Elphin – Knockan – Ledmore
Elphin (Gaelic: Ailbhinn) is a crofting township in Assynt, Sutherland, in north-west Scotland. With a population of about 70 (a significant percentage of whom are crofters) Elphin lies 15 miles north of Ullapool on the A835. The village has a tearoom, several bed and breakfasts and a nearby hostel and hotel. There is both an Art Studio and a Craft studio which open their doors throughout the summer. The local school, Assynt Primary, closed in 2001, however in 2010 the building was been leased to the Elphin Ledmore & Knockan Community Association and has become a Community Centre.
Knockan (Gaelic: An Cnocan, meaning the small hill) is a separate crofting township, located south of the Knockan river. The Elphin and Knockan townships are often collectively known as Elphin.
Ledmore (Gaelic: Leathad mòr, meaning large slope) is the collection of houses near Ledmore Junction, north-east of Elphin.
Knockan Crag is about half a mile (750 metres) south of Elphin and Loch Veyatie is about half a mile to the north-west. As you head north on the A835 these landmarks tell you that you are entering Scotland’s first Geopark – so called as it has been deservedly recognised as a region of special scientific interest and natural beauty. With stunning mountain landscapes, clean sandy beaches, ancient settlements, thriving communities this North West Highland Geopark offers one of the best opportunities to explore wild places in Europe.Whatever your interests and however you choose to travel, the Geopark has some fantastic activities and amenities on offer for everyone, all year round. Put together an itinerary that will please the whole family. Find a grocery store, a bookshop or a campsite close to a beautiful sandy beach. Discover more about the fascinating geology and natural heritage of NW Highlands Geopark at award-winning visitor centres and local museums.
North West Highlands Geopark is part of a global network of regions defined by their outstanding geological features, forward-thinking local communities and unique natural and cultural heritage. The visitor centre at Knockan Crag has an interactive display and informative walks. Visit the Knockan Crag website.