Assynt and Coigach

Assynt and Coigach

Assynt and neighbouring Coigach make up a truly extraordinary landscape. A vast, undulating moorland is studded with a maze of a thousand fresh-water lochans. Up from this rise a series of remarkable mountains. Although not high in altitude, with only two Munros amongst them, these peaks are very steep and completely separate from one another, and are eroded into fantastic, individual shapes, making this one of the most memorable landscapes in Scotland for hillwalkers.

The coastline is equally beautiful. There are cliffs, impressive sea stacks, and a whole series of stunning sandy beaches. The fishing port of Lochinver is the main settlement in Assynt, whilst the scattered crofting community of Achiltibuie - overlooking the Summer Isles - marks the rough centre of Coigach.

Our authors have written three very different portraits of Assynt in our magazine section; Assynt's Rare Animals by Linda Cracknell, Dreaming of Assynt by Cameron McNeish, and Adventure is Not Enough by David Lintern.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Knockan Crag trail grade2km 1 hour
Leitir Easaidh All-Abilities path, Little Assynt grade2.5km 45 minutes
Clachtoll Beach and the Broch grade3km 1 - 1.5 hours
Culag Woods, Lochinver grade3km 1 hour
Uamh an Tartair, Knockan, Elphin grade3.75km 1 - 1.5 hours
Achmelvich Beach and Alltan'abradhan grade6km 2 hours
Culnacraig circular grade7.75km 1.5 - 2 hours
Acheninver Hostel and Badenscallie gradegrade3.25km 1 hour
Polglass broch and Rubha Dunan gradegrade4km 1 hour
Bone Caves circuit, near Inchnadamph gradegrade4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Loch an t-Sabhail circuit, Little Assynt gradegrade4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Falls of Kirkaig, Inverkirkaig gradegrade7km 2.5 - 3 hours
Traligill Caves, Inchnadamph gradegrade7km 2 - 2.5 hours
River Inver and Glencanisp circuit gradegrade7.5km 2.5 - 3 hours
Stac Pollaidh ridge and circuit gradegradegrade4.5km 2 - 4 hours
The Old Man of Stoer and the point gradegradegrade7km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Sgurr an Fhidhleir - the Fiddler gradegradegrade8km 3.5 - 4.5 hours
Achnahaird Bay circuit gradegradegrade8.5km 2.5 - 4 hours
Eas a' Chual Aluinn - Britain's highest waterfall gradegradegrade9.75km 4.5 - 5.5 hours
Rubha Coigich circuit, Reiff gradegradegrade19km 5 - 7 hours
Across Assynt: Elphin to Lochinver gradegradegrade19km 5 - 7 hours
Ben More Coigach gradegradegradegrade10.5km 5 - 7 hours
Cul Beag gradegradegradegrade10.5km 4 - 5 hours
Canisp gradegradegradegrade12km 5 - 6 hours
Cul Mor gradegradegradegrade13.5km 4 - 5.5 hours
Quinag: three Corbetts gradegradegradegrade14km 7.5 - 8.5 hours
Glas Bheinn from Inchnadamph gradegradegradegrade15.75km 5.5 - 6.5 hours
Ben More Assynt and Conival gradegradegradegrade17.25km 8.5 - 10 hours
Suilven gradegradegradegrade20km 7 - 9 hours
Breabag and the Caves of Assynt gradegradegradegrade20km 7 - 9 hours
Cape Wrath Trail376km2-3 weeks
Scottish National Trail864km6 weeks

FEATURE: Assynt’s Rare Animals?

FEATURE: Assynt’s Rare Animals?

Linda Cracknell explores the human side of Assynt.

"In May this year I climbed Quinag for the first time. I had saved its magnificence for such a day; recently raucous south-westerlies had stilled and cloud flurried high above the summits..."

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AREA SPONSOR: Achiltibuie Tourist Association

AREA SPONSOR: Achiltibuie Tourist Association

Achiltibuie & The Summer Isles – a picturesque corner of the North West Highlands with coastal walks, mountain and island scenery, world class geology, secluded bays and sandy beaches. Explore the Coigach Geotrail, take a boat trip, learn to climb, fish for wild brown trout, taste the local seafood or just relax and watch the world go by.

The peninsula is renowned for its open vistas of the coast, and the sheltered waters of the Summer Isles enjoyed by kayakers, sailors and fishermen. Why not come and see for yourself?

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FEATURE: Adventure is not enough

FEATURE: Adventure is not enough

David Lintern reflects on time spent in Assynt.

"One of the most intriguing things about a few days solo backpacking… or in this case packrafting… is the joining up of thoughts seemingly unconnected. The ebb and flow, a continuity of activity that connects the otherwise disparate..."

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FEATURE: The Bone Caves of Inchnadamph

FEATURE: The Bone Caves of Inchnadamph

Ben Dolphin explores the fascination of the Bone Caves.

"It’s wonderful when a place surprises you, when something you think might just make an interesting diversion actually turns out to be something extraordinary, something revelatory. Perhaps even something profound..."

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FEATURE: Dreaming of Assynt

FEATURE: Dreaming of Assynt

Cameron McNeish is transported to the fabulous landscapes of Assynt by a map.

"SEVERAL nights ago when the temperature dropped to unusually low levels even for this poor summer I put some logs on the wood burning stove, poured myself a large dram and settled down to read..."

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