Local information covering: Inverpolly, Achiltibuie, Coigach, Ullapool and Lochinver

Restaurants and Cafes

Coigach has a good choice of places to eat.

In Achiltibuie the Summer Isles Hotel has a top class restaurant and also serves delicious food in the bar, and there is also a garden outside where you can sit and have a drink and maybe something to eat too.
Tel: 01854 622282

The Piping School Cafe in Achiltibuie also serves delicious food throughout the day, and does take­aways and some evening meals.

The Fuaran Bar in Altandhu is also a very popular place to eat and has a take ­away menu too. It's advisable to book in high season.
Tel: 01854 622 339

Nearby in Lochinver there are a handful of very high standard restaurants. Peet's Restaurant specialises in fish which is landed only a couple of hundred yards away! Booking is almost always necessary!
Tel: 01571 844 085

Boat Trips

There are several options for boat trips:

The Isabella, Summer Isles Sea Tours, operates from Old Dornie harbour and goes around the Summer Isles landing on the largest Tanera Mor for a short visit and seals, birdlife and the Cathedral Cave on Tanera Beag can be seen . Booking is essential tel. 07927920592 web site http://www.summerisles­seatours.co.uk/

The Summer Queen is a bigger boat (with loos etc) that operates from Ullapool with trips to Tanera Mor and the other islands in the morning and Wildlife cruises in the afternoon. The guide Noel Hawkins is very good and is very knowledgeable and gives an interesting talk.. There is a booking office in Ullapool on the seafront or phone 01854 612091 http://www.summerqueen.co.uk/

There is a boat trip that goes out from Kylesku up Loch Glencoul , seals and the highest waterfall in the UK , Eas a’ Chual Aluinn, can be seen from this boat although the falls are quite a way off at the end of the loch and are best seen after heavy rain.. tel 07921149086 http://www.rachaelclare.com/

Achiltibuie has a very well stocked village shop and a petrol/diesel pump. You can order live langoustine and scallops from the shop, they are caught just off shore. Open Monday -­ Saturday.

Achiltibuie Post Office
Open Monday -­ Saturday, mornings only.

Achiltibuie Garden
Innovative growing using hydroponics ­resulting in wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables, & the prettiest salads you could ever hope to eat!! Drive up to the gates if the open sign is up go down to the greenhouses and they usually pick salad and fruit fresh for you.

Achiltibuie Artists Gallery
Situated in Achiltibuie Community Hall [opposite the Piping School Cafe] the gallery stocks a variety of beautiful, original artworks & gifts produced by local artists, sculptors and makers.

Polbain also has a craft shop full of lovely locally produced gifts and knitwear to look at and buy. Call in and have a cup of tea or coffee.


The Ullapool News (a new copy is in the lodge each week) has lists of what’s on and where. Ullapool has quite a lively music scene.

Further Afield

Ullapool & Lochinver are both fishing ports that offer a range of shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes. Highland Pottery and Ullapool Museum are well worth a visit in Ullapool. Peets restaurant in Lochinver is a new and excellent place to eat. (www,peetsrestaurant.com) The Summer Queen runs boat trips from the harbour in Ullapool and there is a swimming pool that is open to the public at various times during the day.

Lochinver & Ullapool also have a Highland Stoneware Pottery shop and there is a very good bookshop & cafe called Achins Bookshop which is situated between Lochinver and Achiltibuie near the River Kirkaig and the excellent walk to Kirkaig Falls, this also sells a variety of gifts. The drive to Lochinver is very pretty and is a must do trip.

Corrieshalloch Falls just south of Ullapool are awesome, with a suspension foot bridge over them.

The drive to Kylesku is spectacular and there is a great little hotel there that serves very good food and the best mussels you’ll ever eat. There is a boat trip up the sea loch from just outside the hotel with seals,great scenery, interesting geology and a view of the highest waterfall in Britain. To get there go to Lochinver then drive through the village and take the A837 keep going then take the A894 after some spectacular scenery you should see a sign to Kylesku on your right. If you get to an amazing road bridge over the sea loch you’ve gone a little bit too far but no matter the bridge is worth a look.

Instead of taking the A837 after Lochinver you could take the Drumbeg coastal road which is very scenic but a single track and quite slow. Allow for a long day if you do that!

Handa Island near Scourie, is well worth a visit, reached by a short boat trip from Tarbet, and hosting Guillemots, Skuas, Puffins, Arctic Terns and Fulmars on high sea cliffs.

Knockan Crag is a geological walk and interpretation centre. Go back up the single track towards Ullapool and turn left when you get to the main road. The path is well sign posted and interpretation boards explain the geology of the area. There are not many roads in the area, provided you’ve gone in the right direction you usually find what you were looking for!