There are some good walks straight from the door of 139 Clachtoll.
Immediately behind the house is a fine secluded and sandy beach that offers sheltered swimming when the tide is low. From the beach there is a path that follows the stream up to a small derelict water mill. Across the stream the path takes you through beautiful countryside to the wider sandy bay of Achmelvich. From Achmelvich it's a two mile stroll on into Lochinver.
The peninsula of Stoer is around five miles to the north. There is a lighthouse, built in 1870 by the famous Stevenson family of lighthouse builders. A walk from the lighthouse takes you to the Old Man of Stoer, a pinnacle of rock or sea-stack, 200 feet high.
The town of Lochinver is four miles from the cottage. It has a range of small shops, including a general grocery store, a newagent, a butcher and a particularly fine Pie Shop
. There is a petrol station, bank, doctors' surgery, cafes and hotels. The Fishselling Company near the harbour sells a wide range of fishing tackle, hardware and clothing. There is also the Assynt Visitor Centre
. During the summer the local Rangers organise guided walks and details of these and other local excursions and tourist information can be found in the centre.
There is a working pottery called Highland Stoneware
, with viewing galleries and a shop, in Lochinver. Crockery from the pottery is provided in the cottage.
The hills of Assynt
The countryside and breathtaking scenery are a definite draw for many to Assynt. The landscape is punctuated by a number of massive outcrops - the most famous of these is the twin peaks of Suilven. There are maps in the cottage that cover all the area, with marked footpaths for the hills.
There is a visitor centre at Knockan Crag
that covers the geology of the area - including descriptions of how the rock formations of Assynt helped describe the discovery of how the earth was formed. There's also a walk into the hills to the Knockan Crag bone caves where remains of prehistoric dwellings have been discovered.
Eas a Chual Aluinn - waterfall
There are boat trips from the jetty at Kylesku that go east to the waterfall of Eas a Chual Aluinn - the tallest waterfall in Britain. The Kylesku Inn is also fantastic and worthy of an evening trip in its own right.
The island of Handa is a bird reserve managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust
. In May, June and July it is home to thousands of breeding seabirds - including puffins, arctic skua and red throated divers.
The vast expanse of Sandwood Bay is worthy of its long walk in. The isolated and unspoilt beach is owned by the John Muir Trust