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Achmelvich Beach

Achmelvich Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain, if not Europe. It is one of only 5 beaches in Scotland to be a ‘Blue Flag Beach’ which is widely considered the gold standard for beaches.

There are lots of activities to do around here and we offer one of the few places to stay near Achmelvich Beach.

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Hermit’s Castle

Europe’s smallest castle! Known locally as Hermit’s Castle. The castle was built in the 1950s by an English architect (David Scott), who left the area shortly after completion, spending only a weekend in the castle he spent months building.

Only a short walk away from our pods, this is the perfect place to visit when you have a spare hour or two.

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Hillwalking

Suilven is one of Scotland’s most recognisable hills and is a 20-30 minute drive from our pod site. A fantastic whole day hill climb, not for the faint hearted.

There are a number of other hills local to us, including; Quinag, Ben More, Cul Mor and Stac Pollaidh.

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Bone Caves

The Bone Caves in Assynt are around a 30 minute drive from our pods and make for a fantastic day trip. A walk through the Assynt Hills leads to the Bone Caves.

These cave openings on a steep slope at the foot of a cliff have been excavated and were found to contain the remains of species such as lynx, reindeer and polar bear which once roamed the area.

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Fishing

Coast, Boat and Fly Fishers alike flock to Assynt in their thousands every year to enjoy some of the best fishing spots in the country.

Whether you prefer to drop your rod off the side of a boat, cast for a distance from the rocks or tickle a fly whilst waist deep in water, the perfect spot for you is within walking distance of our pods.

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Vesty’s Beach

A hidden gem!

Over the hill and far away from any roads, buildings or people, Vesty’s Beach is on par with Achmelvich Beach for its white sands and blue seas. This may be because they are only a couple of hundred meters apart. However, being fully enclosed by hills at 3 of the 4 sides, with the sea on the other, this really can be like your own private beach at times.

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Achmelvich Golf

Within the hills of Achmelvich lies a 9 hole golf course.. and it’s perfect for those that are not too handy with their putter. You use only your 9 iron or pitching wedge on what we believe to be the most unique North Coast 500 golf course.

The course goes well into the hills and gives incredible views of Achmelvich Beach!

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Durness Zipline

Strung 37 meters above Ceannabeinne Beach in Durness, this zipwire is one of the most thrilling North Coast 500 experiences.

You can reach up to 40mph flying through the sky at this unique spot. They don’t require bookings so you can just turn up on the day, maybe pick the day with the best weather!

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Ardvreck Castle

Ardvreck Castle is one of many castles all the way around the North Coast 500 route. This is one of the best!

Built by Clan MacLeod in 1590 it lies on the periphery of Loch Assynt, right next to the NC500 route.  I has a strong history of clan culture from  it’s time. In 1672 it was taken over by Clan MacKenzie.

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