The north and west

About The north and west


Enjoy a stunning drive west to Ullapool and then spend your day in this most attractive, small, coastal town. Ullapool is the ferry port for Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and has a small but busy harbour.

The Summer Isles lie just off Ullapool and boat trips around the Isles are a delight.

Ullapool has a good selection of hotels, restaurants and shops.  The drive to Ullapool takes 1½ hours.


On Sutherland’s west coast, just 1½ hours west of Dornoch, Lochinver lies in a fold of the hills around a sheltered harbour.

Close by is Achmelvich beach, a sheltered silver bay with safe bathing.

As you drive west you’ll enjoy stunning views of Sutherland’s mountains, Suilven and Canisp.

Tongue and North Sutherland

Drive west past Loch Shin then north through Altnaharra to the north coast and the green haven of Tongue, a small, attractive village with good places to eat. From there, drive west along the coast around Loch Eriboll to Durness or head east to Melvich  and then home via historic Strathnaver to Helmsdale and south to Dornoch.