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Lochinver in Assynt is one of the largest villages in the west of Sutherland. Situated on the west coast, the village is built along the shores of Loch Inver. For many centuries it has been a safe haven for shipping on the west coast and the main traditional industries have always been fishing and fish curing.

Fishing is still an important source of employment today and at the south of the village you will find the busy modern harbour with its fish handling, processing and distribution centre. Local and European fishing boats make this one of the busiest harbours in the Highlands.

The other main industry in the area is, in common with the rest of Sutherland, tourism. Situated in the centre of the village, the Assynt Visitor Centre provides tourist information for visitors to the area. It also contains displays on the history, landscape and wildlife of Lochinver and Assynt and is well worth a visit.

The area is popular with hill walkers and mountain climbers. The famous outlines of the mountains of Canisp and Suilven dominate the landscape of Assynt. Details of walks and climbs can be found at the Visitor Centre. Fishing is another attraction - trout lochs, salmon rivers and sea fishing are all available locally. Boats from the harbour also offer wildlife sea cruises around the coastline.

The village has a wide range of facilities for local and tourist alike. There are grocery stores, a butcher and a newsagent as well as a bank, petrol station, post office and doctor's surgery. The recently-built leisure centre is the latest addition to the list of facilities. For the visitor, there are craft & gift shops as well as restaurants. There is hotel accommodation in the village and the surrounding area, as well as plentiful guest houses and bed & breakfast establishments.

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