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  • Writer's pictureBrooke McKinnell

Achmelvich, Scotland's Aquamarine Bay, and the beautiful Lochinver

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"The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination, and brings eternal joy to the soul." - Wyland

The first time I discovered Alchmelvic I was in complete awe. I couldn't believe how picturesque this place was. Achmelvich Beach is a stunning beach located on the northwest coast of Scotland, in the county of Sutherland. The beach is renowned for its crystal clear turquoise waters and pristine white sand, making it a popular destination for visitors and locals alike.

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One of the main reasons to visit Achmelvich Beach is the stunning scenery. The beach is surrounded by rocky hills and cliffs, which provide a dramatic backdrop to the crystal-clear waters of the bay. The beach is also situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
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Another reason to visit Achmelvich Beach is the range of activities on offer. The beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and paddling, while the surrounding hills provide a great opportunity for hiking and wildlife watching. Visitors can also enjoy water sports such as kayaking, surfing, and windsurfing, as well as fishing and boating.

Achmelvich Beach is also an important historical site, with evidence of human activity dating back to the Bronze Age. The area is rich in archaeological sites, including ancient stone circles, burial mounds, and standing stones.

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For those looking for a quieter, more relaxing experience, Achmelvich Beach is also a great place to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands. The beach is relatively secluded, with few nearby facilities, making it the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Achmelvich Beach is a stunning destination that offers something for everyone, whether you're interested in outdoor activities, history, or just enjoying the natural beauty of Scotland.

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Hermits castle

The Hermit's Castle is a small, castle-like structure located on the rocky cliffs above Achmelvich Beach in the Scottish Highlands. It was built in the 1950s by a man named David Scott, who was inspired by the idea of living a solitary life as a hermit. The castle was constructed using local materials and has a unique, rustic charm.

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Nearby Lochinver

8 miles from Alchmelvich is Lochinver, a small village located on the northwest coast of Scotland, in the county of Sutherland. While the village itself is relatively small, there are a number of amenities and attractions for visitors to enjoy, including:

Shops and services: Lochinver has a range of shops, including a grocery store, pharmacy, post office, and petrol station. Visitors can also find a number of local businesses offering a range of services, such as bike rentals, boat trips, and guided tours.

Restaurants and cafes: Lochinver is known for its excellent seafood, and there are a number of restaurants and cafes in the village that specialize in fresh local produce. Visitors can enjoy a range of traditional Scottish dishes, including locally caught fish and shellfish. The Lochinver Larder is a popular bakery and takeaway located in the village of Lochinver, in the Scottish Highlands. The bakery is known for its selection of high-quality, locally sourced ingredients, including fresh fish and game, which are used to create a range of delicious pies, pastries, and other baked goods. Delilah's is a popular restaurant located in the village of Lochinver in the Scottish Highlands. The restaurant is known for its creative, high-quality dishes that incorporate locally sourced ingredients, including fresh seafood, game, and produce.

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Delilahs- It's best to make reservations if you wish to dine in during peak season as this place can book up fast. It also has a lovely outdoor area to eat. Also a nice area across the road with a few picnic benches. I like to sit here and enjoy the sunset next to the sea.
The Lochinver Larder- With the finest pies I've ever tasted. They can also mail order them to you. There is an outdoor seating area here too right next to the River Inver.

Peets Restaurant- Established in 2014, Peet’s has built an
an enviable reputation for great service.
They are located near the harbor in the
the beautiful coastal village of Lochinver, warmly welcoming to locals and visitors alike.

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Outdoor activities

The surrounding area offers a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, fishing, and water sports. Visitors can explore the nearby Assynt region, which is known for its stunning natural scenery, including mountains, lochs, and waterfalls. Discover Assynt: This website provides information on a range of activities and attractions in the Assynt region, including Lochinver. Visitors can find information on hiking trails, fishing spots, and local events.

Cultural attractions

Lochinver is home to the Assynt Foundation, which is a local organization that works to promote the cultural heritage of the area. Visitors can explore the Foundation's headquarters, which includes a museum, gallery, and archive, showcasing the history and culture of the Assynt region.


When I visit Alchmelvich, I usually stay at my friend Colin's new and upcoming campsite, It's dog friendly and the host is great. He's currently working to have his own facilities on site but for now, you can use the toilets nearby. It's perfect if you wish to pitch up a tent. You also get a great view of the bay from here.

Lochinver and Alchmelvich have a range of accommodation options, including holiday cottages, guest houses, and hotels. Visitors can choose from a range of different styles and budgets, depending on their needs and preferences.

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For The Hillhead self-service caravan site please click:
For the Shore caravan site please click:
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Other useful information

There are a number of websites that can provide information on activities and attractions in and around Lochinver, including:

Walking Highlands: This website provides detailed information on hiking trails in the Scottish Highlands, including the Assynt region. Visitors can find information on trail difficulty, length, and scenic views.

Sea Kayak and other water Sports Assynt: This website provides information on sea kayaking tours and courses in the Assynt region. Visitors can explore the coast and nearby islands, and learn about the local wildlife and history.

Scottish Wildlife Trust: This website provides information on wildlife-watching opportunities in the Scottish Highlands, including the Assynt region. Visitors can find information on guided tours and events, and learn about the local flora and fauna.

Visit Scotland: This website provides general information on travel and tourism in Scotland, including the Highlands and Lochinver. Visitors can find information on accommodation, transportation, and local events and attractions.

Map of the area

A little word of warning

In the picture below you will see the road that leads from Lochinver to Alchmelvich, This road is very narrow and can be rather difficult to get to as there is barely enough room for two cars to pass. I've seen caravans meet on this road and they have had difficulty getting past each other. There aren't many passing places so you may have to reverse. It's fine out f season but can be a little manic during peak season. There are also a few blind corners so please just take your time and be vigilant. It's a beautiful drive otherwise.

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