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Stac Pollaidh

When Is the Best Time 

Can be walked all year in good weather. But every season is different:

Mid-April to May: Good chance of dry weather. However, Scotland’s weather is unpredictable. For hikers May is often one of the best months: Warm enough, longer daylight, lush and green landscape, wildflowers bloom, less tourists.

June to August: Long, sunny days, warmest time. However, it’s peak season: Most tourists and highest accommodation prices. Annoying midges are at their worst.

September to October: Less busy and midges start to disappear as well. Temperatures in September are between 10 and 16°C in and between 6 and 12°C in October. Idyllic landscape with beautiful foliage. Great time for hiking.

November to March: It can get very cold and days are short. Guesthouses are often closed.

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United Kingdom, Scotland, Lochinver
Review and Tips 

Stac Pollaidh is one of the Assynt hills. With Suilven, its shape is the most recognizable. The walk starts in the car park under the mountain on the minor road that leads from A835 to Achnahaird. There is a good path up the hill. You can reach the ridge in just one and a half hour. The very top is very difficult to reach and demands tricky scramble. From the ridge you can see Suilven, Canisp, Cul Mor, Cul Beag and Ben More Coigach. Stac Pollaidh is one of the most popular mountains in Scotland. It is 612 meters high and is one of the Grahams.

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Oct 23, 2015

Which months can you recommend most for hiking in Scotland? Your places and pictures are pure nature. Think we give it a try for a week next year.

Oct 23, 2015

Which accommodations in the area can you recommend Bohys? Or did you camp?

Oct 23, 2015

Hey Micha. Well, it is the most difficult question and I fear I don't have the answer. Scotland is Scotland, you never know how it will be. But generally, people say the best time to visit Scotland is mid April (but you have to be ready for some snow and low temperatures) and May. This year May was very wet and wasn't as good as it was expected. September was really good this year, but when I was in Scotland in September 2012, it was very wet. The best thing is to check the forecast and go to the place where it is supposed to be good. That's what I do. I hope you will have a great time in Scotland. Cheers.

Oct 23, 2015

Hey Sandy. I usually camp. There is a lot of campsites in this area (Ardmair for example) and you can also wild camp anywhere you want. I usually stay in B&B in Ullapool since it is only a couple of minutes by car to get to Assynt. There is also a youth hostel in Lochinver. But camping in remote spots is what I would recommend. But it depends on what do you prefer. Cheers.

I have to add more information about the time to visit Scotland. From June to September, there is a lot of midges who can be very annoying and can ruin your stay in the campsites. It is also the thing you have to count with.

Oct 23, 2015

Thanks Bohys!!!

Oct 23, 2015

Yep, Bohys we did this once, three weeks vacation it was every wet everywhere and we had to escape to Portugal, my second home country. Anyway September is my favorite month sounds good.

Oct 25, 2015

Micha,September would be ideal to climb Stac Pollaidh,you maybe get the hill to yourself then,in the summertime it is really busy with people,that way you can avoid the midges too,i got eaten alive by them when i climbed it in the summertime,also look out for slow worms,i got to see one on my way back down from the top,you may also get to see an Adder if you are lucky.

Oct 26, 2015

I prefer May with blooming gorse.

Oct 30, 2015

Taken from Suilven