8 Things to Do in Gairloch That You Shouldn't Miss

August 24, 2017 Venice Greaves

Gairloch (/ˈɡɛərlɒx/ GAIR-lokh; Scottish Gaelic: Geàrrloch Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [ˈkʲaːrˠl̪ˠɔx], meaning "Short Loch") is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. A popular tourist destination in the summer months, Gairloch has a golf course, a small museum, several hotels, a variety of shops, chinese and fish and chip takeaways, a community centre, a leisure centre with sports facilities, a local radio station, beaches and nearby mountains. Gairloch is one of the principal villages on the North Coast 500 route.
Restaurants in Gairloch

1. Loch Maree

Gairloch, Scotland +44 1445 760288
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4.5 based on 184 reviews

Loch Maree

Reviewed By profjoypc - Alnwick, United Kingdom

This wonderful loch in the north west highlands is one of our favourite haunts in the Gairloch area, It has an absolutely fascinating history and associated mythology which is well worth researching. There are wooded Islands on it and wonderful walks in places around its shores. One gets a maginificent view down the loch from the Poolewe to Gairloch road but there are other superb views from above it on some of the trails. Details of walks and other loch facilities can be found in the tourist information centre in Gairloch and in numerous books about walking in the area,

2. Gairloch Heritage Museum

Achtercairn, Gairloch IV21 2BN, Scotland +44 1445 712287
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4.5 based on 163 reviews

Gairloch Heritage Museum

Reviewed By RogerBond007 - Birmingham, United Kingdom

Other reviewers seemed to rate this place highly. It looks pretty low budget, but as you look around and see the local history brought to life, you can't help getting drawn in. There is loads here to fascinate the curious traveller.

Gairloch Golf Course Flowerdale Bay | next to Old Inn, Gairloch IV21 2BD, Scotland +44 1445 712626
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5 based on 41 reviews

Solas Gallery

Reviewed By Mark_Jelley - Northampton

Beautiful art and ceramics from Ron Howard and Lyn Beckett. Ron was in the gallery and was very helpful and knowledgeable. Spent too much ?Many thanks for your kind comments... always very much appreciated Lyn

4. Russian Arctic Convoy Museum

Gairloch 13 Wester Ross, Gairloch IV21 2BX, Scotland +44 1445 712085
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Russian Arctic Convoy Museum

Reviewed By Allotmenteerconsumer - Goxhill, United Kingdom

Address : see their web site they moved to new premises recently.
If you have any interest in history especially WWII then this is a must see. It's not a large museum in my view about right. Wide variety of exhibits on this little known part of WWII history.
Our trip was made all the more enjoyable and informative by the guide,A retired naval gentlemen.
We spent a very enjoyable 1.5 hours
Well worth the entry charge which I think was £4/5 pp.

5. Shieldaig Falconry

Shieldaig Lodge, Gairloch IV21 2AN, Scotland +44 1445 741738
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5 based on 13 reviews

Shieldaig Falconry

Private falconry and archery experiences . Come and fly our beautiful birds of prey to your gloved hand, or test your skills at archery in the stunning grounds of shieldaig lodge hotel

Reviewed By Linda C - Jedburgh, United Kingdom

The Shieldaig Lodge Hotel is in a stunning location and has been refurbished to an excellent standard. The staff are friendly, polite and cant do enough for you. The food is also of an excellent standard and reasonably priced. The Falconry is a recent addition and is a MUST to visit. The birds are stunning and don't mind posing for photos! The falconer is very informative and makes you feel at ease when handling the birds. Having a bird fly to your glove on the front lawn with the Loch in the background is magical.

6. Victoria Falls

Stalladale, Gairloch IV22 2HW, Scotland
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4 based on 36 reviews

Victoria Falls

Reviewed By profjoypc - Alnwick, United Kingdom

We have done this walk on several occasions and always enjoyed it but the sun was shining for us this time and the views from the top were absolutely wonderful with blue sky and blue water in the distance. The falls themselves are worth seeing as they cascade down over the rocks. The walk is well signposted and relatively straightforward with a steep bit towards the top. You need proper walking shoes as it is muddy in places and a bit of a climb towards the end. You can start at the car park, go up to the top and come back the same way (about 1.00 - 1.5 hours depending on how fast you go) or when at the top you can carry on and take a circular route up another hill which brings you back to base. This adds another couple of km to the walk. Both are to be recommended as it is so peaceful in this location.

7. Flowerdale Waterfall

Gairloch, Scotland
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4 based on 8 reviews

Flowerdale Waterfall

Reviewed By profjoypc - Alnwick, United Kingdom

We have completed this walk on several occasions as it offers magnificent scenery and variations on routes. If you start at the car park by the Old Inn in Gairloch and follow the signs for waterfall the paths will take you on a steady uphill climb to the top of the falls. The majority of this uphill route is fairly easy going - just the last bit is steep and rocky and unfit for pushchairs or those with limited mobility. At the top you have glorious views down over woodland and the loch beyond. The waterfall itself is worth seeing especially after heavy rains. You can either return the way you came or take a longer route back on the other side of the fall. The route there and back will take around 1.5 hours and the longer walk which involves another hill around 2.5. Whichever way you go, strong walking shoes are essential as the paths are rocky and wet in places.

8. Fionn Loch

Gairloch, Scotland
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5 based on 1 reviews

Scenic Scottish lake region that offers scenic hiking trails and great fishing for brown trout.

Reviewed By luci965 - Inverness, United Kingdom

i was fishing with my son from the bank in the north arm when he shouted to me that he was stuck, when i went to take the rod the line went out at alarming speed and for the next 10 mins i battled a big trout to the bank......10 lb exactly and what a fish, a perfect brownie and definately no ferox.

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