THINGS TO DO…
An expansive beach with its white sands makes this a unmissable visit.
ACHMELVICH (public toilets)
A small but beautiful sheltered bay near Lochinver.
Beyond Oldshoremore and Oldshorebeg, a footpath takes you the four miles to Sandwood Bay. When you arrive, you will discover the isolation and beauty of this unspoilt sandy beach. Head north to Kinlochbervie and then head towards Sheigra and park at Blairmore. Make sure you take a picnic!
The nearest beach if you need a quick fix with a nice walk out to the point.
A quaint pebble beach just before Ullapool if you're heading south, popular with artists and ferry watchers!
Across the Kylesku Bridge is the Reay Estate where there are a number of excellent walks. A fairly flat walk along the edge of the loch is great for wildlife watching. There is a bothy at the end and the walk is approximately 4.5 miles in each direction. Alternatively, walk as far as the Hydro and take a left turn uphill. This circular route will take about 3.5 hours and will bring you back to the carpark at the start. Fantastic views of the area.
The mountains awaiting you are calling (Sàil Gharbh and Sàil Ghorm). They can be tackled individually or you could even make a day of it and conquer all three in the range. A not to be missed opportunity as the views are outstanding. Take your binoculars and spot your lodge! Heading south from the lodge, the car park is about 5 miles, cross the road and follow the path in.
OLD MAN OF STOER
An hour's walk from the car park near Rhu Stoer lighthouse, the Old Man of Stoer is a spectacular sea stack. The coast's sandstone geology has also led to the formation of caves, arches and cliffs - the latter teaming with seabirds. Go carefully - these cliffs can be dangerous.
INCHNADAMPH NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE
An area of great botanical, geological and historical interest. Animal bones found in one of the limestone caves - including brown bear, reindeer and lynx - suggest the cave may have been home to man at the end of the last Ice Age - some 11,000 years ago!
ACHILTIBUIE & INVERKIRKAIG
The Achiltibuie area is renowned for its unforgettable seascapes and some great coastal walks - especially from Reiff. From here a wonderful twisty road leads to Lochinver via Inverkirkaig - a crofting township overlooking a beautiful bay. A path beside the River Kirkaig leads to the Falls of Kirkaig and on to the foot of Suilven - Assynt's famous 'sugar- loaf' mountain.
A busy fishing port, Lochinver provides a full range of visitor facilities and services including boat cruises and bike hire. The local pottery - Highland Stoneware - is world famous, and the evening fish market can be a real experience. The award-winning Assynt Visitor Centre is now located in the Leisure Centre. If you're peckish, try the Lochinver Larder (for one of their famous pies).
DURNESS & SMOO CAVE
A scattered crofting community backed by a series of beautiful beaches. The Durness Tourist Information and Visitor Centre has interpretive displays and a Countryside Ranger Service. Smoo Cave is a spectacular limestone cavern. A wooden walkway enables visitors to view the waterfall in the inner chamber -- which can also be explored by a boat trip. Exhilarating! Don’t forget to visit Cocoa mountain for you hot chocolate fix.
KYLESKU – The Waterfall Tour
Visit some of the most stunning scenery up Loch Glencoul to see Eas a’Chual Aluinn – the highest waterfall in Britain, with an abundance of possible wildlife sightings and local seal colonies.
Daily tours from April to September at 12pm and 2 pm
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Passengers: 4 – 12 persons (min/max)
Cost: Adults £25 Child (5-16 yrs) £18 Under 5s FREE
Visit in spring and summer to see some of the 30+ bird species which breed here including razorbills, puffins and great and arctic skuas. The boat sails from Tarbet beginning at 9am, with the last return sailing at 5pm.
Cost: Adults £12.50 Child £5 Under 5s FREE (no dogs allowed)
KYLESKU HOTEL 01971 502231
Kylesku Village (10 minute walk) email@example.com
We are so fortunate to have such a great local on our doorstep. The food is spectacular, the views from the bar or the decked outdoor area provide a stunning backdrop for a pre-dinner drink or a well deserved post-walk pint! Tania, Sonja and their staff are on hand to make sure you‘ll be telling all your friends they just have to go!
OLD SCHOOL 01971 521383
Inshegra, Kinlochbervie, Sutherand, IV27 4RH
Another delicious place for lunch or dinner is Old School at Inshegra, on the road to Oldshoremore, near Kinlochbervie. The food is so tasty and fresh that you’ll probably want to make another trip just to try something else on the menu. Make sure you leave room for their homemade ice-cream. Even if it’s just one scoop we think it’s the best in the area.
THE SHOREHOUSE 01971 502251
Tigh-Na-Mara, Tarbet, Scourie, IV27 4SS
A wonderful seafood restaurant just by the ferry to Handa Island, about a half hour drive north. Open for teas and coffee also.
Open 12 – 7pm, Closed Sundays
EDRACHILLES HOTEL 01971 502080
Badcall Bay, Scourie More, Lairg IV27 4TH
On the way to Scourie this is a lovely space to pause for a morning coffee and a freshly baked scone with clotted cream. Sit in their conservatory and enjoy their beautiful gardens.
AND IF YOU WANT TO COOK…
Try The Spice Route (www.thespiceroute.co.uk) on the road to Kinlochbervie who provide high quality, home cooked ethnic food to enjoy in your lodge. If you fancy cooking some
local produce, we have an excellent fish van and butcher who deliver every Wednesday. Don’t worry if you’re going to be out and about that day; just let us know what you’d like and you can settle up with us later.