Often referred to as one of the last truly wild places in Europe. The area is popular with hill walkers and mountain climbers. The famous outlines of the mountains of Canisp and Suilven dominate the landscape of Assynt. Details of walks and climbs can be found at the Visitor Centre. Fishing is another attraction - trout lochs, salmon rivers, fly fishing and sea fishing are all available locally. The village has a wide range of facilities for local and tourist alike. There are two Grocery Stores, a Butchers and a Newsagent as well as a Bank, Petrol Station, Post Office, Cycle hire, Leisure centre, Doctor's and Dental Surgery. For the visitor, there are craft & gift shops and once a month local craft markets 'Made in Assynt'are held in the Village Hall. There are some fantastic restaurants here in Lochinver. The Famous Pie shop Lochinver Larder, one Michelin starred restaurant in Lochinver, the Albannach, The Chez Roux restaurant at the Inver Lodge Hotel plus newly opened 'Peets Restaurant'.
Wildlife in Lochinver
Local Marine Life includes Common Seal, Grey Seals, Porpoise, Dolphins even the occasional Minke whale and Basking Sharks. Birdwatchers will find Oyster Catchers, Curlew, Hooded Crows, Puffins, Buzzards and the magnificent Golden Eagle can be spotted here. Your also likely to see Mountain Hare, Pine Martins, and Otters. Its an increasingly common sight to see hundreds of Red Deer parading across the open land which is worth remembering especially at night whilst driving. As its a crofting community you'll be expected to see and hear Chickens, Cockerels, Highland Cattle, Sheep and people roaming around.
Enjoy soaking away in a warm bubbling hot tub giving you the ulitmate stargazing experience at The Little Abodes. The skies in the Highlands are perfect for stargazing, as the degree of light pollution is minimal, and there are few obstructions to viewing the sky. Lochinver has been granted the highest class of award, being a place where the Milky Way can easily be seen with the naked eye. Aurous borealis's or Northern Lights have just recently graced us with there spectacular light show...have to say one of the most amazing things i have ever seen. Because of their unpredictability, if you see the Northern Lights, then just enjoy them as an unexpected bonus to your Highland holiday.