Wester Ross Scottish Highlands, there are a huge number of different ways in which you can discover more about the area, whether in the company of a local expert or on your own by bike, car, foot, or boat,
The area has a rich history of Vikings, battles, Gaels, more battles, bloody murders, Celts, Castles, a heritage museum, traditional, stone built croft cottages, touring, walking, Munro climbing, bird watching, golf courses, sandy beaches, Pony trekking and boat trips for fishing, sight seeing, marine wildlife watching, all available from Badachro and Gairloch piers.
further north wards and you will come to the glorious Inverewe Gardens.
This coastal road overlooking Loch Ewe and Gruinard Bay is a Photographer’s delight.
There is a great choice of varied walks in the area including mountains, rocky coasts and long inland footpaths with a good portion of the finest summits in the north west Highlands too.
Wester Ross makes a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside and touring and the Highlands with Inverness being only an hour’s drive south and Stornoway and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides are just a short ferry ride away.
Wester Ross is Situated between Loch Carron in the south, Loch Broom and Ullapool in the north and Achnasheen in the east.
Ullapool this is a town with many restaurants and shops, in the summer the sleepy town doubles in size, it is the largest settlement for many miles around and an important port and tourist destination.
The North Atlantic Drift passes Ullapool, moderating the temperature, at the harbour, you can catch the Calmac Ferry the major operator of passenger and vehicle ferries, between the mainland of Scotland and 22 of the major islands on Scotland's west coast.
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Wester Ross has some of the finest coastal and mountain scenery in Britain, in an area of vast open expanses of wild countryside where deer and pine martins roam and where a wide variety of birdlife can be spotted, unspoilt with An abundance of wildlife may be seen such as red and roe deer, otters, pine martins and the occasional wildcat. Birdwatchers may be able to spot golden eagles, sea eagles, barn owls, buzzards, peregrine falcons, golden plover, green shank, and the rare black throated diver, all waiting to be discovered
The seas are home to a multitude of marine mammals, such as seals, porpoise, dolphins, otters and whales.
The landscape has it all from towering mountains, sandy beaches, sea and hill lochs, rich forests and wild open moorland, here you will find mountain ranges and dozens of other remote lochs in just as many.
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This is an area of the Northwest Highlands of Scotland, the area is loosely defined, and has never been used as a formal administrative region in its own right, but is generally regarded as lying to the west of the main watershed of Ross, thus forming the western half of the county of Ross and Cromarty, in this region you will find Gairloch and Poolewe, stretching from Badachro to Mellon Udrigle, this is an ideal base from which to tour the Highlands and explore the many natural assets of Wester Ross, the region offers a wide variety of activities Children and adult to suite all abilities, and budgets, including canoeing, golf, guided walks,pony trekking, rock climbing, wildlife safaris, and sea cruises from Gairloch the seas are home to a multitude of marine mammals, Minke and Killer Whales, Basking Sharks, Dolphins, and seabirds, seals, porpoise, dolphins, and otters, with boat trips for sea angling and diving, this is a most beautiful, inspiring and truly stunning region of ancient landscapes and sea coasts for you to explore and discover at your own pace.
Travel out with local fisherman, and see what he catches and how he catches it! Unique Shell fishing trips in the Gairloch area of Wester Ross, in the North West Highlands of Scotland.
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- Situated directly on the North Coast 500 route!
- Forestry Commission leaflet Forests of Easter Ross, are available from tourist offices.
The landscape has it all towering mountains, fine sandy beaches along the many miles of breathtaking and unspoilt coastline, home to some of Scotland's, wildest and most spectacular coastal and mountain scenery, sea and hill lochs, rich forests vast open expanses of wild countryside and wild open moorland, where deer and pine martins roam and where a wide variety of birdlife can be spotted, including the magnificent golden eagle and the even more elusive sea eagle,
Visit Wester Ross, but included within the definition used by the Wester Ross Biosphere Reserve, the world network of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, were lochs and glens, and beautiful headlands and islands have been officially welcomed, with 120 countries worldwide working together to strengthen local economies and connect people with nature and cultural heritage.
In the Victorian village of Strathpeffer, you will find the fascinating museum of childhood and memorabilia housed in an old railway station, Strathpeffer stands in the upper reaches of Strath Peffer, some four miles west of dingwall the town is a popular base for walkers; there is plenty in the vicinity to suit all abilities, from the west end of the village a forest track leads to the hill of Cnoc Mor a diversion en-route takes in Knock Farril a Pictish hill fort, offering fantastic views, a more modern construction, dating from the early 1990s, is the Touchstone Maze, formed from 81 stones in concentric circles, using many different types of rock found in Scotland.
There are regular buses between Strathpeffer and Dingwall and a seasonal Tourist Information Centre, on the main square.
Dingwall is on the rail line between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh and Thurso. There are several trains daily in each direction every 30 minuets to Inverness with hourly buses between Inverness and Invergordon, via Dingwall.
There are also hourly buses between Inverness and Dingwall via Muir of Ord and buses between Dingwall and Rosemarkie and between Dingwall and Cromarty.
The Atlantic seaboard of Wester Ross includes such notable areas of Highland scenery as Apple cross, Torridon and Gairloch. The scenery is wild and dramatic with magnificent mountains and placid lochs as the basic elements of the landscape. Explore the area from anyone of the main touring centres, Kyle of Lochalsh, Gairloch or Ullapool. Discover the rugged beauty of a wild and rocky landscape, the splendour of majestic mountains (Beinn Eighe, Liathach, Slioch and An Teallach). the beauty of Lochs Maree, Torridon, Broom and Ewe and the charm of small isolated communities like Plockton, Poolewe, Kinlochewe and Apple cross.
