Below you will find some links that I have chosen to enhance your Assynt and/or fishing experience. Organisations, businesses and owners are all personally known to me and I can vouch for their quality, customer service, helpfulness, value for money and general good practice!
Campsites and Hostels
Assynt offers excellent wild camping opportunities but if you are looking for other budget accommodation options then all the below campsites and hostels come recommended:
Clachtoll: Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Lochinver: An Cala Bunkhouse
Inchnadamph: Inchnadamph Hostel
B&Bs & Airbnb:
Inverkirkaig: Kirkaig Lodge – ideal for the southern Assynt lochs and the walk-up to Fionn Loch
Stoer Peninsula: B&B Philosphy – owned by our lovely Belgian friends Sophie & Phil who offer a stunning service! Ideal for northern Assynt Lochs.
Inchnadamph: The Byre B&B – ideal for Loch Assynt and the eastern lochs of Assynt.
Clashnessie: Modernity in the North of Scotland – a stunning airbnb run by our friends Andrea & Nigel.
Lochinver: For the height of luxury with unrivaled views out across Lochinver Bay to the Outer Hebrides in one direction and the mountainous hinterland of Assynt in the other, the Inver Lodge Hotel is the epitome of top-class fishing hotels.
Lochinver: For those on a tighter budget Assynt Fly Fishing is pleased to recommend the timeless traditional Culag Hotel.
Inchnadamph: Inchnadamph Hotel – the original ‘Angler’s Hotel’ of Assynt, with a wonderfully warm atmosphere of times past and staff that will make you feel most welcome. What better than to crumple into a plush armchair after a fine day out on the hill and loch with a deservedly generous malt in hand?
Drumbeg: Drumbeg Hotel Great fishing up in North Assynt!
Lochinver: Ruighe Cottage – between Lochinver and Achmelvich across the road from Assynt Fly Fishing HQ. 3 bedroom and dog-friendly. Warmly recommended!
Lochinver: Darrach Cottage – walking distance from the village of Lochinver on a beautiful croft. Ideal if you are bringing the family. At the start of the Ardroe path connecting Lochinver with Achmelvich (with a few great little lochs on the way!)
Lochinver: Heatherbrae Cottage – a traditional Highland cottage in the village of Lochinver close to all amenities. Ideal for a couple.
Lochinver: Lochside House – a firm favourite among clients. Walking distance to Lochinver and en route to Inverkirkaig and the southern lochs of Assynt.
Lochinver: Lochinver Holiday Lodges & Cottages
Stoer: The Smithy House & The Byre – perfect self-catering opportunity if you are coming fishing for a week and a good size affordable-option for single anglers in particular. Close to the Assynt Crofter’s Trust Office and all the North Assynt lochs.
Stoer: Stoer Bay Chalets – under new ownership for 2018, dog friendly self-catering option close to all the North Assynt lochs.
Clachtoll: The Little Abodes – the perfect location for a bit of glamping! Stunning seaviews from the hot tubs included! Perfect location for a fly fishing honeymoon?
North Assynt: An Nead – stunning self-catering in Need, especially if you are coming with extended family! Close to the best fishing spots in the North!
Fly Fishing in Assynt:
James Curley Fly Fishing – I encouraged James to begin guiding as he definitely has the charismatic character and local knowledge that makes for a great guide! I am often fully booked well in advance and having someone as reliable and knowledgeable as James to share the demand with is great… We are also good mates!
Assynt Angling Group – Info on lochs, permits, prices for all lochs in the three zones controlled by the Assynt Angling Group
A not for profit fly fishing ezine bringing you fly fishing adventures from the U.K. and further afield.
The Scottish Anglers National Association. This organisation really does too much to list here, see for yourself by clicking the link! And after reading that I’m sure you would agree that £20 per year to support this organisation is money well spent!
A superb supplier of excellent quality Fulling Mill flies. There is pretty-much any fly you could think of available here, along with competitively priced accessories.
Don’t let the modest price tag put you in doubt of the quality and design of these lines. Mike Barrio is a genuinely good guy, always willing to offer advice on the best line for you.
For my saltwater fly fishing along the coast of Assynt I use the RIO Outbound (both fast sink and floating for poppers). I really cannot wait to try out their new In Touch lines, 120’+ casting and improved hook-up rate here I come!
Bent it? Bust it? Lost it? Get in touch with KP Spares. They might have the parts you need to get you back out fishing and save you a packet!