Of course we’ll always recommend coming to Lochinver for the food, but there’s so much more that you can do while you’re here.
You’ll find some of the UK’s most spectacular and awe-inspiring scenery in the Assynt hills, said to be the oldest in Britain making for some breath-taking panoramas.
An inspiring walk is the Quinag (meaning “milk bucket”), which has three Corbett summits, Sail Garbh (808m / 2650ft), Spidean Coinich (764m / 2506ft), and Sail Ghorm (776m / 2545ft). These three summits can be scaled within a day and is considered one of the finest hill walks in Scotland.
Another great walk is Suilven (731m / 2398ft), meaning “the pillar”. An iconic mountain, sticking out of the earth like a large sugar loaf, it may be small but it still takes 7-9 hours to climb due to the difficulty of the terrain.
If you fancy something a little easier, a short 3km walk through the beautiful Culag woods on the edge of Lochinver will be perfect. Or perhaps a walk to the beach? Clachtoll Beach offers a lovely 3km walk, giving you plenty of time to enjoy our next suggestion.
Clachtoll isn’t the only beach in the area, there’s also Achnahaird and Achmelvich Bay. All three offer stunning scenery and beautiful beaches just a stone’s throw from Lochinver.
Also situated on the grassy expanse of Clachtoll Bay, is Clachtoll Beach Campsite. On this beautiful family run caravan and camping site you can enjoy the views of the beach from the comfort of your tent.
With 200 lochs in the area, Assynt has been a popular destination for those seeking traditional country sports since Victorian times. You’ll find Wild Brown Trout in the fresh water lochs, whilst the River Inver and the River Kirkaig boast sea trout and salmon. Permits are available from the Assynt Angling Club.
If you’re a lover of wildlife and the great outdoors Lochinver has an awful lot to offer. Birdwatchers can find everything from oystercatchers, curlews and puffins to the famous golden eagle.
Assynt is home to mountain hares, otters and red deer. The local marine life includes common seals and grey seals, porpoises, dolphins and even the occasional Minke and Orca whales.
This celebration of Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage is held right across Scotland. With many of the events now symbolic of Scotland and all things Scottish, such as the bagpipes, highland dancing and caber tossing. The Assynt Highland Games is held on the second Friday of every year and takes place literally a caber toss from Peet’s Lochinver Restaurant.
The panoramic scenery around Lochinver and Assynt were made to be driven through! The fantastic roads with amazing views attract everyone from regular motorists to motorbike enthusiasts, cyclists and classic car drivers. Many of whom stop into Peet’s for a quick drink and a bite to eat before they carry on their journey.
One route worth noting takes you from Drumbeg to Kylesku. This 24 mile long, single track road follows the coast from Lochinver to Kylesku. It’s twisty, narrow and very steep in places but don’t let that put you off, this is potentially one of the most scenic routes in the county of Sutherland. Words don’t do it justice though, you have to come and experience it for yourself. We guarantee that you will fall in love with it, just like we did.
Some more attractions
Ardveck castle was built in the latter part of the 15th Century by the Macleods. The first castle on the site was a simple rectangular block of ¾ stories. A century later the tower, staircase, 2 upper rooms, and vaulted cellars were added to the existing building. This now derelict castle holds many stories, be sure to pay a visit and take in the glorious scenery while you’re there.
The Bone Caves (Inchnadamph)
These famous limestone caves were named after the bewildering amount of animal bones found in them 100 years ago. Eurasian lynx, brown bear, arctic fox and reindeer bones were found, as well as the only evidence of polar bears in Scotland! Some of these, including Lynx bones and Polar Bear Skulls, are on display in the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The bones of four humans, believed to be around 4,500 years old, were also discovered.
Highland Stoneware pottery was formed in 1974 and has an international reputation for quality. They make their own clay, completing the entire process of creating, firing and finishing each unique, handmade piece on-site. Visitors can watch the gifted craftspeople at work and then buy their own piece of Highland Stoneware from the shop.
There’s so much to choose from here in Lochinver and Assynt that you may have to extent your stay to fit it all in. If you need any more information on any of the activities mentioned in this article, then feel free to pop into Peet’s Lochinver Restaurant, we’d be more than happy to point you in the right direction, or to help fuel these many activities with a meal.
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