Take the time to walk or climb, and sail or fish, to enjoy to the full this glorious area. The itinerary described covers 102 miles, The route covers some of the finest Wester Ross scenery namely the shores of Loch Maree, the Torridon area and the fastness of the Applecross peninsula. This is a land of incomparable mountains, of lochs and seashore, of woods and moorland, where all come together in nearly perfect proportions. Parts of the route are busy roads in the tourist season but other stretches still permit the luxury of enjoying it all in solitude. Keep the petrol tank well topped up.
Plockton - This most attractive village, with its palm tree-lined main street has an ideal site facing east overlooking a sheltered bay. Originally a refugee settlement at the time of the clearances, it is now a holiday centre popular for yachting and windsurfing.Pass, down on the shore, Strome ferry a former rail head and ferry point. The loch side road on the southern shore has fine views of the loch.
loch Carron - A small linear settlement down on the loch shore this sea loch has two branches, Loch Kishorn and Upper Loch Carron, backed by the glen of the same name. On the far side are the Applecross mountains, from left to right are
Meal Gorm (2 328ft-710m) and Sgurr a' Chaorachain (2539ft-776m), forming the sides of the valley to be ascended, and Beinn Bhan (2938ft-896m),
The route has hairpin bends and 1 : 4 gradients and is not recommended for learner drivers, caravans or heavy vehicles.
The pass is impassable in wintry conditions. The splendour of the views well rewards those prepared to make the journey. Bealach-na Bo at 2 053ft-626m. The road winds upwards then rises gradually following the east flank. Striated rock and scree slopes are overlooked by rocky overhangs. Hairpin bends allow the final ascent of the back wall of the corrie. The vista framed by the hanging valley is spectacular with below, Lochs Kishorn, Carron and Alsh and Skye in the distance.
The rocky moorland surface is dotted with lochans. there are superb views westwards of Skye, the Cuillins and the fringing islands. The descent to Applecross and the coast is more gradual it is on a bay with a popular red sandy beach.
This was the site in the 7C of St Maelrubha's monastery.
The coastal road has good views across the Inner Sound to Raasay and Rona with Skye
The Torridon Countryside Centre centre has an audiovisual introduction to the Glen, Here you can find information available on climbing and walking routes. Remember these mountains can be dangerous and are only for the experienced, fit and properly equipped. Changeable weather makes them treacherous. Always leave behind a detail of routes and objectives with an estimated time of return the glen, the start leads through a flat bottomed glacial valley. The lower part of the glen is overlooked on the left by liathach (3 456ft-1 054m) meaning Grey One, with its seven tops, another mountain of impressive dimensions. The valley on the right, containing Loch Clair, leads through to Glen Carron. Torridon village lies at the foot of Liathach at the head of Upper Loch Torridon.
The imposing range of Beinn Eighe (3 309ft-1 01 Om) to the left is a long ridge of seven peaks, the most easterly ones have a whitish quartizite capping. Kinlochewe. The village has retained the loch's original name and is today known as a good centre for climbing, hill walking and fishing.
Aultroy Visitor Centre has an excellent three dimensional model of the area between Lochs Alsh and Broom. Discover the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, its total area of 11757 acres here you can find the imposing mountain ridge of Beinn Eighe (visible from a window in the centre), as well as one of the few remaining fragments of the native Scots Pine Forest. The roadside picnic area makes an ideal vantage point for viewing the loch and Slioch (the Spear) on the far side. This is also the starting point of a 4 mile nature and mountain trail on the lower slopes of Beinn Eighe a 4 to 5 hour hike, wear good walking boots.
Victoria Falls A viewing platform and riverside path have good views of these falls as they drop in two stages over great Slabs of rock. The falls are named after Queen Victoria Who visited the area in 1877. A roadside viewing point overlooks the dammed Loch Bad an Sgalaig. The surrounding Country dotted with small lochs.
Gairloch As a holiday centre Gairloch lies at close proximity to the majestic mountain scenery of the Torridon area and the splendid sandy beaches of the immediate coastline. At the head of Loch Gairloch the pier still has the lively bustle of a fishing port.
The Gairloch Heritage Museum is a local museum dealing with life in the past in the parish of Gairloch. There is a realistic reconstruction of a croft interior of 100 years ago. Other topics of interest include the Loch Maree ironworks of the 17C, illicit whisky distilling and Queen Victoria's 1877 visit to the area. The run reveals to full advantage the Scenic Coastline to the north where bays, beaches and headlands succeed one another backed, inland, by breathtaking mountain scenery.
The A832 leads northeast wards across the rock and moorland neck of the Rudhe Reidh peninsula. The roadside viewpoint has a superb view of Loch Maree with its forested islands and majestic mountain flanks. Loch Ewe stretches ahead enclosed by the peninsulas of Rudhe Reidh and Rubha Mar. Poolewe is a mall village at the head of Loch Ewe.
View indicator. - This vantage point has a lovely view of Loch Thurnaig in the foreground, the Inverewe Gardens promontory behind, then Loch Ewe backed by Rudhe Reidh, and the Isle of Ewe lieing straight ahead While Aultbea shelters down in a bay to the right. The road rises up and Over Rubha Mor Peninsula.
The descent offers a wide view over Gruinard Bay and Island of the same name, once the scene of an anthrax experiment. As the road follows the southern shore, to the left are the twin peaks of Beinn Ghobhlach, the Forked Mountain. At the head of the loch the road follows the wooded Strath Beag up to the moors of Dundonnell Forest. This stretch of the road, known as Destitution Road, was made during the potato famine of 1851 to give work to starving men. There is an excellent roadside vantage point with a view over the farmland and woodland of Strath More at the head of Loch Broom.