North of Ullapool, Lochinver is the most populous town on Scotland’s western coast, thanks to its port. The A837 must be taken off the main northbound route for a diversion of 10 miles each way. It’s money well spent. We also recommend the single-track coastal roads from Achiltibuie to the south via Invekirkaig and from Kylesku to the north via Clachtoll and Drumbeg for those seeking a more exciting trip.
Lochinver has the feel of many separate locations that are somehow interconnected. The primary thoroughfare runs along the eastern edge of Loch Inver and serves as its nerve center. Main businesses and services can be found here, with an emphasis on the beautiful war memorial that sits on the loch’s edge. A petrol station, a post office, a small grocery, and various other stores and restaurants are all available.
The Church of Scotland, with its back to the loch, dominates the southern side of the main street. You’ll find the Assynt Visitor Centre, a free museum and Tourist Information Centre, and the Village Hall nearby. The Assynt Visitor Centre was located in a beautiful, modern structure, but sadly it closed. The building was available for lease when we last stopped by.