Things to do in Achiltibuie

Things to do around Achiltibuie and area


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.

Don't forget the shingle beach below the house accessed through the garden gate, keep dogs on a lead.

Badentarbet beach is just outside Achiltibuie. It is a small shingle beach with sand at low tide, 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! The large metal bouys are from anti submarine nets used on Loch Ewe in WW2.

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. Alternatively go past the hostel car park and take the next right, a half a mile on you come to a junction park there and walk down the track to the right. There is a new path down to the beach from there.


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, brittle stars 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)


If you turn right out of the house and drive 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. Alternatively take the easier walk through the village and head out on the "Postie Path". This goes a long way through to Blughassary and is not for the faint hearted but the earlier section is easy and crosses a lovely waterfall.

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 in Scotland but respect the

crofter’s animals and always leave gates as you find them.

Boat Trips

There are several options for boat trips.

The Isabella, Summer Isles Sea Tours, operates from Badentarbet pier and goes

around the Summer Isles viewing seals,

birdlife and the Cathedral Cave on Tanera Bea . Booking is essential tel.



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. Your best chance of seeing dolphins.

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

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..Telephone the Kylsku Hotel for bookings.

Restaurants and cafes

In Achiltibuie the Summer Isles Hotel serves very 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 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 essential to book in high season.

In Lochinver Delilah's is highly recommended, excellent food.

In Ullapool the Sea Food Shack is the place to go for excellent street sea food. Be prepared to queue, it is award winning and very popular.


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. You can order a big shop from Teresa in advance and she will deliver it to the house ready for your arrival saving a lot of time shopping. A very useful service.

Open Monday  to Saturday.

Achiltibuie Post Office

Open Tuesday Wednesday Thursday, 9-12

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, sadly they no longer do guided tours but the produce is sold in the village shop.

 There is a small gallery/studio in Polbain called Fisk selling Lesley Muir's excellent spongeware pottery and many other beautiful art works and gifts. Highly recommended if you are looking for a present or momento


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


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

 The drive to Lochinver along the single track road ( The Wee Mad Road) past Inverpolly is very pretty and is a must do trip.

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

over them. A very smart new visitors centre there will be open soon.

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 nesting 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!


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

Seals, Dolphins, Orca, Porpoises and Basking Sharks 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 have been encouraging wild flowers in the garden and this year were excited to get 80 spikes of Northern marsh orchids in July.

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


We love the place dearly and hope you will too

kind regards Tony and Pip