Adventure & Attractions

There are dozens of places to explore and discover in Wester Ross.


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Gairloch Marine Wildlife Centre and Cruises

The Premier Marine Wildlife Centre and Cruise operator in Wester Ross. Over 25 years in operation.
Charleston Harbour, Pier Road, Gairloch, IV21 2BQ
Tel: 01445 712636

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Ewe Canoe

Explore sheltered sea lochs, wide sandy bays and idyllic lochs surrounded by mountains with Ewe Canoe in beautiful Wester Ross. Friendly, qualified and experienced instructors ensure that your adventure with us is fun, informative ad memorable.
Peace Cottage, 2 Mellon Charles, Aultbea, IV22 2JN
Tel: 07980 588467

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Smithy Hub

Community Hub with art, crafts, events, activities, shop, wifi and visitor information. Unique treehouse available for hire, short woodland walk, picnic area and 18thC smithy building
Ribuachan, Lochcarron, IV54 8YS
Tel: 01520 722952

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West Coast Biking

Cycling Holidays on the West Coast of Scotland.Bike Hire, qualified guides, rider & technical support, luggage transfer service. Organised cycling tours or we can tailor a trip to your requirements.
Hallin, Kinlochewe, IV22 2PD
Tel: 07742247617
Email: info@westcoastbiking.com

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Attadale Gardens

Award winning gardens, containing a diverse range of plants, interspersed with sculptures. Beautiful views of Skye and surrounding hillsides.
Attadale Gardens, Strathcarron, IV54 8YX
Tel: 01520 722603

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Sealife Glass Bottom Boat

'Sealife' cruises have been designed to give you the maximum opportunity to see as much marine, bird and wildlife Gairloch can offer. Situated in the beautiful North West Highlands of Scotland, golden sands, stunning forests, towering mountains all surround the hidden gem which is Gairloch.
Ceol Na Mara, Pier Rd, Gairloch, IV21 2BQ
Tel: 01445 781729

Achnahaird Bay

Considered one of Scotland's best beaches, this is a serene relatively undisturbed beach. At low tide an extensive tidal estuary of sand flats and salt marsh is exposed, fringed by dunes, and past that, machair. These habitats support a diversity of liverworts, mosses and the rare petalwort. Lapwings nest in the wetter sections of dune grasslands. Achnahaird Bay was used as a filming location for the 2011 film The Eagle, with a horse chase scene across the beach.
Achnahaird Bay

Applecross Beach

Sands beach is approximately 4 miles from Applecross, and definitely the best beach in the area. It was the home of TV presenter Monty Halls during his popular TV series in 2009 with a large sandy beach, sand dune, and shallow sandy bay it will definitely give the kids a good run around. On your way back from the beach to the car park you will see a rock shelter which is a Mesolithic dwelling used 9,500 years ago.
Applecross Beach

Ardessie Waterfalls

The Ardessie river descends from An Teallach to Little Loch Broom in a series of spectacular waterfalls. The final fall can be seen from a bridge on the south side of the road, with a rough boggy path following the falls upsteam for the more adventurous.
Ardessie Waterfalls

Ardmair Beach

Just north of Ullapool, over the hill from Rhue, is the restful pebbled beach of Ardmair. The small cliffs to the south of the beach are a popular bouldering spot, and otters and other wildlife can be spotted regularly.
Ardmair Beach

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

With a cluster of mountain peaks, ancient pinewoods, secretive crossbills and soaring golden eagles, it's no wonder that Beinn Eighe was Britain's first National Nature Reserve. From a distance the pale scree slopes on the mountain-side look like barren fields of snow, but get up close and you'll be amazed by the diversity of wildlife that thrives on this reserve. Take advantage of the trail network here that offers something for everyone, whatever the weather.
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Big Sand Beach

The Big Sand beach is sheltered from the onshore wind by Longa Island and boasts magnificent view of the mountains of Skye and Torridon. Accessed through extensive sand dunes, which offer shelter from the wind, visitors can watch some of the most stunning and unforgettable sunsets over the Hebrides.
Big Sand Beach

Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve

Corrieshalloch is a slot gorge, or box-canyon, that was cut as far back as 2.6million years ago by Ice Age glacial meltwater. The River Droma forges through the gorge, dramatically dropping 100 metres in just 1.25km through a series of waterfalls, including the thunderous 45m high Falls of Measach. A brace of trails opens up the gorge to walkers, with a Victorian suspension bridge, a jaw-dropping viewing platform and a viewpoint on hand to help visitors appreciate the full drama of the Gorge.
Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve

Ewens's of Ullapool

Ewan's of Ullapool is a family run company based in the village of Ullapool. They offer passenger transport and public travel services in the Scottish Highlands. They specialise in providing subcontract passenger transport, Travel Scotland services and Travel Scotland tours in the north of Scotland, for group travel organisers and other tour operators.
Ewens

Firemore Beach

Unspoilt rural sandy beach opposite Isle Ewe, much favoured locally. Close to the National Trust for Scotland Inverewe Gardens. The 20-hectare site is home to many exotic plants and an extensive network of paths. There is also a cafe.
Firemore Beach

Gairloch Beach

The beach is situated on the southern outskirts of the village of Gairloch, with free parking available beside the golf course. Nestling on a bay overlooking the Minch and surrounded by mountains and moorland, Gairloch Beach is a spectacular and secluded beach. A safe, sheltered sandy beach with a backdrop of dunes, Gairloch is popular with families. Take in stunning views of the nearby islands from the sandy shore, not to mention awe-inspiring Scottish sunsets from its westerly position.
Gairloch Beach

Gairloch Golf Club

Gairloch Golf Club occupies a fabulous location above a beautiful long sandy beach with the Minch and the islands of Skye, Harris and Lewis to the west, the mountains of Torridon to the south, and the wilderness of Letterewe to the east. To the north lies Ullapool, the gateway to the Western Isles. The 9-hole course set amongst rolling dunes provides an excellent challenge to golfers of all abilities – with a testing par for low handicappers but a forgiving nature for the more casual player.
Gairloch Golf Club

Gairloch Trekking Centre

Come and enjoy pony trekking on the beautiful Red Point beaches with breath-taking scenery allround. With a great selection of well mannered native horses and ponies to suit all ages and abilities. The trekking centre operates to a very high standard with friendly knowledgeable qualified staff.
Gairloch Trekking Centre

Go Further Scotland

Go further Scotland provides guided mountain walking, scrambling, rock climbing and running in Torridon, Skye and the North West Highlands.
Go Further Scotland

Gruinard Island

Gruinard Island is a small island between Gairloch and Ullapool. This island was used as a site for biological weapons testing in the 1940s during WWII. They were testing the effects of Anthrax on the island to see how it would affect the sheep on the island.
Gruinard Island

Hebridean Whale Cruises

Hebridean Whale Cruises operates whale watching and wildlife cruises from Gairloch, on Scotland's spectacular north west coast. Here you will find whales, dolphins, porpoises, sharks – the great creatures of the sea. On the shoreline there are colonies of seals and families of otters. You may also be lucky enough to see birds as rare and spectacular as the White-tailed Eagle, as lovable as the Puffin.
Hebridean Whale Cruises

Inverewe Garden

A lush, sub-tropical-style, oasis perched on a peninsula at the edge of Loch Ewe amid the rugged landscape of Wester Ross, this world-famous historic garden is one of Scotland’s most popular botanical attractions. The garden was created out of bare rock and a few scrub willows in 1862 by Osgood Mackenzie and is full of colourful, exotic plants from around the world.
Inverewe Garden

Lael Forest Garden

In the 19th century tree hunters travelled the world collecting rare seed and planting them in arboreta – specialist tree collections. Spend some time in the exotic freshness of this extraordinary woodland and enjoy making your own discoveries. You'll come across rare and common trees and shrubs from nearly every country of the world, as well as some wonderful champion trees.
Lael Forest Garden

Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum

Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum is a Victorian woodland garden, planted in 1870 and restored in 1984. The restored 12 acre Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum is full of splendid and rare trees including two ‘champion’ species of rhododendrons as well as azaleas and shrubs. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, this tranquil woodland garden has alpines, palms and bamboos along winding paths which lead down to the sea.
Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum

Loch a'Mhuilinn National Nature Reserve

Loch a’ Mhuilinn National Nature Reserve contains the most northern remnant of native oak woodland in Britain. The stunting effects of westerly gales are clearly visible with some of the oaks reduced to a creeping form near the sea. Loch a' Mhuilinn also features grassland, peatbog, freshwater and seashore habitats, which help to attract a wide range of wildlife. Visit in spring for woodland flowers, in summer for dragonflies, and the scenery is spectacular all year.
Loch a

