Enjoy the spectacular views from the comfort of the house or venture out - this wonderful corner of Scotland has something for everyone:
A short walk from the house is Badentarbet beach and pier. Nearby you will find the wonderful expanse of sandy beach at Achnahaird bay but there are many other shoreline walks to explore, and hidden beaches to discover.
Take a boat trip on the Isabella to the Summer Isles from Old Dornie harbour landing on the islands. You will see many species of sea birds, a seal colony and you may get a chance to see porpoises or dolphins swim in your wake. Evening sea fishing trips are also available on request.
You are really spoilt for choice with a huge range of routes, coastal, loch-side and hill walks, from short easy strolls to challenging full days, all with breathtaking mountain and sea views.
The complex massif of Ben Mor Coigach rears up behind Achiltibuie and includes a spectacular mile-long ridge walk as well as the daunting but easily-climbed Fiddler’s peak. The eleven thousand hectares of Inverpolly Nature Reserve, the second largest in Britain, is home to some of Scotland's most stunning and unusual mountain landscapes including Stac Pollaidh and Cul Mor. The awe-inspiring Suilven and Quinag are within easy reach, as well as the area’s two Munros, Ben Mor Assynt and Conival.
This area is of great geological interest and is a UNESCO designated Geo Park. The visitor centre at Knockan Crag tells the history of the rocks and offers guided geologist-led walks. The boat trip from Kylesku to Britain’s highest waterfall at the end of Loch Glencoul provides a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal not only with the local wildlife, but with millions of years of geological history.
Other activities nearby include:
Opportunities for photography and painting are everywhere.
Further afield There are a number of excellent visitor centres in the area and a trip to this atmospheric corner of Scotland would not be complete without visits to the Highland Stoneware pottery in Lochinver, and Kylesku Hotel for the food and views. Handa Island bird sanctuary and the Bone Caves near Inchnadamph also make great day trips. Dazzling sandy beaches at Achmelvich and Oldshoremore interrupt the rocky coast north from Lochinver, the more adventurous being drawn north to one Scotland’s finest and most remote expanses of white sand, the John Muir Trust property Sandwood Bay.
Nearby in Ullapool there is a tourist office, large supermarket and interesting shops, cafes and restaurants, indoor swimming pool, scenic 9 hole golf course and sailing school. Ullapool hosts a book festival in May and the Loopallu music festival in September.
The harbour is frequently visited by cruise liners, international fishing boats and tall ships as well as a local fleet of prawn and crab boats. Ullapool is also the main ferryport to the Western Isles.
(The owners provide information on activities available locally to help you enjoy your stay but do not endorse any organisation and take no responsibility for any activities you may wish to undertake.)