Gairloch and Strath in Wester Ross, Scotland

Gairloch cottages in the Scottish Highlands

Gairloch beach

Gairloch is a village and community spread around the shores of the sea loch, Loch Gairloch, in Wester Ross in the west of Scotland, around 90 minutes’ drive from Inverness (70 miles approx.) and a just over 2 hours by bus. The area is very popular for holidays as it is situated close to a golf course, beautiful sandy beaches and wonderful scenery. Holidays cottages, campsites, hostel, hotels and bed and breakfast are available locally.

Gairloch and Strath

Gairloch and Strath with the Isle of Skye in the distance

Gairloch beach and Gairloch golf course

The main sandy beach is next to the Gairloch golf course. A car park is nearby and there is a short walk down to the beach.

Gairloch golf course

The Gairloch golf club is open to the public and also has a nice cafe where they sell ice creames as well as coffee and snacks.

Gairloch and Strath

View over towards Gairloch and Strath with the church in the foreground.

Gairloch harbour

Gairloch harbour has gift shop, cafe and also boat trips for sea fishing and wildlife watching.

Gairloch location map - Scotland

Map of Gairloch showing location in Scotland

Around Gairloch there are many places to visit including the Inverewe Gardens near Poolewe, Loch Maree and the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve near Kinlochewe, and to the south, Torridon and the outstanding mountain scenery in this area as well as the pretty village of Lochcarron. A trip to Ullapool is within a day trip from Gairloch and you will pass several highland villages and crofting communities along the way including Poolewe, Aultbea, Laide, Camusnagaul, Dundonnell. Gairloch is one of the main villages on the North Coast 500 route.

While staying near Gairloch it is worth exploring the area, suggestions include Redpoint beach.