There is nothing more rewarding than getting out on foot and immersing yourself in the local environment. From romantic sunset walks along deserted cliff tops and beaches to challenging hill walking and Munro bagging – it's all here in Assynt and Sutherland.
The rich and varied terrain is easily accessible just pack up your rucksack and away you go. The local Countryside Ranger is based at the Visitor Centre just at the bottom of our drive and whatever your ability there is something for everyone. Always remember to make sure that you are well-equipped and have all the information you need on routes and weather conditions before setting out on a mountain climb or walk – the weather up here can change very quickly.
This all-abilities path takes you to the shores of Loch Leitir Easaidh and Loch Innse Fraoich. On route you will enjoy views over Quinag and facilities here include fresh water angling from boats, specially adapted for people with mobility impairments. Specialist facilities at both lochs include an easily accessible compost toilet, a shelter and picnic area.
Ben More Assynt and Conival
Another great destination for walkers and climbers alike are the Munros (height of 915m or above) of Ben More Assynt and Conival. These are the two highest peaks in the area connected by a high ridge, you simply cannot fail to be awestruck by these mountains.
Ben More Coigach and Cul Mor
Shaped by glaciers, scarred and shaped by the wind and weather, these peaks dominate the landscape around Achiltibuie. After a great day walking reward yourself with a visit to the family-run smokehouse located in near to Achiltibuie, dedicated to producing the finest smoked salmon, smoked fish, smoked meats, organic food and cheeses from across Scotland.
Canisp and Suilven
These Torridonian sandstone mountains dominate the landscape so sit back and soak up the spectacular views. These slopes cannot fail to delight the walkers, rock-climbers, hill runners or scramblers amongst you.
This great mountain has five peaks all over 700m linked by sweeping ridges and climbing here requires a long day. Quinag stretches as far as the eye can see, and is a formidable sight with its two huge buttresses of Sàil Gharbh and Sàil Ghorm dominating the skyline.
Standing 612m high of Stac Polly provides breathtaking views across the Minch. On route to the summit you will not fail to be impressed as you observe the weathered sandstone pinnacles and gullies.
Knockan Crag Visitor Centre
Lots to do here including exploring the turf-roofed rock room, finding out more about general geology and the make up of the local Geopark area. You can take your pick from the three way marked trails and have the opportunity to bridge over 500 million years with your bare hands. Drive the rock route and at each marked viewpoint there are information tables to enhance the magnificent views with information about the story of the Earth and its formation.
Inchnadamph National Nature Reserve and the Bone Caves
Walk along a dry riverbed at Traligill to visit the Alt na Uamh Bone Caves at Inchnadamph a series of caves, tunnels and underground streams all offering exciting discoveries for explorers. In the Bone Caves archaeologists found human remains dating back 4500 years along with bone fragments from brown bear, lynx, arctic fox and hundreds of pairs of reindeer antlers bones - animals all long extinct in Scotland.
Old Man of Stoer
About 7 miles from Lochinver you will find The Old Man of Stoer. This impressive pinnacle of sandstone rock stands just off the coast and can be accessed only on foot. The walk starts from the Stoer lighthouse car park and follows the cliff top path. This is an ideal place to spot whales and dolphins not to mention the multitude of seabirds nestling on the rock face.
Just 3 miles from Lochinver you will find Inverkirkaig here you can head up a beautiful wooded glen alongside the Kirkaig river to the moorland above - here you will find the spectacular Kirkaig falls. In July and August you may see the salmon leaping in the gorge below as you head to the waterfalls. If you feel up to it, just a little further on you will arrive at Loch Fionn which lies at the foot of Suilven.