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 Length Time
Knockan Crag trail grade2km 1 hour
Clashnessie Bay and Falls grade2.25km 45 minutes
Leitir Easaidh all-abilities path, Little Assynt grade2.5km 45 minutes
Culag Woods, Lochinver grade3km 1 hour
Clachtoll Beach and the Broch grade3km 1 - 1.5 hours
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
Loch an t-Sabhail circuit, Little Assynt gradegrade4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Bone Caves circuit, near Inchnadamph 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
Sgùrr an Fhìdhleir - 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
Cùl Beag gradegradegradegrade10.5km 4 - 5 hours
Ben Mór Coigach and Sgùrr an Fhìdhleir gradegradegradegrade10.5km 5 - 7 hours
Canisp gradegradegradegrade12km 5 - 6 hours
Cùl Mòr 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
Breabag and the Caves of Assynt gradegradegradegrade20km 7 - 9 hours
Suilven gradegradegradegrade20km 7 - 9 hours
Cape Wrath Trailgradegradegradegrade376km2-3 weeks
Scottish National Trailgradegradegradegrade864km6 weeks

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