Reiff is on the coast about 45 - 60 minutes from Ullapool and 2 - 2.5 hours by car from Inverness, depending on your speed. The majority of people will arrive in Inverness and travel by car passing through Ullapool to get to Reiff and the Achiltibuie coast.
Getting to Inverness by air is a pleasure as the airport is small and user friendly. From key cities in England like London or Bristol it is just an hour's flying time. Alternatively you can travel to Inverness by train, or even catch the overnight sleeper. Car hire is available at the airport and train station.
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There is a 24/7 Tesco in Inverness on the road from the airport to the city just off the A9. Or there is a Tesco in Ullapool which is generally open until 9pm although check on the Tesco website for exact times as they vary.
Driving from 'The South':
There are two ways to get to Reiff once in the south of Scotland. If you are using the M6 and A74M you can consider choosing the "west coast" route via Glasgow, the Argyll coast and Fort William. It is spectacularly beautiful and for those who can take their time and explore as they go. From Fort William it is around 4 hours to Reiff.
The more direct and faster route is via the A9 by-passing Glasgow, Stirling and Perth and arriving in Inverness. Then on to Ullapool and finally Reiff. Driving from London is about 11- 13 hours away, again depending on your speed.
Driving from Inverness
Once in Inverness the route to Ullapool is simple. Head north passing over the Kessock bridge which crosses the Moray Firth and follow all the signs at the various roundabouts to Ullapool. From Inverness it is very important to be aware of Deer on the roads which can be very dangerous. Drive carefully at night.
Driving from Ullapool
Once at Ullapool continue to head North on the A835 which is the only road North out of the fishing port and the main route up to the top of Scotland on the west coast. The A835 runs beside the beach at Ardmair and runs for about 10 miles from Ullapool before you reach a large brown sign saying 'Achiltibuie and The Summer Isles.' At this sign turn left onto the single track road to Achiltibuie. This passes the base of Cul Beag and Stac Pollaidh on your right hand side and three large lochs on your left as you head for the Sea.
Around 25- 30 minutes along this single track you will pass the junction to Lochinver, stay on the road to Achiltibuie! A few miles later you will approach the junction with a choice between Achiltibuie and Reiff - there is a large stretch of sand on your right which is Achnahaird Beach. To go straight to Reiff, turn right at this junction, you are now only a few miles from Reiff. As you drive down a hill overlooking the sea you will see your first view of The Summer Isles stretching out before you. At the bottom of this hill there is a sign pointing to Reiff, turn right here and continue along the coastal road on the edge of the sea, but some way up from the water until you get to the end of the tarmac road. 235 Reiff, is a cottage surrounded by a dry stone wall and is the last house on the tarmac road.
(There are tracks off this road but if you stay on the tarmac road you will find the cottage at the very end of it)