Assynt is situated in North Western Scotland and is approximately 15 miles north of Ullapool. The Community Council area boundary is based on the old boundary of the Parish of Assynt. The area is characterised by disparate populations, many distributed along the coast.
The 2011 Census recorded the population of Assynt as 1028 people normally resident in Assynt. Although Lochinver has the largest population, the total population outside the village is larger.
Assynt is bounded by the Barony of Coigach and Parish of Lochbroom to the South, by the sea on the west and north and substantial hills on the east (rising to 987 metres on Conival). Its geology is unusually varied and its landscape accommodates over 1,268 lochs. The area’s geological significance is recognised by the UNESCO certified North-West Highlands Geopark, and nearly a quarter of the land area is designated and protected Sites of Special Scientific Interest.