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Gruinard Bay visitor information guide

Gruinard Bay a place to visit Gruinard Bay has rocky coves and three stunning pink sandy beaches, the arms enclosing the bay are a static point to fine golden sand curves the east and the promontory of green stone point to the west, a beach of golden sand curves runs along side the road leading from Inverewe to Dundonnell, offering a rang of out door activities, historical properties to fantastic gardens and accommodation from Self catering, Bed and Breakfast, to Caravan and Camping.

  • Gruinard Bay Longitude Geolocation 57.886326° Latitude N, -5.49466° E
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The area is very interesting from a geological viewpoint and many unusual stones can be found near the rocks and shoreline. The beach offers spectacular views and scenery of and the northern Highlands with spectacular views from the Torridon rocks, from the view point of Gruinard hill there are wonderful views across island studded waters to the mountain ranges of Coigach, An Teallach, Ben More and the hills of Sutherland.

The Gruinard and the little Gruinard river flow into the bay, with good salmon and sea trout fishing Sea-life cruises are available departing from Gairloch harbour and these will give you an instructional day out watching seals, dolphins and, whales, from Ullapool pier, you can find a variety of 2 to 4 hour cruises From Inverness in the east, Ullapool lies 60 miles west along the easy to drive A835 through stunning scenery, an hour’s drive with many places of interest and rest stops along the way. Gairloch lies 50 miles to the south along the scenic A832 passing by Loch Maree, Gruinard & Dundonnell lying at the feet of mighty An Teallach.

The road north leads to Achiltibuie is 20 miles away past the striking heights of Stac Polaidh & Suilven and sweeping along the beautiful beaches of Ardmair, Achnahaird & Achmelvich, drive further north to Lochinver, Scourie & Durnessto to reach the stunning north coast. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the details on public transport are correct, these details do change depending on weather, up here the weather can change very quickly so safety is very important, especially for the ferry's, you need to check with the operators prior to travelling to ensure you have the correct information, contact details can be found online as not to be disappointed. The Island, Gruinard, just off the mainland, in Gruinard Bay, half way between Ullapool and Gairloch in the Highlands, was so contaminated that it was deemed out of bounds for almost 50 years.

The killing power of anthrax was demonstrated by British scientists during the Second World War when it was released on a tiny Scottish island to wipe out a flock of sheep. Anthrax is one of the best known agents of biological warfare and possibly one of the most feared. The Island was quarantined for 48 years In 1986 an English company was paid half a million pounds to decontaminate the 520 acre island by removing the top soil in sealed containers and by soaking the ground in 280 tonnes of formaldehyde diluted in 2000 tonnes of seawater, to prove that the clean-up was successful a flock of sheep was allowed to graze the island at the request of an independent watchdog set up by the Ministry of Defence. On 24 April, 1990, the then junior Defence Minister, Michael Neubert, made the half-mile journey from the mainland to declare Gruinard was safe by removing its red warning sign, but at that time the Glasgow Herald newspaper reported that a leading archaeologist was unconvinced by official assurances the land was safe.

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