Spectacular white-sand beaches adorn the coast of Sutherland, with clear waters, and often not another soul to be seen.
Pictured here are Achmelvich, some 5 miles from Inverkirkaig, and Oldshoremore, about an hours drive to the North. To the south of Ullapool is the simply magnificent Gruinard bay, and just beyond that is the beach of Melon Udrigle. Further lovely beaches can be found at Clashnessie, Clachtoll and at Achiltibue, and the famous and isolated Sandwood bay is easily with range to the North.
The North-West coast of Scotland is famous for its breathtaking sunsets. Combined with the spectacular, steep mountains, and myriad islands dotted around the coast, sunset can be a time of utter beauty.
Inverpolly and Assynt are unusual as the best mountains in the area are not the highest ones. The likes of Suilven, Stac Pollaidh, Quinag, Canisp and Coigach are amongst the most impressive peaks in Scotland, whilst all falling well short of Munro height.
One of the main Suilven routes begins only 15 minutes walk from our cabin, though this is a strenuous day's walking in good weather, and requires high levels of fitness and mountain experience. A short distance from Ullapool is the infamous An Teallach, regular winner of polls to find Scotland's finest mountain. The views from the top of this, and several others mentioned can be found in the gallery below.
All photographs copyright Richard Vernon 2011.