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Gairloch consists of a string of tiny crofting townships scattered around the northeastern shore of the loch of the same name.

  • Local Sights & Activities for Gairloch

    If the weather's bad (as it sometimes can be) or if you're interested in local history, then visit the Gairloch Heritage Museum, which is beside the tourist office on the A832 to Poolewe, a few yards beyond the turn-off to Strath. Included are archaeological finds, a mock-up of a crofthouse room, schoolroom and shop, the interior of the local lighthouse and an archive of old photographs. Info - Apr-mid-Oct Mon-Sat 1000-1700. £2.50, concession £2, children £0.50. Tel. 712287.

    The waters around Gairloch are home to a wide variety of marine mammals such as seals, otters, porpoises, dolphins, minke whales and even killer whales. You can take a wildlife-spotting cruise with Sail Gairloch, Tel. 712636. The cruise lasts two hours and leaves daily from Gairloch Pier (subject to weather conditions). It can be booked at the Gairloch Marine Life Centre by the pier.

    The most sucessful Whale watching boats are run by Hebridean Whale Cruises who specialise on the offshore feeding grounds and are the only way to the magnificent Shiant Islands from mainland Scotland. Info and bookings Tel. 712458.

    For information on sea angling trips, contact the chandlery shop at the harbour, Tel. 712458.

    For those who prefer dry land, try a quad bike tour of the Flowerdale Deer Forest with Highland Trails. Book at The Anchorage post office/craft shop at the harbour or at Flowerdale estate office, Tel. 712378.

    Pony Trekking in the beautiful Flowerdale Glen can be arranged by phoning 712652 or 07769838528 at Gairloch Trekking Centre

    Local Visitor Attractions

    • Inverewe Gardens

      Northern headland gardens started by Osgood Mackenzie in 1862. The North Atlantic drift allows exotic shrubs, trees and bamboos to flourish.

  • Gairloch Events

    • Gairloch Highland Gathering

      Enjoy a traditional day out with lots of games, highland dancers, pipe band, hill race, bungee run, splat the rat, pony show, farrier display, BBQ, home baking and many more!

      • Start Date: 02.07.16
  • Gairloch Hotels & Accommodation

    Myrtle Bank Hotel, Tel. 712004, Fax. 712214, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 12 rooms. Modern hotel in the centre of Gairloch overlooking the loch, very good food and service in the restaurant (expensive dinner and cheap bar meals).

    The Old Inn at Gairloch is a traditional Inn serving excellent beer and food.

    There are numerous cheaper B&Bs scattered throughout the area. Most of the owners will provide maps and information on local walks. On the main street in Strath, near the shops, is Bains House, Tel. 712472, which is friendly and great value. On the road that turns off to the right by the Millcroft Hotel, beyond the fire station, is Duisary, Tel. 712252, open Apr-Oct. In Charleston, by the harbour, is Mrs A MacIver, Tel. 712388, open Feb-Nov.

    Further afield, at Badachro, south of Gairloch on the road to Red Point, is Lochside, Tel. 741295. Also at Badachro is Badachro Bunkhouse, Tel. 07760-344008. 13 miles north of Gairloch, at the end of the road, is the Rubha Reidh Lighthouse, Tel./Fax. 771263, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., which offers comfortable B&B (including dinner) and hostel accommodation. It's best to book ahead in the high season. They also have a tearoom serving home baking, snacks and light lunches; open Easter-Oct Sun, Tue and Thu 1100-1700. Self-catering is also available for private rooms or the hostel. There are buses from Gairloch as far as Melvaig (see below), then it's a 3-mile hike along the road to the lighthouse.

    There are a couple of hostels in Gairloch: Auchtercairn Hostel, Tel. 712131, open Mar-Nov, is at Gairloch Sands Apartments, just before the turn-off to Strath; 3 miles beyond Gairloch, on the road to Melvaig, isCarn Dearg Youth Hostel, Tel. 712219, open 15 May-3 Oct.

    There are a couple of campsites: Gairloch Caravan & Camping Park, Tel. 712373, is at Strath, with full facilities and close to all amenities.

    Sands Holiday Centre, Tel. 01445 712152, open Easter-Oct, is at Big Sand, about a mile beyond Strath. Camp next the beach and has a great little cafe on site that comes highly recommended. There is also wifi on site and in cafe for those who need to instagram their stay, etc.

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