Out and About in Assynt

For those new to Assynt this is a short introduction to some places you might like to visit. Additional images can be found in the Gallery section of the site.

The village of Lochinver itself has various attractions, not least the award-winning Tourist Information Centre With knowledgeable and helpful staff the centre has superb displays, lovely souvenirs, an activity area for children and a viewing area upstairs.  The centre is also home to the local Highland Ranger service who offer guided walks and keep a log of sightings in the area. The Assynt Field Club also arranges guided tours and records local sightings.

Following the road south to Inverkirkaig is the Achins Book and Coffee Shop, which also heralds the start of the walk to Kirkaig Falls and, for the serious walker, on to Suilven. The road continues south, eventually joining the road to Achiltibuie and stunning views of the Summer Isles.

North from Lochinver and Ruighe, following the coastal road are many lovely beaches and stunning views. At the bottom of the hill from Ruighe take a left turn which leads to Achmelvich and its pure white sands. Just before you reach Achmelvich, pause to take in the vews over Loch Roe where a colony of common seals can often be seen and also occasionally otters. Achmelvich itself can be a god spot to sit and watch for basking sharks in the summer months as well as many sea birds and divers.

Back on the coast road and a few miles north is another glorious sandy beach at Clachtoll and the feature known as split rock. Close by are the remains of an ancient broch and Stac Fada the largest confirmed meteor strike in the UK.

A left turn at the Stoer Community Centre takes you on to Stoer lighthouse, one of the best places to spot cetateans from the shore, although plenty of patience is usually required. The coastal walk to the Old Man of Stoer, an impressive 300ft sea stack, starts from this point.

North from Stoer is yet another beautiful bay at Clashnessie, from here the coast road continues to the charming village of Drumbeg with it's award-winning Stores and Deli.

The route from here, although very winding, is punctuated by many glorious views. It eventually joins the A333 road to Kylesku and all points north to Durness and its equaly stunning coast.

In the cottage we have a folder with a selection of detailed walks in the Assynt area, ranging rom easy to strenuous. Most are taken from the excellent Walk Highlands website. A selection of maps including OS explorer are also provided for reference.

Assynt is also renowned for fishing. If you would like to try it out our neighbour Stewart Yates is an expert who offers fishing trips and lessons for everone from novice to expert. You can find out more at  Assynt Fly Fishing  

Ardvreck Castle on the road to Lochinver. Beautiful at any time of the year