Assynt is a land steeped in history and folklore, loved by walkers, geologist and anyone interested in nature. The vast open spaces broken by massive, majestic mountain that rise up to dominated the landscape and skyline for miles around. These marvellous peaks are amongst the oldest in the world and instil a sense wonder and magic in everyone that climbs their lofty summits. We have two Munros (mountains over 3000 feet) Ben More Assynt & Conival and 17 Corbetts (mountains between 2500 and 3000 feet high, with at least 500 feet of descent on all sides).
We also have many shorter, easier, walks that are just as stunning that take you into the heart of the geo-centre but without ever having to climb. From a gentle stole to the waterfall at Inverkirkaig, the easy but slightly longer walks along the side of Quinag starting from Ruddyglow Park and coming out at Nedd or from Elphin to Lochinver passing through the valley with Canisp on one side and Suilven on the other to the wonderful cliff walks round Drumbeg, the point of Stoer and Handa Island, which is an adventure in its own right.
Lastly but not least we have mile upon mile of pristine, pinky white sandy beaches that you can walk along for hours without ever meeting another person. Sandwood bay has been voted as one of the best beaches in the Scotland, the UK and the world on a number of occasions.
The Highland Ranger Service has a programme of graded walks for all ages and abilities should anyone not want to venture out on their own. For further information on these please call +44(0)1571 844330 or visit the local Tourist Information Centre.
For detailed information on hiking and climbing in Scotland the Walk Highlands website is unbeatable and there is more information on the Go4AWalk website
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