NC500 walking holiday in Assynt’s Iconic Hills

NC500 walking holiday in Assynt’s Iconic Hills

NC500 walking holiday in Assynt’s Iconic Hills

We feel that our pods are the perfect place to make your own little base camp for an NC500 walking holiday. Now that we’ve taken a closer look at each mountain lending a name to the pods at NC500pods, we hope to have inspired you to plan an NC500 walking holiday of your own?

Which mountain are you most eager to climb? Are there any other hills local to our pods that you’d like to climb or like us to cover in a blog? Maybe you’ve already climbed some or all of them?

Why not share your thoughts, experiences and photos with us via our Facebook page (this blog will be posted on our FB page).

We’ll also be running a poll on our Instagram page so that you can vote for your favourite of the four hills. Keep your eyes peeled for this as there may be a little treat to help one lucky person have their own NC500 walking holiday!!

As a quick reminder, there is an overview of each of the four hills below, with links to each blog.


Suilven is probably the most recognisable mountain in Scotland due to its unique shape. It is quite dinky compared to most famous Scottish mountains, being only a Graham (between 2000-2500 ft [609.6–762.0m]). Despite this small stature, walking Suilven is no small achievement. Not accessible by car, you must trek several miles of Assynt wilderness just to reach the base of the mountain. This only adds to Suilven’s mystic & allure.

Sculpted by glacial erosion, Suilven’s outline is a standout feature of the Assynt landscape. It is also situated in the middle of the other hills on our list and Achmelvich beach. Any conceivable view of Suilven can therefore be had. It’s no wonder then that so many incredible photos and paintings of Suilven have been produced over the years.

Would Suilven be part of your NC500 walking holiday? Click here to read the full Suilven blog.

Suilven nc500 glamping mountain

Suilven Ridge – Image by Lochinver Landscapes


Quinag is a belter of a walk. Three corbet height hills on a Y-shaped ridge, great views in every direction and only 20 mins drive to/from our pods. The tallest of the three peaks stands at 808m, providing an excellent platform to view Suilven, Canisp and the coastline to the west & north.

Whether you are new to hill walking or an experienced hiker, this is a long, challenging and rewarding mountain to conquer.

Would Quinag be part of your NC500 walking holiday? Click here to read the full Quinag blog.

Quinag nc500 hillwalk beach

Quinag Ridge – Image by Lochinver Landscapes

Stac Pollaidh

Another Icon of both Assynt & Scotland, Stac Pollaidh has something for everyone.

At just over 2000 ft (612m) Stac Pollaidh is classed as a Graham, so doesn’t take long to climb. If you are looking to get into hillwalking, this is great place to start. Some technical pinnacles at the top offer something for the ‘pros’ too.

Great views and a choice of routes both up/down the mountain & to/from our pods. This is a great hill to experience on a trip to Assynt.

Would Stac Pollaidh be part of your NC500 walking holiday? Click here to read the full Stac Pollaidh blog.

Stac Pollaidh NC500 glamping

Stac Pollaidh – Image by Lochinver Landscapes


The mightiest hill on our list, Canisp stands at 847m tall. The white mountain is a tough, long walk and like the others on the list has some exceptional views.

This hill is often overlooked in favour of its famous neighbours, but it has much to offer and is reached by an easy drive from NC500pods.

Would Canisp be part of your NC500 walking holiday? Click here to read the full Canisp blog.

Canisp Lochinver Landscapes

Canisp – Image by Lochinver Landscapes

We really hope you’ll consider an NC500 walking holiday and nice comfortable stay in one of our pods. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite mountain and to share your photos and Assynt hill walking stories with us.

Thanks to Lochinver Landscapes for the use of their photographs. To see more of their amazing images of Assynt mountains, beaches & landscapes, please visit their Facebook page or website.

Click here to read our previous ‘Hillwalking In Assynt’ blog. 

To find out more about NC500Pods and the Assynt area, click here

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