Gairloch is the perfect Scottish holiday destination for everyone wanting to experience a holiday in the Highlands of Scotland, you have everything from beautiful scenery, mountains for hill walking, clean sandy beaches, outdoor sports including golf, windsurfing, sailing, horse riding. There is sea, river and loch fishing as well as many places to visit nearby. In the Scottish Highlands area of Wester Ross you will discover some of the best, unspoilt scenery in Scotland.
Gairloch caters for visitors and you can find holiday accommodation to suit most requirements, with hotels, self catering cottages, caravans, campsites, bed and breakfast accommodation as well as a Hostel.
Gairloch and the surrounding area is a short scenic drive from Inverness and it takes approximately 2 hrs to drive to the west coast taking time to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Locations near Gairloch and where you can travel by car easily within a few hrs include to the north the communities of Aultbea, Poolewe, Camusnagaul, Dundonnel and Ullapool. Driving south you can explore Torridon, Loch Maree, Strathcarron and Plockton.
Gairloch is an ideal location for a relaxing holiday or as a base to explore Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands.
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Gairloch and Wester Ross has some of the best, cleanest, sandy beaches in Scotland. Ideal for paddling or swimming in the summer months.
Gairloch Beach and Golf Course in a beautifully scenic location
Cattle on the roadside near Melvaig
As some of the roads leading to holiday cottages and other accommodation may be on single track roads you are advised to plan for slightly longer journeys than you would normally consider for the distances involved.
Most roads in the Highlands are unfenced and sheep, cattle and wild deer can often be seen near the roadside, or on the road so please take your time when driving and enjoy the beautiful scenery along your journey, arrive safely and enjoy your holiday in the Highlands of Scotland.
View over Loch Gairloch from Carn Dearg
While spending time on the beaches around Wester Ross you may be rewarded with the sight of eagles flying overhead. Picture taken near Gairloch.
Our collie on the beach
The War Memorial at Gairloch
View over Loch Maree, viewpoint near Gairloch on the road to Poolewe.
Leaving only footprints on the beach at Gairloch
Access to the main beach at Gairloch is usually from the car park area at the Gairloch Golf Course. Parking is free and toilets are available. A small cafe is open to the public at the golf course and it is a great place to get home cooked snacks and lunches.
Traditional cottages in Gairloch
Gairloch Village looks over Loch Gairloch
Gairloch Golf Course is surrounded by lovely scenery and is next to the beach - www.gairlochgolfclub.co.uk
Outstanding Scenery in Wester Ross
Gruinard Bay in Wester Ross is one of our favourite locations in the Highlands of Scotland. Gruinard is around 40 minutes drive from Gairloch.
Slioch is one of several munros that give the west coast of Scotland a distinctive wild and mountainous atmosphere. Rising from the banks of Loch Maree Slioch is 3217 feet high.
Places to visit in Wester Ross
An Teallach is around 38 miles drive from Gairloch and is very popular with hill walkers and climbers.
Badachro is close to Gairloch, visit the pub next to the jetty and have lunch. The road to Badachro is a dead end ending at Redpoint with its long sandy beaches. The trip is recommended for the scenery and wildlife that can be seen.
Inverewe Garden at Poolewe
Gruinard for one of the best beaches in the Highlands of Scotland, and is around 32 miles drive (45 minutes) by car from Gairloch.
The Scoraig Peninsula is to the north of Gairloch and borders Little Loch Broom and Annat Bay and the mouth of Loch Broom towards Ullapool. The peninsula is not accessible by car and is visited usually by boat from Badluarach jetty or by track from Badrallach.
Viewpoint over Gairloch