Wild Assynt

96 hours in Scotland’s wildest highlands.

Martijn Droger
Nov 6, 2018 · 3 min read
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Photography & words by Martijn Droger

Mysterious mountains as far as the eye can see. Fog comes creeping in from around the tops. It’s almost sunset, and in the distance, you can see the silhouettes of some deer, roaming over the empty hills. Before you is the road, empty, winding through the landscape like a meandering river, yours to explore. The landscape of the Assynt, in the North-west corner of Scotland, is for those who find peace in nature’s wild beauty.

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Getting there

Fly to Inverness. Rent a car.

Stay

Ullapool. Driving from Inverness, this little town is the gateway to the area. The town hosts everything you need. A supermarket, eating facilities, other people (always nice when being somewhere remote), many hotels, B&B’s and a youth hostel. All the best spots of the Assynt are within a good driving distance of the town.

Do

  • Hike up Stac Pollaidh. This short but steep hike up the famous mountain is your easiest en shortest option to see the Assynt from above. Make sure to bring warm clothes to the top. Up high you can find some cold and strong winds.
  • Visit Loch Assynt at sunrise or sunset to find deer. A 100% deer guarantee.
  • Hop on a sightseeing boat at the Ullapool harbor. Searching for seals and other animals is always a good idea and the crew will teach you interesting things about the environment.
  • Find gold when the sun hits the horizon. We all know the best views and photographs come from being somewhere with sunrise or sunset. The rugged mountains of the Assynt can light up in amazing colors around sunrise and sunset. Make sure to be there on time to see the area in its most beautiful way.
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