Balsfjord Chalet
A Northern Retreat  

Three miles north of Inverkirkaig is Lochinver, which has excellent facilities for such a small town.

These include two small supermarkets, the Assynt Tourist Center, a cash machine, butcher, newsagent, a petrol station (closed on Sundays in winter), a mountaineering shop, post office and the excellent pie shop, Lochinver Larder.

There is also a chandlery with a wide range of goods, including waterproofs, fishing tackle, etc and the Assynt Health Center which boasts 2 doctors for a population of under a thousand!

In Inverkirkaig itself is a public telephone box (50m away from cabin) and Achins bookshop, which also includes a cafe.

There are many restaurants in the area, some open from Easter till early October, others throughout the year. The best include:

Forty minutes to the south is the largest local town, Ullapool which boasts more extensive facilities, including a Tesco supermarket and many shops, a museum, pottery, leisure center and port (with a direct ferry link to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis).

The Sea Forth fish and chips in Ullapool is a recent winner of 'Best Takeaway in Britain', and one of our favourites. There is also an excellent butcher just around the corner from it, next to the harbour.