What do to and See around Gairloch
All around Gairloch from Red Point to Rua Reidh lighthouse you can watch sea birds and marine mammals, and enjoy the fine sandy beaches at Red Point, the Golf Course Beach and Sands. There is always an amazing diversity of wildlife for you to see during your stay here. In winter you can find anything from the beautiful Ptarmigan on the mountains, to Great Northern Divers sheltering in the sea-lochs. Spring sees the arrival of migratory birds, mainly from Africa, including Warblers and Cuckoos.
This is a walker’s haven with hikes and walks to suit every standard; whether you are back packing or just out for an afternoon stroll. There are hills, lochs, rivers, sandy beaches and stunning glens where you can head to. In Scotland, we follow the Right to Roam policy seriously so there are not many places where you cannot walk; however please be aware that there are lambs from end March to June and always be careful with your dog when there are sheep around.
There is excellent river and loch fishing throughout the area. The River Ewe and the River Gruinard are excellent salmon and sea trout rivers. River Ewe links two impressive lochs which are definitely worth visiting, Loch Maree which is inland, and Loch Ewe which runs out to the Minch.
Bag a Munro
40 Munros surround the Gairloch and these include:
Moruisg: 3045ft/928m; Sgurr nan Cleannaichean: 3002ft/915m; Maoile Lunndiadh: 3304ft/1007m; Sgurr a'Chaorachain: 3455ft/1053m; Sgurr Choinnich: 3277ft/999m; Bidein a'Choire Sheasgaich: 3100ft/945m; Lurg Mhor: 3235ft/986m; Beinn Liath Mhor: 3035ft/925m; Sgorr Ruadh: 3150ft/960m; Maol Chean-Dearg: 3061ft/933m; Fionn Bheinn: 3061ft/933m; Beinn Alligin: 3232ft/985m; Beinn Eighe: 3314ft/1010m; Liathach: 3458ft/1054m; Mullach an Rathain: 3356ft/1023m.
Places to Visit
Gairloch Heritage Museum
An award-winning museum located in a restored farm steading which has many fascinating displays.
Rua Reidh lighthouse
Dramatic views over the Minch to the Outer Hebrides, with good bird and marine life watching en route (the lighthouse tower is not open to the public).
A spectacular sandy beach and dunes reached via the scenic route around the south side of Loch Gairloch past the picturesque sheltered anchorage of Badachro.
In Gairloch at Flowerdale, and also the Victoria Falls at Slattadale just a few miles to the south on the A832.
Inverewe Gardens, Poolewe, National Trust for Scotland
The garden is open throughout the year.
Summer season: 9.30am-9pm (or sunset, if earlier)
Winter season: 9.30am-4pm
Visitor Centre and Shop open April to September 9.30am-5pm, and October 9.30pm-4pm
Inverewe Gardens Pinewood Trail
Come and enjoy this woodland trail that winds through pinewoods with superb views of the Wester Ross landscape. .