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Lochinver News and Calendar


If you wish material put into the calendar please contact us via the Contact page with your e-mail address and we will get back to you with an e-mail contact for the person who is maintaining the site. This rather devious method has been brought about by the spammers who have been targeting e-mail addresses on the site. The previous Bordernet contact address with Charlie has been stopped. All ... [more]


The Assynt Fallen 1914 - 1919

Trish and Malcolm Bangor-Jones are working to produce a booklet and an exhibition detailing the lives and background of the 64 men of Assynt who gave their lives in the Great War. They would appreciate any information, photographs or other memorabilia relating to the First World War and the men of Assynt. Of particular interest would be to find an Assynt "Death Penny". Tel: 01571 ... [more]


Clachtoll Broch Excavations

From 10th July 2017 until 30th September 2017, Monday to Saturday, excavations will be taking place at Clachtoll Broch. Come and see or volunteer to take part. Details about the dig and the chance to volunteer: Clachtoll Broch Excavations ... [more]


Culag Community Woodland Trust Chairperson's Report 2017

CCWT Chairperson report 2017 I am starting this report on a rather sad note. After chairing the Culag Community Woodland Trust for more than 15 years Anna Mackay has decided to step down as Chair. We are very fortunate to have had Anna as our Chair for so many years and are grateful for her countless contributions and her dedication. We are very happy to announce that she will remain a member of ... [more]


CCWT - Project Officer’s Report

AGM: CCWT 29th May 2017 - Project Officer’s Report – Fiona Saywell While this past year has had its funding challenges as in recent years, some success has materialised from the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. With the much anticipated go ahead received in June 2016, a project staff team was put in place and the first projects got underway on 1st ... [more]


Lochinver Information Centre Closed

The Visit Scotland Information Centre has moved to the former Mission Building beside the Harbour. It has now closed for 2017. As its future is under threat re-opening cannot be assured. [ ... [more]


Changes to Out of Hours at Assynt Medical Practice

From 1st March 2017 the out of hours will be covered by NHS 24. From 8am till 6pm, Monday to Friday call 844755. 6pm till 8pm, Monday to Thursday call 844226 or 844755 to find out the number for contacting your doctor. Outside these hours phone 111 for NHS 24. If you phone the surgery you will be diverted to NHS 24 at 111. ... [more]


Community Care Assynt Day Respite Service

Community Care Assynt and The Assynt Centre are pleased to announce the start of a year's pilot for a new service - Day Respite Service (funded by Short Breaks Fund). We have been funded for one year to provide day respite support service for 8 families living in Assynt. This will enable us to provide support to individuals who provide live-in care to a family member for up to 10 days per ... [more]


High Life Highland Libraries West Route Timetable

West Route 2017 Mondays – 09 Jan, 30 Jan, 20 Feb, 13 Mar, 03 Apr, 24 Apr, 15 May, 05 Jun, 26 Jun, 17 Jul, 07 Aug, 28 Aug, 18 Sep, 09 Oct, 30 Oct, 20 Nov, 11 Dec 2017. Oykel Bridge 10.00 Cottages 10.15 Hotel (Summer Only) Benmore 10.30 Shed Altnacealgach 11.00 Hotel Ledmore 11.10 Lay-by Elphin 11.30 Resallach 11.50 Glackbain 12.20 Avalon 12.25 Viewpoint Lochinver 14.25 ... [more]


A Brief Plea to Visiting Drivers

A Brief Plea to Visiting Drivers It’s immensely gratifying to see so many visitors to Assynt this year, and I hope everyone enjoys their visit, be it the first time or an annual event; long may it continue. I would just like to make a request on behalf of many people who live and work locally, who have to use the single track roads of which there are many. There appear to be increasing incid ... [more]


Bravery Awards for Lochinver Lifeboat Crew

The crew of Lochinver lifeboat have been recognised for their bravery while helping to save the lives of four fishermen in stormy conditions. Coxswain David MacAskill will be awarded the RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry - one of the charity's highest accolades. His six crew members will receive a Thanks of the Institution award. The men had to contend with gale force winds and 10-metre ... [more]


