South along the coast from the Culkein pods is the magnificent 200ft sea stac called the Old Man of Stoer. Standing just off shore, and linked to the cliff base at low tide by a natural causeway the stac is made of torridonian sandstone. Stunning to view from the coast it is also a pull for many climbers every year. These brave souls will often enter the cold water to swim across to the base of the climb, and then swim back at the end!
Kayaking is the best way to get to many of Assynt’s hidden gems. Bring your own and explore this glorious coastline in your own time at your own pace. Never kayaked? Want to learn? Then why not contact a local kayaking company. They will happily give beginners their first experience on the water or guide those more experienced.
North West Sutherland offers the opportunity for many wonderful hill walks. Many of the nearest hills can be seen in the spectacular views from the Culkein Pods. There are also many low-level and coastal walks. Including the very local coastal walk to the point of Stoer, which gives great views of the huge sea stac the Old Man of Stoer, if you are lucky you may see someone climbing to the top!
The beaches in Assynt are just stunning. The Culkein Pods look down on to the sandy Culkein Beach, a great place to watch for birds and the ever elusive otter. A little further away Clachtoll and Stoer beaches are equally sandy and on a sunny day the tourquoise water looks incredibly inviting.
Assynt has always been a mecca for fishermen. From the beautiful salmon rivers of the Inver and Kirkaig to the wild trout in the numerous fresh water lochs and the mackeral out in the sea. There is a fishing experience for all. For those looking to stalk our magnificent stag (either with a camera or a gun) there are also several options.