Annat with Torridon
Annat is a very small village with just a handful of houses located in it. However, it does have a superb restaurant at the hotel and a bar which serves good pub food and has the occasional live music act.
Just over a mile away, at Torridon, and with the opportunity to walk there across the beachlands, there is a very good local shop and tea room serving hot food and cakes throughout the day. Torridon itself, is has a local community centre with live music acts, dancing, pilates and is the destination for the travelling cinema which visits from time to time and is well worth a visit.
For the more adventurous, Torridon boasts some of the most dramatic and beautiful of Scotland’s mountains, corries and lochs. Walking and hiking through the area you can find red deer, mountain hare, ptarmigan, ravens or even a golden eagle. Around the lochs you are likely to see otters, seals or even porpoises and dolphins.
Slightly further afield, there is a good bar and restaurant at Sheildaig (about 6 miles away) and this often has local bands playing at the weekend. Here there is also another local shop.
Around and about
The area is an excellent base for those who would like to explore further afield and touring is a popular activity. This will inevitably take you south to Applecross, Lochcarron, Plockton, Kyle of Lochalsh, Dornie, and Glenelg. To the north lies Gairloch, Inverewe, Aultbea, Dundonnell and Ullapool. There are castles, ancient brochs, gardens, beaches, and local crafts to sample along the way.
There are a number of local operators offering boat trips. These are largely based in Gairloch, a one hour drive to the north.
Locally there are 9-hole golf courses at Gairloch and at Lochcarron. Further afield is an 18-hole course at Strathpeffer and a 9-hole course at Ullapool.