If you can tear yourself away from the Loch itself have a closer look at the mountains which surround and shelter it. They are said to be sleeping giant animals encased in solid rock. This place in summer has a much softer side too in the shape of wild flowers which bloom so swiftly and the long standing blooms of the purple heather. The gently swaying grasses almost hid the wild cornflower, you may also spot some bobbing blue bells - but the purple heather in full summer bloom stole the show for me. Sometimes out of summer season Sutherland is bleak with its brown boggy land and craggy mountains - but add some sunshine and all is magically changed with touches of green, pinks, purples and glorious blues.
It would be hard to take a bad picture of the Highlands in Scotland. Someone from VT wrote you would have to leave the lens cover on. Well I do agree - but Sutherland despite its name and dark troubled history, holds so much beauty here in the Highlands. Perfect peace comes slowly here as you drink in the atmosphere it eludes Loch Assynt is plain and simply picture perfect with its dark grey to black layers of hills and mountains and glorious vistas around the loch. I had been here before when the landscape was still caught in winters grip, but to see this prettiest of lochs in summer sunshine, casting reflections of the ruined castle into the still water was perfection for us. Thoughts of staying here forever fill your mind on a landscape which changed with great dramatic effect with the passing seasons. I did like it sprinkled with cold icing sugar but summer sunshine is the time to really capture its heart.
Public transport is thin on the ground around this rural part of Scotland. Inverness is the nearest airport but has few flights from any major cities and is miles away from Sutherland anyway. Fuel prices are expensive again due to the rural location with miles between any filling stations so taxis, although available, are on the expensive side. There is no regular bus service - you might be lucky to get a bus with Lochinver as its destination or Lairg but they would be few. The Postbus, if you are really stuck without a car would be your best bet. The can transport around eight passengers along with the daily mail and run passed this Loch when they drop mail at Inchnadamph Hotel, the postbus runs twice a day. Your best option is a private or hired car this will allow you to explore this lovely if lonely location at your own pace and experience all that Sutherland as a whole has to offer.