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On November 3, 2016 By Rebecca Field In All things hiking Explaining Scotland Holidays blogs and reviews

Autumn in Assynt

2016 heralded the return of our Empty Quarter hiking vacation, this year based from Ullapool. It was also our second visit to the area in 2 months (September was our month for Torridon). If you were ever in any doubt for reasons to head north of Inverness, check these out as inspiration for 2017 and beyond. Perhaps the North Coast 500 is beckoning you or would you rather explore on foot…

It’s easy for us to take this kind of scenery and the opportunity to get out and explore it for granted. One of the advantages of living where we do, only 30 minutes south of Inverness, is that it is possible for us to pop up north for a weekend and feast our eyes on such refreshing vistas as these. If you’re coming from further afield you probably want to consider spending longer in the area, in which case the Empty Quarter trip could be better suited to you. (If you don’t want to take our word for it, read our reviews.)

Top 20 images from a trip full of amazing views and fabulous people:

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1. Grey seal watching us in hope of scraps

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2. Stac Pollaidh, Assynt, Scotland – north of Inverness

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3. Who said Scotland didn’t really have mountains?

 

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4. Stunning scenery from the Scottish coastline

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5. The colours of autumn in the north of Scotland

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6. Autumn reflections in Assynt (Northern Scotland)

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7. Heading up the ridge, Assynt (Scotland)

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8. Spectacular Scottish coastline, Assynt (Scotland)

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9. Your guide showing off his balance skills

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10. Stunning light and cloud formations, October 2016 (Assynt, Scotland)

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11. Autumn light and hills in Assynt

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12. Stunning scenery, perfect light and amazing clouds (Assynt, Scotland)

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13. Sunset over the west coast of Scotland

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14. Hikers descending from a long day’s hike in the Assynt area (Scotland)

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15. Standing proud on the ridge while walking in Assynt

autumn sunset, Assynt (Scotland)

16. Perfect autumn sunset scenery and light while walking in Assynt, Scotland

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17. Stunning panorama taken while walking in Assynt

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18. Striding across the stunning landscape in Assynt (Scotland)

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19. There’s something very soothing and spectacular to the eye in the combination of coast and mountain in the same shot, taken while walking in Assynt

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20. Moody mountains in Assynt (Scotland) – who would believe that most of them are less than 1000m high?

The Empty Quarter 2017 – walking in Assynt

(currently a group only itinerary)

If you’ve been inspired by the photos, why not join us next year all you need is a couple of other friends (min. group of 4) then give us a call to settle on dates. The sooner you can get organised, the sooner we can get something set for you. We will guarantee the price on our website for your group, except for dates in high summer (mid July to end August).

 

 

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