Aultbea (Gaelic: An t-Allt Beithe) is a small fishing village in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. It is situated on the shores of Loch Ewe, and is about 12 miles North of Gairloch. The village has hotels, self catering and B&B accommodation, a Primary School, and is only a few miles from the world famouse Inverewe Gardens.
Aultbea has two churches, a shop, a butcher and a craft shop. Aultbea also has a NATO base; large ships sometimes come inshore to refuel here. There is also an annual "fun day" where most people from the village and surrounding area turn up and play football or socialise over a home baked scone as well other activities.
The mountain ranges of Torridon lie to the South, and An Teallach and the Fannaichs to the North. Ullapool, the region's largest (only!) town is about one hours drive through picturesque mountain and coastal scenery.
Looking across Loch Ewe at sunset (photo from Aultbea Lodges)
Only a few miles further on from Aultbea (and with some fantastic views Northwards as you go), you arrive at Laide - the community here bought their own woodland several years ago, and are creating wildlife walks and trails and visitor information that appeals to all ages! Have a look, and stop off there for an hour or so.
Aultbea and Laide are situated on the stunning "NC500" trail - 500 miles of amazing coastal and mountain scenery that takes you across the entire North West Coast of Scotland! One of the most beautiful areas in the world!