4.6 of 5 (5 votes)

Little Assynt to Lochinver

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in Highlands, Scotland, about 11.90km (7.39 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 194m (636ft)
Descent 267m (875ft)
Max. Elevation 210m (688ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 461m (1511ft)
A837 at Little Assynt
Lochinver, Lairg, Sutherland, Scotland
Distance 11.90km
Duration ~4:00h
10Created by plynn on 05 Jul 2012
A point to point walk over initially faint but later clear paths. Can be boggy but has superb views of Suilven and of Quinaig. The last section along the river Inver is delightful.

Walk Functions


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OS Grid NC156249
After being dropped off by the bus take the path heading south and cross the river
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Cross the Allt an Tiaghaich on stepping stones and head southwest towards a dip on the skyline to the east of Cnoc an Leothaid.
About 0.75 km (~0.47 miles) from
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From the top of the bealach Suilven appears side on ahead. There is a faint path but if it disappears head towards the southern outflow of Loch an Leothaid then generally south between Loch Crom and Loch Bad an t-Sluic.
About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from
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The path brings you to Suileag bothy and from there turn right following a clear track towards Lochinver. This track is the most popular route to the ascent of Suilven so you are much more likely to encounter other walkers.
About 2.15 km (~1.34 miles) from
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The track continues through Glencanisp Lodge and could take you straight to Lochinver. But it is far preferable to turn right at the entrance to the grounds of the lodge and find a track heading north.A you climb the view behind opens out again and from the crest turning around you should see the tops of Canisp, Cul Mor and Stac Pollaidh as well as Suilven.
About 3.25 km (~2.02 miles) from
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Turn left at a gate in the deer fence and descend down a delightful shallow valley towards the river Inver.
About 0.66 km (~0.41 miles) from
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Reach the river Inver with beautiful views of Quinaig to the northeast. Follow the river downstream through woodland to reach the main road at a bridge.
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
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Turn left at the A837 and follow it into the centre of Lochinver. If you're in time then you have to try a pie at the Lochinver Larder pie shop. Buses out of Lochinver leave from near the church.
About 1.90 km (~1.18 miles) from
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The walk ends by the church at Lochinver where buses to and from Ullapool arrive and depart.
About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from

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