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Things to See and Do

The Gairloch area offers a wealth of things to do and places to see. Below are a few wonderful places and activities that we highly recommend you make time for.

 

Inverewe Gardens & Estate

Inverewe Gardens is one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, this 54-acre garden was created in 1862. It is an oasis of exotic plants, bursting with vibrant colour, thanks to the warm currents of the Gulf Stream that flow along the North West Scottish coastline.

Here you will find rhododendrons from the Himalayas, eucalypts from Tasmania, olearia from New Zealand and other species from such far-flung places as Chile and South Africa, they all flourish here, in a display that changes with the seasons.

As well as the Garden there are over 2,000 acres of land which are managed for conservation. This includes for hikers, the Pinewood Trail, a stock free* dog friendly walk with a “high view” option starting at the restaurant, which can be either circular or linear as it links to the Inverewe Trail (stock free and dog friendly), which brings walkers out onto the edge of Poolewe Village. This also links into the Kernsery Path where NTS land joins the walker friendly (but not stock free) Letterewe Estate. At the edge of Loch Ewe is a Wildlife Hide full of interesting facts and interpretation where seals, otters, divers and a rich variety of wildlife can be seen.

*Stock free denotes; No marauding moos or shifty sheep lurking in wait for unsuspecting walkers or woofers!

Poolewe
Ross-shire
IV22 2LG
Tel: 0844 493 2225
Fax : 0844 493 2227
Email : inverewe@nts.org.uk
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Gairloch Heritage Museum

The Gairloch Heritage Museum takes you on journey back into the history of the North West Highlands. Here you can discover the culture, heritage, traditions and customs of this beautiful area. Our story takes you from pre-historic times right through to present day. You can marvel at the massive lend of the Rubha Reidh lighthouse, see the interior of a croft house as it once was, a village shop – and discover an illicit whisky still! Temporary exhibitions and events run throughout the summer season so there is always something new to see. Library and archive available for personal research upon appointment Read more
Curator: Janet MacLean
Address: Gairloch Heritage Museum
Achtercairn
Gairloch
Ross-shire
IV21 2BP
Tel : 01445 712287 (local rate 08458 648001)
Email : info@gairlochheritagemuseum.org
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Sealife Glass-Bottom Boat Trips

This tour has been honoured with Four Stars as a wildlife experience and has recently been graded Gold for Green Tourism. Unique to Gairloch, ‘Sealife’ is a boat cruise that combines looking beneath the waves with enjoying the wonderful scenery and wildlife throughout Gairloch Bay.

Crystal clear waters provide ‘Sealife’ with the perfect location for an up close experience of our wonderful and spellbinding undersea marine world.

Bird life, such as golden and sea eagles, puffins, black throated divers and many more species of birds are regularly spotted on cruises. For the eagle eyed, a local otter can often be seen alongside our regular daily sightings of the common seal and grey seal.

Luckily Sealife’s booking office is situated overlooking the Loch, where on occasions harbour porpoises and basking sharks can be seen – a real privilege.

Come and join us on Sealife and share the experience on the most unique cruise Gairloch can offer.

“We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Sealife owners Ric and Jill for allowing us to use some of their beautiful photographs to help us to depict the beauty of this area to our guests to be.”
Owners: Ric and Jill
Address: ‘Sealife’ Booking Office
Pier Road
Gairloch Harbour
Gairloch
Scotland
IV22 2LW
Email: info@glassbottomboat.info
Booking Office: 01445 712540
Mobile: 0773 3240 621
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Badachro Inn

Fantastic Highland hospitality, real ale, fine wine, delicious food and spectacular views – what more could you ask for after – or during – a big day of exploring Port Henderson and the Gailoch area. The Badachro Inn is a little gem nestled in the bay of Badachro, a picturesque village well worth a wander around. This charming little Inn, frequented by locals and serving up the freshest food, cooked to perfection and boasting an impressive 50 varieties of malt whisky (we kid you not!) is the best place to idle away the hours.

This wonderful Inn has been lovingly enhanced and now boasts an open deck to take in the breathtakingly beautiful view of the bay. The best part, if you have left a little energy, is that it’s walking distance from Chrissie’s Croft in Port Henderson. One little word of advice; if you are walking home and you’ve tasted more than a handful of the whisky collection, stay away from the edge of the loch!
Address: Badachro Inn
Badachro
Gairloch
Ross-shire
Scotland
IV21 2AA
Tel: +44 (0)1445 741255
Email: lesley@badachroinn.com
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Extreme Argocat Trips

Our great friend – and Port Henderson neighbour – Kenny Tallach; along with Alasdair Mackenzie, run Extreme Argocat trips for those wanting a little thrill in their day. This machine will go through and over almost anything, including water. So for all the thrill seekers amongst you, get your fix and give them a call or find out more at the Badachro Inn website.
Owners: Kenny Tallach and Alasdair Mackenzie
Tel: 01445 741336
Mobile: 07872 038143 (No calls on Sundays please.)

Poolewe Tuesday Market

Poolewe Tuesday Market plays host to the best arts, crafts, produce and food in the area. If you’re after something unique for your home, a special gift, a delicious treat or just something special that you won’t see anywhere else, this is the place to come.

