Schotland . Achmelvich Beach.

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The Beach at Achmelvich

Achmelvich lies just three miles north west of Lochinver. However, they are three long miles when you take into account the “sporting” nature of the single track road that takes you there, and especially the last mile and a half of it leading down from the B869 coast road.

If our opening paragraph has deterred you from visiting Achmelvich, good: that’s exactly what we want it to do. That way next time we visit we stand even more chance of having this little corner of paradise to ourselves. Seriously, this is a wonderful place, and you shouldn’t let the idea of some unusually challenging single track roads put you off making the short trip from Lochinver.

It’s a bit of an exaggeration to call Achmelvich a village, or even much of a settlement. In effect it’s a small campsite and caravan park, a youth hostel, and some of the most enticingly beautiful beach scenery in northern Scotland (and there’s plenty of competition). It might be more accurate to have called this page “Achmelvich Bay”, particularly as most of the images feature the beach and its surroundings.

So that’s it. A stunning beach of white sand: or more accurately a small collection of beaches nestled amongst the rock bays and headlands here. Plus some outstanding rock scenery of a sort you can only see in north-west Scotland. One feature isn’t obvious. The small “Hermit’s Castle” built of concrete on a rocky headland in 1950 is an architectural oddity that is now abandoned.

And when you eventually turn your back to the sea and think of tackling the road back to Lochinver, there’s a final wonderful surprise in store. For towering above everything else in inland views is the stunningly improbable profile of the west end of Suilven.

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Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel is a traditional and remote rustic hostel situated just 300 metres from the legendary white sandy beach (listed in the Good Beach Guide). There are miles of unspoilt coastline here to explore, with many quiet secluded beaches to make your own.

This former school building and cottage has been tastefully transformed into a 22-bed youth hostel. Rooms vary in size and include group accommodation, private rooms and one family room. There is also a small self-catering kitchen and spacious dining area for guests to use.

Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel is the ideal starting point for several beautiful coastal and hill walks such as Quinag, Suilven, Stac Pollaidh and Canisp. Some interesting walks are also organised in summer from the Achmelvich Beach car park by the local rangers. Water sports such as canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing are easily practised in the crystal waters.

Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel

Adres: Recharn, By Lochinver IV27 4JB, Verenigd Koninkrijk

Telefoon: +44 1571 844480

With good transport links, local produce to sample and spectacular sunsets, Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel makes an unforgettable stay.

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With dog friendly accommodation available at Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel, your four-legged friend will be able to join in on all the fun! A small fee of five pounds per dog per night will be charged and must be booked in advance to ensure that a dog friendly room is allocated. For further information please refer to our Dog Guidelines

Achmelvich Beach and Alltan’abradhan

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Achmelvich bay has a stunning and popular beach; this walk leads from it along a good path to visit a ruined old mill and hidden cove. There is also the option to hunt for a hidden hermit’s ‘castle’.


Good path to Alltan’abradhan. Optional extension to the hermit’s castle is rough and pathless but short.


No public tranpost. Achmelvich Beach can be reached by following a good footpath from Baddidarrach in Lochinver. Traveline Scotland.

Achmelvich Beach, Highlands
Achmelvich Beach, Highlands
Achmelvich Bay
Achmelvich Beach, Highlands
Achmelvich Beach, Highlands
Achmelvich Beach, Highlands
Achmelvich Beach, Highlands
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Achmelvich Beach, Highlands
Achmelvich Beach, Highlands


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Achmelvich Beach, Highlands

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