The crofting villages of Coigach – Achiltibuie, Polbain and others – are very particular places offering visitors a holiday experience beyond expectations. As you approach by road, along miles of mountains and moorlands, you’ll become partly tuned into what it is that makes people return here, year after year and generation after generation.
Once you arrive, the touching romance between sea and land, the vistas of islands, mountains and sky will insinuate themselves into your very being. If you arrive with expectations of glitzy attractions and man-made entertainments you will be disappointed: though we can provide some we do not pretend to supply others – we find them irrelevant, and so probably will you. Rather, this is a place to explore, to look in on yourself, to find yourself moving to the rhythm of natural things, to get closer to those you have chosen to accompany you, and to learn something from those you meet here.
Some of those things we have on offer:
Summer Isles Studio – unique, contemporary, hand-decorated ceramics from Summer Isles Croft’s owners! – http://summerislesstudio.co.uk/
Coigach Craft Shop, Polbain – a selection of crafts and gifts and the local outlet for Summer Isles Studio pieces.
Achiltibuie Artists, Achiltibuie – local collective of artists and craft workers gallery – www.facebook.com/scotlandgallery
Events at the Community Hall, Achiltibuie – the seasonal programme of entertainment for locals and visitors – www.spanglefish.com/coigachcommunityhall/calendar
Summer Isles Festival – a weekend of music, Coigach culture, workshops and fun in August – www.summerislesfestival.com
‘Salt’ Seafood Kitchen, Achiltibuie – opening in May 2016, a bistro serving locally caught seafood fresh from the seas around the Summer Isles – www.saltseafoodkitchen.com
Summer Isles Hotel, Achiltibuie – fine dining, bar meals and afternoon teas – www.summerisleshotel.com
Am Fuaran Bar and Restaurant, Altandhu – pub with bar meals – www.amfuaran.co.uk
Piping School Cafe, Achiltibuie – Cafe with delicious home baking, breakfasts, lunches and early evening meals (BYOB) – coigach.com/piping-school-cafe/
Achiltibuie Stores, Achiltibuie – the local shop – groceries, off licence, local seafood, fuel and more – www.achiltibuiestores.com/
Hamlet Mountaineering, Achiltibuie – guided and tutored canoeing, rock-climbing, classic mountain walks. Check Tim Hamlet’s website for details of the ‘Coigach and Assynt Big 5′ – including overnight canoe expedition to Suilven’, Summer Isles by Canadian Canoe, rock climbing at Reiff, classic mountain walks and canoeing the local lochs of Coigach. – www.hamletmountaineering.com
Nor-West Sea Kayaking, Assynt – kayaking lessons and trips around the Summer Isles – www.norwestseakayaking.com/
Summer Isles Sea Tours, Achiltibuie – local cruises around the Summer Isles with island landings – www.summerisles-seatours.co.uk/
Achiltibuie Gardens, Achiltibuie – hydroponic gardens for succulent local fruit and vegetables – www.thehydroponicum.com/
Ceilidh Place, Ullapool – restaurant, bar, bookshop and art – www.theceilidhplace.com/
North West Highlands Geopark – our special and ancient geology celebrated by UNESCO – www.nwhgeopark.com
…and some other activities:
(Thanks to Julia Campbell for the photo of the Achiltibuie football pitch, which is not an all-seater stadium)