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Sutherland Way Trail.

A new long distance walk through north & west Sutherland from Lochinver to Tongue - a 5 to 8 day (70 to 90 miles) walk with options to climb some of the spectacular mountains. The route was first described by Cameron McNeish in the November 2008 issue of TGO magazine - available here.

A mixture of tracks, stalkers paths, quiet roads and rough tracks lead the walker on a journey through this unique landscape. From Lochinver on the west coast the route heads east past the iconic mountain of Suilven, over the edge of Canisp down to us at Inchnadamph.

It then heads north via stalkers path and past the Eas a' Chaul Aluinn waterfall (the UK's tallest) to Kylesku. Once over the bridge it is a nort east treck to Achfary, with the option to take in the hills of Foinaven and Arkle - before heading east to Strath More and then north past Ben Hope (the most northerly Munro).

The final leg takes a route east to the southern point of the Kyle of Tongue (with views to Ben Loyal), and then north to the hamlet of Tongue - and a rest at the Hotel.

Look out for a detailed route guide and description that will be published by TGO in spring 2009, following on from a BBC Adventure show broadcast in December 2008.

We have a few photos of the first section of the route - but for some more see Cameron McNeish's gallery here.

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Approximate route of the new Sutherland Trail.

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www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/getamap

Image produced from Ordnance Survey's Get-a-map service. 
Image reproduced with permission of Ordnance Survey and
Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland

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The classic view of Suilven and Canisp - from the Lochinver to Stoer road. The Trail passes between these hills.

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Suilven from the summit of Canisp.

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Suilven from the Trail.

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Inchnadamph from the summit of Canisp.

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Inchnadamph, Loch Assynt & Quinag - from above Inchnadamph

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