A summer favourite with visitors to the Highlands, Gairloch on the Wester Ross West Coast is a quintessential Highlands town of beautiful lochs, mountains, sandy beach bays, summer Highland Gatherings with ceilidh traditional dancing and more. Offering an excellent choice of rural cottages, B&Bs, independent shops and inns, the town caters well for its many visitors featuring everything from budget to 5 Star places to stay.
Explore Gairloch’s crofting heritage and see ancient Pictish stone symbol stones discovered in the area at the Gairloch Heritage Museum. For the ‘best wee golf course in the Highlands’, the 9 hole Gairloch Golf Club doesn’t disappoint, spectacularly situated right on the coast overlooking the sandy beach bay with the Torridon Mountains to the south. Fishing fans will also find plenty to please around Gairloch, a top spot for trout and salmon fishing, offering the full fishing package of loch, river and sea fishing.
For scenery, walking opportunities and nature reserves, Gairloch is a Highlands best, with local Loch Maree one of the most photographed lochs in Scotland, famed for its islands, around 40 islands in total, all a designated National Nature Reserve dotted with ancient native pinewoods and a breeding site for back-throated divers. To the south of Gairloch, the Torridon Mountains boast some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery and where you’ll find Scotland’s oldest National Nature Reserve Benn Eighe, rich in granny pines.
Visit the Benn Eighe visitor centre on the outskirts of Kinlochewe housed in a converted croft for a wealth of information on both Benn Eighe and the Loch Maree Islands. A choice of trails branch out from the visitor centre. Browse and book Gairloch accommodation online now.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.