Assynt is if the far north west highlands, some 80 miles north west of Inverness, and only about 50 miles south of Cape Wrath – the most north westerly point of the British mainland. However the roads are good and relatively traffic free – so it is not difficult to reach, and much of any journey will be through some stunning scenery. Getting Here from within the Highlands By Car.
Most visitors arrive by car, especially as the bus service seems to get more erratic every year. Driving time from Inverness (via Ullapool) is about 2 hours, and there are plenty of car hire options in Inverness.
It is possible to travel to Assynt by bus – but the only buses to the area are from Inverness in the south (via Dingwall & Ullapool), and in the summer from Durness in the north. From Inverness there are 2 or 3 daily bus services to Ullapool and these usually connect with a bus on to Lochinver (not on Sundays).
There is also a bus from Gairloch to Braemore Junction near Ullapool 3 days a week. During the summer (May to September) there is a 6-day a week (also Sundays in July & August) bus service from Inverness to Durness (passing Ullapool & Lochinver) that leaves Inverness about 9am, passes Lochinver about noon, and returns to Inverness leaving Durness about 3pm and Lochinver at about 5pm.
This service will take bicycles if you wish bring your bike and then cycle about the quiet roads of Assynt.
Public transport travel information is best found at traveline Scotland
– as this will show all options available between any 2 locations on a specific day.
A current timetable for the Drumbeg-Lochinver-Ullapool 809 bus route can be found here: Scotbus 809 services(Please note the longstanding PostBus service between Lochinver & Lairg was discontinued in January 2012)
Daily ferry services also operate between Ullapool and Stornoway (Isle of Lewis). Visit the Ferry websiteBy Boat
If you have your own boat there is a sheltered harbour and marina at LOCHINVER. Travel to Inverness from rest of UK.
Road / Car
Inverness is about 2 hours from the central belt of Scotland travelling on the main A9 via Perth. There are also direct roads from Aberdeen in the East, and from Fort William to the south west (along Loch Ness).Coach / Bus
: There are a number of long-distance coach links to Inverness (including regular services from Glasgow and Edinburgh). For details of all the options visit traveline Scotland
There are regular rail services to Inverness from the rest of the UK (including an overnight sleeper
from London). The North Highland line run from Inverness to Thurso & Wick (via Lairg – but note there is NO postbus to Lochinver anymore) and West to Kyle of Lochalsh (via Garve, which is on the Inverness-Ullapool bus route). Rail websiteAir:
Inverness, has an international airport with direct links to the a number of UK cities (London (Gatwick & Luton), Bristol, Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester), the Outer Isles, as well as Amsterdam. Details can be found on the Inverness airport website
Car Hire is available at the Airport
station in Inverness. There are other local operators which a google search will find for you.