Things to see

Aside from the mountains, beautiful beaches and other scenery, there are an abundance of places to visit and things to do in the North-Western Highlands. Among the most worthwhile are the following:

  • A day trip to the marvelous Inverewe Gardens, some 90 miles south – a wonderful garden with a beautiful drive to reach it.
  • A day trip north to Handa Island, a famous Scottish Wildlife Trust Island, with enormous colonies of birds breeding on huge cliffs.
  • There are regular trips round the Summer Isles from Achiltibue or Ullapool, or to the Outer Hebrides from Ullapool.
  • Knockan Geological Trail is a excellent and well labeled trail detailing the internationally important local geology responsible for the local area’s beauty.
  • There is a craft village at Balnakeil, just West of Durness, including pottery by Lotte Glob.
  • James Hawkins is a famous painter at Rhue Studio, near Ullapool
  • Kilmorack Gallery is excellent, with a superb photographic shop, Ffordes of Broallan, next door.
  • Day trips to the Orkneys from John o’ Groats are within range, and fascinating, but require a very early start.
Balsfjord Chalet - a view of Suilven in November
A view of Suilven in November whilst on a walk in the hills behind Lochinver
Nearby mountains