lochinver

 

 

Lochinver is a village in the Assynt district and certainly one of the most scenic areas of the entire route.

This area has it all, from scenic places that will knock your socks off, to great fishing, walking and hiking, to an abundance of wildlife, to boat trips to see the fantastic marine life.

Lochinver is a great place to use as a base with great accommodation to be had in this area.

Up North, you have some of the best B&B’s from The Green Cruachan, B&B Philosophy, all less than ½ hour away.

To the South, Glencanisp Lodge, and Lochinver Holiday Cottages again all within easy reach.

Lochinver has it’s own great accommodation, from the Tigh Na Sith Guest House, The Old Bakery B&B, and heaps more..

As for things to do, it is really endless, if you are a walker then you have the Highlands underfoot with great views looking toward the famous Suilven, to some of the best walking and hiking that can be found in the UK.

Boat trips with Cam Mac in Lochinver with trip northwards to see the beautiful beach at Achmelvich Bay, the Hermit’s Castle and Split Rock at Clachtoll.

Or South to take in the island of Soyea, Inverkirkaig and Inverpolly.

Things to see and do are also endless and close by the Falls of Kirkaig, the Old Man of Stoer or its lighthouse, Achmelvich Beach or Clachtol Beach and Clashnessie Falls are just some of the fantastic sights to take in.

Lochinver is the second largest fishing port in Scotland; frequented by European fishermen primarily from Spain and France.

Lochinver underwent a major renewal project in the 1990s where the harbour area was rebuilt and a new and much-improved loading area was created.

With our Maps you can find the right accommodation in this area, and you don’t have to stay ‘in’ Lochinver as you can easily change the itinerary to suit your base.

These itineraries are to be used as a guide and are designed to help you plan your days in Lochinver and the surrounding area.

You can mix and match and change the days around so you can plan the best days ‘Out’ depending on the weather forecast

Like all our itineraries, they are a guide, most days you will have plenty free time, use it to go and check out the local area, virtually all accommodation providers can tell of great places to go to.

 

DAY 1

A Day Around Town

 

On your first day, we certainly recommend having a walk around the town centre and just taking in the local folk and the wee shops that they have.

Lochinver has some great places for a snack or meal from the Lochinver Larder, and the An Cala Bunkhouse .

Lochinver is well worth a wee wander round as it has some great little shops and the Harbour is worth a wander.

Fancy a Walk then close by you have a great forest called Cilag Woods, Dog-friendly it is great once you in, as it doesn’t look much to start with but well worth the exercise.

The one thing with Lochinver is that there is so much close by to visit.

Although we say spend the day walking if you want drive to one of the many places and spend part of it out of the village, or why not try a trip on the water with Cam Mac as it really allows you to see a different part of the Highlands.

 

Day 2

 

To The Old Man

 

It is up to you how you work this one.  We suggest a drive to Stoer Lighthouse and for those who are energetic and want the WOW factor to take a walk (2-4hrs) to the Old Man of Stoer.

To Walk is not the easiest but the rewards are worth it.

If you decide that’s not you then spend more time on our suggested stops, they’re all great.

 

Old Man of Stoer

 

 

You can take your time and visit places of interest like the Highland Stoneware which really is a great place.

You drive out of Lochinver and head towards the Stoer Lighthouse with many great places to stop and visit on Route.

Firstly you pass Canisp View a  real great place for a photo. Further on you can stop at Achmelvich Bay, and its wonderful beach and visit the Hermits Castle.

Further on we reach another beach and none more than the Famous Clachtoll beach with close by the Clachtoll Broch which is a definite visit.

Continue your drive and you eventually reach Chocolate heaven in the shape of Coco Latte Cafe which is situated at B&B Philosophy. This is a really a yummy treat, so don’t miss it.

From here it is a final drive to Stoer Lighthouse

And if your feeling energetic and have time 2-4 hrs, take a walk, a great walk along the coastline to the Old Man of Stoer.  Direction and more available here via the great website WalkHighlands

 

The Route is below, but it is entirely up to you how and where you stop.  During the long Highland summer days, you will easily get 15 hours of daylight so time is on your hands.  It is your trip, do it your way, this is just a guide.

 

 

 

Day 3

Going Round in Circles

 

Like a lot of folks, they travel around the route looking for a place to go and end up missing out on too much.

Here is a drive of fewer than 2 hours, but can take all day depending on what you want to see and do.

Check the Map where we have added a few stops but you can make more or less, it is your trip, your way.

This will be a real scenic drive and you will get to see part of the Highlands that many don’t

From Achmelvich Beach, it really is a must or even Clachtoll Bay and its Broch, are another must-see.

And one not to be missed is Clashnessie Waterfalls so ensure you make time for it.

Craft on Croft is a great wee stop and it may surprise just how good it is.

As you travel around you come to Drumbeg, one of our favourite places to travel to, with a great Viewpoint and the wonderful Assynt Aromas.

This really is a fab drive and if the weather is with you, even better.

Driving past on the shores of Loch Assynt is just heaven and a stop and walk at Leitir Easaidh All-Abilities path, Little Assynt is really a great place for those of virtually any ability to get out on a Highland trail.

 

 

 

Like all our itineraries feel free to use them how you like, they are intended as a guide and hopefully, the information provided will help you plan your trip and make it unforgettable.