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.

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. In fact, the Harbour area in general is a vibrant hub of activity throughout much of the year - there's always something happening there! Gairloch and the surrounding coastline is also part of the Hebridean "Whale Trail", and is one of the UK's hotspots for whale and cetacean spotting. The Whale Trail map can be seen here.

 

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 2019.

For more local events, check out our Calendar.

 

Activity Provider

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

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

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

Wester Ross Sea AdventuresWester Ross Sea Adventures - Boat trips, Snorkelling

Wide range of water based activities including boat trips, snorkelling, and fishing in stunning scenery

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

Sealife Glass Bottom BoatSealife Glass Bottom Boat - Underwater wildlife viewing

See the underwater life of Gairloch and North West Scotland through a Glass Bottomed Boat

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Old School HouseThe Old School House

Characterful accommodation in one of Gairloch's most distinctive B&B's - traditional and relaxing.

Drumandarroch House, Strath, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2BZ

OakwoodOakwood

Oakwood provides beautifully furnished and comfortable accommodation, and looks out across the Golf course towards the sea.

1 Braeside Rd, Gairloch, Wester Ross., IV21 2BG

Tel: 01445 712530

Aird Hill B&BAird Hill B&B

Comfortable and traditional Bed and breakfast overlooking lovely Badachro Bay in Wester Ross

Aird Hill, Badachro, Wester Ross, IV21 2AB

Tel: 01445 741 282

Campsite

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

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

Crafts

Badachro GinBadachro Gin - Handcrafted Gin

Gin, hand crafted, Wester ross, North West Hghlands, North coast 500, NC500, Badachro, self catering, bed and breakfast, Gairloch, stunning scenery

Aird Hill, Badachro, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV212 AB

Tel: 01445 741 282

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

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

MeadowsweetMeadowsweet - Health products

High quality natural health products including anti - midge oil

15 Bin Avenue, Cairnie, Aberdeenshire , AB54 4TZ

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

Eating Out

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

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

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

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

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

Gairloch HotelGairloch Hotel

Stately Victorian Hotel with fantastic views across to Skye. Close to beaches, near Inverewe Gardens and the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scotland , IV21 2BL

Tel: 01445 712001

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

Other Services

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

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

Self Catering

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

Caolas Beag Holiday Cottage

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

Tel: 0131 466 0308

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

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

ThornhillThornhill

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

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

Tel: 01445 712749

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

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

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

Aird CottageAird Cottage

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

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

Tel: 01862 881273

Gairloch Bay CottagesGairloch Bay Cottages

Charming self catering accommodation cottages overlooking Badachro bay, near Gairloch

Primrose Cottage, Badachro, Nr Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2AB

Tel: 01445 741317

Cairns CottageCairns Cottage

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

Cairns Cottage, Port Henderson, Gairloch, IV21 2AS

Tel: 07762 102760

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

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

Torran Holiday HomeTorran Holiday Home

On the North Coast 500, this traditional self catering accommodation in a newly decorated property overlooking Loch Gairloch, towards Torridon and across to Skye.

36 Lonemore, Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scotland, IV21 2DA

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

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

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

Little HavenLittle Haven

Beautifully furnished apartment or cabin 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

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

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

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

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

OtterburnOtterburn

Self catering in a traditional cottage, with breath-taking sea views towards the Hebridean Isles and amazing night skies with Aurora Borealis during Autumn and Winter.

28 Melvaig, Gairloch, Wester Ross, IV21 2EA

Tel: 01445 771006

FionncroftFionncroft - Self catering with home grown produce for sale

Fionncroft is a working croft in the small village of Melvaig, near Gairloch, in Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands. Self catering,home produce, eggs, pork, vegetables and croft products for sale.

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

Tel: 01445 771320

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

Shopping and Retail

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

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

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 Monday, July 1st 2019

Gairloch Museum OPEN

 The new Gairloch Museum is now open for business!  Much loved objects from the previous home will be a part of the new exhibits alongside objects that have not been displayed before. These include: The&n Full Story...

Posted on Friday, June 28th 2019

Hebridean "Whale Trail" Launches!

30-plus site initiative aims to promote sustainable, low-impact marine wildlife watching from land, and benefit local communities A spectacular new trail – launched today (28 June 2019) by the Hebridean Whale an 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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