Assynt and Coigach are sparsely populated areas of the Highlands lying north of Ullapool on the west coast of Scotland. Assynt is known for its landscape and its remarkable mountains which have led to the area, along with neighbouring Coigach, being designated as the Assynt-Coigach National Scenic Area. The western part of Assynt has many distinctively shaped mountains, including Quinag, Canisp, Suilven and Ben More Assynt, that rise steeply from the surrounding lochan-studded moorland. These can often appear higher than their actual height would indicate due to their steep sides and the contrast with the moorland from which they rise. Many of the most distinctive peaks such as Suilven were formed during the last Ice Age, when they were left exposed above the ice sheet. They now remain as isolated outposts of highly eroded Torridonian sandstone sitting on a bedrock of much older Lewisian gneiss.