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Two weeks of sore legs, unpredictable weather and countless punctures may sound like a nightmare for some, but the rewards of the LEJOG cycle has seen it grow into one of the most popular and famous cycle challenges in the UK, and even the world. Traversing 874 miles (though more likely to be around 1,000 miles for cyclists who want a more cycle friendly or scenic route), from the most south westerly point of the UK, Lands End, to its north eastern equivalent, John o’ Groats, the epic ride takes …

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A Walkers Guide to Sutherland

Aside from excellent fishing and shooting, the Altnaharra Hotel also has a lot to offer when it comes to walking and climbing. Ben Loyal Ben Loyal, the Queen of Scottish Mountains, is 2506ft high thus making it a ‘Corbett’.  Corbetts have to be 2,500 and 3,000 feet high with a relative height of at least 500 feet. This granite mountain has 4 peaks with the highest being ‘An Caisteal’. From the summit you can enjoy fantastic sea views and you should also be spot Ben Hope and Loch Loyal. Allow a good …

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Altnaharra – The Romantic Getaway

It is easy to see why the Scottish highlands are one of the most romantic destinations in the UK. The picturesque scenery and beautiful wildlife creates a fantastic environment for a weekend getaway. What’s on Offer at the Hotel It isn’t just fishermen that flock to the Altnaharra Hotel.  Our remote and rugged location draws couples who are looking for a quiet place to rest and relax in each other’s company – whatever the time of year! We have a number of cosy lounges with roaring log fires, a bar, …

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Local Fishing at Altnaharra

Sutherland has an abundance of fresh-water lochs, hidden gem hill lochs, exclusive rivers and beautiful streams which make for the perfect fishing getaway. Here is a breakdown of some of waters which can be fished by guests of the Altnaharra Hotel. Loch Hope: Loch Hope is a 6 mile long fresh water loch located 15 miles north-east of Altnaharra, via a stunning, little-used, single-track road. It is a famous sea-trout loch with the season running from June to September. The hotel has boats at South End and Middle Bay. If …

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Altnaharra’s Exceptional Weather

Altnaharra is a pretty special place, and you may have spotted our little village in the news recently when the Altnaharra weather station recorded the highest wind temperatures in the UK during the storm in early December, with winds whipping up to 90mph! Our isolated, northern location means that the weather in Altnaharra is often extraordinary, and more often than not the most extraordinary in the country! The lowest temperature ever recorded in the UK was recorded here in Altnaharra, a freezing -27.2°C on 30 December 1995. Our most recent …

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