A Walk at Leitir Easaidh

Little Assynt

the all-abilities path at Leitir Easaidh on a wet spring morning, the deer fence running alongside the path over the hills

With a lot of rain forecast and only a light breeze, we’re braving the elements for a walk along the all-abilities path at Leitir Easaidh. The path is solid and even, free from slippery tree roots and stones that can be treacherous in wet weather.

fishing jetty at a lochan by Leitir Easaidh on a cloudy and damp morning

Several lochans sparkle among the heather and golden flowers of bog asphodel on brighter days. Loch Leitir Easaidh is the first one we come to, with a wooden fishing jetty and an adapted small boat, suitable for people with limited mobility.

stone and wood shelter with a grass roof by Loch Leitir Easaidh

On the other side of the jetty is a shelter, built with natural stone and local wood. It has a grass and heather roof and blends in beautifully with the natural environment. We pause here for a mug of tea during a heavy downpour. It’s a comfortable and soothing place to stay for a while. In nature and sheltered by nature.

a solar and wind powered wooden toilet building with a grass roof beside a loch

Beside the jetty and shelter is a small wooden building with a composting toilet. The building is wind- and solar-powered and has a grass roof for insulation. When we reach Loch na h-Innse Fraoich, we find a similar building, shelter, jetty and adapted small boat there for the visitor’s convenience.

The views beyond the gorse-covered hills across the water are obscured by cloud today, making it feel as if we’re walking in a small world of our own. A short, steep path on the left leads directly to a viewpoint. The other path takes you there via a slightly longer, more gentle route.

path at Leitir Easaidh climbing through the bog land and trees

The peaks and cliffs of Quinag are hidden above the clouds. It’s possible to continue deeper into this estate via a link path, which joins the Loch an t-Sabhail path. If the weather and visibility had improved, we would have been happy to combine these two walks.

view across Loch Leitir Easaidh, with Quinag's cliff barely visible in the distance through the heavy cloud

Despite the rain and poor visibility we enjoyed our walk here. It was very peaceful and the few walkers we met seemed to think we were on to a good thing too.

The Leitir Eiseadh paths are excellent and suitable for people of all abilities, including wheelchair users.

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a wonderful new week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

The Little Assynt Estate is owned and managed for the community of Assynt by the Culag Community Woodland Trust.

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35 thoughts on “A Walk at Leitir Easaidh”

  1. Lovely, I enjoyed the walk with you 😁 The views are spectacular and I love the stone shelter. The rain has been relentless lately, hope you’re out of flood danger 🐾 πŸ’šπŸΎxxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, it was a lovely walk, even in all our water-proofs! πŸ˜πŸ’œ We’ve had more heavy rain today and it’s beginning to brighten up a bit. Hope the rain will pass where you are too and that you’ll all stay safe and dry 🀞 Much love to you and Finn from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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  2. It looks a such beautiful place for a peaceful walk, Xenia. And brilliant that there is good access for all needs. And a composting toilet! That certainly is a good problem solver.

    A problem we come across at probably my favourite local destination, where the local waterways meet…we can only get so far. We did a bit of ‘off roading’ last year, but I feared for my husband’s back with pushing on tough terrain! But Tia LOVED rummaging in among the trees and undergrowth & her recall was brilliant.

    It’s a beautiful sunny day here today. So blessed with a sit in the tranquility of the garden & birdsong. Much love from Tia & me.πŸΆπŸΎπŸΎπŸ’–πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Penny πŸ™‚πŸ’œ The facilities are excellent with the paths, shelters and toilets all suitable for wheelchair access and the boats are suitable for people with limited ability too. Tia sounds like a real treasure and so happy the sun is shining where you are 🌞 Wishing you a very happy Monday an much love to you and Tia from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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    1. Thank you dear Eliza, that sounds wonderful! πŸ’š There are some cottages like that in an eco-village further along the coast here πŸ™‚πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Jo πŸ’œ Little Assynt is in the North-Western part of the Scottish Highlands, a few miles inland from Lochinver πŸ™‚πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Laurie, the facilities are brilliant and environmentally friendly too πŸ™‚πŸ’œ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and for walking along with us on the trail – lovely to meet you here too! πŸ™‚πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ

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