Things To Do
Exploring by car
The circular routes round Assynt and Coigach provide delightful motoring with amazing views. Beaches at Clachtoll and Clashnessie can be explored and the detour to Stoer Head Lighthouse reveals a panorama of the coast. Further afield the journey to Durness reaches the wonderful sandy beaches of the north coast and, one can even catch the ferry and bus to Cape Wrath.
The trip round Coigach can detour into the village of Achiltibuie. Further south the bustling town of Ullapool has lost of shops and boat trips to the Summer Isles. At certain times a day trip to the Isle of Lewis is possible
Dunrobin Castle near Golspie on the east coast is well worth a day out.
Some of the local mountains are easier to climb than they look; some more difficult, so it is important to plan well and be prepared. Ben More Assynt is the highest mountain in the area and a number of the northerly group of Munros (mountains over 3000 feet) are accessible on day trips when staying in Glendarroch.
Watching the feeding table at Glendarroch is a great way to see the local birds. There is always something, from the cry of the cuckoo in spring, flocks of migrating fieldfares stripping the berries in autumn, to the call of the owl in winter. A visit to Handa Island, a short crossing by sea north of Scourie, is well worthwhile in the seabird breeding season.
The local angling club manages the fishing on the best lochs and visitors are welcome to buy permits for a small fee. Some of the larger lochs have boats which make for a most enjoyable day. It is an easy walk from Glendarroch House to the lochs at Ardroe to the north.
There are limestone caves near Inchnadamph which have yielded bones of brown bear, polar bear, arctic fox, lemming and lynx, from Ice age times. The large cave at Smoo near Durness is also worth a visit.
The Assynt area is well provided with low level walks for all abilities. The Culag Woods, River Inver and Kirkaig falls are popular destinations. The path to Ardroe and Achmelvich from near Glendarroch is also a favourite.
Further afield the walk in to the evocative and lonely Sandwood Bay, near Kinlochbervie, is an experience that will always be remembered.
With its tranquility, panoramic view and comforts, Glendarroch House provides a perfect haven to relax in. Contemplate the timeless scenery, the ever changing weather and forget about the rest of the world for a while!