Lochinver Wildlife Watch Group - Update

Lochinver Wildlife Watch Group New Wildlife Club for Children 8 years and Over Interested in Wildlife? Programme includes photography, wildlife art, bug hunt, wildlife crime scene, amphibian/reptiles. Meeting at the Lochinver Visitor Centre fortnightly on Fridays from 3.15pm till 5pm. £1 per session. Remember always be prepared for going out. Coat, hat and wellies! Led by Andy, R ... [more]


Royal Bank of Scotland Mobile Bank Timetable

Drumbeg: Monday every two weeks 1.45pm till 2.05pm parked outside the hotel. Lochinver: Every Tuesday from 2.15pm till 3.15pm in Bayview Car Park. Every Friday from 10.15am till 12.30pm in Bayview Car Park. ... [more]


New History Group in Stoer

Assynt History Group has been established in Stoer. The elected office-bearers are: Chairman: Garry Allighan (Stoer) Vice Chairman: Hugh Matheson (Drumbeg) Secretary: Isobel MacPhail, Clashmore (Stoer) Treasurer: Ishbel MacAuley (Stoer) Committee Members: Kenny Mackenzie (Lochinver), Agnes Dickson (Inverkirkaig) ... [more]


School Term Dates Session 2017 - 2018

Autumn •Autumn term starts - 15 August 2017 •Autumn term ends - 6 October 2017 Winter •Winter term starts - 23 October 2017 •Winter term ends - 22 December 2017 Spring •Spring term starts - 8 January 2018 •Mid term break - 19 and 20 February 2018 •Spring term ends - 28 March 2018 Summer •Summer term begins - 16 April 2018 •Summer term ends - 29 June 2018 Public holidays •Good ... [more]


Stoer Hall Craft Group

As a result of the success of the pilot meeting, the group will meet on: Wednesday 16th September in Rhu Stoer Hall from 2pm till 4pm. Thereafter on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. A charge of £2 each will be made to cover Hall hire, and refreshments. ... [more]


An Cala Cafe and Bunkhouse at Lochinver

Situated at the Harbour end of the village, behind the Games Field, in the former Lochinver Mission premises, An Cala provides snacks and meals to eat in or take away. Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9am till 8.30pm Sunday Closed. Bunkhouse also open Phone 01571 844598 e-mail: An Cala Café and Bunkhouse Bunkhouse Bookings on website: An Cala Café and Bunkhouse ... [more]


Assynt Learning Centre - New Classes Starting

New Courses for Autumn 2017 Beginners Excel with Steve Webb Tuesdays 1pm till 3pm 14th 21st 28th November and 3rd December Creative Writing with Mandy Haggith Wednesday afternoons 4pm till 6pm 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd November Hand Spinning with Bridie Pursay Monday afternoons 1pm till 4pm 20th and 27th November and 4th December Painting with Watercolours (Beginners) with Mary Kin ... [more]



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Screen Machine at Lochinver

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Made in Assynt - Christmas Craft & Produce Market

Made in Assynt - Craft & Produce Market Friday 25th Nov 10am - 4pm Made In Assynt Craft and Produce Markets showcase talented artists, crafts people & crofters from Assynt and the surrounding areas, and provides access to a fine selection of locally grown and produced food. Refreshments sold to raise funds for local charities. Location: Lochinver Village Hall Website: w ... [more]


Assynt Field Club Meeting

Assynt Field Club Thursday 14th December Scottish Wildcat Action: The Complicated Conservation of a Critically Endangered Cat Dr. Keri Langridge (Scottish Natural Heritage) All indoor meetings begin at 7.45 pm. and are held in the Community Room in Lochinver Village Hall. Refreshments are provided after the talks. Admission for all is £3 (apart from the A.G.M., which is free). An ... [more]


