Laide on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands is an area surrounded by outstanding natural beauty with the village overlooking Gruinard Bay and Gruinard Island. The location of Laide is north of Poolewe and south from Ullapool, close to the beautiful beach at Mellon Udrigle and the ruined village of Slaggan that can be reached by walking along a farm track. The coastal scenery is magnificent, with the area also known for lovely sunsets.
Gruinard beach is a short drive where you can spend a day sunbathing and swimming on the warmer days of summer. The sea at this point is often warmer than you would expect due to the location of the gulf stream coming into this area. The beach also has a good supply of cockles that can be collected as the tide goes out if you enjoy a bit of living off the land and seafood for free.
Laide has a small caravan and campsite, known as Gruinard Bay caravan park. The area has a lot to experience especially if you love wilderness areas. The village has a shop and petrol supplies. The surrounding area has coastal areas to explore where you can spend time watching out for otters and other wildlife. A wonderful highland location for a holiday in Scotland.
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View towards Fisherfield on the track from Gruinard Bay. The area has many fine hill walking opportunities. Deer and Eagles can often be seen on many of these walks and Golden Eagles are this area of the Highlands.
Gruinard beach is a popular destination for all the family. The car park can often be busy and a little patience may be required to get parked. There are steps down to the sandy beach.