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Gairloch is a small seaside resort in Highland, Scotland.

Get in[edit]

On the A832 between Loch Maree (sic) and Ullapool.

Two daily bus services Gairloch-Inverness in the morning and Inverness-Gairloch late afternoon.

Get around[edit]

Map of Gairloch

There is no public transport in or around the Gairloch area so having a car is essential if you want to see the area properly.


  • Beaches.
  • Badachro and Red Point - fine scenery, particularly around Badachro.
  • Melvaig - a rather shorter scenic drive along a nearby peninsula.
  • 1 Gairloch Heritage Museum, Achtercairn, IV21 2BP. Apr - Oct, Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 11am - 3pm. Inside this unconventional museum lays great knowledge of Gairlochs fine history, it also gives a great insight into how people of the highlands used to live and how different this was from what it is now. A trip to this museum will give you a special insight into the Highlands that is difficult to find in other museums. Adults £4.00.
  • 2 Inverewe Garden. Botanical garden. Adult £10.50. Inverewe Garden on Wikipedia Inverewe Garden (Q1671713) on Wikidata
  • Gairloch Harbor. A great spot for seeing seals and sometimes minke whales.


  • Fishing. This is a very common sport in Gairloch. The most popular spot for fishing is Gairloch harbor. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous then Gairloch has many lakes on top off its hills in which are great for fly fishing. The locals are very friendly and will always point you in the right direction of good fishing spots.
  • Marine sightseeing tours. Gairloch Marine Life centre organizes daily boat trips, these are great for seeing seals, birds, whales and lots more. The coast of Gairloch has more marine life that you ever imagined.
  • Gairloch Leisure Centre, IV21 2BP, +44 1445 712345. Sometimes in summer this leisure centre has trampolining lessons, archery lessons and sometimes even wall climbing. To join one of these lessons you have to book at least 2 days in advance. You can go for one lesson or more, you pay for each one. This centre is very popular among the locals.
  • Gairloch Highland Gathering. Once every summer in July there are the highland Gatherings. A fantastic day out with animals, games, helicopters, food, drinks, dancing, bands, everything to expect from a well organized highland event. If you are visiting Gairloch then this is a must.
  • Gairloch Light House. Also here is a B&B but it is a great place to see, from the location of the lighthouse you are almost guaranteed to see seals. Also here is a great picture location. If you visit do not forget that all important camera, you will not regret it.


There are few shops which sell souvenirs but they do exist such as the local post office.

There are also some nice pubs in Gairloch where you can of course interact with the friendly locals.


Gairloch is known for it's great and fresh sea food. Find a restaurant and have some fish or mussels and see for yourself. Gairloch is also a great location to try haggis if you have not, eating a haggis here deep in the highlands is always a great memory.

The local butchers in Gairloch also serves many great meat such as venison (deer meat) so why not join the locals and buy some food from the butchers.


Pubs in Gairloch do exist and are generally peaceful and quiet. However do not expect overly crowded pubs here. Most pubs are also restaurants.


There are two campsites in Gairloch, one in the village and one a few miles out of the village. Or of course you could wild camp but you would need to be careful of the un-predictable weather. Wild camping should only be an option in summer.

Hostels and Hotels are also available in Gairloch.


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