Things to do in Achiltibuie

Things to do around Achiltibuie and area

Beaches

The best sandy beach is Achnahaird which is a magnificent beach with shallow sea and

pretty safe bathing though there are no lifeguards! There is a small car park at the end of

the road signposted “Beach” in the village of Achnahaird. Its a short easy walk on a made

up path to the beach. There are dunes for shelter, rock pools at low tide and beautiful

views of the mountains.

Badentarbet beach is just outside Achiltibuie. It is a small shingle beach, again with

stunning views of the mountains. There is a salmon bothy on the beach, now converted to a

holiday home and a row of old boats and anchors......a reminder of Coigach’s history of

fishing, and its strong connection with the sea, and now also much loved by artists and

tourists alike!

Regular boat trips around the Summer Isles and to Tanera Mor leave from the pier near to

Badentarbet beach. The boat trip can be booked from the Post Office opposite Number

97. I recommend this trip.

Drive through Achiltibuie and here are two more small beaches, Badenscallie, below

Coigach’s burial ground take the turning signed to the burial ground.

The second is at Acheninver. Carry on along the road as far as the signs for the youth

hostel where you can park your car and walk down the footpath past the youth hostel to

Acheninver Beach below.

Walks

There’s an interesting walk straight out from the house, walk down the garden through the

gate at the bottom of the garden. Head diagonally left down the field there is a gate onto

the beach. Climb over and follow the coast round to the left its fairly easy walking with gates

through fences etc. walk right to the point (Rhua Dunan) we once saw a minke whale here

close to the shore. There is a marvellous rock pool at the point if you go at low tide with

many different crabs, anenomies etc. Follow the coast round still with the sea on your right

you come to lovely sandstone cliffs, you may well see a seal below you. Eventually the path

drops to sea level and you will see the remains of what was once a substantial Broch. The

path takes you up to the road again turn left to head for home along the road. (its about 4

miles round trip)

The cliffs at Rieff are worth a walk especially if it has been or is windy ,there are great

waves and spray. Drive as far as you can north on the peninsula and park at the end of the

road. There’s a little bridge over a short river walk over it and climb the fence and head off

with the sea on your left. If you walk past the cliffs there is a beautiful white sandy beach.

If you turn right out of the house and go right to the end of the road there’s a fine walk up a

river with many waterfalls. Park just before you get to Culnacraig then walk above the

village outside the fencing you eventually reach a stream, follow it upstream its very pretty.

There are many relics of the Iron and Bronze ages around in the form of hut circles. Some

of these are marked on the Ordnance Survey maps that you will find in the bookcase in the

house. Feel free to use them on your walks. The walks I have described are relatively easy

but good footwear is advisable and take care near cliffs etc.

There are obviously plenty of mountains to climb but I would be cautious about going up

some of them on your own except Stac Polly which you will pass on your way to Achiltibuie

on the single track road. There’s a car park with a well made up path which goes almost to

the summit. The views are stunning. its a steep walk but a good path and lots of people

walk up it everyday so you wouldn’t be on your own in case of a mishap.

There is right of access on foot pretty much everywhere is Scotland but respect the

crofter’s animals and always shut gates.

Boat Trips

There are several options for boat trips.

The Isabella, Summer Isles Sea Tours, operates from Old Dornie harbour and goes

around the Summer Isles landing on the largest Tanera Mor for a short visit and seals,

birdlife and the Cathedral Cave on Tanera Beag can be seen . Booking is essential tel.

07927920592

 

The Shearwater is a bigger boat (with loos etc) that operates from Ullapool with trips

to Tanera Mor and the other islands in the morning and Wildlife cruises in the afternoon. 

There is a booking office in Ullapool on the seafront or phone 01854 612472

http://www.summerqueen.co.uk/

There is a boat trip that goes out from Kylesku up Loch Glencoul , seals and the highest

waterfall in the UK , Eas a’ Chual Aluinn, can be seen from this boat although the falls are

quite a way off at the end of the loch and are best seen after heavy rain.. tel 01971 502231

www.kyleskuboattours.com

Restaurants and cafes

Coigach has a good choice of places to eat.

In Achiltibuie the Summer Isles Hotel serves good food in the bar, and there is also a

garden outside where you can sit and have a drink and maybe something to eat too.

