Lochinver, Assynt

Lochinver from North

Lochinver is a fishing port and the tourist centre for Assynt and marks the end of the main road from the south. The centre provides shops, hotels, cafes and a tourist information centre. In 1995 a new Assynt Visitor Centre opened providing displays on local history, culture and the natural environment, plus the usual detail on local businesses, accommodation and other services; we have visted the village a couple of times since it opened. The pier and associated sheds have been rebuilt recently with the help of EEC grants. On the main street is the famous Larder Pie Shop. This is always busy around lunch time and makes an excellant stop for lunch - pie (virtually any type of filling) and salad with a fruit pie for pudding. Alternatively take a couple to eat out - or order on-line and have them delivered home.

The nearest Youth Hostel is at Achmelvich, some 6km north by road. On the north side of the river is the Highland Stoneware Scotland company who produce and sell a wide range of freehand painted stoneware tableware and pottery.

The Assynt Crofters Trust (ACT) made the news in 1993 when the Crofters of Assynt became the first group of crofters to buy back a large area of the land and manage it themselves. For walkers, the starting point for the ascent of Suilven is 1.5 km west along the driveway to Glencanisp Lodge. Having toured the village, you have a choice of three road routes to your next destination - the one you came in by and two others.

Go North North by the coastal route through Stoer (for beaches and the Old Man of Stoer), via Drumbeg to Kylesku - a narrow twisting road.
Go East The main road to everywhere north, east and south.
Go South Another narrow and twisting road that passes through Inverkirkaig (for the Falls of Kirkaig), then continues to Achiltilbuie in neighbouring Coigach.