Local Attractions

Hill Walking


Sutherland is a haven for hillwalkers. Below are just a selection of the well-known mountains, all of which are relatively close to Glenbain. 


Quinag is an 808-metre (2,651-foot) high mountain range nearby, with three summits attaining Corbett status with an undulating series of peaks along its Y-shaped crest. The ascent of all three is regarded as one of the finest hill walks in Scotland, with fine peaks, dramatic ridges and stunning views. The name Quinag is an anglicisation of the Gaelic name Cuinneag, a milk pail reflecting its distinctive shape.


Canisp is situated in the parish of Assynt, 15 miles north of Ullapool. When viewed from the west, it is a fine cone-shaped Corbett, whilst from the north it appears a steep wall. The shortest ascent is by its eastern slopes, which are much more open lower down and afford superb views of the Assynt peaks close by. Reaching a height of 847 metres (2779 feet), it qualifies as a Corbett and Marilyn hill. The mountain’s name translates from the Old Norse language as “White Mountain”.


Suilven, with its remarkable outline comprising a steep-sided ridge over 1.25 miles in length, enjoys iconic status as one of Scotland’s best-known and most easily recognised mountains. Located in the west of Sutherland, it rises to a height of 731 metres (2,398 feet) from the wilderness landscape of Inverpolly National Nature Reserve.


Conival is in the view of Inchnadamph and is classified as a Munro. It reaches a height of 987 metres (3,238 feet) and is connected to the adjoining and better-known Munro of Ben More Assynt, which lies less than one mile to the east by a high, rough quartzite ridge. With its rich diversity of attractions on its slopes, it is popular not just with walkers but also with geologists, biologists, and speleologists.

Ben More Assynt

The name Ben More Assynt translates as “big mountain of Assynt”. Located 19 miles northeast of Ullapool, it is the highest point in Sutherland, boasting a height of 998 metres (3,274 feet). Lying in the east of Assynt, Ben More Assynt is set apart from the area’s better-known and more dramatic (but lower) mountains, such as Suilven. It is hidden from the traveller on the A837 road by the adjacent Munro of Conival, and the best views of it are obtained from nearby summits. The higher slopes of the mountain are capped by light-coloured quartzite boulders, giving it a distinctive appearance.

Places to Visit

Well Worth a Visit

The Highlands has so much to offer in terms of beautiful scenery and sights to see. Below are just a few places you may wish to visit during your stay at Glenbain.    


Handa Island, or simply Handa, is an island off the west coast of Sutherland. The island is of national importance for its birdlife and maritime vegetation. It is a Scottish Wildlife Trust nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA). A small ferry sails to Handa from Tarbet on the mainland, and boat trips operate from Fanagmore. The island receives five thousand visitors per annum.

Smoo Cave

Smoo Cave is a large combined sea cave and freshwater cave in Durness in Sutherland. The cave name is thought to originate from the Norse ‘smjugg’ or ‘smuga’, meaning a hole or hiding-place. Situated around a mile to the east of the town of Durness, the cave can be explored by boat or by the path from the car park on the cliffs. The cave boasts one of the largest entrances to any sea cave in Britain, 50 feet high, and is floodlit inside. It was formed by a burn that ran down into the rear chamber, as well as erosion caused by the sea.


The small fishing port and resort of Lochinver on the north-west coast offers the best views back across to Suilven. Sitting on a sheltered bay north of Ullapool, the town splits into three parts: the harbour, the village, and Baddidarrach, along the shore of Loch Inver.
A few miles northeast is Loch Assynt, the source of the River Inver, which flows into Loch Inver at the village. There are 200 or so lochans in the area, which makes the place very popular with anglers.


The picturesque fishing town of Ullapool is located 45 miles northwest of Inverness on the shores of Lochbroom. Despite its small size, it is the largest settlement for many miles around and an important port and tourist destination. The twice-daily ferry for Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis sails from Ullapool.

Inverewe Garden and Estate

Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland, the award-winning Inverewe Garden is a botanical garden located just to the north of Poolewe in Wester Ross.  It is noted for the variety within its Gulf Stream-aided collection.  As well as the garden, the wider estate offers plenty to see and is home to red squirrels, red deer, otters, seals and golden eagles. 

Ardvreck Castle

When travelling north from Inchnadamph on the A837, you can see two ruins at the east end of Loch Assynt. Close to the road is the shell of Calda House, while the remains of Ardvreck Castle lie a little to the west on a promontory projecting into the loch.


Enjoy the Outdoors

Here are a few suggestions for enjoying your leisure time when visiting this beautiful part of the world.

For ideas regarding what to do, where to visit etc., whilst in Sutherland, why not check out the excellent website Heart of Sutherland 

Fishing and Stalking

Sutherland has some of the best Brown Trout fishing in Scotland.  The area around Inchnadamph Estate is famous for outcrops of Durness Limestone, and many lochs have Limestone spring sources.  Consequently, several lochs enjoy a  Mayfly hatch in June and early July, which can provide some excellent sport.  Hind stalking is also available from the 21st of October to the 15th of February.  For further information, contact Hamish. Details can be found on our FAQs page.

River Walks  

The River Inver and Glencanisp circuit head up the beautifully wooded River Inver before following an old path across the moors to reach a beautiful loch with fantastic mountain views.

A walk by the River Kirkaig takes you through a beautiful wooded glen to the moorland above, where you can visit the impressive Falls of Kirkaig.


There are several excellent golf courses in the county of Sutherland, including Dornoch, Brora and Golspie.  The nearest course to Glenbain and Loanan is Ullapool Golf Club in Wester Ross.  Opened in 1997, this picturesque course has nine holes with alternative tees for the second nine.  Situated on the shores of Loch Broom, this delightful course offers a variety of parkland and coastal holes.