But what makes this Market truly special is that it is run voluntarily to raise funds for local charities. These include: Poolewe & District Swiming Pool, The Highland Hospice, Strathburn Residents Fund, Laide & Aultbea Community Woodland and the Torridon & Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Teams.

The market is open every week from the last Tuesday in March until the last Tuesday in October (10am-2.30pm).

They also run two Christmas markets on the last Friday in November (4-8pm) and the first Saturday in December (10am-2.30pm).

Poolewe Hall,
Poolewe
IV22 2JU
Tel: 07900602765
Email: alison@buttonbothy.co.uk

Gairloch Pony Trekking Centre

The Gairloch Trekking Centre provides both novice and experienced riders of all ages the chance to enjoy the magnificent scenery from the saddle of one of their mild mannered, much loved, ponies or horses. The fully licensed centre was established in 2000 and their friendly staff are all qualified and knowledgeable about the areas they take you through. So why not take a ride through rugged hills, gentle streams and private pathways and enjoy the beauty that this area holds.
Owner: Danielle Warren. EThPK
Address: Gairloch Pony Trekking Centre
Flowerdale Mains, Gairloch, Ross-Shire, IV21 2AJ
Tel: 01445 712652
Email: ponytrekking@hotmail.co.uk
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Visit Loch Ewe

Escape from the stresses of the 21st century and remind yourself what real quality of life is all about, here on the edge of Europe’s last great wilderness. Remote yet accessible, the Loch Ewe area, at the heart of beautiful Wester Ross on the north-west coast of Scotland, has all you could wish for to unwind, inspire and invigorate…
Email: info@visitlochewe.com
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Marcus Adam Photography

Marcus runs photography workshops on the Isle of Skye, along with providing accommodation, location guidance and tuition to photographers of all levels. If you are a photographer or a wish to know more ‘snapper’, this is an opportunity in a location defying the beauty of most that should not to be missed!
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Golf

For the golfers – or would be golfers – among you, the Gairloch Golf Club has a 9 hole golf course above a long sandy beach with the kind of views that may take your mind off the game! However, with rolling dunes and a challenging par you’ll soon get back into the swing of it. The club also offers Open Competitions among the annual program of events so visitors can compete for trophies and cash prizes. The Gairloch Golf Club also offers junior golf on Mondays through the summer.
The Gairloch Golf Club
Gairloch,
Ross-Shire
IV21 2BE
Tel: 01445 712 407
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Red Point

Red Point is a good but not too demanding walk from Port Henderson, and one of the biggest kept secrets in the country. The quiet, pristine beaches at Red Point are the perfect place to wander aimlessly beside the ocean, listen to the wind through the seagrass and either admire or roll down (as we have, many times) the weather carved sand dunes. This place is paradise to anyone who loves the beach to themselves. You can simply take in the view and relish in the solitude and the views or embark on the 7 mile cliff-top walk to Craig Youth Hostel and Diabaig. The choice is yours.

Hikers and Walkers

The broader area around Chrissie’s Croft and Gairloch has an abundance of fantastic walks suitable for either those just wanting to walk off lunch or for more seasoned hikers. Walk Highlands is a fantastic website full of great walks and resources for hikers visiting the area.
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Also, don’t forget to visit our Inverewe Gardens link for the great hikes that their 2000 acres have to offer.

Music

If you love music, Gairloch is a place that will fill your heart. Amongst the numerous venues hosting live music from talented locals, all of which are well worth an audience, you cannot say you have discovered Scotland unless you have been to a Cèilidh (a musical gathering involving Gaelic folk music and plenty of dancing). Cèilidhs are a tradition in these parts and a fantastic night out, whatever your age, so while you’re here, visit the Poolewe Village Hall, who host many Cèilidhs thoughout the season.(Check the website below for times and dates)
Address: Poolewe Village Hall
Poolewe,
IV22 2LD
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The Gairloch Tourist Information Centre

For everything else; from what’s on, where to eat, where to go – along with maps on how to get there – and for all the ‘must see’ things that will make your stay here an unforgettable adventure, the Gairloch Tourist Information Centre should be your first port of call. Advice is free as is the promotional material covering the Gairloch vicinity. So drop in and have a chat with one of the area experts at the start of you Gairloch stay – we wouldn’t want you to miss a thing!
Address: The Gairloch Tourist Information Centre
Auchtercairn
Gairloch
Ross And Cromarty
Scotland
IV21 2DN
Tel: 01445 712071

West Coast Arts

West Coast Arts is a local non-profit community organisation run entirely by volunteers. It aims to promote subsidised live music and theatre events from all over the world for both local people and visitors to this remote area of north-west Scotland to enjoy year-round.

WCA uses several venues in the area – Gairloch Community Hall, Poolewe Village Hall, Aultbea Hall and for more intimate musical events, St Maelrubha’s Church in Poolewe. We sometimes also stage events at Inverewe Gardens or the Poolewe Hotel. Visit our Facebook page for more details and upcoming events.
Email: westcoastartsuk@gmail.com or alasdairwright@btinternet.com
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The Fish Shop – Gairloch Pier

Not got the hang of the fishing rod yet? The Fish Shop sells wonderful locally caught shellfish and fish as well as locally smoked fish – come and taste the Highlands, without having to cast a line!
Address: Gairloch Pier
IV21 2AB
Gairloch
Tel: 0011 44 1445 741263
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