Lochinver is a delightful fishing village on the rugged coastline of Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands and situated in a sheltered position at the head of Loch Inver, it settles amidst the spectacular scenery of Sutherland’s wild dramatic countryside, of high cliffs, waterfalls and weirdly shaped hills.
The district known as Assynt, which centres around Lochinver, is a vast area of contrasts. The Assynt Hills are reported to be the oldest in Britain and contain some of the great mountains of the north such as Suilven, Canisp, Quinag and Ben More Assynt.
It is on the shores of Loch Assynt that the ruins of Ardveck Castle stands, where Montrose was held prisoner before his execution in 1650.
In a region notable for its underground streams and caverns, the Rein stone caves of Alt-nan-uamh are famed for the excavations of the bones of the European Brown Bear and the Lynx, and it is believed that there was an occupation by man and Arctic animals in this area more than 11,000 years ago.
To the north of Lochinver there are several Brochs and cairns of great historic interest with perhaps the biggest broch being at Clachtoll, on the sea coast to the south of Stoer beach.
Amidst the dramatic coastline of Sutherland can be found the clear white sandy beaches at Achmelvich, Clachtoll and Clashnessie, whilst at Inverkirkaig and Stoer the beaches are of a more stony nature.