Scourie is situated in the North West Scotland Geo Park, described as “one of geology’s holy places”. Knochan Crag Visitor Centre explains the area’s geological significance. Ancient caves near Inchnadamph are worth a visit as well as Smoo cave near Durness.
The area is famous for its fishing; brown trout in the hill lochs (permits can be obtained locally), mackerel and pollack can be caught from seashore and boat. Boats can be launched from Scourie harbour, the bay is good for canoeing and windsurfing and the beach is safe for children to play on.
Exhilarating hill walks in the nearby mountains include Ben Stack, Quinag, Suilven, Arkle, Stac Pollaidh and up to the highest waterfall in Britain. There are magnificent white sandy beaches to explore up the west coast, including Sandwood Bay and Oldshoremore, on the north around Durness and southwards nr Stoer and Lochinver.
The area is also popular amongst bird watchers; Handa Island with its small ferry crossing offers a great day out and the chance to see amongst others, puffins, guillemots and skuas. Buzzards and eagles are seen amongst the hills and red deer, otters, pine martens and seals are amongst the local wildlife. Wild deer can graze close to the house.
The village store includes a post office and off licence. The Scourie Hotel next door offers bar and restaurant meals, nearby is the outdoor/fishing shop and 24/7 fuel pumps. There is also a GP surgery.
There is a choice of good local restaurants with the Shorehouse Restaurant at Tarbet just to the north and the Eddrachilles Hotel just south of Scourie. The Scourie Hotel is popular for barmeals and the campsite runs a restaurant during the summer. The Spice Route at Rhuvoult produces outstanding home cooked ethnic food.
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