Area leisure activities include a cruise around the Summer Isles with the opportunity to land and explore, or to enjoy the panoramic views whilst having your picnic lunch. Varieties of fishing are available. Permits are required and are available locally to fish on the banks or by boat for sea trout and salmon on lochs and rivers. Coigach provides much scope for the naturalist, the botanist, the walker, the artist and the photographer.
Best of all is exploring the beaches, shoreline and hills by foot, finding a secluded spot that can be yours for the day. The nearest sandy beaches are at Achnahaird and Reiff. Achnahaird is one of the sites of the North West Snorkel Trail so don't forget to bring a snorkel! For the more ambitious, a climb up Stac Pollaidh is a possibility - there is a path to the top, which makes it accessible to many. The rocky peaks of Inverpolly, and the sea cliffs of Reiff provide a challenge to the most experienced of climbers.
The Summer Isles Hotel, Fuaran Bar in Altandhu and the Achiltibuie Piping School cafe offer meals and drinks. There is a grocery/hardware store and a craft shop in Polbain. In Achiltibuie there is an hotel, restaurant and bar, a grocery store and petrol station, a church, a post office, shops selling knitwear and local paintings, the Achiltibuie Gardens, Community Hall including branch surgery and adjacent to that is the Piping School.
Ullapool is a scenic 45 minute drive south, where you find a leisure centre with swimming pool, a golf course, an award winning museum, a supermarket and petrol station, as well as a selection of craft shops, pubs and restaurants.
Lochinver is a 45 minute drive north, either by way of a winding coastal single track road, picturesque in spring with primroses, bluebells and water lilies, or via the A835. In Lochinver you will find shops and an award winning delicatessen.
Altandhu is one of the original crofting hamlets of Coigach. Overlooking the sea to Ristol Island and Old Dornie Bay and Harbour, set above fabulous rock pools and in a sheltered bay with moutnains behind, this really is a great wee spot to relax and enjoy the Highlands.
The peninsula of Coigach is actually made up of a number of crofting townships. Many people associate Achiltibuie and Coigach but there are various communities along the coastline. There have been people living here for thousands of years - reminants of the early inhabitants can be found in stone hut corcle ruins and brochs along the coast. Largely unspoilt, we still have a number of families living here, many crofting and fishing as people have since they first settled here.
The Summer Isles that you overlook from Gables Cottage can be visited by the boat during the summer. Summer Isles Tours operate from the local harbour cruising through the Ilse or landing on Tanera Mor - the last inhabited island. Also kayak trip go out to the Isles and also offer beginers days and half days.
The environment surrounding us is both beautiful and awe inspiring. The mountains and glens, the beaches and lochs, the moors and forest all offer sights and experiences according to what you desire. Walking, biking, climbing and trekking are all achievable all around us. We are amongst some of the best geology of the worls and part of the North West GeoPark, home to a vast number of famous of mountains.
As well as stunning landscapes, we are surrounded by amazing animals and wildlife. From the Golden and White Tailed Sea Eagles soaring in our skies, to the red and black throated divers and other sea birds on our shores. We also have large herds of deer on our hills - and at times even in the garden! There are all varity of wildlife and stunning plants all around.