Mobile Phone access on The Cape Wrath Trail?

Q. With some friends we have planned to walk the Cape Wrath Trail and we would like to hear from someone, if it is possible to make use of a mobile phone (specified provider) or is it better to rely on a other kind of phone.

Thanks for the answer because we really want to be in reach for the home front.

Richard van Oosten, Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands



A. The Cape Wrath Trail is a 330km (205 miles) linear footpath connecting Cape Wrath, Highland, Scotland with Banavie (Fort William) in Highland, Scotland.

It is is considered to be one of the most challenging long distance walks in the UK.

Hope this helps

Mike (editor)


A. I did [most of] the Cape Wrath Trail in September 09. There is actually reasonable mobile phone reception once you are through Knoydart. There was no reception for the first three days (once out of range of Fort William), but once I reached Shiel Bridge I had reception every day at some point on the route. I must also sound a word of warning about the telephone boxes as the majority have been switched off by BT as they are no longer profitable! I went into all of boxes I saw along the way and none were working. Only the payphone in the keepers cottage in Kinloch Hourn was still connected!

Graeme Thirde, London


A. Hi There is minimal coverage for most of the walk. You may get a bit around Fort William and Ullapool but otherwise minimal. There are various public phone boxes en route in places like Achfary.

Iain Harper, London


A. Mobile phone reception is patchy in the Lake District in Cumbria - and it is likely to be worse in the far North West of Scotland.

However, this means it is more likely that there will be working telephone boxes in the towns and villages.

Hope this helps

Mike (Editor)


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