Just over 5 weeks to go to our Food of the Sea Festival here in Lochinver and we are busy making sure there are plenty of activities and seafood for the event. There are still opportunities for anyone to be involved: we are looking for seafood producers who would be interested in selling produce to or at the festival, volunteers for helping set up/ take down of the event and First Aiders for the day.

For those that haven’t visited, Lochinver is a fishing village on the west coast, central for Coigach and Assynt. Many boats come in and out of the busy harbour bringing in fish and shellfish from the Minch and beyond. It’s a beautiful spot to relax and watch seabirds or enjoy a day exploring the surrounding area including the famous mountain Suilven which was featured in the film Edie last year.

So, what should you expect from the festival? Well, Culag park will be transformed into our sea themed festival with marquees of goodies and opportunities to learn about the local area’s marine life. Scottish Wildlife Trust will be joining us and holding a crabbing competition on the pontoon across the day (children must be accompanied by an adult) and there will be the chance to meet the local skiff teams.

Alongside the marine stalls, our partner organisations will be giving us a look into how their projects are going. The marine room in the information centre, just alongside the park, will have photos from projects and the local area as well as videos captured around Coigach and Assynt. We also have local craftspeople joining us including Ripples Wool and Summer Isle Studio Ceramics giving us some creative inspiration and our teepee will be the meeting place for walking Stories around Lochinver Harbour with Griogair MacAllein’s tales of the sea. Scheduled stories will run between tours during the day in the teepee.

Come and enjoy a great day out, we will book the sun now!

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape

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