Assynt provides some of the finest Red Deer stalking in the Highlands of Scotland. Stalking can be arranged on the local estates and takes place over a short season in late summer and early autumn. While the legal season lasts from July to mid October, the best time to participate is from August to early October. Normally the rutting season (mating) starts around mid September and at this time you will undoubtedly witness the memorable, bellowing call of the stags. The rutting period is a very demanding time for the deer, and as a result Stags can lose up to a third of their body weight during the month long rut.
At the end of the stag season the focus switches to stalking hinds and the managed cull continues until mid-February. Red deer inhabit hill country that is remote from roads and settlements and there are very few more memorable experiences than the thrill and sheer exhilaration of stalking Red Deer in the beautiful County of Sutherland.
Fly Fishing and Tuition
Whether you are a beginner or expert fisher, Stewart at Assynt Fly Fishing can enhance your fly-fishing experience in the scenic rivers and lochs. Stewart is qualified as a UKCC Level 2 Angling Coach as well as a SML mountain guide. You can rest assured that you will be in safe hands and learn a great deal during your time spent with Assynt Fly Fishing. For the more experienced angler, Stewart's 30+ years of experience on the waters of Assynt will be invaluable in your quest for that ultimate fishing experience.
This growing in popularity pastime allows you to explore the beautiful west coast from a different viewpoint. Traverse the sea lochs and coastal waters silently by sea kayak whilst soaking up the magnificent sea and landscapes. Get up close and personal alongside otters, seals, puffins and a whole host of other wildlife. Discover deserted islands, wild coastlines, natural rock arches and white sandy beaches.
Day and half day trips run every week throughout the season from Lochinver with a local company NorWest Sea Kayaking based in the village. The equipment provided, is regularly renewed and the prime focus is on providing you with a memorable and above all safe trip. These trips are tailored to your abilities and can be suitable for complete beginners to the more advanced paddlers.
Whether you are taking to the sea for the first time or you want to be shown around the area by an experienced local guide, NorWest Sea Kayaking will make sure you have a wonderful day on the water.
Assynt Leisure Centre
Based near the harbour in the village, this is the place for those who are fitness minded or you just want to have some fun with the family. At the leisure centre you will find a sports hall, where you can enjoy 3 badminton/short tennis courts, basketball, netball, volleyball, football and table tennis.
There is also a fully air-conditioned fitness suite, whilst upstairs there are internet facilities, a small snack bar for soft drinks, teas and coffee equipped with pool tables, table football and computer games, ideal for a rainy day.
There is a range of coaching and activities scheduled throught the year covering areas such as – after school fun, bouncy castle and soft play sessions, trampoline, archery, junior/senior badminton, football, shinty and short/table tennis.