Aultbea is a small fishing village located around 44 miles from Ullapool to the north and 12 miles by road from Gairloch in Wester Ross. The village is close to Mellon Charles and to Laide. Aultbea has a pier which is used by local fishing boats, that usually fish for lobster and crabs, and leisure craft. The village has a well stocked shop as well as other stores nearby at Gairloch, Poolewe and Laide.
The village looks over Loch Ewe towards the Isle of Ewe and with the nearby beautiful beach at Mellon Udrigle you can enjoy lovely scenery as well as sandy beaches. The nearby Inverewe Garden is a local tourism attraction near Poolewe where you can see semi-tropical plants growing in the Highlands of Scotland. The plants are sheltered by the tree shelter belts around the garden and this along with the warming affect of the Gulf Stream allows plants to be grown in this area which would not normally be found this far north.
Aultbea has two hotels, the Aultbea Hotel on the shoreline of Loch Ewe, and Drumchork Lodge Hotel. There are bed and breakfast accommodation in this area as well as self-catering cottages.
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The beach at Firemore near Cove is great for kids, dogs and adults of all ages, and is easily accessible from the main road. Also nearby is Gruinard Bay with its lovely sandy beach that stretches for what seems miles when the tide is out. Safe and reasonably warm to swim in during the summer.
Scenery around the area of Aultbea - First and Second Coast beyond Laide.
The beautiful scenery is this area of the Highlands of Scotland attract many people who enjoy the wild and natural coastal and mountain landscapes.
The village store has nearly everything you will need to keep you going on your holiday in the area or when passing through on the North Coast 500 route, well worth the short detour.
Nearby is the world famous Inverewe Garden which has a restaurant and gift shop along with the wonderful gardens. To explore the gardens plan for at least half a day or longer. Trust members get free access to the gardens.