The location of Lochinver is such that it is an ideal base for leisurely trips by car with a wide variety of interests amidst the most beautiful and remote scenery to be found in Scotland.
One of the loveliest trips undoubtedly is the coastal road northwards from Lochinver, surely one of the most beautiful by-ways in the world, passing the small beaches of Clachtoll and Clashnessie with the pure white sands surrounded by rocky coves.
Then on to Drumbeg, before continuing along the winding road to Nedd, a crofting community in the tranquillity and remoteness of this beautiful area. The road continues its way through the rocky countryside never certain of its direction and providing the motorist with wonderful vistas. Before it reaches the main A894, it sneaks beneath the huge north western buttress of the Quinag peak. With binoculars red deer can nearly always be seen high up the grassy slopes, and not infrequently a golden eagle rides an unseen thermal while scouring the mountain slopes for its prey.
At Kylesku, one may cross the bridge to Scourie and Durness or return to Lochinver via Skiag road, bisecting the mountains of Quinag and Glas Bheinn and then running down alongside Loch Assynt.The round trip turning around at Kylesku takes two/three hours.
If you prefer to make a full day, then having crossed the bridge at Kylesku, one must visit the Smoo Caves before continuing around loch Eriboll and across to Tongue. Thence down to Loch Loyal and Lairg returning via Strath Oykel where salmon can be seen leaping up the Shin Falls.
Another beautiful drive which could easily occupy most of a day is the coastal road from Lochinver to Achiltibuie returning via Drumrunie and Ledmore.