Outdoor Activities - North Coast 500 | Kylesku Hotel
Canoeing with Hamlet Mountaineering, North West Scotland
Canoeing with Hamlet Mountaineering.

Mountain biking, hiking, walking, fishing – enjoy the great Scottish outdoors

Want to go mountain biking, fishing, cycling, walking, golf or horse riding on a beach in Scotland? The northwest Highlands is fantastic for sports fans and adventurers of all ages. And there’s always something new to try, whether kayaking, caving or paddleboarding. Come and enjoy Scotland’s glorious outdoors!

From Kylesku Hotel

Activities and sports right from Kylesku Hotel include boating, running, hiking, diving, cycling and paddleboarding. Ask us for adventure ideas or see the info below!

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Walking & hillwalking

The Kylesku area is glorious for walking and hillwalking, and you’ll find plenty of short and child-friendly walks as well as long lochside hikes and mighty Munros and Corbetts. We’re also close to the Scottish National Trail.

Mountain biking & road cycling

Cycling in the northwest of Scotland offers spectacular scenery and challenging climbs.

Bike hire

Baddi-Bikes mountain and road bike hire, Lochinver.

Mountain biking

The Arkle loop is an incredibly tough 26 miles, starting from Achfary. Only do in dry weather! Alternatives include Quinag, starting a couple of miles from Kylesku hotel, or the walk route on other side of the loch.

Road cycling

The Lochinver area is featured in Dave Barter’s Great British Bike Rides – say no more!

Bothy walk, Gleann Dubh
Track to the bothy, by Loch Glendhu (the other side of the loch from Kylesku Hotel).
View to Arkle, mountain in Sutherland
Looking towards Arkle

The Rapha Continental, Assynt

See this wonderful Rapha video of road cycling in Assynt. And this great article on Cyclingtips website: the Rapha Continental Assynt film.

  • It’s windy here!

The wild north-west coast of Scotland has everything that the road cyclist could wish for.
Dave Barter
Great British Bike Rides


You’ll find some of the best Scottish golf courses right here in Sutherland.

Durness Golf Club

By the beach at Balnakeil. One of the most picturesque golf courses in the country.

  • Distance to start point: 35 miles.
  • Visit the nearby John Lennon memorial.
  • See Durness Golf Club

Ullapool Golf Course

On the shore of Loch Broom. Spectacular views from every hole.


Fly fishing, sea angling, lochs, rivers and spectacular wilderness. Fishing heaven.

Local loch fishing

If you have your own rod, just dip it into the water by the jetty outside the hotel. We've caught all sorts from there before – cod, mackerel, pollack.

Fly fishing

Experienced anglers – see Assynt Angling Club. We can issue permits at Kylesku Hotel. Reay Estate opposite the hotel also offer fishing.

Fly fishing, tutored

For guided/tutored fishing, contact James Curley. He’ll take you fly fishing just a few miles from the hotel, amid the most glorious scenery.

Sea fishing, Kinlochbervie

Charter your own boat and skipper. Good fishing grounds around one hour from the harbour.

Fishing in Loch Gleann Dubh
Fishing from the slipway at Kylesku, in front of the hotel.
James Curley Fly Fishing, Scotland
Fishing with James Curley FlyFishing.
James Curley fly fishing, Scottish Highlands
Fishing for brown trout with James Curley FlyFishing.

Horse riding & pony trekking

See Scotland from the saddle and meet some lovely Scottish ponies.

Free Spirit Trekking

Free Spirit Trekking - small, friendly yard off the NC500 route. Off-road hill and peat tracks riding.

Highlands Unbridled

Pony trekking and riding holidays including horse riding on the beach at low tide.

  • Distance to start point: 60 miles.
  • Wear warm and waterproof clothes.
  • Beginners welcome.
  • See Highlands Unbridled


Cape Wrath Challenge

Durness hosts an annual week-long festival of running in late May.

One of the highlights of the running calendar. Marathon, half-marathon, team event, 10k and fun run as well as social events, in stunning scenery.

Durness Beach, North West Scotland
Durness beach.


Go to the main road, turn right, over the bridge and first right again. Follow the lane to the slipway on the other side of the loch. If you want to extend this to a 12-mile run, follow the stalker’s track to the bothy at the end of Loch Glendhu.

We go running in the hills, and on the stalker paths, past lochs and the slopes of Munros and Corbetts. Wild, windy, and amazing.
Wesley & Kate


Book a photography workshop at the hotel with Chris Puddephatt. 1-2-1 or small groups.

Sea Kayaking with Hamlet Mountaineering, North West Scotland
Sea Kayaking with Hamlet Mountaineering.

Kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding

You can launch boats, canoes and paddleboards straight from the slipway outside Kylesku Hotel. For further afield, see below.

Ridgway Adventure

Adventures and sea kayak days – great for families.

Norwest Sea Kayaking

Kayaking with fishing, foraging, beach cooking, based in Ullapool.


Launch your board onto Loch Glendhu from the slipway outside the hotel.

  • Distance to start point: Right from Kylesku Hotel.
  • Beginners welcome.
Canadian canoeing on loch, Scotland, with Hamlet Mountaineering
Canoeing with Hamlet Mountaineering.

Cliff climbing, Scotland
Exploring sea cliffs with Hamlet Mountaineering.

Climbing & canyoning

Get close to Scotland’s amazing geology!

Hamlet Mountaineering

Tim Hamlet – fantastic guy. Qualified outdoorsman and guide, offers climbing, canoeing, sea kayaking. Also welcomes complete novices.

Get the most out of your time in Kylesku

RESTAURANT & BAR: open to non-residents

Not staying with us? You’re still welcome to join us in the restaurant and bar. Pre-booking is advised.

Book a table

Breakfast: 8am-10am
Cakes etc: 10am-12noon
12 noon - 3pm (last sitting at 2.30pm)

Dinner: 5pm-9pm (last table sitting at 8.30pm)
Bar: 12noon-11pm

if you're heading outdoors

Kylesku Hotel has a laundry service and drying facilities for residents. Useful for guests engaging in outdoor pursuits.

We love giving tips on the local area. Just ask, and we can look at maps with you.