Stoer Lighthouse, Assynt, by François Bertin
Stoer Lighthouse. Photograph by François Bertin.

Sightseeing and activities in the Assynt and Lochinver area

Assynt is famous for iconic hills such as Suilven and Stac Pollaidh, as well as stunning beaches with white sands and azure waters. You’ll also find inspiring arts and crafts, quirky cafes, favourite fishing spots, the Wee Mad Road and other wonderful gems. If you’re looking for things to do in Assynt, see our favourites below.


Arts & Crafts

Contemporary arts and crafts from artisans in northwest Scotland.

Glencanisp Lodge Pottery

Fergus the potter makes beautiful ceramics inspired by the Sutherland landscape.
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Highland Stoneware

Famous for beautiful pottery, and you can watch the potters in action. Great for gifts.
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Assynt is a beautiful, remote region of the Scottish Highlands, perfect for those who love hillwalking, wild swimming and birdwatching.
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Achmelvich beach, Assynt
Achmelvich Beach.

Beaches

Assynt has exceptional beaches with clean white sand and blue water. Perfect for walks and families.

Achmelvich Bay

Beautiful white sandy beach with turquoise water.
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Clachtoll Beach

White sands, stunning mountain views. Amazing Iron Age broch which has just been excavated.
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Clashnessie Bay

Clean pink sands in an idyllic Highland setting. Visit as part of your trip around the Drumbeg road.
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Culkein Bay

A sheltered stony beach in a breath-taking bay. Dramatic views from the headlands. Fantastic for birdwatching.
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  • Distance: 26 miles.
  • Take a pair of binoculars.
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The Wee Mad Road, Achiltibuie to Lochinver.

Coast Road: Achiltibuie to Lochinver

The Wee Mad Road isn’t for the faint-hearted! Incredible scenery, from moonscapes to rivers, lochs and beaches. Make sure you take in Achnahaird beach and the loop around Reiff for great views of the Summer Isles. My favourite spot on the West coast.
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Lochinver

Busy small fishing port, great views of Suilven. A good spot to stop for lunch. Our favourite is the pie shop for its sweet and savoury pies.
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Old Man of Stoer

Head along the Drumbeg Road and walk along the cliff from Stoer Lighthouse to the Old Man. The land here can be wet underfoot. Beautiful wildflowers in the summer.
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  • Distance to start: 28 miles.
  • Wear decent boots.
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Ardvreck Castle, NC500.
Ardvreck Castle, one of the landmarks on the NC500.

History & Heritage

The Assynt area is rich in cultural and historical heritage, with some fascinating sites for visitors interested in Scottish history.

Clachtoll Broch Project

Amazing Iron Age roundhouse which has recently been excavated.
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Ardvreck Castle

Atmospheric Scottish castle ruin on the edge of Loch Assynt.
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Cafés & Shops

Assynt is home to some lovely small cafés and shops with handmade goodies and gifts.

The Jammery, Culkein

This is where we get our jams! Lovely cafe with fabulous home baking and local crafts on sale.
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Lochinver Larder

Pie shop heaven. You haven’t lived till you’ve tried their venison and cranberry. Pies by Post, too!
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James Curley Fly Fishing, Scotland
Fishing with James Curley FlyFishing.

Fishing

Assynt is a goldmine for anglers, whether beginner, experienced, and trout, salmon or sea fishing. See also Outdoor activities.

Trout Fishing, Assynt

We sell fishing permits on behalf of the Assynt Angling society. There are hundreds of larger and smaller lochans – some easily accessible, others a good trek. You’re almost guaranteed to have them to yourself.
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Salmon Fishing, Lochinver

Stunning river where you can watch the fish jumping.
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Suilven, photography by François Bertin
Suilven. François Bertin is one of the photographers and walkers that flock to the north west Highlands of Scotland.

Assynt Walks

Assynt also has plenty of beautiful flat coastal and river walks along with those challenging hills. For some of our favourites, see below and Hills & Hillwalking.

Lochinver loop

A nice loop walk taking you through three environments: the river, the weirs where people fish for salmon, and across the moorland to Glencanisp Lodge.
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Stoer Lighthouse to Old Man of Stoer

The best walk in Assynt for whale and dolphin spotting. Climb the Old Man of Stoer for an extra challenge!
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Suilven

Steep and challenging, with some scrambling on the ridge. One of Britain’s finest peaks.
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Bridled Guillemot
Bridled guillemot

Wildlife

Visit Assynt in summer, spring, autumn or winter – there’s always plenty of glorious Scottish wildlife to see.

Birdwatching, Culkein Bay

Culkein Bay is a sheltered stony beach, great for all sorts of birdlife, especially migrant bird spotting.
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  • Distance: 26 miles.

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Birdwatching, Loch Glendhu

The loch right in front of Kylesku Hotel is great for birdwatching. We get all sorts, including all three types of diver.
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Whale & Dolphin watching, Stoer Lighthouse

The best place in Assynt to see whales, dolphins and porpoise. Fantastic views in clear weather.
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Wildflowers, Stoer Lighthouse

Amazing array of colourful orchids, lichens and mosses all over the local moorlands.
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Get the most out of your time in Kylesku

Picnics & takeaways

We can supply you with a picnic, and takeaways are also available from the restaurant. Both are available to non-residents - get in touch to arrange.

Breakfast: open to non-residents

Not staying with us? You’re still welcome to join us for breakfast. Choose from our continental-style buffet or cooked breakfast menu. Breakfast is served from 8-10am every day.

if you're heading outdoors

Kylesku Hotel has a laundry service and drying facilities for residents. Useful for guests engaging in outdoor pursuits.

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