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.
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).