Scenery & experiences to die for
"Route 66? Forget it. NC500 is best drive in world"
We couldn't be prouder to be within the NC500 Route, it as it is without a doubt, one of the greatest experiences any driver could have. The route is breathtaking and showcases Scotland's natural beauty at its best. Long stretches of road surrounded by awe-inspiring views, you will find yourself stopping the car regularly to simply admire the beauty right in front of you. Every corner is a perfect picture, irrespective of the season. This is one of the most beautiful and rewarding drives you could do in whatever car, motorhome or motorbike you choose to experience it in.
We are as passionate and excited about the NC500 route as all the guests who choose us as one of the hotels to visit during their journey. The way they describe the route is all it takes for us to renew our passion towards it, most of them are simply overwhelmed by all they have seen and experienced and have so many memories to share.
We recommend you to visit NorthCoast500 website to gather as much information as possible so you can plan your trip and book everything in advance as some areas are more remote than others and will have limited availability during the high season.
Places to Visit In & Around Lochinver
There are so many places to visit because the whole area of Assynt, in which Lochinver stands, is steeped in history centring on Ardvrek Castle by Loch Assynt.
There are several interpretations of the name Assynt, but long ago the whole district was a vast forest of the Thane of Sutherland – derived from Suderland - the south land of the Vikings who raided the Scottish regions. The Earldom of Sutherland dates from 1228 and it is recorded that the lands of Assynt were given to the MacNicols who ousted the Norsemen who inhabited the coast.
The MacNicols remained for a few centuries before King David II, only son of King Robert the Bruce, granted a charter to Macleod in 1346 that he would possess Assynt for all time. Macleod’s younger grandson, Tormod, became 1st Baron of Assynt early in the 15th century.
In 1626, James Graham became the fifth Earl and 1st Marquis of Montrose, and sixteen years later Montrose went over to the Royalists, following dissension with his former comrades-in-arms.
Montrose was officially proclaimed a traitor by the Scots Parliament in 1644, deprived of all titles and price placed upon his head in 1649, after Charles I had been beheaded. Montrose was commissioned to recover Scotland and the following April landed in Caithness, only to be defeated at Carbisdale just south of Lairg.
Montrose escaped and fled into the county of Assynt and was subsequently captured and taken prisoner in Ardvrek Castle. He was handed over to the Scottish Government and was sentenced to be hanged and dismembered.
In January 1698, two years after the death of Neil Macleod, the Assynt estate was made over to the Mackenzies. However, in 1715 Alexander Mackenzie was convicted of High Treason and the estates were forfeited to the Crown. They passed to Lord Lovat who had married a Mackenzie. In 1745, they again reverted to the Crown following another rebellion.