The small village of Stoer lies just south of the Stoer Peninsula and immediately north of Clachtoll. Its scatter of houses and crofts are bisected by the single track B869, the twisting road that follows the coast from Lochinver north then east to Kylesku.
Pictish remains prove there have been settlements in the region for thousands of years. There are numerous crofts and mills scattered throughout the land going back hundreds of years too - some of which are still worked today! The crofting tradition still exists - indeed care should be taken when driving along the single track roads here for livestock that often roams freely in the area.
Coast & Beaches
Stoer and Clashnessie beaches are within walking distance (less than a mile) and other safe, white sand beaches are close by. The surrounding area is famed for wildlife including otters, seals, deer and bird life. Sightseeing opportunities abound for all the family, many only a short walk or drive away.
Stoer lighthouse is only a small drive from us and offers fantastic views out to sea and on clear days out to the Hebrides. WDC (Whale & Dolphin Conservation) Shorewatch established a site here and volunteers are often monitoring and recording sightings of whale, dolphin and porpoise from the lighthouse who will explain what they are doing and seeing. Guests have spotted numerous dolphin and even Orca from here.
The village of Lochinver is a scenic 20-minute drive away and has all local amenities including shops, mobile bank, medical centre, garage, post office, leisure centre, restaurants and pubs. There are a number of good places to dine out and also an award winning deli famed for its pies! The pier at Lochinver is frequently visited by local and continental fishing boats.
Nearby, the village of Ullapool has a leisure centre (including swimming pool) and 9 hole golf course. A variety of boat trips to the Summer Isles operate through the summer. A daily (now including Sunday!) ferry service to the Outer Hebrides of Lewis and Harris also leaves Ullapool harbour allowing a day trip, or longer, exploring the historic islands.
Exploring the Highlands
There is a lovely coastal road that links Lochinver to Achiltibuie, another old crofting village. This is a great excursion offering some stunning scenery and views of mountains such as Suilven and Staic Polleidh.
North of Stoer the single track road leads to Kylesku and those wishing to explore can travel up to Scourie, Durness and Cape Wrath. Again there is a variety of boat trips to local attractions (Handa Island, seal colony, Britain’s highest waterfall) available from points along the coast during the season.
Having a car or bike is definitely an advantage when visiting and exploring the area, this is part of the NC500 and worth exploring.