Despite its remoteness, or perhaps because of it, Achiltibuie provides a remarkable number of activities and things to do, as described in more detail in the accompanying pages.
The area is a walker’s paradise with a significant number of Munros within striking distance. You are never far from the sea which provides not only cliffs to walk on and beaches to explore but can also delight the sea-kayaker and the the photographer. The landscape is truly awe-inspiring and the villages interesting so why not Go explore!
The Summer Isles Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the Coigach Peninsula. Here we have spectacular hills with breathtaking views. The area boasts many walks from a gentle stroll along our unspoilt beaches to more challenging walks up one of our local Munros – Ben More Assynt. Climbing Stac Pollaidh will take your breath away!
The hotel has 26 documented walks in the area, each well described with distance and type of terrain. It would be our pleasure to prepare a packed lunch for your day of exploration…
The Isabella is the local cruise boat owned by Ian Macleod. She cruises the Summer Isles giving passengers the opportunity to see many different species of sea birds among the rock formations and caves.
One of the highlights of the trip is visiting the seal colony where you will see seals in their natural environment. If you are lucky, you may catch sight of the dolphins! Evening tours and fishing trips are available on request”. Please keep the you tube video alongside this narrative.
Arts & Crafts
Just a short walk from the hotel is the Coigach Community Hall which houses the Achiltibuie Artists Gallery. Local artists have joined forces to showcase a fine collection of landscapes, paintings, textiles, handcut prints, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery. The hotel is really pleased to display a selection of this art on the walls of our lounge and dining room.
In the next-door village of Polbain, Lesley Muir produces a range of bright and bold ceramics that are generally inspired by life around Achiltibuie and the Summer Isles. Every piece is hand decorated by Lesley using the traditional Scottish Spongeware technique and is signed before the final firing in the kiln. Please see above for a very handsome oystercatcher plate. The Summer Isles Studio gallery and workshop is 3 miles only from the hotel and is well worth a visit.
Sea kayaking provides the opportunity to explore the beautiful West Coast from a totally different viewpoint. No experience is necessary and all ages and abilities are welcome. Our local kayaking business is run by Jules Macloed who is British Canoeing qualified and offers everything from half-day trips to overnight camping adventures!
There are plenty of wonderful beaches to explore around Achiltibuie. Perhaps best known is Achnahaird which is considered as one of Scotland’s best beaches. It is a north-westerly facing inlet of cream white sand that is easily reached from the road via Altandhu and Achiltibuie.
From Achnahaird, it is a short walk to the grass hillocks that back the sand and rock pools. There are lovely views of Stac Pollaidh and other neighbouring mountains from the beach and most of the surrounding area is Inverpolly Nature Reserve.
Mountain and Rock Climbing
The Northwest Highlands boasts some of the best quality rock climbing in the UK. Hamlet Mountaineering offers everything from mountain walks to roped climbing. They also offer the chance to paddle in the sea on an open Canadian canoe where you will possibly meet a flotilla of kayaks!