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Sandy Beach, Gairloch (Credit: VisitScotland/ Paul Tomkins)
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Gairloch

Gairloch is one of the most popular bases for exploring Wester Ross. A great location with superb natural and cultural attractions, the village is a hub for those that love to walk, fish, sail or just to wander on one of the many fine beaches. South of Gairloch, the coast road via Badachro weaves through crofting land to the breath-taking beach at Redpoint, while north-west of the village is the popular Big Sand with its campsite. Back in Gairloch itself, a beautiful sandy beach sits below the golf course and is accessible to all along wooden boardwalks.

Gairloch Museum, located in a converted nuclear bunker no less, and the nearby community-run GALE Centre, showcase the history, culture and arts and crafts of the village and surrounding area. Local walks include a very pleasant path up to Flowerdale Waterfall and the circular walk into the Fairy Lochs near Badachro. Heading out of Gairloch, the road winds north to Poolewe, Aultbea and Laide, all giving access to peninsulas dotted with beaches and attractions. Poolewe is home to the world-famous Inverewe Gardens, while the fascinating Russian Arctic Convoy Museum opened in Aultbea in 2017.

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