The Assynt Visitor Centre is home to the Tourist Information Centre and the local Highland Council Rangers. As well as numerous free leaflets on display, staff members are on hand to provide advice about the area including places to stay and places to visit. There are also toilets in the Centre.
Displays inside the Centre include a CD Rom of Assynt, a reference section on geology, history, wildlife, walking and recent wildlife sightings. At the centre of the ground floor is a large table containing a three-dimensional map of Assynt showing the surrounding landscape as well as a companion map showing the areas covered by glaciers during the last Ice Age.
There is also a series of display panels relating to the natural history of the area. The geology of the North West Highlands Geopark receives particular attention. Another wall recreates a sea bird colony complete with cliff face and sea birds. And a three-dimensional display gives a bird’s eye view of a remote croft illustrating the traditional way of life for many in Assynt.
The visitor centre is on two floors, and visitors are encouraged to explore the upper floor, housed within the narrowing apex of the roof. From this vantage point there is a panoramic view overlooking busy Lochinver harbour, as well as a webcam.
The upper floor features a number of educational actvities including a touch table and fish tank with animals you come across in rock pools. Another display allows ’stones’ to be peeled away to reveal the various creatures who make their lives within a dry stone dyke (or wall). On the floor a large jigsaw allows younger visitors to construct an image of the mountains behind Lochinver. Or you can browse the wealth of information about the wildlife of Assynt that covers the walls and tables running along them.