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Why You Should Visit Assynt In Autumn


Experience the enchanting beauty of Assynt in autumn, as the vibrant green leaves transform into a breathtaking tapestry of red, orange, and gold. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes and rolling hills adorned with the vivid hues of native birch and rowan trees and blooming heather. The iconic Quinag offers a striking contrast of rocky crags against the fiery foliage, creating a truly magical scene that will captivate photographers and nature enthusiasts alike. Whether you're tackling the NC500 or stopping off in our beautiful region for an extended stay, we highly recommend giving your full attention to Assynt in all its glory. 


Perfect Peace and Quiet

Escape to Assynt in the autumn months for a welcome spot of peace and quiet. With the summer tourist crowds gone, you can explore the serene lochs and hills in peace. Whether you embark on a hike through the Assynt Munros, take a leisurely stroll along the shores of Loch Assynt, or simply soak in the majestic scenery, you'll find a sense of calm and solitude that is unmatched at any other time of year. And, best of all, your trip will be midge-free!


Wonderful Wildlife

Autumn is also a prime time for wildlife enthusiasts in Assynt. The region is home to a diverse array of bird species, including majestic eagles and peregrine falcons soaring through the sky. As red deer prepare for the upcoming winter, they become more active and easier to spot in their natural habitat.

Migrating birds to the area are a welcome sight for keen twitchers. Look out for:

  • Barnacle geese
  • Whooper swans
  • Long tailed tits
  • Redwings
  • Waxwings
  • Common pipistrelle bats

Why not pop over to Handa Island for a chance to spot marine species like bottlenose dolphins, grey seals, orca whales and basking sharks? The sweeping cliffs and spectacular ocean panoramas are worth the visit in themselves!


Scotland's Most Beautiful Waterfalls 

Prepare to be captivated by the power and beauty of Assynt's waterfalls. In autumn, the heavy rainfall from the summer months transforms these cascades into awe-inspiring torrents of water.

Don't miss the chance to visit the renowned Eas a' Chual Aluinn, also known as the Fairy Falls, nestled in a remote glen and accessible by a short walk. Another gem is Clashnessie Falls, a short walk upstream from pretty Clashnessie Bay, with its big, sandy shore and microclimate. These spectacular 15-metre falls, that transcend from the lochans above, get their name from the Gaelic 'Clais an Easaidh', meaning 'hollow/valley of the waterfall'.

Known as the most beautiful waterfalls in Scotland, the Wailing Widow Falls offer breathtaking views from both above and below. Though hidden from the road, they're easily reachable from the A894 just past the Kylesku Bridge.


Gone Fishing

For fishing enthusiasts, autumn is an excellent time to visit Assynt. The rivers and lochs teem with salmon and trout, offering an exhilarating fishing experience against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery. If you're new to fishing, expert guides like James Curley can teach you the basics and take you to the best spots. With over a hundred lochs in Coigach and Assynt, each brimming with plants and wildlife, your fly fishing adventure will be a truly unforgettable experience.

The amazing Assynt Angling group provides permits for keen anglers, and we sell them from the Lodge throughout the season when we're open.

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Cosy up at the Lodge

Everyone needs a snug space to come back to after a bracing day out in the wilds. Our popular Walled Cottage and Steadings Suites are available to book over the autumn months and your four legged friends are also welcome to join you!


Top Tips for Booking your Autumnal Assynt Trip

Here are a few additional tips for planning your trip to Assynt in autumn:

  • Book your accommodation in advance, especially if you're visiting during peak season.
  • Pack for all types of weather, as the weather in Assynt can be unpredictable. Think waterproofs and plenty of layers!
  • Bring sturdy shoes, as you'll be doing a lot of walking.
  • Bring a camera to capture the stunning scenery
  • Be respectful of the wildlife and environment.

Discover the rugged beauty of the Highlands in autumn and immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery, tranquillity, and vibrant wildlife of Assynt. So, pack your warmest sweater, your camera, and your sense of adventure, and embark on an unforgettable journey through captivating Assynt.

Book your holiday at Inchnadamph now and start planning your Assynt adventure!

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