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    Drumbeg is a historic crofting settlement situated in Assynt, western Sutherland.

    Drumbeg lies on the remarkably beautiful Assynt coastal road, the B869. This single track road provides a scenic link between Lochinver and Kylesku, and takes in some of Scotland's best scenery.

    Drumbeg's origins are vague, though the population of much of the Highlands was considerably larger than it is today prior to the clearances of the late 1700s and early 1800s. Like most of Scotland's west coast communities, it would have relied on the sea for much of its living and for its transport links. It was not until the end of the 1800s that a road reached here from Lochinver.

    With a population of perhaps 100, Drumbeg is larger than it at first appears. There has been a village store in Drumbeg for over a century. It is located in the centre of the village, not far from the Drumbeg Viewpoint. It is a well stocked licensed grocer and delicatessen specialising in Scottish produce and also stocks local arts and crafts, books, maps and guides and light snacks. The village is also home to the Drumbeg Hotel.

    One of the best walks in the area links together two of the traditional 'peat roads' used by coastal residents to obtain peat from Assynt's interior, and in doing so encircles Loch Drumbeg. Starting this walk at the east end of Drumbeg brings you back to the coast road a little to the west of the village. Drumbeg itself has no harbour. However, a side road leading north from a junction on the B869 half a mile west of the village takes you the short distance to Culkein Drumbeg. This is an attractive hillside settlement where a jetty was built at the end of the 1800s in an effort to bring prosperity to the area.

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