Ian Macleod is the Subpostmaster of the local village and a very nice guy. He is also the Captain of the Isabella, which make up to 3 tours a day of the surrounding waters. The boat has full facilities, can seat up to 123 passengers and even allows dogs on board. In addition to sailing around the Summer Isles, you also land on the Isle of Tanera...more
After encountering the hard and stoney beach of Badentarbet we found the soft side of Achiltibue in the shape of a little Lochan. We had seen many Lochans while driving around, each nameless, some like black pools dotted with water lillies. This one was picture perfect but adourned by sheep and lovely green reeds. I was amazed in this most quiet...more
We caught a glimpes of Achnahaird Beach from the car just before we rounded the corner into Achiltibuie. My first thoughts were I just had to find this wonderful little cove. Finding it was not an easy task and involved driving along what seemed like just a dirt track. The track led to a car park with wonderful views of this sheltered bay, from...more
Deep Freeze Mountain is just a small part of the Geopark in Sutherland which covers an area of 2000 square kilometers of dramatic scenery. The blue grey mountains of which there are many have been likened to sleeping giant animals standing on their feet each one unique but all atmospheric. This particular mountain is featured on the Geopark trail...more
If you like your Scottish visits neatly packaged with shops selling tartan clad dolls waving Saltires then you won't find this here. This is the West Coast of Sutherland as it used to be around twenty or thirty years ago before they blasted their way through solid rock to build roads with white lines painted down the middle. A visit to the Coigach...more
A deep inlet on Enard Bay, Achnahaird Bay is very tidal, exposing vast expanses of glorious sand at low water. It's a popular spot for families, plenty of scope for sand castles and walking dogs.Canoeing seemed popular as well,although a bit of a hike to carry the boats!!There is a park at the south end of the bay and also one at the north west...more
Now this is what you call a scenically spectacular road, especially heading from west to east. It runs along the three lochs, Osgaig, Bad a Ghaill and Lurgainn at the top of the Coigach peninsula until it finally comes out at the main A836 to Ullapool road. If you drive along here on a brilliantly sunny day, you will be rewarded with scenes of...more
As we were on the motorbike, we decided to explore as many of the tiny roads as we had time for. This included the road down to the burial ground at Badenscallie (what a lovely name!!)It is a very narrow road, I wouldn't like to have ventured down it in the motorhome.Bits are steep, as it follows a river down to the sea. There is a small parking...more
Fortunately, we made this trip on the motorbike on a clear day, so were rewarded with magnificent views to the Summer Isles.After crossing the peninsula, turn left, to Achiltibuie. This is the largest settlement in these parts, and is spread over a large distance, mainly along the road. There is a hotel, a shop and post office as well as other...more
On an earlier visit to Ullapool we did fancy a stop at the Ferry Boat Inn, unfortunately and a little aptly the ferries were cancelled that afternoon and the Islanders from Lewis had taken the Inn over. On our next visit, this time with a little better weather, we found a stilll busy restaurant and a prized window table overlooking the harbour at...more
On our way back to Lairg from Aciltibuie we stopped off at the Oykel Bridge Hotel. This hotel is advertised highly in the "Trout and Salmon" fishing magazine which my husband is an avid reader, I guess it was no accident why we arrived here! The decor is solid with lots of wooden features. The staff are of the same mould - a tad pretentious - if...more
The Summer Isles Hotel is a surprisingly classy Hotel/Restaurant in one of the most remote parts of Scotland.Hardly an unknown place though, given that the scenery is fantastic.The Summer Isles has a formal (and very pricey) restaurant, but the same food is served at more reasonable prices in a tiny room adjoining the much more informal bar.Only...more
As its name suggests this shop is a life saver for anyone travelling around the wild part of Sutherland especially if you have forgotten something important. It has a wide range of clothing, camping and climbing gear for the serious climbers and hikers as well as a fine selection of sometimes necessary items you may need for walking around these parts. The staff are very friendly, helpful and have a good knowledge of the local area. They are happy to help and can advise you on walking and weather conditions.
What to buy: I hadn't forgotten anything but did need some dry walking socks. The ones I had been wearing were quite wet from walking in the rain for only a short time.
What to pay: Prices are a little higher here than they are in bigger towns. Remember there are no big towns in Sutherland so always take the opportunity to buy any thing which you may need to remain in a comfort zone.
The community of Achiltibuie staged a play in 2003 named "Coigach Riot" a reinactment of events which took place here in 1853. This was another area which would be cleared of people to be populated by sheep. The crofters of that day seized the summonses to quit until the clearances were called off here. The story tells of a young man, Scourgie...more
The Highland Cow is one of the oldest breed of cows in Scotland. Although you now can see them in many parts of our world, they are most at home in the West Highlands and Islands. They were kept by the crofters as a single house cow providing the family with milk which was used to make butter and cheese. Their long hair was used in weaving and...more
On a previous visit to Ullapool we were caught in a snow storm and the senic delights of Loch Broom were lost in a white out. When we arrived, this time in summer, the rain was still dinging down so after the museum we opted to still stay dry so we went for lunch. After lunch the rain had ceased, the departing rain clouds created a dramatic sky and...more
We didn't intend to revisit Ullapool, it had been raining cats and dogs all morning (the first bad weather we had encountered on our whole summer trip). As we ventured forth from the long journey from Lairg we missed the turning to Achiltibuie and found ourselves in Ullapool once again with bad weather. I did say in a previous page Ullapool did not...more