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Achiltibuie and The Summer Isles

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Achiltibuie

Achiltibuie is a small, remote village on the Northwest coast of the Scottish Highlands with around 300 residents. There is a small shop Achiltibuie Stores, The Summer Isles Hotel with bistro bar and fine dining restaurant, The Fuaran pub and campsite with shop, the Village Hall, Fisk Gallery and Achiltibuie Gardens. 

 

There are several beautiful beaches in the area, lots of great walks and some challenging big hills to hike with stunning views that many forget are available in the UK. 

There are also some brilliant experienced companies who provide kayaking, mountaineering and boat trips in the local area which can be booked in advance or on arrival.

The village has a lovely community feeling, is a safe place for all the family and a wonderful place to bring your dog! There are often events in the village hall featuring live traditional folk music and Ceilidh dances. Or head to either local bar to meet some locals!

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The surrounding area

Achiltibuie is just off of the North coast 500; the famous road route around the Highlands capturing many of its unique highlights. Just a short detour from this route brings a very well rewarded trip as you approach Achiltibuie's spectacular views you will not regret your decision! And who likes to stick to the beaten track anyway!

Achiltibuie is a 45 minute drive to or from Ullapool; a pretty port town with many shops, cafes, pubs and dining options. Also home to The Seafood Shack a great place to eat locally caught and cooked things from the sea. From Ullapool you can also catch the ferry to Stornoway on the Isles of Lewis and to the outer Hebrides. 

Along the beautiful single track road that leads to Achiltibuie is the start of the 'Wee Mad Road'. often a destination in itself, popular with motor bikers and cyclists, people love to come and experience this road for its twists and turns and surprising views around each corner. The Wee Mad Road leads to Lochinver were you can explore Inverkirkaig waterfall, prepare to hike the beautiful mount Suilven or just grab a couple of famously tasty pies from pie shop Lochiver Larder to bring home and eat on the pod deck whilst watching an often stunning sunset. Achiltibuie to Lochinver is around 50 minutes by car. 

Further north there is much to explore depending on how adventurous and active you want to be - we don't judge anyone for staying local and staring at the sea all day with glass of wine in hand! But if you wish, head north in the car past Lochinver to discover Achmelvich Bay; another beautiful beach and further still to possibly Hanover to take a small boat to Handa Island and see the puffins nesting on the cliffs. Head further north around 2 hours by car from Achiltibuie and reach Durness. Here you can explore Smoo Cave and pick up a famously delicious hot chocolate from Coco Mountain. Or see Stoer light house and the waves of the crashing open sea. 

Achiltibuie is around 2h drive from Inverness city and airport. 

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