Tell me about Assynt.

Discussion in 'Scotland/Alba' started by friedaweed, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    Got a cottage in Clachtoll end of August. Been tying some classics for the hill lochs.

    Any must see spots and things to do Scurbzes?

    Will be parking my canoe here.

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    Heading to Brora for the second week but I know that area ;)
     
  2. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    Oh nice. I was up that way last year. I had a black pudding roll at the wee shack in Clachtoll.

    They were doing some work to create a viewing platform at the Clachtoll broch (to stop people walking on it.) It would be interesting to see how that looks now.

    There's some peat roads near Clachtoll. I walked up one and didn't see anybody. A guy in the same hostel as me was using them to go fishing up in the hills.

    I actually walked to Clachtoll from Achmelvich. There's a path that goes past an old mill and a quiet beach. I didn't see it but I believe there's a fish and chip van at Achmelvich on a Saturday night.

    There's also a walk from Achmelvich to Lochinver. You get a great view of the surrounding hills and it goes past the Highland stoneware factory, which is worth a visit. The pie shop in Lochinver is quite famous but I gave it a swerve due to the exorbitant prices :D

    All I did was walk to be honest, I'm not sure what else to tell you :thumbs:
     
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  3. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    Cheers mate. Can you get a vehicle up the peat roads do you think?
     
  4. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    Used to work with a guy from Lochinver. He made giant mechanical chickens from old TV sets and junk.
     
  5. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    I was up in that area a few weeks back - pretty amazing scenery just lying around everywhere. If you have a car or bike I recommend travelling the road from Lochinver to Drumrunie. Along the way is Stac Pollaidh, a classic but fairly easy climb.
     
  6. catinthehat

    catinthehat Failed VK = Replicant

    The Lochinver Pie shop is a wonder to behold. Robin Cook died there on a walk. It was the first place I ever saw a Romaesque (not sure of exact name) cabbage/cauliflower thing. The landscapes up near Cape Wrath are other worldly.
     
  7. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    tbh I thought the Lochinver pie shop was okay but overpriced. Get the pie with garnish, because if you get it with mash you pay about £6 extra for a spoonful of mash potato.
     
  8. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    I've gotta be honest pie shops will be far from my agenda. Hill lochs and fishing and some Canadian canoeing with Finn Larden are what this weeks about. We can't take the bikes this year on account of an extra person coming, plus taking the canoe, so we'll mainly be on foot and probably will pack a tent for a couple of overnighters, just me and the lad and the trangier stove.

    Saying that I'm sure our Narnia and her daughter will venture pie shop way :D
     
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  9. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    You could certainly get a vehicle up part of the way - doubt you could drive the whole thing though.
     
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  10. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    There's a great long distance walk from Lochinver to Inchnadamph. About 14 miles and goes past Suilven. I never made it the whole way though, it was raining so I decided to turn north at the bothy. Bad idea as the path deteriorated rapidly. I ended up belly-flopping on the moor and got a tick for my trouble :(
     
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  11. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    What was the bothy like mate?
     
  12. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    I was looking forward to getting into the bothy to get out of the rain but I got attacked by midges once inside :D

    Other than the midges it looked good, 2 big rooms with sleeping platforms and fireplaces.
     
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  13. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    Back Hem.:cool:

    I had a wonderful time in Assynt. It truly is a beautiful place and I have now completed my circumnavigation of the Scottish coastline, apart from the Isles of course (That's next). :D:thumbs: It was the one area of the coast that I'd not done and having done the drive up to Cape Wrath and the walk to The old man of Stoer from Lochinver and on by four whhels to Durness I can now say I've done the Scottish mainland coastline by hook or by crook. Its only taken me 35 years :D

    The fishing was amazing. I had a couple of blank days but I don't know how anyone could not be happy just walking in those hills discovering Loch after Loch after Loch.

    I was really lucky to meet Simon Barnes up in the hills who gave me a bit of his sage advice. He makes lovely rods...
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    That's what i love about the people you meet in these remote places. They all want to share their knowledge with you.

    I was fishing a small hill loch on my way to Loch an Leathhaid Rainich and out of nowhere appeared these two gorgeous black Labradors followed by Simon himself. He's a Crieff man who builds rods and I was busy telling him how I'd just lost a good fish at the net when he shared his set up and the concept of drift on dry fly over cast and the unsatisfactory arm ache of retrieving wets. Anyway he was right as from then on I hit fish on every Loch I visited and I continued this on my fishing on the Hill Lochs of Sutherland the following week. All on my own hedgehogs I might add. :D

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    After a week in Assynt we all headed cross country to Brora and stayed in a lovely gaff there and found fossils on the beach and tucked into some nice Haggis from the Golspie butcher's.

    I fished Loch Horn, Buidhe and Loch Brora again and had my best day with 6 netted on Horn including these lovely fish..
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    All catch and release currently so nothing in the pan.

    We watched the Salmon pooling at The Mound for 3 nights. The rivers are really low and you can see fish jumping in the sea at Helmsdale, Brora and Fleet trying to get to their spawning grounds just waiting for some rain. Even the Lochs were noticeably low.

    Sadly this seems to be currently being exploited by a few folk who are netting fish in the dark of night at various spots. all a bit sad really.

    Anyway. Assynt is the place if you like to fish on the fly :cool:
     
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  14. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    And I've managed to wangle another week-off before the fishing season ends - guess where I might be going for at least a few days! :D
     
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  15. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    St Tropez?
     
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  16. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    Hull?
     

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