By Gabbi Armstrong
Communications Project Manager for the North Coast 500
Published: 10th May 2018


Unwind, relax and venture off the beaten track..


Achiltibuie and Coigach are best known for the stunning views of the west coast which stretch from the Cuillins to the hills of northern Assynt and the western isles.  There is a superb choice of sandy beaches on the peninsula, at Acheninver, Badenscallie, Badentarbat, Reiff, Camus an Glas Eilean and on Isle Ristol but the best known is at Achnahaird which ranks among the best on the west coast and has sand at any state of the tide.

The sea cliffs at Reiff are considered by many to be a climbers paradise and second to none for the quality of the climbing. The combination of sea, islands and mountains result in extraordinary views of the west coast and the outer isles and a number of easy walks in the area take full advantage of the scenery. Give scrambling or rock climbing ago with Tim from Hamlet Mountaineering or  why not try mountain guiding with them – get some experience in the hills, they will show you the way and introduce you to the local wildlife and nature. Even the diverse geology and archaeology in the North West Highlands.

Photo: Hamlet Mountaineering, views from Stac Pollaidh

See everything from a different perspective – gaze upon the mountains from the tranquil waters of the summer isles by sea kayaking or enjoy a lazy paddle by canoe, surrounded by the red Torridonian sand stone beaches.

Did you know you will in fact be exploring some of the North West Highland Geopark? Why not take the Coigach Geotrail and find out more about the the landscape, culture, history and geology of the area – you never know what hidden treasures you will come across. The county of Sutherland has often been referred to as Scotland’s – and Europe’s ‘Last Great Wilderness’. Some of the rocks are more than 3,000 million years old, some of the oldest in Britain. Unearth fossils of early life and discover the evidence of a massive asteroid impact.

As you are exploring Achiltibuie and Coigach, don’t forget to sample their local seafood.

During the summer months there are usually a number of concerts, dances and sessions which are popular with visitors and are listed in the events section of

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