Tucked away at a secluded rocky bay on Scotland’s remarkable West Coast lies one of the country’s most beautiful waterfronts: Achmelvich Beach. Miles of spotless white sands brush against crystal blue waters marking Achmelvich Bay as a hotspot for many travellers of the North Coast 500 keen to venture from the beaten track.
Our elegant glamping pods are handcrafted from premium British timber and furnished with amenities synonymous with luxury hotel accommodation. All pods are fully insulated and fitted with underfloor heating to stay cosy year-round. Each pod features a deluxe double bed with hotel-quality linen that is snugly tucked away to maximise living space, ensuring the best sleep possible after a long day exploring the area’s bountiful coastlines and country walks. The pods all contain a sofa that folds out to a double bed to comfortably sleep parties of up to four. Additional facilities include a fully equipped kitchenette and en-suite as well as a communal area with top of the range BBQ facilities for rustling up the finest local delicacies. We have dog-friendly pods so there is no need to leave your furry friends at home during your North Coast 500 adventure.
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Achmelvich Beach plays host to a myriad of activities including swimming, sailing, water sports, fishing and more. There are ample opportunities for scenic hill treks in and around the Suilven, Canisp, Quinag and Stac Pollaidh mountains. Other popular landmarks include Hermit’s Castle, the Bone Caves of Inchnadamph and Loch Assynt. Check out our Discover Achmelvich page for a lowdown of the best local attractions.
Still undecided if our glamping site at Achmelvich is the right accommodation for your North Coast 500 adventure? Have a read of our blog: Explore, which is packed with all the information you will need to add glamping on the West Coast to your bucket list.
A short stroll from the glamping site, the Hermit’s Castle can be found. Lesser known than the spectacular Achmelvich Bay, this castle has been called the smallest of its kind in Europe. A truly unique structure that’s size and perspective can be confusing to comprehend! Furthermore., much mystery surrounds this castles origin and how it came to be built on this remote shoreline on the west coast of Scotland.
A visit to Achmelvich isn’t complete without indulging in the local delicacies. Look no further than Lochinver Larder, a foodie hotspot blessing tourists and locals with their delicious pies. We recommend paying a visit and tucking into one of several flavours on offer while you enjoy the views of the river.
A fragment of its former glory, Ardveck Castle dates back to the 16th century and can be found perched poignantly on the east side of Loch Assynt. Here, mountainous landscapes surround you as you are immersed in one of the most spectacular settings the region has to offer. An enjoyable walk to and from the castle can be accessed from near Inchnadamph. Camera at the ready!
An hour’s walk along the cliffside from the Stoer Lighthouse, this breath-taking sea stack towers 200ft high from the choppy waters of The Minch below. On a clear day, you can admire some of the finest coastal scenery and see as far as the Hebrides to the west. The terrain can be challenging at times due to our famous Scottish weather. We recommend wearing appropriate hillwalking footwear.
Clashnessie Bay can be found 11 miles to the north of Lochinver and offers many of the features that make Achmelvich so popular. Soft white sands, azure waters, a mild microclimate, quiet, beautiful and waiting to be explored. Clashnessie Falls is also nearby, with a 15-meter waterfall crashing from the lochans above providing an entertaining spectacle.
Stoer Head offers a dramatic coastline with great views, wildlife, and a lighthouse. The lighthouse itself dates back to 1870 and was designed by the Stevenson family, like many lighthouses found throughout Scotland. Although it is now automated, the lighthouse is functional and can be seen at work as the sunsets. A stunning backdrop!
As mountains go, Stac Pollaidh’s eastern summit is extremely accessible. For this reason, it is considered one of the most popular in Assynt alongside Suilven. The mountain itself is distinctive, with its rocky ridges visible throughout its vicinity. And, as views go, they don’t come more beautiful. On a clear day, a panoramic view stretches for miles towards the west coast. Completion time will take roughly 3-4 hours making it the perfect afternoon jaunt.
You’d be forgiven if you thought you had magically transported to the Caribbean. Achmelvich Bay is complete with the white sands and clear seas synonymous with its gulf stream counterpart. An extremely popular destination, outdoor pursuits such as water-skiing and windsurfing are perfect for those seeking adrenaline. Or, if you are all about relaxation, kick back and soak up the sun. You may even catch a glimpse of a porpoise, dolphin or minke whale.
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