Located between Wester Ross and the North Coast the Coigach and Assynt reserves are beautiful wild areas worth exploring. Highlights include the Deep Freeze mountains, Loch Assynt Scotland, the ruins of the Ardvreck Castle and the Drumbeg loop.
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Loch Assynt and the Coigach Assynt Reserves - Video
Let's start with a short video which will show you why you should take the time to drive around Loch Assynt.
INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt
Deep Freeze Mountains Scotland
As you leave Ullapool and turn inland on A835 you will cross a stretch of land with flat area and bare mountains. Those are the deep freeze mountains.
The ice sheet covered Scotland until 15000 years ago. When the climate warmed, it melted rapidly. The ice came back 2000 years later in the form of glaciers. This is what shaped those beautiful mountains.
One of the most famous summit is the one below: Stac Pollaidh. This peak is famous for its rocky crest with many pinnacles
Ardvreck Castle Scotland
Later as you arrive at Loch Asssynt, one of your first sights are the ruins of Ardvreck Castle which dates back to 1490. Today not much remains but the beauty of Loch Assynt is sufficient to justify a trip there. (learn more about its history here)
If you love castles, check out my list of the best Scottish Castles.
Loch Assynt Scotland
The real beauty is Loch Assynt. It is surrounded by the peaks of Canisp, Quinag and Beiin Uidhe.
It is just under 10km long and 1.5km at the widest. It is apparently a great place for fishing. There is a legend about a mermaid of Assynt. You can read more about it on Wikipedia.
There are many walks to envjoy in the area. They are listed on the Walkhighlands website.
But just driving along the loch is beautiful:
Most people drive straight to the Scottish North Coast via road A837 but if you want to go off the beaten road and like driving, take the loop that goes along the coast via the town of Drumbeg.
When I drove it, the weather was not great but it was really something very different from the rest of Scotland.
The drive is mostly on a single lane road that turns a lot. But there are many passing places so it was not a major issues.
The area is full of rocky hills and small lakes:
You sometimes drive closer to the beach and discover beautiful pristine beaches with intriguing colors:
And then back to rocky hills and lakes:
Thi sis the view from the Drumbeg viewpoint:
Note that this whole area is wilder than most places you will visit in Scotland. Escpecially early morning, animals can cross the road. So drive slowly and enjoy the show!
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