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Loch Druim Suardalain - Lochinver

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

Scotland's northwest Highlands have many stunning vistas and viewpoints, with another staggering view seeming to present itself around every bend in the road or over the crest of every hill. One little hidden gem you have to check out if you find yourself in Lochinver is a little loch called Loch Druim Suardalain. Its on its banks you can get some of the most extraordinary views of a couple of the regions most famous hills, Suilven and Canisp. The Glencanisp Lodge at the northern edge of the Loch and at the end of the public road is also the traditional starting point for hiking up Suilvan, a true challenge in length and exposure, as you can see from the follow photos, showing an almost Matterhorn-esque relief.

As well as providing stunning views of the surrounding countryside, Loch Druim Suardalain is also a great place for fishing with lots of trout as well as sea trout and Salmon to be caught from its waters.

The Assynt Angling Group sells permits from £7.50 (daily) with season permits only available from Mackays Hardware, Lochinver (email: david@lochinverchandlery.co.uk).

At the end of the public road leading in towards the loch is the Glencanisp lodge. This is a classic Victorian sporting lodge built back in the mid 1800's and is now used as a Bed and Breakfast where you are no able to book and stay in. It has recently reopened, in 2022, after being closed due to the COVID pandemic. It is from just outside its door that you would start your climb up Suilven. Parking space here is limited and the climb is long so do get here early as you really wouldn’t need the added walk up from Lochinver. For details on the hike please go to this link Suilven (Walkhighlands).


 

Directions


You can only access the Loch via a small single-track road from Lochinver. As you head through the town on the A837 towards the harbour, turn off up along very tight single track road, just before you cross a small stream and pass an open grassy area. If you have made it to Lochinver already you will be aware of the narrow roads and passing places that are common in this part of the world, however, this road is even smaller with very few opportunities to pass other cars coming from the opposite direction, so please do take care when heading down it. After about a mile and a half you will reach the loch shore and eventually the Glencanisp lodge. This is the end of the line from driving and will be the point that will allow you to turn around to head back out.


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