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If you want more from your holiday than soaking up the magnificent scenery, Wester Ross has plenty of other attractions and activities to keep holidaymakers fully occupied.

Walking

There are many fine walks for all ages and abilities from short gentle strolls to challenging mountain climbs on the regions many Munros - see Walk Highlands website.

Guided walking tours:

Beautiful Sandy Beaches

There are many beautiful sandy beaches in the area, the best of these being Red Point, Gairloch, Big Sand, Inverasdale, Mellon Udrigle and Gruinard.
Boat Trips

Hebridean Whale Cruises have 2 boats operating from Gairloch Harbour and are the top boats for whale and dolphin sightings. The boats take you well off shore where you have a realistic chance of seeing whales. They are based on Pier Road. hebridean-whale-cruises.com In the spring and early summer, Hebridean Whale Cruises has trips to the enchanted Shiant Isles, home to many thousands of puffins, guillemots, razorbills and other seabirds.

Other wildlife cruises and fishing trips are available from Gairloch harbour and from Badachro you can have a trip on a fishing boat to see creels being lifted, fishing trips and trips to the Isle of Rona - shellfishsafaris.co.uk

Regular boat trips sail from Ullapool and Achiltibuie to the glorious Summer Isles - summerisles-seatours.co.uk / summerqueen.co.uk

Fishing

Sea fishing trips are available on the Kerry from Gairloch Harbour - hebridean-whale-cruises.com Sea fishing from the shore is possible all round the coast and there are slipways for launching a small boat at Gairloch, Melvaig, Inversasdale and Laide. There is good trout fishing in the many hill lochs and some river fishing for salmon and trout. Permits are available from Cornerstone and Farm & Garden in Gairloch, the Shieldaig Lodge Hotel and the Post Office, Laide.

Golf

    • Gairloch Golf Club – a challenging and scenic 9-hole course set on the shore of Loch Gairloch - gairlochgolfclub.co.uk
    • Lochcarron Golf Course – 9-hole course in magnificent location by the shore of Loch Carron
    • Ullapool Golf Course – a professionally designed 9-hole course – ullapoolgolfclub.co.uk

Pony Trekking

Pony treks can be arranged at Gairloch Trekking Centre in Flowerdale, Gairloch - gairlochtrekkingcentre.co.uk

Bike Hire

Road bikes, mountain bikes and children’s bikes are available to hire at the caravan site at Big Sand, Gairloch.

Other Sports

    • Pitch and putt course in Strath, Gairloch
    • Swimming pool in Poolewe
    • Leisure Centre, Gairloch – where activities include badminton, short tennis, table tennis, archery, trampolining and an indoor climbing wall.
    • Lochbroom Leisure Centre, Ullapool – swimming pool, multi sports hall and fitness suite

Gardens

Your holiday in Wester Ross would not be complete without a visit to Inverewe Gardens at Poolewe. Now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, it is home to hundreds of exotic species of plants from around the world, all thriving in the warm, humid climate of Scotland’s west coast - nts.org.uk

Other smaller, but equally impressive gardens can be found at:

    • Attadale, near Achnasheen - attadale.com
    • Leckmelm, on the A835 between Braemore junction and Ullapool
    • The Hydroponicum, Achiltibuie – a magnificent array of plants, including bananas, growing in an indoor garden - thehydroponicum.com

Museums & Visitor Centres

Hotels, Bars & Restaurants

There are many high quality establishments in the area to cater for all tastes and budgets, with seafood being a speciality of the area.

    • The Myrtle Bank Hotel, Low Road, Gairloch
    • The Old Inn, Gairloch Harbour
    • The Badachro Inn
    • The Melvaig Inn
    • Poolewe Hotel
    • Aultbea Hotel
    • Drumchork Lodge Hotel, Aultbea
    • Millcroft Hotel, Strath, Gairloch

Arts, Crafts & Local Industries

    • Amora Perfumes & Soaps– The only working perfume studio in Scotland at Mellon Charles
    • Aultbea Woodcraft – woodturning workshop and shop
    • Highland Stoneware, Ullapool –working pottery and shop – watch the craftspeople make and paint these distinctive ceramics
    • Summer Isle Foods, Achiltibuie– traditional salmon and kipper smokehouse
    • The Studio, Achnasheen – the largest selection of contemporary jewellery in the Highlands
    • Atlantic Bears – traditional collector’s bears made in Gairloch – see them in The Treasure Chest, Gairloch
    • Firemore - manufacturers of high quality made-to-measure outdoor clothing

Travel Guides & Information

Miscellaneous

  • West Highland Hawking, Kinlochewe – falconry courses.
  • Lochcarron Camanachd – come and watch the traditional Highland Gaelic sport of shinty played
  • Ullapool to Stornaway Ferry – Ullapool is the ferry terminal for Stornoway and the Western Isles
  • Photos of the Scottish Highlands by professional landscape photographer
  • More lovely photos of the Scottish Highlands, many of Wester Ross
  • Stunning photos of Wester Ross