Gairloch & Poolewe

The name Gairloch comes from the Gaelic "ghearr loch", meaning short loch - referring to the relatively short sea loch that runs along the coast here. The population is approx: 500 depending on exactly where you mean by the word "Gairloch" - although there is a defined centre around Strath Square, the surrounding area includes many small communities that functioned as separate villages for many years.

Gairloch has several hotels, many B&B / Guest house /self catering businesses (see listings below), and a number of places to eat and shop.

 

Information on opening times for all kinds of Visitor facilities in the area

 

There are marine wildlife tours that can be taken from the harbour for whale watching or sea angling. These cover everything from a short trip around the bay, to "Glass Bottom Boat" trips ,and fast ribs out into the open waters of the Minch to do some whale spotting.

There are a large number of walking opportunities from gentle strolls along Flowerdale to several serious mountain expeditions with only a short car journey required. Pony trekking is also available at Redpoint, only a short drive from Gairloch in the car. And if you are in the Flowerdale / Harbour area, why not relax with a visit to an art gallery? Paintings, pottery, and contemporary art can be found at Solas, at the start of the Flowerdale walks.

Gairloch has a safe, sheltered, sandy beach with good parking and toilets. Big Sand Beach is another safe, sheltered, sandy beach with watersports available. From there you can take the coastal road to Melvaig towards Rua Reidh lighthouse (built by David A. Stevenson, a cousin of Robert Louis Stevenson) at the end of the peninsula. All along this road, there are superb views out towards Skye, Harris, Lewis and many of the smaller isles. You may even spot some of the sealife down below, or the many small boats that travel up and down the Minch. Note, however, that this is an extremely narrow road - you should not attempt to take caravans or motorhomes along here. There are a few limited parking spots en route, though, and parking / turning towards the end (parking for 8 cars only). This is before the Lighthouse itself, which is private. 

Gairloch Heritage Museum is worth a visit to learn about local history and you might like to take advantage of the leisure centre on those occasional rainy days! The golf course has a great cafe with sea views.

Facilities at nearby Poolewe include a swimming pool and hotels. Poolewe village hall plays host to weekly markets every Tuesday where you can buy locally made crafts, artwork, and produce. The village overlooks Loch Ewe and close by are the famous sub tropical Inverewe Gardens, one of the major visitor attractions of the area.

Further afield, the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve is only 20 miles south of Gairloch with its variety of walking trails and visitor centre on the shores of Loch Maree.

While you are in the area, and particularly Gairloch itself, tune your car radio to the UK's smallest commercial radio station - Two Lochs Radio (or listen online!)

The Gairloch Highland Gathering is a huge annual event and the next one will be on the first Saturday of July 2018.

For more local events, check out our Calendar.

 

Activity Provider

Glendale Boat hireGlendale Boat hire - Self Drive Boat Hire

Self drive boats for hire around the peaceful waters of Loch Gairloch, Wester Ross, North West Scotland.

Glendale House, South Erradale, Gairloch, Wester Ross , IV21 2AU

Tel: 01445 741755

Kerry Sea AnglingKerry Sea Angling

Sea fishing in open water. Details of fishing trips in Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands

Pier Road, The Harbour, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BQ

Tel: 01445 712458

Argocat ExtremeArgocat Extreme

Offroad driving experience in an Argocat. Based in Badachro, near Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands.

14 Port Henderson, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2AS

Tel: 01445 741336

Gairloch Golf ClubGairloch Golf Club - Golf course and cafe (open to all)

Challenging nine hole golf course set in beautiful scenery, looking across over Gairloch beach towards Skye and the Islands. Play golf and relax in Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands

Gairloch Golf Club, Gairloch, Wester Ross , IV21 2BE

Tel: 01445 712407

Shellfish SafarisShellfish Safaris - Trips on a working fishing boat

Travel out with local fisherman, Ian McWhinney, and see what he catches and how he catches it! Unique Shellfishing trips in the Gairloch area of Wester Ross, in the North West Highlands of Scotland.

Dry Island Shellfish Dry Island Badachro Gairloch, IV21 2AB

Tel: 01445 741263

"Sealife" Glass Bottom Boat"Sealife" Glass Bottom Boat - Underwater wildlife viewing

Pier Road Gairloch Harbour Gairloch Wester Ross Scotland , IV22 2LW

Tel: 01445 712540

Gairloch Pony Trekking CentreGairloch Pony Trekking Centre

Pony trekking near the Redpoint beach area at Gairloch, Wester Ross, in the Scottish highlands. Children and adult activities.

