The cottage is ideally situated for exploring the North West corner of Scotland, based in the small hamlet ofAchriesgill. The nearest village is Kinlochbervie, a fishing village.

Rugged scenery is in abundance in the Sutherland region with the stunning Sandwood Bay only five miles north of Kinlochbervie. Fishing is the most dominant feature in the village, although the old harbour is now little used.

Fishing vessels now land their catches, a large handling depot in Loch Bervie where the fish are loaded onto large refrigerated trucks for transportation around the country. Due to the importance of this link the roads are exceptionally good considering the remote position in the north of Scotland.

Local amenities at Kinlochbervie include two local stores, a petrol filling station and the Kinlochbervie Hotel. The village also has a Health Centre. A post office and police station are situated at Rhiconich with a large selection of amenities to be found in Ullapool which is some 58 miles distant.

Local activities -

"A light-hearted account of what goes on in our tiny corner of the world. Kinlochbervie is the most northerly port on the west coast of Scotland, and virtually the last place you come to before falling into the sea. It is 60 miles from the nearest supermarket, the cinema arrives on the back of a lorry (as does the bank), and has been short-listed by the Oxford English Dictionary as a definition of the word 'Remote'.

That being said, it is home to a variety of people from all walks of life. Some born here, others who have chosen to come and live here. Surrounded by thousands of acres of unspoiled highland countryside, wonderful beaches, and fascinating wildlife; even the weather is just a little bit different to the rest of Scotland!"

Scotland’s first Geopark -

At 3,000 million years old, the rocks at the seashore are even older than the hills – and what hills they are!  Where else can you experience a skyline that compares to the ridges of Foinaven and Arkle, or classic hills like Suilven or Stac Pollaidh?  In places like this it’s not just the eagles or the peregrines that soar.  This is the most sparsely populated corner of Europe.  Set yourself free in a place with space to spare.

Ridgeway Adventure -

"Adventure courses in a simpler world - A timeless and truly wild natural environment where mountains rise majestically from the intricate coves and bays of sheltered sea lochs. Climb in the mountains, sea kayak amongst seals and nesting sea birds, rock climb on ancient crags, survive on uninhabited islands, lift creels from the depths and far more".

Free Spirit Trekking Centre -

"Free Spirit Trekking Centre is a small,friendly,family run business. We are situated in the most North West corner of Scotland close to the famous "Sandwood Bay". Boasting some of the most spectacular views in the Highlands. We offer Trekking and Saddle Club to suit all ages and capabilities, also lessons are available for beginner/novice riders".

The centre of the ancient lands of Clan MacKay  -

Welcome to Scourie! -

"The crofting village of Scourie, once a Clan Mackay stronghold, lies at the centre of the parish of Eddrachilles in North West Sutherland - an area famous for its remote rugged beauty, unspoilt by modern development".

"The iconic Suilven and world famous Stac Pollaidh mountains are closeby, so too is Ben More Assynt, one of the most northerly of the Munros.  Canisp, Conival and Quinag are just some of the other celebrities of the hillwalking world which are right on the doorstep of Lochinver."

Ullapool, a picturesque fishing village -

"Sightseeing opportunities abound in this corner of Scotland, with stately homes such as Dunrobin Castle closeby, Dornoch Cathedral, Skibo Castle and the impressive Falls of Shin, famous for its leaping salmon. Golfers will be delighted by the Royal Dornoch Golf Club, a championship links course said to be among the dozen most beautiful courses in the world, and having hosted the likes of Scott Verplank. Hillwalkers will be charmed by the beautiful Assynt region, home to some of the most famous mountains in Scotland including Suilven and Stac Pollaidh, and other great climbs like Ben More Assynt, Quinag and Canisp".

Tourist information centres

Durness Tourist Information Centre
Durine, Durness, By Lairg,
Sutherland, IV27 4PN
Tel: 01971 511259
Fax: 01971 511368

Lochinver Tourist Information Centre
Assynt Visitor Centre, Main Street,
Lochinver, By Lairg,
Sutherland, IV27 4LX
Tel: 01571 844330
Fax: 01571 844373

Ullapool Tourist Information Centre
Argyle Street, Ullapool, Ross-Shire
Tel: 01854 612135

Inverness Tourist Information Centre
Bridge Street, On Castle Wynd
Inverness, IV2 3BJ
Tel: 01463 234353

Fort Augustus web site - - tel: 01320 366 367

The Country Ranger guided walks service offers another way to access the area -