Wester Ross

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  An Teallach, Wester Ross  (Andrew Dingwall/Shutterstock)

An Teallach, Wester Ross (Andrew Dingwall/Shutterstock)

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Why Go To Wester Ross?

Wester Ross. Remember those two words - you may not know them but they will soon be your friend. Some of Britain's wildest and most beautiful scenery calls this section of northwest Scotland home. Just some of things you can do in Wester Ross that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Experience "the last great wilderness of Scotland", inclduing Britain's most remote spot
  • Get to the Dundonnell and Fisherfield forests, where the most remote Munros reside
  • See and perhaps get up the impressive peaks of Slioch, An Teallach and others
  • Get a thrill cycling or driving Britain's biggest road climb at Bealach na Bà

Want to find out more? Read on for great photos, articles, videos, top tips and other content to fire up your adventure appetite. Got a question? Ask away.


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The northern half of Wester Ross between Little Loch Broom and Loch Maree (called by Wainwright "the last great wilderness of Scotland") has no permanent human settlement and contains Britain's most remote spot (no name, just coordinates). It does however boast the Dundonnell and Fisherfield forests (not many trees), some good lochs and Munros galore, including the impressive peaks of Slioch, An Teallach and the Fisherfield Five. The few bothies dotted around make for some good multi-day hikes. Applecross, also nicely remote, accessed via Britain's biggest road climb at Bealach na Ba (the "pass of the cattle"), is a great destination with top views of Raasay and Skye.

 Loch Maree, Wester Ross, Scotland  (Dave Head/Shutterstock)

Loch Maree, Wester Ross, Scotland (Dave Head/Shutterstock)

The essential journey in Wester Ross is a round trip of the Fisherfield Munros, the most remote of Britain's mountains. That's a fairly adventurous undertaking, so the North Coast 500, a 500-mile road route around the best bits of the northern Highlands, or the Wester Ross section of it, could be an easier alternative.

 
 
 
 

Getting To Wester Ross, Maps & Guides

Getting there: An hour’s drive from Inverness to Kinlochewe on the eastern edge of the NSA, or just over 2 to Applecross

Travel times from where you are: See Wester Ross on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: Rough Guide to the Highlands & Islands or theLonely Planet Guide to the Highlands & Islands.

Walking route guidance: WalkingHighlands.

Tourist board: No idea if it's 'official' or not, and who cares - Visit Wester Ross has some great stuff (checkout the photo gallery).


Even More Wester Ross Adventure Inspiration

 Bealach Na Bà, Britain's highest road climb, Wester Ross  (D K Grove/Shutterstock)

Bealach Na Bà, Britain's highest road climb, Wester Ross (D K Grove/Shutterstock)

Rough Guides' 6 Best British Road Trips features Wester Ross and the North Coast 500, of course.

The BBC's Ramblings podcast has even been to Wester Ross

A good short film to watch is The Bothy Project, shot in the wilds of the Fisherfield Forest. (It's a paying subscription site but the first month is free).


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