Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Tue, 2009-12-01
Generally folk make their own around here – at home or socialising in bars. A large detached Guest House overlooking the village of Lochinver. Visitors are always made welcome. If you are lucky you might come on a day when the village hall is holding a ceilidh, or an entertainment. These events are always packed – so book early at the Tourist office.
They have eight bedrooms; one single, five double or twin and two family rooms with one double bed and one single bed in each. There is a large guest lounge overlooking the sea and the dining room affords excellent views to the south. There is ample off-road private parking for our guests.
Lochinver is the main village in the parish of Assynt. Renowned for it’s outstanding scenic beauty. It boasts mountains, rivers and some outstanding beaches.
A family room
All rooms are centrally heated with wash basins and towels in each room. And all rooms have colour TV. Also supply a tray with kettle for hot drinks such as tea and coffee, which may be used at any time. A cot is available for our younger guests.
The residents lounge
The large guest lounge has splendid views overlooking the sea and has its own TV. Games and books are also available for a rainy day.
The dining room
overlooking both the loch itself and the village of Lochinver.
The front garden
The guesthouse is set in its own substantial grounds with patio and lawned areas. Deer are occasional visitors and if you arise early enough you may see them grazing at both the front and back of the house, although they are more common in the garden in winter.
Entertainment and Moving Arround
Lochinver is situated overlooking the scenic village of Lochinver and it’s fishing harbour, with spectacular views of mountain and sea. Lochinver small village is one of the most beautiful in the highlands. But it is also large enough to provide most facilities. There are two pubs, a Spar store with petrol station, and a Mace store in Baddidaroch. Also have a hardware store, a gift shop, a post office, a butcher, a newsagent and a fish monger. There is also a health centre, should it be needed. But above all, the Tourist Office in the Assynt Visitor Centre, will give information on walks, angling, birdwatching, wildlife and many other attractions.
Lochinver Larder, also known as the Bistro, is a most popular restaurant in the village. Alongside the loch it provides snacks as well as full meals. Its pies are famous and it boasts of many illustrious visitors. The two pubs – the Caberfeidh, next door to the Bistro, and the Culag Hotel, adjacent to the harbour also do fine meals. The fishermans mission, behind the harbour, does a splendid line in fish and chips, amongst other items.
Angling and rowing
The loch to the right is one the many on which the Assynt Angling Club maintains a boat. It is a mere two miles from our guest house. Permits for fishing and keys and directions to access our boats are available from the guest house. Whilst the boats are primarily for angling, and may not be hired without a fishing permit, a days rowing, walking and picnicking is wonderful exercise and entertainment all by itself. The visitor need not feel obliged to fish in order to enjoy a day on a loch. There are twenty lochs which have a boat and many others where bank fishing is possible. Fishing is with the fly and we are delighted when we can pass on the local lore regarding the most appropriate fly at the time. We are happy to listen to your opinions on choosing the best fly. Angling permits and boat hire available on site.
Walking and birdwatching
The walk to the old man of stoer, shown on the right, is one of the favourite walks in assynt. The hardy may come prepared to abseil across and climb the pillar. But this is not for the faint hearted and indeed not for anyone who is not fully equiped for climbing.
There are too many walks to mention in assynt, but notable and readily accessible from the guest house are the walks to suilven and to the falls of kirkaig. The famous suilven is visible from our lounge and there are many who come to visit just to climb it alone. Studying suilven from the lounge or the dining room is an ideal preparation. And don’t forget to bring binoculars – eagles, ravens, colonies of sea-birds, guillemot, puffins, skuas, seals, dolphins, otters….are all to be seen and on the hill and coastal walks.
How to get there:
From Inverness: 98 miles, Approx time 1hr 55mins. Leave Inverness North on the A9 for Tore traffic island (6 miles) At the island turn left onto the A835 towards Dingwall, then Conon Bridge and on to Ullapool (58 miles).
Travel north from Ullapool on the A835 for 18 miles to the junction with the A837. Turn left on the A837 to Lochinver (17 miles).
In Lochinver, before entering the main street, turn right following the sign to Baddidarroch. You go over a stone bridge. We are situated 400 metres after the bridge on the left of the road.
Contact: Ardglas Guest House Tel: 01571 844257 Fax: 01571 844632
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