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Kyle of Lochalsh to Gairloch

This is a corner of the country you won’t want to miss, with a string of coastal gems, awe-inspiring sights and some of Scotland’s most beautiful mountain scenery.  Just imagine having all of this on the doorstep of your cosy home-from-home…

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Otterburn 1

Otterburn1 is a semi-detached traditional cottage recently upgraded with new kitchen and bathroom. Located in an elevated position with spectacular views over Melvaig and the Minch overlooking the Isle of Skye, Harris and Lewis from the conservatory as well as the ...

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Otterburn 2

Otterburn 2 is a semi-detached traditional cottage recently upgraded with new kitchen and bathroom. Located in an elevated position with spectacular views over Melvaig and the Minch overlooking the Isle of Skye, Harris and Lewis from the conservatory as well as the...

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Freyja

Delightful original crofter’s cottage, tastefully refurbished and full of character, in the quiet village of Melvaig, near Gairloch. Beautiful views over the Inner Minch and the islands of Skye, Harris & Lewis.

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Rona

Detached modern cottage, 4 star Tourist Board rated, 80 yds from the sea shore, Rona has panoramic views over the sea and the islands of Skye Harris and Lewis. Private beach access.

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Raasay

Detached holiday cottage in Designated National Scenic Area. Tourist Board rated 4 stars and highly recommended by regular visitors. Picture windows with magnificent views over the sea and Hebridean islands. Private beach access.

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Oran Mara

Oran Mara is a detached traditional cottage in Melvaig. Located in an elevated position with spectacular views over Melvaig and the Minch overlooking the Isle of Skye, Harris and Lewis from the conservatory as well as the bedrooms.

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Fernbank

Fernbank is located in the traditional crofting village of Melvaig, 10 miles from Gairloch. Views over the sea to the Isle of Skye and Outer Hedbrides

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Minch View

Detached, traditional and very spacious croft house, sleeping up to 4 guests and located on a 4 acre croft in the small hamlet of Peterburn near Gairloch. Secluded location overlooking the sea. Large garden and ample parking. .

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Lochalsh and Gairloch Self Catering

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Kyle of Lochalsh waits at the end of one of Scotland’s most scenic train journeys (the Kyle Line from Inverness).  Hugged by the waters of the Inner Sound and Loch Alsh, and connected to the Isle of Skye by bridge, it’s a great base for exploring the surrounding Lochalsh area.  Nearby Eilean Donan Castle (the most photographed castle in the country) basks in enchanting loch-side views at the junction of Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh.  The stunning Glen Shiel, with a range of wonderful mountain walks, lies to the south of Loch Duich.

To the north of Kyle the roads wind along the coast to the delightful village of Plockton, with its picturesque harbour (complete with palm trees) and idyllic white-washed cottages lining the seafront.  With its nose of headland poking into Loch Carron, Plockton lies in a sheltered bay, gathered in by protective hills.  It is a truly lovely holiday destination; with bucketful’s of peaceful sea loch views and coastal charm.

Loch Carron provides the backdrop to journeys north, with the road clinging rather distractedly to the edge of the loch.  Once at the head of the loch you are faced with a few options as to how to reach Gairloch: head inland along the A890 to Achnasheen and then wind back towards the coast; continue along the loch side through the pretty village of Lochcarron and cut through the stretch of land that is lodged between Loch Kishorn and Loch Sheildaig on the A896 towards Torridon; or detour around the Applecross peninsula.

On the A832 with Slioch in the background

On the A832 with Slioch in the background

The latter involves one of Scotland’s most breath-taking drives (literally if you’re of a nervous disposition), the Bealach na Bà.  It is certainly a journey you’ll never forget with dramatic scenery and hairpin corners.   The single track road snakes uphill to 2053 feet and you’re rewarded at the summit with sweeping views towards Skye, Rum, Raasay and the Outer Hebrides.  The road then twists down to the lovely village of Applecross.  A layered and rugged horizon follows you as you explore the western edge of the peninsula, with the islands of Raasay and Rona running alongside, and Skye ducking behind.   The scenic road north of Applecross is an alternative to the mesmerising mountain pass; skirting Loch Torridon and Loch Sheildaig to arrive in Torridon (look out for the beautiful beach just north of Applecross).

Gulp in large doses of rugged Wester Ross scenery in the Torridon area.  With picturesque sea lochs and the mountains of Liathach, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Eighe, it is a walkers’ paradise.  From Torridon the road continues through magnificent landscape towards Gairloch, weaving alongside the beautiful Loch Maree.

One of the beautiful beaches in Gairloch

One of the beautiful beaches in Gairloch

Gairloch itself is a gem of a town on the shore of Loch Gairloch, with soul-nourishing views across to Skye and the islands.  It is an idyllic base to explore the Wester Ross region or just relax amid awe-inspiring Highland surroundings.  The peninsula to the north of the town has a rocky coastline and sandy beaches to discover, and Rubha Reidh Lighthouse at the tip offers stunning views (and, if you’re lucky, the chance to spot whales).

Travelling onto Ullapool via the coastal route leads past wonderful Inverewe Gardens on Loch Ewe – one of Scotland’s most beautiful gardens – as well as hidden gems such as Melon Udrigle.  The A832 clings to the coast and then dips inland to the head of Little Loch Broom before making a U-turn to join the A835 onto Ullapool.

Whichever route you choose to wind through Wester Ross, the mountain and coastal scenery is sure to stay with you long after you’ve gone… and keep you coming back for more.  Browse our Gairloch self catering and find the perfect place for your next Highland holiday.