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Hidden gems of Scotland | Wolftrail

Discover the most beautiful hidden gems of the Scottish Highlands. Simon, Sarah and Jack take you from the Plodda Falls to Mountain Suilven. Curious? Discover a side of Scottland like you never done before.

Hidden gems of Suilven | Wolftrail 

"For me, Suilven is the epitome of wild Scotland. It’s unique shape and isolation amongst the wild landscape of Assynt, make Suilven a true gem of the highlands. Owned and managed by the local community, Suilven is an unmistakable icon of the region. Heading to a place like Suilven requires some preparation, ensuring the weather forecast is good, packing the appropriate kit and fuelling up before the long walk in.

The 8 km walk into the base of the mountain puts many off, and the wild weather that often plagues Scotland can make it a desolate place to journey too. Whilst only 731 m high, the climb from the base is a steep pathway with numerous switchbacks. The final ascent takes through a narrow gully section before you suddenly arrive at the ridge where you are treated to incredible views across the unmistakeable cnoc-and-lochan landscape of Assynt and the mountains to the south. From the ridge, there is a steady walk up to the summit, that boasts staggering views in all directions.

The exposed ridge of Suilven offers unbeatable views across the wild landscapes of the far north and out towards the ocean. It is a humbling feeling spending time in a place like Assynt, feeling so small in such a vast and remote landscape. Summiting Suilven is a proper adventure and a tough walk, but so worth it for the incredible views from the top, made all the better with an awesome group of friends to share it with." - Simon Hird

Hidden gem of Balnakeil Beach | Wolftrail 

"When I imagine hidden gems of Scotland, I immediately think of the beautiful sandy beaches along the North Coast. The water is so clear, that despite the colder temperatures, you can’t help but immerse yourself in the waves as they roll in.It is so refreshing, that you have to remind yourself that you are in fact, in Scotland, and not somewhere tropical.

Once out, it’s important to keep yourself moving to heat up again, and what better way to do this than to adventure through the incredible landscape that is Sango Bay. This is the best part of Scottish beaches, when you get to explore around the massive rocks after the cool dip and finish the day with a campfire.

In typical Scottish fashion, you make the fun with moments like this, enjoying the warmth of friendship surrounding the fire." - Sarah Afiqah Rodgers

Hidden gems of  Plodda Falls | Wolftrail 

"When visiting Plodda Falls its easy to forget you’re in the Scottish highlands. Whilst you’d usually picture the wild mountains, lochs and glens, this unique area is covered in a dense pine forest, and is home to some of the tallest trees in Scotland. The sound of rushing water guides your route through trees, building in volume along with your excitement until you find yourself reaching the viewing platform.

From here you walk directly out over the waterfall, which gives you incredible views looking straight down the cascading torrent of water. Its a really unique and amazing vantage point and unlike anywhere else I’ve seen in Scotland. Heading back into the woodland, the trail takes you downwards where the sound of the falling water intensifies further.

It grows as you wind your way between the trees until you find the river and the bottom of the waterfall. It’s from here that I think you can really appreciate the power and beauty of the waterfall itself." - Jack Anstey

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