Stac Pollaidh walk - Scotlands best little mountain in the Highlands with some of the finest wilderness views in the UK


Stac Pollaidh - a walk to Scotlands best little mountain with some of the best views in the UK
On this short walk to the summit of Stac Pollaidh you'll witness some of the best and wildest views in Scotland

Stac Pollaidh - my best short walk in the UK

Stac Pollaidh - a walk to Scotlands best little mountain with some of the best views in the UK
Stac Pollaidh is a relatively modest mountain at just over 551m, so it's no Munroe. This circular walk up to the summit of Stac Pollaidh is only 2.35 miles too - but the views you will see in every direction are simply are incredible and you will feel on top of Scotland at the summit of Stac Pollaidh

Stac Pollaidh walk overview

Stac Pollaidh walk distance: 2.35 miles

Stac Pollaidh walk time: 1.5hrs

Stac Pollaidh walk difficulty: Easy

Stac Pollaidh map route

Stac Pollaidh walk map route Scotland best mountain views
Here's the Stac Pollaidh walk route map, which starts from the car park which has plenty of spaces for 20 cars or so. This walk is quite short at only 2.5 miles, yet steep in the ascent to the top for the last 200m or so, but nothing too tricky, and doable with young kids. The path is generally clear along every step of the way and is generally easy to follow, apart from a couple of junctions around the summit area. I prefer to walk this route in an anti-clockwise direction so you tackle the steeper path in the ascent - with a more leisurely descent to enjoy the views to the north. This particular map route doesn't take you to the actual summit, which would require a bit of scrambling. Instead it leads you to the area between the two rocky outcrops where you'll still get stunning views. If you are feeling confident you might want to scramble to the summit, but it can be precarious. Click the button below to see the full interactive map route on OS Maps [Subscription required to access all features]

If you don't have a Phone Map App - I really recommend the one by Ordnance Survey. You can download route maps to your phone such as this one and the app will show you exactly where you are on the route even when you have no signal - so no more taking a wrong turn :-)

Where is Stac Pollaidh?

Stac Pollaidh walk map route Scotland best mountain views
Stac Pollaidh is in North West Scotland, in the stunning Assynt region, about a 35 min drive north from Ullapool, which is the closest populated place. It can be reached from Inverness in about 1hr 45mins. Although Stac Pollaidh is a little mountain at 551m, it's one of the best viewpoints in Scotland.

Stac Pollaidh - a must do walk in the Scottish Highlands

Stac Pollaidh is a popular walking destination located in the Scottish Highlands. The walk is a must-do for those looking to explore the natural beauty of Scotland. The Stac Pollaidh walk is a relatively easy walk, making it suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

The Stac Pollaidh walk is a circular route that is just over 3 miles long. The walk takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete, depending on your pace. The start of the walk is located in a small car park, which is easily accessible by car, along a single lane road with frequent passing places. 
The Stac Pollaidh walk starts off with a gentle incline, which gradually becomes steeper as you approach the summit.

The views from the summit of Stac Pollaidh are breathtaking. On a clear day, you can see for miles around, taking in the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. The summit offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including the iconic Suilven, Cul Mor and Cul Beag. The walk is also great opportunity for photographers to capture some amazing shots of the Scottish scenery.

The Stac Pollaidh walk is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. However, it is important to wear appropriate footwear and clothing as the terrain can be rocky and uneven in places. It is also important to bring plenty of water and snacks, as there are no facilities on the walk.

The Stac Pollaidh walk is quite simply a must-do walk for anyone visiting the Scottish Highlands. The walk offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a first-time walker, the Stac Pollaidh walk is an experience not to be missed. So why not pack your bags, put on your hiking boots and head to the Scottish Highlands for an adventure you'll never forget!

Happy Hiking!

Post by Stuart Hodgson 
'The Hiking Photographer'

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