The Piping School Cafe also serves delicious food throughout the day, and does

takeaways and some evening meals .

The Fuaran Bar In Altandhu is also a very popular place to eat with excellent seafood and steaks and has a take away menu too

It's advisable to book in high season

Shops

Achiltibuie has a very well stocked village shop and a petrol pump. You can order live

langoustine and scallops from the shop, they are caught just off shore.

Open Monday  to Saturday.

Achiltibuie Post Office

Open Monday Saturday,

mornings only.

Achiltibuie Garden

Innovative growing using hydroponics resulting

in wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables, &

the prettiest salads you could ever hope to eat!! You can see it from the house drive up to

the gates if the open sign is up go down to the greenhouses and they usually pick salad

and fruit fresh for you.

Achiltibuie Artists Gallery

Situated in Achiltibuie Community Hall [opposite the Piping School Cafe] the gallery stocks

a variety of beautiful, original artworks & gifts produced by local artists, sculptors and

makers. (and us)

Polbain also has a craft shop full of lovely locally produced gifts and knitwear to look at and

buy. Call in and have a cup of tea or coffee.

Entertainment

Buy an Ullapool News from the village shop,it has lists of what’s on and where. Ullapool has

quite a lively music scene.

Further Afield

Ullapool & Lochinver are both fishing ports that offer a range of shops, restaurants and

cafes. Highland Pottery and Ullapool Museum are well worth a visit in Ullapool. The

Summer Queen runs boat trips from the harbour in Ullapool and there is a swimming pool

that is open to the public at various times during the day.

Lochinver & Ullapool also have a Highland Stoneware Pottery shop and there is a very

good bookshop & cafe called Achins Bookshop which is situated between Lochinver and

Achiltibuie near the River Kirkaig and the walk to Kirkaig Falls, this also sells a variety of

gifts. The drive to Lochinver is very pretty and is a must do trip.

Corrieshalloch Falls just south of Ullapool are spectacular, with a suspension foot bridge

over them.

The drive to Kylesku is spectacular and there is a great little hotel there that serves very

good food from a lovely restuarant with panoramic views across the loch. There is a boat trip up the sea loch from

just outside the hotel with seals,great scenery, interesting geology and a view of the highest

waterfall in Britain. To get there go to Lochinver then drive through the village and take the

A837 keep going then take the A894 after some spectacular scenery you should see a

sign to Kylesku on your right. If you get to an amazing road bridge over the sea loch you’ve

gone a little bit too far but no matter the bridge is worth a look.

Instead of taking the A837 after Lochinver you could take the Drumbeg coastal road which

is very scenic but a single track and quite slow. Allow for a long day if you do that!

Handa Island near Scourie, is well worth a visit, reached by a short boat trip from Tarbet,

and hosting Guillemots, Skuas, Puffins, Arctic Terns and Fulmars on high sea cliffs.

Knockan Crag is a geological walk and interpretation centre. Go back up the single track

towards Ullapool and turn left when you get to the main road. The path is well sign posted

and interpretation boards explain the geology of the area.

There are not many roads in the area, provided you’ve gone in the right direction you

usually find what you were looking for!

Wildlife

A variety of wildlife such as Otters, Deer, Pine Martens, Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles,

Seals, Dolphins, Orca, Porpoises, Basking Sharks, Salmon & Sea Trout can all be seen in

the area, many from the house. I recommend you bring some binoculars. There is a

telescope in the house but please do not take it on excursions. The key to spotting marine

mammals is to look regularly every 15 minutes for 5 minutes or so. Scan across the sea

and look out for the backs of porpoises or the splash of a dolphin especially on calm days.

If seabirds are congregating around one spot there may well be seals dolphins or

porpoises chasing fish below them. If the sea is calm look out for roughly circular areas of

disturbed water these are usually small fish on the surface which may attract the mammals.

Beautiful rock pools adjoin the beaches.

Orchids can be seen along with many other interesting plants like the insectivorous sundew

and butterwort, and of course the heather will be in flower in August.

We are happy to answer any questions you have whilst you are there either by email or

phone.

We love the place dearly and hope you will too

kind regards Tony and Pip