Assynt Field Club Meeting

Assynt Field Club Thursday 18th January Quiz and A.G.M. (followed by wine and cheese) All indoor meetings begin at 7.45 pm. and are held in the Community Room in Lochinver Village Hall. Refreshments are provided after the talks. Admission for all is £3 (apart from the A.G.M., which is free). Any queries to the Secretary: Gwen Richards (01571 844032) or Chair: Andy Summers (01571 84 ... [more]


Assynt Field Club Meeting

Assynt Field Club Thursday 15th February Svalbard Summer Wildlife Fraser Symonds (Chair of East Sutherland Bird Group) All indoor meetings begin at 7.45 pm. and are held in the Community Room in Lochinver Village Hall. Refreshments are provided after the talks. Admission for all is £3 (apart from the A.G.M., which is free). Any queries to the Secretary: Gwen Richards (01571 84403 ... [more]


Assynt Field Clun Meeting

Assynt Field Club Thursday 15th March Birding in Cuba Tony Mainwood All indoor meetings begin at 7.45 pm. and are held in the Community Room in Lochinver Village Hall. Refreshments are provided after the talks. Admission for all is £3 (apart from the A.G.M., which is free). Any queries to the Secretary: Gwen Richards (01571 844032) or Chair: Andy Summers (01571 844654/855309). ... [more]


Assynt Field Club Meeting

Assynt Field Club Thursday 19th April Woodland Creation in the Crofting Communities Eleanor Garty (North Scotland Woodland Creation Manager, The Woodland Trust) All indoor meetings begin at 7.45 pm. and are held in the Community Room in Lochinver Village Hall. Refreshments are provided after the talks. Admission for all is £3 (apart from the A.G.M., which is free). Any querie ... [more]


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Assynt Foundation - Glencanisp Lodge now available for Letting

Relax, unwind: unfold yourself into a larger sort of space! For a limited time, book a week in this magical building for as little as £3700! 20 or more people can sleep, eat and relax in comfort. Get your family together; how about a reunion of friends? Courses and conferences are possible too. The Lodge is set amid breathtaking wild hills and lochs. Ravens and eagles soar above, curious ... [more]



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Highland Council Ranger Service Guided Walks in ASSYNT 2017

Highland Council Ranger Service Guided Walks in ASSYNT 2017 (a short summary) Thurs 20 April Clachtoll Coastal walk 11-3pm Clachtoll Beach Car Park B Celtic Broch, dolphins, and ancient fossils. Tues 2 May Achmelvich coastal walk 11-3pm Achmelvich beach car park B Orchids, runrigs, otter tracks and clack mills. Tues 9 May Bone Caves, Inchnadamph 11-3pm Bone Caves Car ... [more]


Assynt Field Club Winter Programme 2017/2018

Assynt Field Club WINTER PROGRAMME 2017/18 www.assyntwildlife.org.uk Thursday 19th October ‘Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways’ – Exploring West Sutherland’s Extraordinary Bryophyte Flora Gordon Rothero Thursday 16th November Wildlife Crime Police Constable Daniel Sutherland Thursday 14th December Scottish Wildcat Action: The Complicated Conservation of a Critically ... [more]


Assynt Indoor Bowls Club

Held in the Assynt Leisure Centre from 8pm till 10pm on Monday evenings from October. Ladies' Section also on Mondays from 2pm till 4pm. Annual Subscription £10, evening match fee £3. New members very welcome - come along! ... [more]


Lochinver Rifle Club

The club is now open every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Community Room of Lochinver Village Hall. New members are welcome to come and see and try. All persons under 16 years of age MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult ... [more]


Yoga and Keep Fit at Rhu Stoer Hall

Yoga takes place on Tuesdays at 6pm Keep Fit is on Thursdays at 6.30pm. Come along and find out all about it. ... [more]


Dancing at Lochinver Village Hall

The Dance Club now takes place on Mondays from 2pm till 4pm in Lochinver Village Hall restarting 16th January 2017. All welcome. ... [more]