Croft 3, Red Point, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2AX

Gairloch Heritage MuseumGairloch Heritage Museum

Description and details about an award winning museum of the local culture of the Gairloch area of Wester Ross, North West Scotland.

Gairloch Heritage Museum, Achtercairn, Gairloch, Wester Ross , IV21 2BP

Tel: 01445 712287

Hebridean Whale CruisesHebridean Whale Cruises - Whale watching and sea cruises

Whale watching and sea cruises from Gairloch, Wester Ross. See Minke and Killer Whales, Basking Sharks, Dolphins, and seabirds.

Pier Road, Harbour, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BQ

Tel: 01445 712458

Bed and Breakfast

Newton HouseNewton House

Beautifully restored Victorian house offering relaxed and comfortable accommodation - centrally located in the village of Gairloch, Wester Ross.

Mihol Road, Strath, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BX

Tel: 01445 712007

Aird HillAird Hill

Luxurious accommodation for bed and breakfast near Gairloch and Badachro, Wester ross, Scottish Highlands

Aird Hill, Badachro, Gairloch, Wester Ross , IV21 2AB

Tel: 01445 741282

FionncroftFionncroft - B&B with home grown produce for sale

Fionncroft is a Bed and breakfast in the small village of Melvaig, near Gairloch, in Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands. B&B, home produce, eggs, pork, vegetables and croft products for sale.

Fionncroft, Melvaig, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2EA

Tel: 01445 771320

Gairloch View Guest HouseGairloch View Guest House

Comfortable Bed and breakfast accommodation in Gairloch, Wester Ross. Details, photographs, tariff.

Achtercairn, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BN

Tel: 01445 712666

Campsite

Sands Caravan and Camping Sands Caravan and Camping

Information on fully equipped caravan and camping facilities near Gairloch, Wester Ross, in the North West Highlands of Scotland

Sands Caravan and Camping Site, Big Sand, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2DL

Tel: 01445 712152

Gairloch Holiday ParkGairloch Holiday Park

Excellent small campsite placed near the centre of Gairloch.

Gairloch Holiday Park, Mihol Road, Strath, Gairloch, Wester-Ross, IV21 2BX

Tel: 01445 712373

Crafts

Latitude 57Latitude 57 - Photography, pottery, knitwear and much more besides!

Local arts and crafts from this beautifully situated gift shop with a nautical flair.

Badachro, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2AA

Tel: 01445 741 339

The Treasure ChestThe Treasure Chest - Crafts and fairtrade goods, clothing, gifts

Gift shop on Gairloch harbour, selling local arts and crafts. Books, jewellery, clothing and much more.

Pier Road, Gairloch, Wester Ross , IV21 2BQ

Tel: 01445 712500

Solas GallerySolas Gallery - Contemporary Art Gallery

Contemporary art gallery in Gairloch with quality paintings and ceramics produced by respected artists Rob Howard and Lyn Beckett

Sòlas Gallery, Flowerdale Bay, Gairloch, Wester-Ross , IV21 2BD

Tel: 01445 712626

Eating Out

Mountain Coffee Company & Bookstore - Coffee, food, quality bookshop

Conservatory, Cafe, and bookstore in the centre of Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands.

Strath Square, GAIRLOCH, Wester Ross , IV21 2BX

Tel: 01445 712316

Badachro InnBadachro Inn - Restaurant and bar

Family run Inn, in the beautiful village of Badachro, near Gairloch in Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands. Fine wines, good food, great company.

Badachro, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2AA

Tel: 01445 741255

Coast Coffee Co.Coast Coffee Co. - Cafe - food, company, harbour location!

Excellent cafe in harbour location to watch the boats come and go. Great food and great company, in beautiful Wester Ross

Harbour Centre, Pier Road, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BQ

Tel: 01445 712437

Hostels

Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel, GairlochGairloch Sands Youth Hostel, Gairloch

Information about hostel accommodation in Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands. Amazing location right on the coast looking across to the Mountains of Torridon and over to the island of Skye

Carn Dearg, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2DJ

Tel: 01445 712219

Hotel

The Old InnThe Old Inn

Hotel accommodation in an award winning traditional coaching inn, in Gairloch, Wester Ross.

