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Out of the way coastal village beyond Ullapool with staggering sunset views and a wonderful coastline to experience.

Achiltibuie is how I think a town in the Falklands or New Zealand's South Island might look like strung out over several miles and with no discernable centre to it. 

It may be very exciting as an example of town planning, but it you wanted to site a village with startling views across the blissfully named Summer Isles to look even as far as Skye on a good day, then this is absolutely the place.

Achiltibuie is also located in one of Scotland's most beautiful areas with coast line and a number of mountains to walk that are ideal for anyone who loves walking but does not want to climb. This is the place for wonderful outdoor days and then sunsets and maybe close with a dram at the Summer Isle Hotel.

Eating Out

The main local place to dine is The Summer Isles hotel which has both formal and also informal bar dining.


Most shopping is done at the Achiltibuie stores (T/F 01854 622496) which serves the local population and is also the only provider of fuel and diesel in 25 miles.

There is also a local store at Polbain.

Travel Directions to Achiltibuie

Travel by road is the only discernable way of getting to Achiltibuie. Leave the A385 a few miles north of Ullapool and follow the north shore of Loch Lurgann and under Stac Pollaidh and then keep following road as it traces the Coigach Peninsula and then at Achnahaird turn towards the village.

You can also travel south from Lochinver which offers views of Suilven.

Local Sights & Activities for Achiltibuie

This is not a land of castles and monuments. This is the place for walking across moorlands, beach combing and enjoying a Scotland of open wilderness. 

Local Visitor Attractions


Achiltibuie Hotels & Accommodation

There is quite a bit of self catering including some below. There is the Summer Isles Hotel which has excellent food and a welcoming bar and offers a range of accommodation from suites to log cabins. There are a lot of self-catering cottages. Notable are the new Locholly and Stac Polly Cottages and also the The Brochs of Coigach which use traditional Brochs as the start for two small cottages