There is lots to do locally
LOCHINVER village is situated half a mile round the bay from our properties at Baddidarach, and facilities include several excellent restaurants, during the summer months if you would like to eat out it is advisable to contact the restaurant to book ahead, out of season we would recommend to check on line to find out opening times .
The famous Highland Stoneware Pottery, a ships’ chandler, craft shops, a petrol station and a Doctors’ surgery.
There are also grocery and greengrocery shops, a butcher, newsagent, mobile fishmonger, a village Post Office and a Mobile Bank service Van Tuesday 2.15 – 3.15 Friday 10.15 – 12. 15.
Fishing permits for the many surrounding lochs can be purchased from the tourist office, who also supply a booklet listing many of the spectacular hill paths and mountain walks to be found within Assynt. Salmon-fishing permits can be obtained for the rivers Kirkaig and Inver from the Inverlodge Hotel.
Sea cruises around this beautiful coastline, perfect for both wildlife enthusiast and sea-angler alike, are always available www.northcoastseatours.co.uk
So now, come and experience Assynt at first hand, with its many mountains, lochs and rivers – enjoy the beautiful shoreline and sandy beaches close at hand. Take advantage of our pure air and the unspoilt beauty of the Highlands.
Food and Drink
Our local hotel where you can enjoy an excellent food, eat in or take away, is the Kylesku Hotel
Lochinver Larder – famous for its delicious pies, homemade recipes and warm hospitality is now open for take away – enjoy your order alongside the River Inver with sea loch views. For a 10% discount click here
If you would find it helpful to have groceries delivered prior to your arrival, Inverpark Stores would be happy to help you. Telephone or fax your details and requirements to 01571 844360.
This service is also offered by Drumbeg Stores – have a look at their website.
Also, Greenlees Butchers is a quality butcher and venison dealer and can make gluten-free sausages and burgers to order.
Telephone to pre-order before arrival:
01571 844392 / 844526
Local Store Assynt Aromas create a wonderful range of products, including candles, scents and soaps, and are also available online
Visit the Secret Scotland website for lots of ideas of things to do
A little about Lochinver
The village and fishing port of Lochinver is a t the heart of Assynt in Sutherland – a drive of approximately two hours from Inverness.
Lochinver (Loch an Inbhir in Gaelic) is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. A few miles northeast is Loch Assynt which is the source of the River Inver which flows into Loch Inver at the village. There are 200 or so lochans in the area which makes the place very popular with anglers. Lochinver is dominated by the “sugar loaf” shape of Caisteal Liath, the summit peak of nearby Suilven.
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. This new development involved blasting an area of several hectares out of the surrounding rock. At present the area is mostly undeveloped, with the exception a new Sports Centre.
The back of Lochinver is a beautiful part of Assynt with local tourism and nature areas being developed in conjunction with small-scale forestry activities. Birdlife in Lochinver includes the curlew, oystercatcher and hooded crow.
Other local villages worth mentioning include Inverkirkaig – accessed by the road leading up the River Culag – and on the coastal road north:
Achmelvich, Clashmore, Stoer, Clashnessie, Drumbeg and Culkein Drumbeg.
In the 1890s, it was suggested that a railway be constructed from Invershin to Lochinver, to ‘open up’ the Highlands and provide a direct rail connection with ferries to the Western Isles. This scheme was as an alternative to a proposed route to Ullapool from Garve. In the event, neither were able to obtain funding.
Things to do
- Assynt Fly Fishing
- Assynt Angling
- North West Sea Kayaking
- Walk Highlands
- Discover Assynt
- Highland Stoneware
- The Little Soap and Candle Company
We had such a lovely time in the summer, we came back for my birthday. The scenery is stunning, we are going home with some great photographs.
Rena and Peter