Flowerdale, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BD

Tel: 01445 712006

Millcroft HotelMillcroft Hotel

Family run Hotel and self catering accommodation near the heart of Gairloch Village in Wester Ross. Bar, restaurant facilities

Millcroft Hotel, Strath, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BN

Tel: 01445 712376

The Old Mill Highland LodgeThe Old Mill Highland Lodge

Luxurious Hotel accommodation with fine dining beside Loch Maree, in Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands

Talladale, Loch Maree, Wester Ross, IV22 2HL

Tel: 01445 760271

Myrtle Bank HotelMyrtle Bank Hotel

Family run, with excellent reputation for food. Quality hotel accommodation in Gairloch, Wester Ross, North West Highlands of Scotland.

Low Road, Gairloch, Wester Ross, , IV21 2BS

Tel: 01445 712004

Other Services

Wordworks Office / IT / Computer & Graphics Services - PC & Internet Access / Services

Harbour Centre, Pier Road, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BQ

Tel: 01445 712715

The ToyboxThe Toybox - Childrens Daycare Centre

The Toybox offers Childrens daycare facilities for locals and visitors alike. Fully qualified and trained staff. Based in Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands

The Toybox, Achtercairn, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BH

Tel: 01445 712362

Two Lochs Radio (106 & 106.6 FM)Two Lochs Radio (106 & 106.6 FM) - Community Radio Station (106 & 106.6 FM)

Information on Wester Ross Local radio station. This runs as a community operated station, broadcasting to much of Wester Ross.

Harbour Centre Pier Road, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BQ

Tel: 01445 712715

Self Catering

16 Strath Self Catering16 Strath Self Catering

Comfortable self catering, either in a modern bungalow OR a traditional restored croft house. Both with views over Loch Gairloch towards Skye and the Torridon mountains.

16 Strath, Gairloch, Wester Ross , IV21 2BX

Tel: 01445 712230

Caolas Beag Holiday Cottage

Enquiries: 7, Horsburgh Gardens, Balerno, Edinburgh, EH14 7BY, IV21 2DD

Tel: 0131 466 0308

TarhunaTarhuna

Self catering accommodation on one level, near Gairloch. Spectacular location looking out across the Minch to the Isle of Skye

Tarhuna, Aultgrishan, Melvaig, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2DY

Tel: 0141 881 5985

The Old CrofthouseThe Old Crofthouse

Traditional croft house self catering accommodation in Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands

E. Duncan, 38 Lonemore, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2DA

ShiskineShiskine

Self catering property furnished to a high standard, and with fantastic views across the Minch towards Skye.

1 Aultgrishan, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2DY

C. ThomsonC. Thomson

Self catering accommodation near Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands. Sea and mountain views all round.

18, South Erradale GAIRLOCH Wester Ross , IV21 2AU

Tel: 01445 741202

GlenviewGlenview

Self catering accommodation on a croft in the quiet village of Badachro, near Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands

Glenview, Leacnasaide, Badachro, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2AP

Tel: 01445 741229

14 Aultgrishan 14 Aultgrishan

Traditonal croft house - Self catering accommodation at Aultgrishan, near Gairloch, Wester ross, Scottish highlands

14 Aultgrishan, Melvaig, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2DZ

Tel: 0131 258 1459

Rose CottageRose Cottage

In a traditional croft house, details of self catering accommodation in Badachro, near Gairloch in Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands

Jane Ross, 29 Eagle Lane, Dullingham, Newmarket CB8 9UZ, IV21 2AA

Tel: 01638 507747

Aird CottagesAird Cottages

Traditional self catering accommodation in a comfortable old cottage near Badachro, Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands.

Rosebank House, Clashmore, Dornoch, IV25 3RG, IV21 2AB

Tel: 01862 881273

Strathlene Strathlene

Self catering apartment looking across Gairloch, Wester Ross, towards the Torridon Mountains.

Strathlene Self catering, 45 Lonemore, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2DB

Tel: 01445 712710

Cairns CottageCairns Cottage

Traditional self catering accommodation near Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands

Cairns Cottage, Port Henderson, Gairloch, IV21 2AS

Tel: 07762 102760

Gairloch Self Catering CottagesGairloch Self Catering Cottages

Gairoch Self Catering Cottages offer luxury self catering accommodation to suit all budgets. Views over the sea to the Islands of Skye and Harris. Near Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands.

Tir Aluinn, North Erradale, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2DS

Tel: 01445 771393

Wester Ross Retreats - Letting Agency - Properties in Gairloch, Poolewe, Aultbea and Laide areas

Large Selection of self catering accommodation with over 40 local properties between Gairloch and Laide

5 Braeside Road, Gairloch, Wester Ross , IV21 2BG

Tel: 01445 712179

Highland HolidaysHighland Holidays

Self catering accommodation in the Gairloch and Kinlochewe areas of Wester Ross.

