No description can quite convey the sheer wild beauty of this remote corner of Scotland. But we will try! From rugged mountains and white sandy beaches to heather strewn hills and ruined castles, you don’t come here expecting a Starbucks! But you can expect some hidden gems and some of the most amazing scenery you’ve ever seen. Oh – and you simply have no excuse not to re-charge your batteries!

The north coast of this area has a main village, Durness, famous for many thing including Loch Eriboll, Balnakeil Craft Village and the fascinating Smoo Cave. Its coastline is rugged and there are cliffs to be explored, hidden beaches to discover and we mustn’t forget the most northerly Munro, Ben Hope.   If you make it this far, then a trip to Cape Wrath is a must. Far from being unhospitable, you can take a tour and enjoy the scenery with a local expert.


The area of Assynt has some of the most striking scenery in Scotland. Boat trips to Handa Island, ancient ruins such as the atmospheric Ardvreck Castle and majestic peaks of Suilven and Canisp are a photographers dream!

If you prefer lazy days on the beach, there is no shortage of spectacular spots. Some easy to find and others an adventure! A few to look up on our Beaches and Lochs section would be Oldshoremore, Balnakeil, Sango Sands, Achmelvich and Sandwood Bay – to name but a few!

Lochinver is the most southerly village of this area and definitely worth veering off the main road for – particularly if you want to visit Achmelvich beach. You can take the southerly road, popular with cyclists, or the single track and very twisty but scenic road of the north.

The area around Lochinver has at least 200 lochans (small loch) making it a very popular destination for fishermen (and women!).  And let’s not forget the madcap climbers who head to Stoer to climb the sea stack, aptly named Old Man of Stoer!


As if you needed any more convincing that this area deserves some serious quality time, grab a comfy seat and watch the video to the right of the drive through this awesome landscape. The best 4 minutes you’ll spend relaxing this week – guaranteed!

True Highlands would like to thank Mo Thomson for the use of this fantastic video.