Gairloch, Poolewe and Aultbea


Gairloch, with its fine sandy beaches, has been popular with visitors since Victorian times. It is still the main centre for exploring a of coastline, with attractions such as Inverewe Gardens at Poolewe. There are wonderful beaches all along this section of coast from Red Point in the south right up to Gruinard Bay in the north.

Just as fine as the coastline is the hinterland of little-visited rocky mountains. The highest summits here are magnificent peaks, set well back from the road in one of Britain's remotest wilderness areas.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Laide Wood, near Aultbea 2.5km 45 minutes
Gruinard Bay and the Eas Dubh falls 3km 1 hour
Sand River Archaeological Trail, Big Sand 3km 1 hour
Gairloch Beach and Pier 3.5km 1 hour
Flowerdale Glen, Gairloch 7km 2 - 3 hours
Slaggan beach, near Aultbea 10km 2.5 - 3 hours
Red Point Beaches 5km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Mellon Udrigle beach circuit 5km 1 - 2 hours
Fairy Lochs, near Badachro 6km 2 - 2.5 hours
Bad na Sgalag pinewood circuit 7km 2.5 hours
Tollie to Slattadale on Loch Maree 8km 2.5 - 3 hours
Loch Kernsary round, Poolewe 10km 2.5 - 3 hours
Rubha Reidh and Camas Mor, Melvaig 13.5km 4 - 5 hours
Red Point to Craig 14km 4 - 5 hours
Poca Buidhe and Loch na h-Oidhche 20km 5 - 7 hours
Beinn an Eoin, near Gairloch 20km 6 - 7 hours
Baosbheinn, near Gairloch 23km 8 - 9 hours
Beinn Airigh Charr, from Poolewe 23.5km 7 - 8 hours

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