An Caorann, Melvaig, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2EA

Tel: 01445 771225

Little HavenLittle Haven

Beautifully furnished apartment for one or two people. Quiet and comfortable, with nearby beach and superb views towards Skye and the Torridon Mountains.

1 Big Sand, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2DD

Tel: 01445 712200

Dry Island Holiday CottagesDry Island Holiday Cottages

Unique and interesting island self catering accommodation on Dry island, near Gairloch, Wester Ross, in the Scottish Highlands

Ian McWhinney, Dry Island, Badachro, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2AB

Tel: 01445 741263

ThornhillThornhill

Comfortable and spacious accommodation for 6, overlooking Gairloch, and with views towards Skye.

Thornhill, Strath, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BX

Tel: 01445 712749

Glendale HouseGlendale House - Self catering & B&B

Including an indoor pool and bar, Glendale offers fully equipped Self catering and B&B accommodation near Gairloch and local beaches in Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands.

South Erradale, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2AU

Tel: 01445 741755

Wester Seabrook CottagesWester Seabrook Cottages

Self catering accommodation in Gairloch, North West Scotland. Wester Ross wildlife, whale watching, walking and outdoor activities

Wester Seabrook, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BT

Tel: 01349 861452

Ross HouseRoss House

Luxury self catering accommodation in Badachro, Wester Ross. Near Gairloch.

8 Coille Dhorch, Badachro, Gairloch, Wester Ross, , IV21 2AF

Tel: 0141 942 6322

Macrae CroftMacrae Croft

Macrae Croft is luxury self catering accommodation in Gairloch, Wester Ross,in the Scottish Highlands. On the coast, looking across towards Skye and the Torridon Mountains.

c/o Kerrysdale House, Kerrysdale, Gairloch Wester Ross , IV21 2AL

Tel: 01445 712292

Ceomara Highland CottagesCeomara Highland Cottages

Self catering accommodation in beautiful Badachro, near Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the Scottish Highlands. Quiet and comfortable.

Ceomara, Aird Road, Badachro, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2AB

Tel: 01445 741295

Little Aird HillLittle Aird Hill

Very comfortable Self catering accommodation in Badachro called Little Aird Hill.

Aird Hill, Badachro, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2AB

Tel: 01445 741282

DruimdarrochDruimdarroch

Self catering accommodation in two acres of grounds at Badachro, near Gairloch, in Wester Ross, Scottish highlands

Craigmore, Turners Green Road, Wadhurst, East Sussex., TN5 6EA

Tel: 01892 782779

Shopping and Retail

Cornerstone (Newsagent)Cornerstone (Newsagent) - Newspapers, Magazines & Gifts

Locally owned shop selling Gifts, newspapers, cards, children's toys, sweets and lots more.

Strath, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BZ

Tel: 01445 712400

Treasure ChestTreasure Chest - Crafts, clothing, gifts, books and more

Locally made crafts and gift shop in Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands

The Harbour Centre, Pier Road, Gairloch Wester Ross, IV21 2BQ

Tel: 01445 712500

Mountain Coffee Shop & BookstoreMountain Coffee Shop & Bookstore - Coffee / Books

Coffee shop and bookstore, Mountain Coffee is in the middle of Gairloch.

Strath Square, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BX

Tel: 01445 712316

Kenneth Morrison (Butchers)Kenneth Morrison (Butchers) - Q Guild Quality Butchers / Fruit / Vegetables

Contact details for one of the best butchers in Gairloch (Wester Ross), in the North West of Scotland

K. Morrison (Butchers), Strath, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BZ

Tel: 01445 712485

Strath Stores (Grocer / Delicatessen) - Grocer, Delicatessen, Fresh Sandwiches and Local products

Contact details for grocery store and delicatessen in the Scottish Highlands in Gairloch, Wester Ross.

Strath Stores, Strath, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BZ

Tel: 01445 712499

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Posted on Wednesday, November 8th 2017

Red Squirrels return to several areas of Wester Ross!

Red squirrels, a species previously lost from their native woodlands, have been successfully returned to the north-west Highlands, early results of a reintroduction project show. The new population has naturally expanded Full Story...

Posted on Tuesday, May 30th 2017

So many visitors!

The Wester Ross gardens’ guardians, the National Trust for Scotland, said yesterday the recent renovation of the estate’s grand home Inverewe House had also helped boost business since reopening after the win Full Story...

A simply beautiful part of the world. I stayed near Gairloch with my family recently, and we'll certainly be back.
Jeff Gilberston, Florida

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