Remote and beautiful, spectacular and scenic, Assynt is waiting for you to explore. The mountains have dramatic shapes and since they stand alone you can see the distinctive shapes of each one, including the iconic Suilven. Stunning to be by the sea on one of the beautiful beaches, looking across to the Hebrides or to the mountains of Wester Ross. Or out on the hill and moor with their hundreds of lochs.
Come to see and experience for yourself. There are a variety of places to stay – hotels, B&B’s, youth hostel, bunkhouse, self-catering and camp sites. In Lochinver, there are also eating places with a choice to suit you. The area has further eating places like Kylesku Hotel and several small enterprises.
Once here, there is a huge choice of things to see and do depending on your interests.
Assynt is a hill walkers paradise with mountains like Suilven, Canisp, Cul mor and Cul Beag, Quinaig and others. But also wonderful low level walking and coastal walks. Assynt is in an International Geopark which has a centre at Knockan where you can find how our hills were shaped millions of years ago. And you will learn about the geology encouraging you to find out more for yourself. There are also ranger-led walks to show you wildlife and places of interest here. Details from the Visitor Centre in Lochinver where there is a ranger area and information as well as Ranger-led activities.
The sea offers exciting possibilities for swimming, sailing, kayaking or just messing about at the water’s edge. There are also boat trips from Lochinver, Kylesku and Achiltibuie. Again you will find information at the visitor Centre in Lochinver.
There is an abundance of bird life with many seabirds. An exciting day is a trip to Handa Island , a bird reserve, taking a boat from Tarbert, Scourie. Often you can see dolphins, porpoises, seals and whales around the coast. At Stoer lighthouse there is a whale watching point – and a van serving tea and food as well as a toilet.
There are hundreds of freshwater lochs for brown trout fishing and there is salmon fishing on the Inver and Kirkaig rivers. Permits can be obtained at the tourist information centre/Visitor Centre. In the award winning Visitor Centre are displays of all the life and interests of Assynt and someone to help you find what you want to see or do.
There is stalking for red deer on our hills.But if you do not want to shoot but would like to shoot photos this is the place for you. Apart from the spectacular landscape, there is an abundance of wildlife – deer, otters, birds and sea life. A photographer’s paradise.
If archaeology is your interest there is an active local group who welcome you to digs. There is a broch at Stoer which is to be restored to make it safe for us all to visit and imagine life here many centuries ago.
Recently a road route called “North Coast 500” has been established, bringing many cars, motorbikes and cyclists around our coast. We welcome all visitors but hope that you will stay for a few days to enjoy the beauties of Assynt rather than going round as quickly as possible, thereby missing so much beauty.
And if you just want to relax and chill out, where better than sitting on a rock in Assynt contemplating this ancient, beautiful place.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]