Things To Do

With 17,000 acres to explore it would be quite possible to remain on the Estate during your entire holiday with the occasional foray to Ullapool to restock and perhaps to visit a pub, restaurant or craft shop. However if time permits we would encourage you to also explore the wider local area as there is a wealth of beautiful scenery to see and places to visit...


Camas Mor Beach

Beaches

The nearest beach to Langwell is Camas Mór. Park your car at Blughasary, about 3 miles from Langwell Estate. There is then a walk of 1.5 to 2 miles to the pebbly beach depending on the route taken. This is a beautiful location (see photograph above), especially on a sunny day, and is rarely busy. You can also see the remains of Dún Canna prehistoric fort adjacent to the beach. If you wish to avoid a longish walk then the pebbly beach at Ardmair is only about 5.5 miles away by road. There is a lay-by right next to it so the walk from the car is probably less than a minute.

Beautiful unspoilt sandy beaches can be found at Achnahaird, Achmelvich, Scourie, Redpoint, Gruinard Bay and Mellon Udrigle. Venture further north to Oldshoremore, Balnakeil, Sango beaches and walk along the cliffs to Sandwood Bay, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain.

There are stunning coastal walks on the Achiltibuie peninsula or at Stoer Head where the lighthouse is still operational but closed to the public. On a clear day you will be able to see the Outer Hebrides and might, if very lucky and depending on time of year, see whales, porpoises or dolphins.

 

Boat hire is available on several local estates.

Boat Trips

Local boat trips from Ullapool to the Summer Isles are available in the main tourist season. Kylesku boat tours are not to be missed or a day on Handa Island to see the extensive birdlife.

Experience memorable canoeing and sea kayaking trips, tailored to suit individual abilities, and explore the rugged coastline of the north west.

Rowing boats can be hired on neighbouring estates for loch fishing (permits need to be purchased) or simply for a relaxing day on the water. Local lochs include Loch Veyatie, Cam Loch, Loch Urigill, Loch Awe, Loch Osgaig, Loch Lurgainn and Loch Sionascaig all of which are within easy travelling distance of Langwell.

 

Coigach looking towards Inverpolly

Mountains

There are challenging mountains to climb in all directions from Langwell Estate. An Teallach and Beinn Dearg in the south, distinctive Stac Pollaidh and Suilven to the west and Quinag and Ben More Assynt to the north. All with incredible views from the summits of these Munros, Corbetts and Grahams. Hill walks for all level of fitness abound, enjoy rambles beside beautiful lochs and along coastal paths surrounded by captivating Highland scenery in all its moods and seasons.

At Knockan Crag follow the story of one of the oldest landscapes in Europe and learn about the UNESCO North West Highlands Geopark which contains geological features and landscapes of world-class quality and importance.

 

Ardvreck Castle

History and Culture

Rich in history and culture, the story of the Highlands dates back to ancient times which is evident in the ruins, brochs and cairns scattered across the landscape. Ardvreck Castle and Calda House, on the shores on Loch Assynt, featured in the power struggles between the MacLeod and MacKenzie Clans.

Ullapool Museum explores the history, heritage and people of Lochbroom and offers a Genealogy Research Service (open Mar – Oct and other times by arrangement). The village is a popular venue for cultural activities including the Ullapool Book Festival, Adult Feis Rois, Music and Guitar Festivals and often has live music at the Ceilidh Place, The Arch Inn and Argyll Arms along with touring theatre and dance groups at the Macphail Centre.

 

Ullapool

Shopping and Eating Out

Ullapool is only a short drive away and boasts a wide range of small shops and places to eat. From book shops, antique, arts and crafts, outdoor clothing shops and a great hardware store to a high quality delicatessen, butcher, fresh fish merchant and Tesco supermarket. Plus there are a variety of bars, cafes, restaurants and two fish and chip shops, many using fresh locally sourced ingredients.

Talented local artists' workshops and galleries are worth keeping an eye out for on your travels. Achiltibuie in particular is renowned for its local art scene. Further afield to the south are The Perfume Studio and Aroma Cafe at Mellon Charles where you can have a bite to eat and browse round their lovely shop. If going north west to Assynt call in for a delicious afternoon tea at Inver Lodge Hotel which overlooks the vibrant fishing village of Lochinver.

 

Towards Stac Pollaidh

Relax

Above all, whatever you do during your holiday, remember to take time out to simply relax and absorb the tranquillity and slower pace of life in the Highlands. Relish the escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life and return home refreshed and reinvigorated.