Loch Maree Islands National Nature Reserve

More than sixty scattered islands carry the nearest thing to natural woodland left in Britain, a fragment of the original Caledonian Pine Forest. The wet climate of this area has resulted in blanket bog filling the damp hollows, where occasional stunted pines have taken hold. The islands can only be reached by non-motorised craft and this can be difficult or even dangerous - so they are best appreciated from the shores.
Loch Maree Islands National Nature Reserve

Lochcarron Golf Club

Lochcarron is a nine hole golf course, although there are actually twelve tees. It measures 3575 yards for eighteen holes and is an enjoyable challenge of accuracy. The Standard Scratch Score and par for the course is 60. Every hole on the course offers the golfer something of a challenge. Whether it is simply avoiding the lochside on the first three holes or trying to keep your ball on the humpbacked green at the seventh and sixteenth, all players will find the course a test of skill.
Lochcarron Golf Club

Mellon Udrigle Beach

Mellon Udrigle is a stunning white sandy beach offering unparallel views of some of the spectacular Highland mountains. Backed by dunes and framed by rocky promontories, Mellon Udrigle is one of the most attractive pieces of coastline in Wester Ross. With clear, turquoise water and clean white sand, the beach is spectacular in itself without its stunning location.
Mellon Udrigle Beach

Mountain & Sea Guides

We are based on the beautiful Applecross Peninsula. Join us on a guided adventure trip either sea kayaking, rock climbing, gorge scrambling or mountain walking. Full details at our website.
Mountain & Sea Guides

Nine One Six-Guiding

nineonesix-guiding is a small, local guiding business based in Shieldaig on the NC500. For over twelve years we have guided clients on mountain walks; scrambles, climbs and mountain bike rides in the Torridon area. Why not stop off from the NC500 for a nice couple of hours; half day, full day or more with us? Right next to the road you can try abseiling, or visit one of the beautiful peaks in Glen Torridon.
Nine One Six-Guiding

Opinan Beach

A small sandy bay backed by sand dunes, quiet even in summer.
Opinan Beach

Red Point Beach

Red Point by Gairloch has two sandy remote beaches backed by dunes with great views out to the islands on a fine day. They are both secluded and untouched beaches. Redpoint North, the larger of the two is characterised by its red-hued sand. The beach is a mix of sand and shingle bordered by outcrops and dunes.
Red Point Beach

Reraig Forest

Exciting tour up onto the hill, in our Argo 8 wheel all terrain vehicle. VERY close photo opportunity of our resident Red Deer herd, with some local history and humour. Booking essential.
Reraig Forest

Sea Kayak Plockton

We believe in giving people confidence, so that they can learn and develop paddling skills and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish Highlands from a totally different perspective. We also believe that Plockton is simply one of the best places to do this.
Sea Kayak Plockton

Seana Chamas Beach

Seana Chamas Beach

Seascape Expeditions

Seascape Expeditions

Shearwater Cruises

Shearwater cruises sail from Ullapool Harbour on the north west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Our locality offers us access to some great features along the coast and the Summer Isles with the opportunity to land on the last inhabited island Tanera Mor.
Shearwater Cruises

Sheildaig Outdoor Adventures

Shieldaig Outdoor Adventures is a outdoor activity provider and equipment hire service based in Shieldaig, on the NC500.
Sheildaig Outdoor Adventures

Torridon Countryside Centre

Torridon Countryside Centre

Torridon Sea Tours

Quality sea tours departing daily from Shieldaig Pontoon, Loch Torridon.
Torridon Sea Tours

Torridon Yacht Charter

Bareboat yacht charter from Shieldaig, Loch Torridon, on a beautiful Hanse 385, with heating and teak decks.
Torridon Yacht Charter

Ullapool Golf Club

Our beautiful lochside 9 hole course is adjacent to the NC500, just North of Ullapool. No need to book tee times, just turn up and play. Club/trolley hire. Visitors very welcome.
Ullapool Golf Club

Ullapool Golf Club

Ullapool Golf Club

Walking & Wildlife Adventures

Walking & Wildlife Adventures
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