Assynt Canoe High Tops Expedition
This trip has been on our wishlist for quite some time. We really love the Assynt hills and the water courses in the area make canoeing to them an interesting and exciting prospect. We'll ascend Suilven and also traverse Cul Mor and camp on the shore of two lochs. Everything we'll need for the trip can be carried in the boats with us, there is a little bit of hauling boats and kit between the lochs so travelling light is definitely the best option.
Day One: Drive Falkirk to Elphin. Paddle loch Veyatie to the Fionn Loch (9km paddle) and set up camp under Suilven.
Day Two: Ascend Suilven (6.5km with 800m of ascent). Pack up camp. Paddle towards Na Tri Lochan. This section between Fionn Loch and Loch Sionascaig will be traversed by a combination of carrying boats and kit, lining unladen boats down burns and paddling the lochans (3km portage). Once on Loch Sionascaig, we'll visit Eilean Mor and then head over to the "mainland" and camp by Clais.
Day Three: Traverse over Cul Mor (11.8km with 950m of ascent). Over rough ground to Bod a'Mhail ridge, which is our ascent route. Then on to Cul Mor via Sron Gharbh, continuing over Creag nan Calman then descending to Lochan Dearg a' Chuil Mhoir. This is a really remove spot with amazing views over to Stac Pollaidh. We follow the gentle shelf under Sron Gharbh to get back to our camp.
Day Four: We'll do a tour of Loch Sionascaig heading north west (5.8km paddle), visiting points of interest along the way, to Boat Bay. From here there's a short portage onto Loch Buine Mhoir where we meet the road and our transport back to Falkirk.
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