communities.
For these visitors, the far north provides almost endless possibilities. Attractions include boat trips to interesting offshore islands with impressive sea cliffs and colonies of sea birds, fascinating antiquities tracing Scotland is history from stone-age man to the shameful clearances, and a number of low-level scenic attractions such as Britain's highest waterfall and some of the best beaches in the UK. For the more adventurous visitor, the hills offer a wealth of challenging and enjoyable outings, from simple half-day walks to demanding multi-day expeditions, and all in the most wild and lonely terrain that Scotland has to offer.
This guide, selectively covering the whole of northern Scotland from Ullapool northwards, will be a valuable aid for any visitor to the area, giving information on camping and accommodation, road access, local bases, topography and climate, as well as 62 walking routes varying in length from 3km to 56km. Each route comes complete with a sketch map, background and route information: and there is an introductory chapter about what for many is the most beautiful part of a beautiful country.