Some Useful Links

One of the finest assets of the area is the very area itself! Just driving around the region opens up an endless treat to the eyes and soul, the environment and hills and nature itself reveals continual beauty and rewards on every turn.

There are numerous walks, climbs and cycle routes that will offer days out and trips from the easy and tranquil, to the exhilarating and adventurous. We can recommend places to visit and there also individuals and companies offering assistance and packages for those requiring more.

The following are some tips and suggestions of things to do, see and visit when you are here to make the most of your time. Of course, you may well prefer to just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Whatever you are looking for, we hope you will find it at Badenscallie.

  • Isabella Summer Isle Tours

    Isabella Sea Tours

    The Isabella operates out of Achiltibuie touring the Summer Isles and landing on Tanera Mor. See seals, sea birds, dolphin and the beautiful views out at sea.

  • Am Fuaran

    Am Fuaran Bar

    The Am Fuaran Bar offers drinks and food - some of which is caught by the boats you see fishing off the coast from Badenscallie.

  • Coigach Walks

    Coigach Walks

    There are a number of great walks around Coigach and the region, some short and easy, other more strenuous. Staic Pollaid is a great mountain to start of!

  • Knockan Crag

    Knockan Crag

    The Knockan Crag centre is a great place to learn more about the geology of the area and actually see the Moine Thrust and walk the fault line.

  • Norwest Sea Kayaking

    Norwest Sea Kayaking

    Norwest Sea Kayaking offer trips along the coast and out to the islands for all levels of ability. A chance to get up close to nature.

  • Achiltibuie Stores

    Achiltibuie Stores

    Achiltibuie Stores offer fuel and groceries (much of it sourced locally) and can arrange to have supplies waiting for you when you arrive.

  • North West Highlands Geopark

    NW Geopark

    North West Highland Geopark highlights some of the geological places to see and also have events and tours on throughout the year.

  • Summer Isles Festival

    Summer Isles Festival

    Summer Isles Festival is a great wee music festival featuring local artists and guests from elsewhere. Some wonderful music and great fun.

Some other links of interest

Achiltibuie Gardens - pick up some gardening tips and seeds or some fresh veg and salad
Caledonian Macbraynes - ferry operators that sail from Ullapool to the Isle of Lewis
Loopallu festival - annual music festival that attracts a friendly crown and international acts
Ullapool Book Festival - small yet very well respected literary festival
Ullapool Guitar Festival - annual guitar festival with some top names from the industry
Rhue Studio - home to James Hawkins, open to public through the year
Undiscovered Scotland - information about the area
Highland Stoneware - pottery based in Lochinver and Ullapool
Achin's Bookshop - great independent bookshop on the wee road from Achiltibuie to Lochinver
Diving Guide - some great diving around the coast and the isles
Coigach Half Marathon - Spectacular setting for running

There are numerous walks and climbs around the area, from the leisurely to the more demanding according to your levels and desire.

The Old Postman's route is the track that the postman used to bring in the mail every day from Ullapool. It leads from the end of the tarmac road that stretches from Achiltibuie to Culnacraig (Behind the Rock). The path is narrow and at times difficult to follow. It passes along the cliff to Ardmair (The Sea Promontory) via Geodha Mor (The Great Creek), Leum an Fheidh (The Deer's Leap), the pictish fort at Dun Canna and Blughasary. From there are side paths to Strathcanaird and another by Maell nan Clachan (The Pile of Rocks) to Loch eader dha Bheinn (The Lake between the Mountains). Be aware, no matter what the season, this walk is not easy.

There is a well well-marked route from Inverkirkaig alongside and above the river to the falls and beyond into the heart of the Inver Polly Nature Reserve to Fionn Loch (The Pale Lake) and Uidh Fhearna (The Isthmus of the Alders).

The Inver Polly Nature Reserve offers some well presented routes. Around Stac Pollaidh (The Pitted Stack) there are several, starting from the car-park below. There is the short Coire Gorm (The Grey Corrie), the route to the summit and the route to the back of the stack. Be aware that in winter or in wet conditions the route to the summit can be treacherous. A little further east along the road at Linneraineach (The Pool of the Ferns) there is the start of the path that climbs past Lochan Fhionnlaidh (The Small, Pale Lake), to Allt an Loin Dubh (The Stream of the Dark Glade) at Lochan Gainmheich (The Little Loch of the Fine Sand), or through Doire Dubh (The Dark Copse).