Gairloch, Poolewe and Aultbea

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 grade2.5km 45 minutes
Gruinard Bay and the Eas Dubh falls grade3km 1 hour
Sand River Archaeological Trail, Big Sand grade3km 1 hour
Gairloch Beach and Pier grade3.5km 1 hour
Flowerdale Glen, Gairloch grade7km 2 - 3 hours
Slaggan beach, near Aultbea grade10km 2.5 - 3 hours
Red Point Beaches gradegrade5km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Mellon Udrigle beach circuit gradegrade5km 1 - 2 hours
Fairy Lochs, near Badachro gradegrade6km 2 - 2.5 hours
Bad na Sgalag pinewood circuit gradegrade7km 2.5 hours
Tollie to Slattadale on Loch Maree gradegrade8km 2.5 - 3 hours
Loch Kernsary round, Poolewe gradegrade10km 2.5 - 3 hours
Rubha Reidh and Camas Mor, Melvaig gradegrade13.5km 4 - 5 hours
Red Point to Craig gradegrade14km 4 - 5 hours
Poca Buidhe and Loch na h-Oidhche gradegrade20km 5 - 7 hours
Beinn an Eoin, near Gairloch gradegradegradegrade20km 6 - 7 hours
Baosbheinn, near Gairloch gradegradegradegrade23km 8 - 9 hours
Beinn Airigh Charr, from Poolewe gradegradegradegrade23.5km 7 - 8 hours
Beinn Lair, from Poolewe gradegradegradegrade40km 13 - 14 hours
Beinn a' Chaisgein Mor, via Carnmore from Poolewe gradegradegradegrade45km 13 - 14 hours

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