The immediate area, and wider area of Assynt, allows the freedom to explore on foot, by cycle, car.
The area has a unique and diverse fauna and flora, with whales, dolphins, seals, otters, basking sharks, eagles, puffins, and deer taking up residence in this wild and stunning landscape. Even the extremely rare Scottish Wildcat has been seen.
Much of the area is now owned by Crofters’ associations, and there are many community-run projects, such as the all abilities path on the Little Assynt estate, where there has been a focus on trying to make this area more wheel chair and disability friendly.
Sunrises and sunsets can be breathtaking. On clear nights the stars seem touchable and there is even the possibility of experiencing the northern lights. Read on for more, or check out the image gallery for a sample of what this area has to offer.
The weather is part of the charm, changing rapidly from being wild, wet and windy to calm with bright sunshine.
Suitable footwear, wet weather gear, hats & sun cream are an essential part of the holiday wardrobe. Head midge nets are effective on the still calm days of late June, July and August and can be bought locally. The whole area is part of Europe's first Geopark.
There is loads to do in the area, both just out of the front gate and further afield, here are a few highlights:
Walking and hiking
As you can see from the photo above, you can literally pick the mountain you want to climb just by looking out the living room window, however if you want something less strenuous then there's plenty of that too. Some examples include:
Quinag (Spidean Coinich peak) - 3 hours/strenuous
River Inver - 2 hours/moderate
Clachtol Beach - as long as you wish/easy
Details of many more walks is available at http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/ullapool/assynt.shtml
This area is rich is fauna and you will see a fair amount just looking out of the window, especially eagles, dolphins and deer.
Assynt is renowned for its fly fishing, with hard-fighting brown trout a-plenty. There are countless lochs to choose from, and one of the best in the area is a 10 minute walk from the house. NOTE: Permits required.
Sea fishing for the likes of pollack and sea bass is also easily done a few minutes drive from the house.
You will find a great deal more to do, and we're happy to provide a comprehensive list of activities when you book.