This picturesque sea loch can only be seen by car from the unclassified road to Achmelvich and then only for a brief stretch of road. It's small, as sea lochs go and is fed from a small freshwater loch to the east.Take an extremely minor road off to the left, before you get to Loch Roe and here, there is a bridge over the joining of the freshwater loch and sea loch, that has seen better days, now replaced by a newer road bridge .This is where the road ends and a footpath takes over, heading to Baddidarach near Lochinver.
Loch Roe is home to a number of seal colonies which we were fortunate to watch in action.We watched one poor tiny seal pup continually make it's way down to the water, over the rocks, only to head back up and away from it. We weren't sure whether it's mum had abandoned it or she had died.
From our parking place, we had a superb view over Loch Roe to Suilven and could even see another freshwater loch behind, Loch Dubh.
After driving past the campsite in the van, we decided to have a closer look at the place on the motorbike.The place is strung out along the road with a few statics on the grassy verges.
Clachtoll is really all about it's beaches, fishing, swimming and boating. If I remember rightly, you can't actually see the beach from the road, you have to turn off from the campsite to the car park and walk from there.There is one of those wooden shed ranger huts, with local information and a few leaflets to pick up.
It's main beach is a sheltered bay of pale sand with rocky headlands at either end. Just to the north of the beach is another small, rocky inlet with boat launching facilities. We watched a couple of boats come in, the sea was like a millpond and we were very envious.
On the grassy headland between the two beaches is an old salmon bothy and ice house, part of an old Salmon station based here until 1994. It has been restored by the Assynt Historical Society and is worth a look in for the story of the salmon industry at Clachtoll. The ice house was popular with the sheep but they moved off before I could get a picture of them inside!! This was used to store the fish in until they were taken to market.
I must admit, this place was lovely, it was just the amount of people from the campsite that spoilt it for us.
Fishing from the rocks appeared to be a popular way of whiling away a few hours.
This is the hairiest road Nick has ever driven our motorhome on and that's including the Bealach na Baa pass!! He actually told me he'd give it a miss if we were in this area again and for Nick to admit that, well.......
We travelled this route southwards, starting from Lochinver. It passes the school, set on a loch in forest land (what a location for a spot of education!) and then proceeds to climb sharply after a hairpin. It is VERY narrow with limited passing possibilities, so you have been warned if you are in anything larger than a car!!
The road passes the tiny hamlet and pretty bay of Inverkirkaig, where disappointingly there is nowhere to stop and admire the view. That seems to be the problem with this road,(certainly at the more northerly end) there is nowhere to actually stop and take a few minutes to look around you.
At some stage, Nick realised we had lost one of the motorbike straps, so stopped in a passing place to tie another one on. No sooner had we stopped than a huge motorhome came past, only to meet another vehicle coming the other way and we were in the passing place. Somehow or other, the two vehicles managed to pass, after a lot of manouvreing from everyone.A nasty moment.(Photos taken from the passing place.)
The road passes loch after loch, or so it seemed.The main freshwater loch is Loch Sionascaig, with many tributaries and smaller lochs dotted about. This is all part of the Inverpolly Estate and is a national nature reserve.You are in wild country with practically no habitation, apart from Inverpolly Lodge.It is beautiful countryside with supposedly magnificent mountain views but unfortunately, the day had turned extremely hazy, making photos not worth the effort.
Finally, we made it to the road that joins this one, running along Loch Osgaig, Loch Bad a Ghaill and Loch Lurgainn.It is still an unclassified road, but you are on the flat, mainly, from here onwards, heading westwards. Eastwards takes you in about 10 miles onto the A835 Ullapool road.
Baddidarroch, Lochinver, IV27 4LP, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
Good for: Business
The Drumbeg hotel is situated about 14miles from the fishing village of Lochinver in the assyt area...more
The Pier, Lochinver, IV27 4LQ, United Kingdom
Good for: Couples
Ruddyglow Park, Loch Assynt, By Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4HB, Scotland, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
Iolaire Road Lochinver IV27 4LU
The restaurant is beside the main road, though there is also an inner room. It was very busy and as a result the service was rather slow- so much so that our order for tea never arrived.
Waitresses serve until 2pm, then customers have to order at the counter.
the menu has soup, starters, seafood, pasta and meat dishes including venison and wild boar.
Favorite Dish: The baked potato with spring onions mayonnaise and cheese was good and very filling. There was also a helping of salad.
My companions had a baked potato with hagis filling ; and 2 large chicken salad sandwiches,