1st Assynt Brownies and 1st Assynt Rainbows

1st Assynt Brownies and 1st Assynt Rainbows will be starting on Thursday 17th June in Lochinver Village Hall from 5.30pm till 7pm. We plan to meet for 4 weeks before the summer holidays. All parents who expressed and interest will be contacted soon with registration information. Any other girls wishing to join should contact Cle Jarvis at the Leisure Centre asap. Rainbows are girls aged ... [more]


Welcome Cafe at Assynt Centre on Wednesday Afternoons

There is now a Welcome cafe in the Assynt Centre every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm till 4pm where you can enjoy Tea or coffee or hot chocolate and home baking and meet locals in warm and comfortable surroundings. Come along and find out what you could be missing. ... [more]



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Allan MacRae - an Appreciation

ALLAN MACRAE, chairman of the Assynt Crofters Trust, died in the hill not more than an hour’s walk from his house at Torbreck, near Lochinver, on Monday of last week. A life-long bachelor, he was in his seventy-fourth year. “Now that the numbness is wearing off,” a friend said, “the enormity is sinking in. I can think of nothing comparable. We’ve had tragedy aplenty here, but nothing that touches ... [more]


Edmund Vestey

Edmund Vestey Businessman and owner of Assynt estate Born: 19 June, 1932, in London. Died: 23 November, 2007, in Norfolk, aged 75. Edmund Vestey was a member of one the wealthiest families in the UK and was closely involved with the management of the Vestey businesses for half a century. He ran their Blue Star Line division and, with considerable foresight, oversaw its modernisation and c ... [more]


Mrs Flossie MacPhail, Clachtoll

Mrs Flossie MacPhail, Clachtoll FLOSSIE MacPhail (nee Mackenzie), who died on 6th October, was born in Cacarraig, Clachtoll, on 25th February 1920. She attended Stoer School, and from there went to the domestic science school in Glasgow. Flossie loved dancing and attended many of Glasgow's dance halls where she met her husband, Donnie. During the war Flossie tended to and transported patie ... [more]


Mr Norman MacAskill, Lochinver

Mr Norman MacAskill, Lochinver NORMAN A MacASKILL of Lochinver, who died on 21st April aged 82, was a man of many occupations and even more enthusiasms. He was a crofter, fisherman, musician, public servant, writer, local historian and stalwart of the Assynt Games and many other community activities. Brought up in a family of seven on the family croft in Inverkirkaig, Norman moved to Glasgow ... [more]


Pat MacPhail of Clashmore

Mr Pat MacPhail, Stoer Published: 24 November, 2006 in Northern Times The funeral of Pat MacPhail, of 216 Clashmore, Stoer, took place at his home on Tuesday 14th November 2006. Pat’s life was celebrated at a ceremony attended by more than 200 people, including many from other parts of Scotland, England and France as well as family from Germany and Belgium. In addition, there was a conside ... [more]


A Guide to the Little Assynt Estate

With the completion of the All Abilities Pathway at Little Assynt, the Culag Community Woodland Trust have published a guide to their work. "Little Assynt Estate - Connecting People to the Land" details the History of Little Assynt and describes the various areas of work which the group has undertaken since its inception in 1995. The Waymarked Path, the All Abilities Path and the Culag ... [more]


The New All Abilities Path at Little Assynt

The All Abilities Pathway at Little Assynt For an up to date report and pictures from 2006: The All Abilities Path at Little Assynt ... [more]


HRH The Princess Royal Officially Opens the Assynt Leisure Centre

Having come ashore by launch, Princess Anne officially opened the Assynt Leisure Centre on Friday 29th July 2005. After being greeted by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant David Grant, Princess Anne was introduced to members of the Committee, toured the facilities and unveiled the plaque which had been made in Highland Stoneware, the local pottery. Throughout her visit, Princess Anne stopped to spea ... [more]


The New Old Map of the Highlands

This map can be downloaded at: Jury's Map of the Highlands ... [more]



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Last Update: 18/11/2017

Lochinver News and Calendar