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Situated on the rocky shores of Loch Gairloch, the town of the same name is a surprisingly popular destination for tourists. Despite its relatively small size, Gairloch is packed full of attractions from lovely little independent shops to a golf course, a leisure centre and a small museum. Surrounding walking trails, some of which lead up into nearby mountains, make Gairloch a great place for those that like a more energetic experience on their holiday or short break.

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Your guide to Gairloch

Gairloch at a glance:
  • A small town in Wester Ross, with surrounding walking trails.
  • Nearby mountains offering beautiful views, ideal for hikers.
  • Enjoy a round of golf, or a visit to the local leisure centre.
  • Lots of independent shops, selling a wide range of gifts and souvenirs.
  • Learn more about the area at the Gairloch Heritage Museum.

A small town on the west coast of Scotland in the Highlands, Gairloch is perfect as a friendly holiday and short break destination for individuals, couples and families. Few towns in the UK could match the allure of this serene haven, which still holds plenty to interest you during your stay.

Gairloch is to be found in Wester Ross, a region of the western Highlands known for incredible natural beauty. In the surrounding areas you’ll find impressive mountains ready to climb, and plenty of scenic walking trails showcasing varied flora and fauna. The views from the top of nearby mountains are sure to take your breath away, and are the perfect reward for your efforts.

Within Gairloch itself, the Heritage Museum details life in the town throughout the ages, covering a number of traditional industries, skills and pastimes. Learn about whisky and fishing in the area, the importance of geology to the region and how war impacted both the town and the surrounding villages. There is an on-site gift shop, whilst further small souvenir shops are located around the town.

Sporting types can make use of the town’s leisure centre, or play a round of golf at Gairloch Golf Club - a testing course adjacent to the sands with beautiful scenery and an impeccable 9 holes on which to challenge yourself. Whether you’re a beginner or a more seasoned golfer, you’re sure to enjoy the experience.

One of the more unique options for entertainment during your holiday is to utilise the services of one of the local boating companies for a wonderful wildlife trip off the coast. There are many different species that you might see during your wildlife cruise such as whales, sharks, dolphins and seals as well as beautiful birds including eagles and puffins. You can see all of these up close, without disturbing their natural habitat, for a magnificent insight into their world.

Your Gairloch hotel is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day exploring the town, the surrounding countryside or the sparkling waters, with easy access to great pubs and restaurants for refreshment. Book your Gairloch holiday or short break and discover what this charming town has to offer.

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