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Loch Achilty

Where we are

Small picturesque loch set within sloping birch and oakwoods

Loch Achilty is a small picturesque loch set within sloping birch and oakwoods, not far from Contin. At the far end of the loch is a charming pebble beach with quiet picnic places hidden amongst the silver birch, rowan and heather. In summer, wildflowers bloom and butterflies flit. In autumn the brilliant colours of turning birch and oak leaves are reflected in the calm waters of the loch.

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

The nearest public toilets are in Contin forest car park (seasonal) or in Strathpeffer, where you'll also find shops and places to eat.

Getting here

From Inverness, follow the A9 north to the Tore roundabout. Take the second exit onto the A835 (for Ullapool and Dingwall) and continue for 12 miles (19.2 km) through the village of Contin. Shortly after the Achilty Hotel you'll see a minor road signposted to Loch Achilty. Turn left here and follow the road for just under a mile (1.6 km) to the head of the loch. The picnic area and car park is on your left at grid reference NH 426 563.

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Nearest postcode: IV14 9EN.

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