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ACHILTIBUIE - More Info

The name 'Achiltibuie' is derived from the gaelic 'Aichdillidh Bhuidhe', literally, meaning 'a yellow field'. Such a field, although of buttercups, inspired Donald MacLeod to compose the piobaireachd 'Field of Gold', a bit like this one of the 'Braes of Achinaird' nearby (Acknowledge 13). Hear it played by the Canadian world-class Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in quite a dramatic way (6.5 minutes) - click here.

Achiltibuie is in the far north of Scotland, on the Minch and the north-west corner of Ross and Cromarty. It is a scattered, elongated village and this picture shows about half of it, but has a lot going for it as the following illustrates. This view is from the off-shore island of Tanera Mor, biggest of the Summer Isles, and shows the mountaineous background to the village. The left-of-centre mountain is Suilven, a Norse/gaelic name where Suil is Norse for pillar, and 'ven' is from the gaelic 'bhein' for mountain. Picture is from an excellent walking tour website which shows more of the area, and is worth seeing here..

A map showing the location of Achiltibuie in Wester Ross.
It is 24 miles from Ullapool, and 70 from Dingwall, both on the A835.

Pipers and the Piping School Cafe, so named because it is both. A local business, Achiltibuie Bagpipe Specialists runs0 courses there.

The Regatta is one notable event in which local boating enthusiasts participate. Their home-built skiff 'Coigach Lass', shown below as number 3, has taken the local crew even to the Great River Race in London where they won, and also elsewhere. See a video of that < here>/

As it's name implies, this remarkable structure practiced water-based horticulture. At one time bananas were grown there, as well as other exotic fruits. Sadly, it no longer exitst, but there is an interesting Garden complex which can be visited.

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