Wester Ross, in the North West of Scotland, is a large geographical area without clear boundaries which includes many West coast villages such as Lochcarron, Gairloch and Ullapool. With the Isle of Skye to the West and Lochalsh to the North East, Wester Ross is the Western part of Ross and Cromarty.
What’s Wester Ross like?
Comprising coastal villages, loch inlets and both craggy and beachy coastline, Wester Ross also has its fair share of incredible mountains. The magnificent Torridon Hills, amongst others, are a back drop to the spectacular and breath-taking beauty of this area. But Wester Ross also comprises quietly wide-open spaces and some very attractive villages – Applecross, for example is known as one of the most attractive locally.
Features of Wester Ross
Wester Ross is an incredible area for wildlife watching, both at the coast where puffins, gannets, porpoise, dolphin and whales may be spotted, and inland where red deer, eagles and ptarmigan roam in upland and mountainous regions.
Inverewe Gardens is one of the most well-known places to visit in the Wester Ross area. A 54 acre garden, it was created in 1862 and is now stocked with plants from all over the world – they thrive in the warm, protected Gulf Stream environment with the additional shelter of Inverewe’s surrounding woodland. Another garden to visit are the 20-acre Attadale gardens, near Lochcarron.
And for a walk in naturally spectacular scenery, it doesn’t get much better than Loch Maree and its islands, and the Corrieshalloch Gorge – a slot gorge created about 2.6 million years ago by melting glaciers. The outstanding beauty of this, the walking trails and the Victorian suspension bridge make Corrieshalloch very popular with visitors who return year after year. Mountaineers and hill-walkers will enjoy Corrieshalloch’s surprising tranquillity amidst the stunning peaks.
Glen Docherty and Glen Torridon are just two areas of fantastic walking routes in outstanding scenery. For drivers, Bealach na Bà (meaning ‘pass of the cattle’) is a stunningly dramatic drive leading to Applecross (where a heritage centre now stands on the ruins of a 7th century monastery). Reaching heights of 2053 feet, the ‘pass of the cattle’ encompasses spectacular mountain and coastal scenery at its very best.
And for those visitors who like to base a holiday around visits to historic buildings, Strome Castle, three miles from Lochcarron, is a ruined 15th century fortress which is worth a visit.
How to get to Wester Ross
Buses and trains run to Inverness and up the West coast. Train services arrive from the South and East on the Kyle of Lochalsh line. The most accessible major airport is probably Inverness – only a ninety minute drive through spectacular hill and loch country.
Where to stay in Wester Ross
Our gorgeous accommodation in the Wester Ross area is predominantly in the form of guest houses, holiday cottages and bed and breakfasts. Set amongst some of the most stunning views in Scotland, we can offer pet friendly, family friendly holiday homes and perfect locations for romantic getaways. See our inspirational lists below for more information and book your holiday now.