Assynt Crofters Trust (01571 833269)
Kayaking and sea trips – enquire at the Visitors Centre in Lochinver. You can launch your own boat at the slipways in Clachtoll and Culkein Drumbeg, or over the sand in Clashnessie Bay. Sea cruises out of Tarbet with Scourie Wildlife Cruises, Kylesku on the Berry Boat, Ullapool on the Summer Queen or Centaur, and Achiltibuie on the Isabella. For sea kayaking and other coastal adventure activities try NorWest Sea Kayaking or Ridgeway Adventure or http://www.highlandascent.co.uk for climbing, hill walking and kayaking.
Garden visits – the world famous Rhodedendron Gardens at Inverewe. The Victorian walled garden arboretum at Lech Melm near Ullapool. Achiltibuie (hydroponic) Garden
Sightseeing – the Assynt Centre in Lochinver will help – Fish smokery at Achiltibuie, Bone Caves near Ledmore Junction, geology centre at Knockan Crag, Highland Stoneware Factory outlets in Lochinver and Ullapool. Candle shop and tea rooms in Drumbeg. For a flavour of travelling around the North West Highlands, see https://vimeo.com/92762851?ref=fb-share. Clashnessie lies on the North Coast 500 - Scotlands's answer to Route 66. See http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3185226/Scotland-s-answer-America-s-Route-66-named-six-coastal-road-trips-world.html
Dining Out – (We recommend telephone confirmation of table bookings and opening hours in most cases.)
Restaurants at Lochinver Larder (844356) and Pub food at Caberfeidh (01571 844321) and Culag Hotel (844270) in Lochinver, Inchnadamph Hotel at Assynt (822202). Non- residents may book a table at the Drumbeg Hotel (833236),
Fine Dining at the Michelin starred Albannach Hotel (844407), and the Albert Roux kitchen at the Inver Lodge Hotel (844496) both in Lochinver. Also Peet's Restaurant, Harbourside, Lochinver (844085) - a new venture, tell us what you think of it. Their Seafood Platter comes highly recommended!
Good sea food lunches at Achiltibuie, Kylesku Hotel (01971 502231) and Tarbet. (01971 502251)
For further inspiration see http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/mar/12/lochinver-food-reputation
· Nearest shop is Drumbeg Stores 5 miles to the North East of Clashnessie – see their website at -http://www.drumbegstores.co.uk An excellent delicatessen, rightly proud of their Best Village Store in Scotland Award for 2006. Contact them direct if you would like them to deliver a welcome pack.
· In Lochinver, two small supermarkets, newsagents, post office, petrol, butcher, bank, ironmonger, adventure clothing and equipment supplies, Medical Centre and Assynt Visitors Centre.
· Nearest Tesco is at Ullapool. The main supermarkets and department stores serving the North West Highlands are in Inverness.
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